Monday, August 20, 2007

Westward Ho 7 Seas Motel

A short walk across the street from the Little Boy Blue, we now find ourself at this identity-challenged, seemingly budget-minded motel. I guess the name would appeal to those with a nautical leaning while drawing in the Old West type at the same time.

Either way, it looks like the same anti-swimming vibe is present. Glassy smooth pool surface, adults fully dressed and little children packed away somewhere. The pool doesn't close until midnight so perhaps they'll be diving in when they get back from the park. Let's hope they took the free shuttle; it would be quite a walk from here.

The WH7S Motel was located at 415 West Katella Avenue, in between the Rip Van Winkle and Samoa motels. Every room featured a complimentary Philco COLOR TV and direct dial telephones.

About thirty years later, I visited the now Super 8 Motel to see what had changed. I'm happy to report that time has been kind to the grounds and pool area. In fact, it looks like this picture could have been taken the morning after the original.

3 comments:

googiemel said...

i don't know, those palm trees got a whole lot bigger!!!

love your blog, it's pretty incredible to see these places from the same vantage point, decades apart. :]

Namowal said...

I'm glad I found this blog. I like then and now photos too, especially ones like yours which line up well with the originals.
I like this picture in particular. So many of the "then" details are still there, and in good condition too!

c38-401 said...

We just stayed at this Super 8 last week (August 23, 2014 through August 29, 2014). Actually in good shape for its age. I remember driving by it from 1972 through 1983 on our twice a year trips to DLR and KBF. Thank you!