Saturday, December 12, 2015
The First Motel of the World
With all the traveling that we do and the fact that many are traveling during the holidays I thought it might be interesting to find out where the first motel was located. I was very surprised to find out that the first motel in the world was located in San Luis Obispo California. It is nothing for our family to travel to far destinations spend the night somewhere and continue on or return back home. This comfort and convenience was new in those early days to those on vacation and could afford vacation in the mid 1920s. There were no SUV or RV's as of yet and folks had only the choices of the traditional hotel or to camp out
The motel at San Luis Obispo California has a plaque that shares it's rich history. The term motel was created by architect Arthur Heinemen. A motel was two words put together motor and hotel. Guest could stay in a two room bungalow with a kitchen and garage for $1.25 a night. The motel shared with its guest a swimming pool and picnic tables where social gatherings could take place.
Today this early days hotel has company along the road that also caters to those traveling by car.