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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Madonna Inn

I've wanted to make this blog post for a while now, but how does one say anything about the Madonna Inn that hasn't already been said?

(Plus, my photos just don't do it justice!)

Coming across a Madonna Inn sign on a drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco in April sparked something inside me. Thinking, "I know I've seen that name before," lead to a quick Google search, which lead to, "OHMYGODwehavetostoptherepleasepleasecanweplease?"

My roadtrip partner was one of my best friends and just as down-for-anything as I am, so she was happy to stop for lunch.  Honestly though, I don't think that even knowing me and my aesthetic for six years could have prepared her for this.

We walked into the dining room and both of us kinda flipped out.

The very abridged story of the Madonna Inn goes like this:

Alex Madonna, a wealthy construction entrepreneur, asks his wife to decorate his new hotel, this happens, and he thinks it's great.

(Total dreamboat, right?)

Each room is totally different:

These three have glitter walls and therefore are my favorites:

Pink kitsch is one of my favorite things in the entire world, so of course I love the Madonna Inn, from the baby-pink streetlights in the parking lot to the pink straw in my glass of water.

But I really love that it's so adored by people all over the world--not just lovers of kitsch, but lovers of the fact that something so unique, opulent and outlandish exists.

Room photos via Madonna Inn's official website. All other photos ©she and reverie.


  1. Great photos! I love the last one, I would totally take a picture like that too! Auuuughhhh I want to stay in one of the pink sparkly ones soooo badly! My friend booked a room for her birthday in July, but I guess you can't be sure of the room you're getting, you just put in requests.

    1. I felt like my photos do it no justice, especially the dining room. It's so much more incredible in person!
      I think I'd be happy with any room but just imagine falling asleep beneath a sparkling glitter wall... agh! Your friend has to take photos!!

  2. total stalker moment but found your post from tumblr. i've stayed in the first glitter room you posted(!!!!). i think i took over 100 photos, just of the room.
    and to the girl above, my boyfriend at the time booked the room for us and he called to make sure they saw the request for the Carin and they happily obliged/confirmed over the phone that they were able to fulfill our request. the most recent time i stayed, when i was making the reservation on the phone, the receptionist even named off every room they had available in my price range for the night i was going and let me choose!