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Other Roadside Motels Central California


Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Here's a rather famous inn located in San Luis Obispo. Ordinarily the Madonna Inn marquee, seen towards the background right, is sitting up near the roadside, welcoming travelers heading down the 101.

Sometimes a missing marquee means a new plastic backlit sign is coming soon. Fortunately in this case, the sign itself was located in the parking lot, fully restored!


Madonna Inn marquee
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

The Madonna Inn opened in 1958 and was designed by Alex and Phyllis Madonna. Each of the 109 rooms are unique and have a special theme. See more information at the Madonna Inn's website.



Mom's Motel (Gone)
Somewhere in Central, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

With a name like Mon's Motel, the place must be good. Not sure about the lodging here, but the sign itself is real nice. Now all we need is baseball and apple pie.

Mom's Motel (2006)
Photo courtesy Peter Riley


UPDATE 10/06 : There is no sight of the motel building itself. Just the sign has been left for the last several years. 10-06

UPDATE 02/13 : The sign has disappeared from the middle of Highway 99 in the past couple of years. 02-13



Fresno, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This motel and suites in Fresno can be seen from off the main highway. Unfortunately, all of the lettering was removed about a year ago and hasn't been replaced. It may be gone forever.



Bakersfield, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's a motel that somewhat near Bakersfield, off the 99. Grab some gas, eat at the cafe, and sleep in the motel. Yep, we're talking one stop shop, or stop, here.





Bel Air Motel (Demolished)
Fresno, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Bel Air Motel still looks like it did some 40 years ago, with its liberal use of flagcrete surrounding the front. The marquee no longer lights up the night though.


UPDATE 09/10 : The Bel Air Motel was demolished in 2009. 09-10









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