50's motels with vintage interiors?

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50's motels with vintage interiors?

Postby babyblue65bird » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:50 pm

Does anyone know of any old motels in Southern California that haven't hade the mauve-and-fake-oak treatment done to their interiors? The Sahara, the Hollywood Downtowner, all the ones with the great signs in LA seem to have been renovated.
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Postby roadsidepictures » Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:44 pm

The Saga in Pasadena was pretty neat and had 1960's furniture when I was there, but that was a few years ago.

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Postby nichols » Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:10 pm

real vintage or new vintage?

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Postby babyblue65bird » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:29 am

Real vintage always beats out new vintage for me :D

The Beverly Laurel is pretty nifty, as is the Avalon in BH, but neither one has that seedy motel vibe I'm looking for.

What I'm looking for is a location for a photo shoot I'm planning, one that emulates Klaw's work with the late Bettie Page, using photofloods and a 50s twin lens Minolta Autocord 2 1/4" camera.
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Postby babyblue65bird » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:33 am

Roadsidepictures, I'm afraid the Saga has fallen victim as well - this time to the oak-and-teal flavor of "renovation":

http://www.thesagamotorhotel.com/amenities.asp
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Postby nichols » Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:34 am

The Beat Hotel near Palm Springs went to great lengths to recreate those kinds of rooms, but when the owner died it closed. I'm not sure of it's current state. Beat Hotel. 67840 Hacienda Drive. Desert Hot Springs, California. www.dhsbeathotel.com. 760/251-6470

In addition to the Beverly Laurel and the Avalon there are several renovated motels trying to recreate a vintage look.

http://www.farmersdaughterhotel.com/
http://www.orbitin.com/
http://www.ballantineshotels.com/
http://www.orbithotel.com/
http://www.bananabungalowus.com
http://www.thepearlsd.com/
http://www.vibehotel.com/

but as far as real old motels having vintage interiors that never changed. Wow! I haven't seen one of those since I stayed at the Rambler in Shamrock, TX almost 20 years ago. If you brought a lamp and bedspreads you could probably transform something.... like the Paradise downtown or the Saga or the Safari Inn in Burbank or Highway Host in Pasadena, there's a million of 'em.

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Postby nichols » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:50 am

I suggest you check out the Holiday Motel in the 1600 block of W. 3rd St. just east of Alvarado. I drove by yesterday and it looks promising.

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