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California Mid-Century Modern Motels & Hotels

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Sky Palm Motel
Orange, CA
Moon Dome [gone]
Anaheim, CA
Marriott Hotel
Newport Beach, CA
The Sky Palm Motel was probably built in the 1960s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Moon Dome pool-side restrooms were part of Stovall's Inn of Tomorrow (now Best Western Stovall's Inn) which opened in 1965. This was one of the rare traces of space-age motel architecture left in Anaheim. The structure was demolished in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Marriott Hotel was designed by William L. Pereira and built in 1975. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [photo thanks Tyler Norman] [map]

former Bahia Motel
Anaheim, CA
Howard Johnson Motor Lodge
Anaheim, CA
The Bahia Motel was built in 1961. It has been the Covered Wagon Motel for many years. For more, see this website. [map]

The Howard Johnson Motor Lodge was designed by William L. Pereira and built in 1965. It was the first location built on the West Coast. The building shown above is the lobby building. The classic Howard Johnson orange-roofed restaurant was demolished in 2000. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Riviera Motel
Stanton, CA
The Riviera Motel was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

E-Z 8 Motel
1550 N. 1st St.
San Jose, CA
E-Z 8 Motel
2050 N. 1st St
San Jose, CA
former E-Z 8 Motel
El Cajon, CA
There are two E-Z 8 Motel locations in San Jose just a few blocks apart which have the exact same design. Both were built in 1975. The former E-Z 8 Motel in El Cajon was built in 1972. It has been known as the Villa Embasadora Inn since at least 2007. There are about seven other locations still operating but I don't believe any others have this design. [1550 N. 1st map]; [2050 N. 1st map]; [El Cajon map]

Manchester Motel
Fresno, CA
The Manchester Motel was designed by Armet & Davis and built in 1962. The attached coffee shop housed later housed the Almond Tree. It now houses La Enchilada. For more, see this website. [map]

Park Plaza Lodge Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Saga Motor Hotel
Pasadena, CA
The Park Plaza Lodge Hotel was built in 1960. It was designed by Richard Dorman & Associates. For more, see this website. [map]

The Saga Motor Hotel opened in 1957. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Motel Capri
San Francisco, CA
The Motel Capri opened in 1957. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Musicland Hotel
Palm Springs, CA
The Musicland Hotel appears to be from the 1960s. Does anyone know when this motel was built or who designed it? For more, see this website. [map]

Villa Alejo
Palm Springs, CA
Parker Hotel
Palm Springs, CA
The Villa Alejo was built in 1966 as a hotel. It now houses condos. [map]

The Parker Hotel was built as the Holiday Inn in 1959. It was the first Holiday Inn in California. Gene Autry bought the hotel in 1961 and began expanding it. It was known then as the Melody Ranch. It was later known as the Gene Autry Hotel. In 1992, it became the Givenchy Spa. It has been the Parker Hotel since around 2004. I'm not sure when this concrete block screen wall at the hotel's entrance was built. It appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Del Marcos Hotel
Palm Springs, CA
The Del Marcos Hotel was designed by William F. Cody and built in 1947. For more, see this website. [map]

Hollywood Downtowner Motel
Los Angeles, CA
Bonaventure Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
The Hollywood Downtowner Motel was built in 1956 as the Coral Isle Motel. The sign was adapted. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Bonaventure Hotel, now the Westin Bonaventure, was built in 1976. The hotel has five cylindrical towers, covered with mirrored glass. Glass elevators ride up the side of the building. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hyatt Regency
San Francisco, CA
The Hyatt Regency hotel was designed by John Portman and opened in 1973. For more, see this website. [map]

City Center Motel
Long Beach, CA
The City Center Motel was built in 1962. For more, see this website. [map]

SeaPort Marina Hotel
Long Beach, CA
2013: 2015:
The SeaPort Marina Hotel was built from 1961-1963 as the Edgewater Inn Marina Hotel. It was designed by Roy Sealey. The hotel featured 200 rooms, three restaurants, two cocktail lounges, a ballroom, banquet facilities, meetings rooms and a salon. The hotel and the Shore Ultra Lounge nightclub have closed. The complex will be demolished in 2017. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

More California Mid-Century Modern Motel & Hotels:
Century Plaza Hotel (Los Angeles)
Frontier Inn (Susanville)