Monday, August 10, 2009

signs: Hotel Menlo

Hotel Menlo

All this week it's hotel/motel week on the Our Oakland signs feature. I've posted a few (Harrison Hotel, Oaks Motel) before, but I came across a number of new ones on my ride the other day.

Hotel Menlo

First up is the Hotel Menlo. The hotel looks as if it's seen better days, but the Seoul House restaurant on the ground floor was doing a good business when I went past.

4 comments:

Gene said...

Nice sign, apparently not such a nice place to live, according to reports from the East Bay Express and Channel 7 News.

Gene said...

The current owner doesn't like it much, either.

Gene said...

The owner, Richard Singer, plead guilty to solicitation to commit arson and will be sentenced in August.

Gene said...

The name Hotel Menlo is gone, and it has a banner hanging that says Empyrean Towers. The definition of empyrean says:
the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire.
Ironic, given that the previous owner tried to burn it down. And it looks like it has a long way to go before it's 'heavenly'.