Ask Chris: I’ve Always Wondered About the Relax Inn at La Brea Avenue near San Vicente Boulevard. Was It a Tiki Hotel?

Our in-house historian has the answer

While the 1962 motor lodge features the A-frame entrance, kidney-shaped pool (now filled with concrete), and mango paint job you might expect in a Polynesian palace, its design comes partly from North Africa. The property was originally the Algiers Motel and included rooms “decorated in the exotic colors of the Far East.” A family from India now owns the place.