WELCOME TO THE MADONNA INN
The Modonna Inn, located in San Luis Obispo is one of the largest and Kitschiest Road Side motel & restaurants in the USA. The best part, it is still in operation and still looks JUST LIKE THIS!! I have been there and seen it with mine own eyes. It is glorious.
It has nothing to do with pop idol Madonna, but was instead envisioned and built by the Madonna family who were Cattle tycoons I believe. Legend has it that Ms. Madonna was in charge of the decorating. There are hundreds of rooms each more amazing than the last. Seriously, God Bless this woman because what you are about to see is really something for the Kitsch Hall O' Fame!
I found this set of postcards at an estate sale in town and they appear to be from about the 1970's judging by the cars in these exterior shots. Each one of the captions under these scans are the actual descriptions printed on the back of the post card (overuse of commas and all!). You can still purchase postcards of each room in the lobby of the hotel to commemorate your pilgrimage.
So sit back and enjoy this vintage photo tour of a California Kitsch Icon....The glorious Madonna Inn!!
|"Madonna Inn by Night! - For your gala entertaining and personal dining pleasure...Finest food obtainable in exclusive surroundings. Coffee shop, Gold Rush Dining Room and Cocktail Bar, and Wine Cellar Cocktail lounge. Enjoy either a sophisticated or Informal atmosphere. Banquet accommodations for Large and Small parties. Boutique Gift Shop and Men's Shop. Exquisite rooms and suites from $12.00 Up."|
|"Wine Cellar Ladies Room- A powder-room Milady! Relax in comfort for your make-up repairs, under a lighted canopy. Italian tiled floor and marble make-up counter add to the atmosphere"|
|"Room 181 aka Chestnut Foal - For horse fanciers, we offer this room with "corral" wallpaper and pasture green carpeting, walls and woodwork. Room is on the second floor of our Hilltop Motel Unit, and is furnished with a king-sized bed."|
|"Room 169 - "Vouz" - One of a group of three rooms known as "RON DE VOUZ"...this room done in romantic blue, with a circular, blue velvet covered bed. Second floor setting provides a lovely view."|
|"Room 174 aka Krazey Daisey - A room "filled" with daffy daisies! Pinks and reds are used boldly to compliment the overall daisy theme. Room is furnished with a king-size bed."|
|"Room 175 aka Rocky Mountain - A combination of rock and paneled walls provides and interesting contrast. A blue color scheme predominates, with bright red furnishings for contrast. Room is furnished with a king-sized bed."|
So Ladies and gentlemen, that is the Madonna Inn! If you are ever near the Central Coast of California, you should really stop in and pay homage! There is no equal in kitschyness!