I've expanded the idea a little by including various other accommodations, not just motels. Please feel free to pick me up on any errors or mention anything I've missed. It's a picspam come trivia fest. But I'm kind of a geek like that. :)
(It's very image heavy, and may take a minute for all the pics to dl)
Wherever I Lay My Hat
Motels and Accommodations of Supernatural (Season 4)
Episode: 4.01 Lazarus Rising
Accommodation: Astoria Hotel (room 207)
The first episode of season four finds Sam in a rather seedy looking hotel. With the love heart on the door and the animal print wall paper, this suggests a hotel you might pay for by the hour. ;)
If you recognise that tiger print it's because it also appeared in Andy's van in Simon Said. It also makes an appearance in episode 6.21 (Let it Bleed). And for an added piece of trivia, the song playing in the background in this scene is by the Republic Tigers. Surely that is not a coincidence. :)
Episode: 4.02 Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester.
Accommodation: Bobby's Place
I imagine the boys spent quite a lot of time staying at Bobby's over the years. I love this full shot of Bobby's kitchen. And I HAD to include the shot of Sam's ginormous legs where the boys slept - Sam slept on the sofa and Dean on the floor. It puzzles me why there isn't a guest room for them.
Episode: 4.03 In the Beginning & 4.04 Metamorphosis
Accommodation: Willow Tree Motel
Episode 3 and 4 feature the Willow Tree Motel. I love the green phone and ashtray. Very cool lamp shades also. It's curious to me how many rooms feature a table under a window. It makes me wonder if the same set is being used over and over and just re-dressed. (which...yeah, that makes sense).
This is the first room of season four to feature The Floorplan. A number of motels feature the same floor plan. Sometimes turned upside down. :)
It's great when the rooms have a theme. This time it seems to be hunting (which is beautifully ironic). There's a fabulous painting of wild ducks above the bed, various wilderness paintings and photos, a mounted trout and the famous deer head. The deer head appears a number of times throughout the seasons. For all the appearances check out the Super Wiki entry
Accommodation: Blue Bird Hotel (initially the 4th floor, until Dean insists they move to the 1st)
The thing I love most about this motel is the way it's shot. This is the place Dean really loses it. We have fabulous high angle and low angle shots. We actually get to see the ceiling! The one above Dean on the bed is particularly low, emphasising the oppression Dean is feeling. I also love the way light is playing across the room. Lots of vertical lines to create a trapped, prison-like feel. It's a mix of warmth (earthy tones) with cold (those metallic looking wall panels are crazy!)
Bedspreads. Also seen in Season 7.15 - Repo Man. It's hard to know if they have been deliberately linked due to the imaginary fears. It would be pretty cool if they were.
Lamp: I don't think this is a re-used prop but I had to include a link because the base is so interesting. I love how organic it looks. So many of the SPN lamps have awesome bases. (ETA: Lamp spotted in 7.05 Shut Up Dr. Phil)
Episode: 4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester.
Accommodation: Moonlight Motel (room 126)
I ADORE this room beyond reason. LOOK at those colours. \o/ That floor is completely awesome. It's like a checker board (or chessboard), and considering the "game" the boys are about to play with the angles it makes perfect sense.
I made an observation regarding the interesting lock and key room divider. There's a discussion about this here. There are some interesting ideas in the comments about this.
I like the warmth of this room - the deep browns and reds. It's seems to be a mix of Native American influences (totem pole, bedspread, mural) with a wild west feel (wood panel walls, the log-look cabin walls, wagon wheel light fixture (LOVE this!) and lamps mounted on tree branches. I find the stylised totem mural curious. I feel there's something significant here but can't lay my finger on it. The totem in the corner may symbolise the struggle ahead of the boys. You can read more here about the Thunderbird symbol and the omen of war.
This is a fairly plain interior. More like your average motel room. I like how open the bathroom is to the rest of the room. I love seeing the little detail of the mounted hairdryer.
The most interesting thing about this room is the blue rose outside the window. It's the same one used in episode 2.10 (Hunted). The motels are both called "Blue Rose Motel". They are different motels - interiors completely different and the motel sign (according to the brochure on the table) is different also. I'd love to think it was a deliberate attempt to link Sam being hunted in 2.10 because of his powers and Sam actually using his powers (in fact the birth of his real powers) in 4.09. Or maybe that they both feature Sam being with women. (Ava in 2.10 and Ruby in 4.09)
Bedhead also used: 1.09, 1.12 and 2.03
Accommodation #2: Abandoned house (Flashback: Sam's accommodation)
I love all the details of where Sam is staying - table littered with junk, foliage coming in through the window, paint-peeled walls and doors. A mirror to Sam's state of mind at the time.
Episode: 4.11 Family Remains
Accommodation: The Impala
I had to include a pic of Sammy sleeping in the back of the Impala. More often we see them in a motel but occasionally it looks like they have to resort to sleeping in the car. I'm sure that would be pretty uncomfortable considering the size of our boys.