The Very Kitsch Madonna Inn Hotel

By Glittery Spirit | 2015/01/11 - 10:16:01


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Located in the city of San Luis Obispo in California, the Madonna Inn hotel glorifies corny with its excessive decor, full of fake flowers, quilted pinks and tacky knick-knacks. It initially opened as a motel in 1958, a time when mass consumption and new plastic materials were creating a new kind of kitsch.

109 rooms are decorated with a variety of themes that bring this exuberance to life, from the Caveman Room, completely covered with an irregular stone mosaic and a mix of animal prints to the Vou Room, that celebrates cobalt blue with a statement wallpaper and a set of matchy-matchy furniture. The Gold Rush Steakhouse and the adjacent Silver Bar provide an extravagant atmosphere with shiny padded pink seatings and extreme floral carpets, while the Copper Cafe tones it down (if that is even possible) to red and the elaborate wood carvings we see throughout the hotel. Outside, the tennis and basketball courts in bright pink are an extension of the garish interiors.

The Madonna Inn has been continuously used for photo shoots and has inspired pop artists like Weird Al" Yankovic, who mentions the famous waterfall urinal, located in the lobby restroom, in his 1978 song "Take Me Down".

In 'Travels of Hyperreality', Umberto Eco described this California landmark as an unusual place beyond belief, saying that "Albert Speer, while leafing through a book on Gaudí, swallowed an overgenerous dose of LSD and began to build a nuptial catacomb for Liza Minnelli". What better way to define this bizarre, fascinating place? 
Outside the Madonna Inn
Outside the Madonna Inn
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The Caveman Room at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
The Caveman Room
Madonna Inn
The Carin Room at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
The Carin Room
Madonna Inn
The Chestnut Foal Room at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
The Chestnut Foal Room
Madonna Inn
The Old Mill Room at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
The Old Mill Room
Madonna Inn
The Romance Room at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
The Romance Room
Madonna Inn
Vous Room at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
The Vous Room
Madonna Inn
The Gold Rush Steakhouse at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
The Gold Rush Steakhouse
CC-BY / Omar Bárcena
Silver bar at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
Silver Bar
Madonna Inn
Copper Cafe at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
Copper Cafe
Madonna Inn
The famous waterfall urinal at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
The famous waterfall urinal in the lobby restroom
CC-BY / Rian castillo
Tennis and Basketball courts at the Madonna Inn Hotel, California
Tennis and Basketball courts
Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn hotel outside pool
Outside pool
Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn guitar bag
Souvenirs at the Madonna Inn match the decor, like this guitar bag.
Madonna Inn
Room postcards at the Madonna Inn Hotel
Madonna Inn room postcards for posterity
CC-BY / Senia L

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