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Mollinesian, El Cajon, CA (motel)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-05-01 12:59 pm   Permalink

Name:Mollinesian
Type:motel
Street:650 North Mollison Avenue
City:El Cajon
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
I have always been curious about the Mollinesian Motel after seeing this postcard image in the Book Of Tiki.




What's with the name "Mollinesian"? Well, the motel was located on Mollison Avenue in El Cajon, so there you go.



Close up of the sign with a cool little Tiki mask feature.



I have seen a few other postcards

Here is the A-Frame by the pool. You can see a lava rock wall and a little Tiki mask on the wall.



The A-Frame-lamp theme seems to be borrowed from the Half Moon Inn, also located in San Diego.



And the beginning of the end when the motel was purchased by Best Western.



The first thing that changes is a big corporate logo plastered on the cool sign.




It is still operating as a Best Western.

DC



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-05-01 1:58 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-01 12:59, Dustycajun wrote:
It is still operating as a Best Western.



...only that the sign and building look slightly different now:



But wait! The original Denny's is still across the street!:



 
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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2012-05-02 08:25 am   Permalink

Wow, that's about as depressing as it gets. They even filled in the pool.


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kenbo-jitsu
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Joined: Jul 27, 2011
Posts: 225
From: Southern CA
Posted: 2012-05-02 3:47 pm   Permalink

It exists. It's still a motel. It's even still open for business, but its presence here is clearly just for history. Are "operational" and "defunct" the only allowed status values for this forum? We need something like "renovated beyond recognition" for locations like this. I've thought the same about Critiki to.

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-05-02 4:20 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-02 15:47, kenbo-jitsu wrote:
We need something like "renovated beyond recognition" for locations like this.



Great idea, I agree.

DC


 
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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2012-05-02 6:43 pm   Permalink

I agree as well. Saying that this place is "operational" gives a false impression. I think FUBAR might be a good additional category.



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 6 days ago; 07:21 am   Permalink

I picked up an oversized postcard from the Mollinesian with a few more views.



The sign had been modified by now.



The interior rooms boasted waterbeds and custom décor.




And the A-Frame by the pool.



DC


 
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Kaiwaza
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Joined: Aug 06, 2003
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 6 days ago; 12:23 pm   Permalink

I've always wondered about the name as well. Like..is there some "nesia" I've overlooked?? Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Indonesia...nope, I think that cover it. Don't know where Mollinesia is. Maybe the owners name was Molly? But seeing on the very first postcard, obiously, it's a combination of "Polynesian" with the street name it's located on.

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