Madonna Inn
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Big Sign
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:17:16 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The huge sign in the parking lot was positioned to be visible by cars passing by on US Highway 101. Located just south of San Luis Obispo, the Madonna Inn has been a classic roadside fixture since 1958. Its modern ornate appearance didn't develop until after the fire of 1966 which burned the original Inn to the ground.


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Copious Parking
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:17:32 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The Inn, Restaurant and Bar were served by a huge common parking lot out front. Construction (behind the camera) was underway to enlarge the parking lot. It was not possible to access the Madonna Inn via public transportation.


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Registration
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:18:42 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The Inn bridged the drive leading to rooms behind. Hotel registration was at the right, clearly designed for easy access by automobile. Note the ornate stairs wrapping around a huge boulder to the right of registration.


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Stairs And A Ramp
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:19:08 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Ornate stairs led up from in front of a huge boulder. A ramp for disability access was just visible behind the boulder. Note the convenient proximity of disability parking to the ramp.


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Classic View
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:19:22 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The classic, often photographed, front view of the Madonna Inn. This is the entry to the tavern and hotel lobby. Note the wild use of stone on the chimney.


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Fountain In Front
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:19:36 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Just to the right of the classic front entry was a fountain. Despite daylight, the attractive placement of lights was obvious. The water from the top cascaded down over rocks into the lower basin.


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Wishing Well Sculpture
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:20:32 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Between the tavern entrance (off camera to the right) and the restaurant entrance (just beyond), a wishing well sculpture rested on a section of lawn surrounded by flowers. There was no sign or placard visible identifying the artist.


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Front View
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:20:46 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The front of the Madonna Inn showing the restaurant to the left and the tavern and lobby straight ahead. Note the Inn's resemblance to a theme park.


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Restaurant Entry
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:24:26 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The main entry to the restaurant was up stairs from the parking lot. Disability access was via a ramp into the lobby (off camera to the right). Note the brass rails, stone work, and cut glass windows in the doors.


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Left Of Entry
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:25:40 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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To the left of the restaurant entry were packaged meals on display inside a curved window. Behind the display was a bakery.


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Cookies
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:26:20 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Just inside the entry to the restaurant were jars of cookies for sale. These were baked in the bakery to the left (off camera). Ahead and out of focus was the restaurant counter.


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Bakery Cakes
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:26:52 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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On display in a cabinet at the back of the bakery counter were cakes of all sorts. They were for sale either whole or by the slice. A couple took delivery of a huge custom wedding cake while we waited to be seated in the restaurant.


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The Counter
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:27:14 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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There was always seating at the counter. This was just a small part of a huge circular counter that surrounded the kitchen area. Note the copper-work over the kitchen and the ornate window set into the kitchen's door.


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A Booth
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:27:42 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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A typical restaurant booth shown nestled within brick and wood. The surfaces of all the tables were copper or perhaps bronze. Wonderful historic tidbits decorated the walls.


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Lavish Decor
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:28:14 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Observe the lavish decor in the restaurant. The name "Madonna Inn" carved into the booth's back, replicas of gas lamps, the copper and brass espresso maker, the tufted leather booth backs.


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Cute Too
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 13:41:46 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The three little pigs welcomed each diner to a table. Note the cocktail menu featured martinis.


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Main Lobby
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:08:08 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The main lobby was basically a huge dinner restaurant and cocktail tavern. Clearly this part of the Inn was closed during the early afternoon and under maintenance.


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Doll Overhead
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:08:22 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Overhead at the front of the dinner area were dolls nestled up among the fake floral trees.


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Fancy Chandelier
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:08:28 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The front lobby was lit by fancy chandeliers which evoked the feeling of the 1800's.


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Maître d' Table
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:08:38 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The maître d' table at the front of the dinner restaurant. Note the bar dimly lit in the far background. The bar was double sided, one side faced in toward the dinner restaurant, the other side faced out toward a cocktail area with windows.


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Colorful Chairs
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:09:12 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Colorful wingback chairs lined the windows of the cocktail area. Note the use of stained glass inserts to evoke the feeling of hung wall art. Note that the same cocktail menu sat on this table as sat on the restaurant table.


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Cocktail Bar
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:09:16 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The cocktail bar with its sports television faced the windows. On the back side of this bar was the bar serving the dinner restaurant.


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Art In Stairwell
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:10:12 Thursday 7 October 2010)
© 2010 Bryan Costales
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Art lined the walls of the stairway leading down to the restrooms. Note the cherub about to sound the cymbals.


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Mirror At Stair Base
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:10:22 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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At the base of the stairs were the gift shop, restrooms, and additional decoration. Here was a mirror reflecting art on the wall, and wood inlays into a large chest.


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Floral Stairs
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:10:42 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The stairs leading down were carpeted in a bold floral pattern. Miniature lights peppered the banister. At the base of each wooden side rail was a barrel.


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Men's Room
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:11:22 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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The men's restroom was lavishly decorated in tile work, wood, and stone. The urinal was constructed from stone and turned on with electric eyes. The man stepped forward into what became a lush tropical waterfall that continued to run for several minutes afterward.


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Paper Towels
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:12:30 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Paper towels were dispensed from a brass dispenser hung on a green tile wall.


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Registration Area
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:12:40 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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A motorcycle was parked in the underneath registration area.


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Pool Above
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:14:56 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Above and beyond the restaurant were the rooms and the pool. A waterfall could be seen feeding into that pool.


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Rooms Above
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 October 2010)
(Photo taken 14:14:56 Thursday 7 October 2010)
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Above and beyond the restaurant were rooms in a building with a fancy circular stairway.


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