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2818 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA

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This motel was built in 1962 and opened on mid-December that same year. Fred and Marie Wilson were the managers and 50% owners of the 22 unit new hotel. Two of those units had kitchenettes. The 64/65 AAA Tour Book lists room rates for this motel from $7.00 - 10.00.

This was the first of what was projected to be a 100 property chain of Space Age Motels. Before construction the parent company, Astromotels Inc. described the planned motel as having 25 Ultra Modern Space Age units, it apparently ended up being 22 units. By 1962 there were Astromotels in Arizona, California, Kansas and Utah.

x The original sign just said MOTEL on the vertical part.

Vintage Advertising Highlights

2818 E. Colorado Blvd, U. S. 66 - 449-****
* Spacious Rooms * Kitchen Studios * Radios
* Solar Sauna *Credit Cards Honored * Room Phones
* Recreation Room * Heated Pool * Air Conditioned
Coffee Bar * Television * AAA
Space Age Luxury .... Down to Earth Rates

NOTE: I haven't quite figured out what a Solar Sauna "Steam Bath" is, I'm not sure I want to.

Photo(s): 2019



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