Motel update! Huge thanks to galwithglasses
for her wonderful help. <3
Season 8's accommodation is significant because it is the season that introduced the Men of Letters bunker (episode 8.13, Everybody Hates Hitler). It grounded the boys and gave the show its second longest permanent set (second to Bobby's house). Thankfully there are still lots of awesome motel sets to enjoy. :)
8.01 We Need to Talk about Kevin
Accommodation: Palm Motel
Location: On the way to Centreville, Michigan
The most wonderful thing about this motel (other than that awesome sign) is the palm tree wall paper. Dean has just emerged from purgatory and I am certain this has been designed to create a similar feel - Dean surrounded by foliage. There's also the leaf bedspread and the vine-like room divider to enhance the effect. Clever!
Trivia: The blue lamp base is also seen in 6.09 (Clap Hands if You Believe) and later this season in 8.07 (A Little Slice of Kevin). The boat painting above Dean's bed is seen again in 8.07 was also in 5.12 (Swap Meat) and later in 10.19 (The Werther Project).
8.02 What’s Up, Tiger Mommy?
Accommodation: Unnamed motel (Room 126)
Location: Laramie, Wyoming
The boys don't actually stay in this motel. It's worth noting though because it's a very familiar exterior. I swear, if I ever go to Canada I want to visit this location (The City Centre Motor Hotel in Vancouver).
Trivia: The exterior has been used in 2.07 (The Usual Suspects) and 3.03 (Bad Day at Black Rock) and in both episodes they used the real name of the motel. In 4.07 (It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester), it was called "Moonlight Motel".
Accommodation 1: Unnamed motel
Location: Ames, Iowa
*Yikes* that bedspread looks like someone vomited a messed up rainbow! This is a rather simple (and dare I say ugly?!) motel room design. I imagine it's quite typical of motels that would be available across the US.
Accommodation 2: Bob's Bighorn Lodge
Location: Boulder, Colorado
I do love the rustic style motels. Awesome room divider (but check out those sheep feet coat hooks! That's 1000 shades of wrong! O_o). There's a bighorned sheep above the fire place - it's also featured on the name card. The "Bob" in Bob's Bighorn Lodge may be a shout out to Bob Singer.
8.05 Blood Brother
Accommodation 1: Arroyo Motel (Room 118)
Location: Kermit, Texas
"Amelia's Motel" fascinates me. The plaid wallpaper is a standout - specially with those weirdly patterned curtains. I love how Sam's plaid shirt matches the pattern of the wallpaper. Sure that was deliberate! I created a crack(-ish) meta post about this motel room way back in S8 - A Very Serious Examination of How the Visual Evidence Reveals Sam's State of Mind in S8.
I've been itching to know the name of this motel (other than "Amelia's Motel"). It features in 3 of the episodes in S8. I knew it had to have a name because a motel name card is on the dressing table by the bed. I put out the call on Twitter to see if anyone can make it out and the lovely raloria used her high quality screen caps to zoom in on the name on the key ring. YAY!
Trivia: Arroyo means: a steep-sided gully formed by the action of fast-flowing water in an arid or semi-arid region, found chiefly in the south-western US. I'd love to know the reason behind the name, as it seems to be quite unusual. It might simply be referring to the kind of location the motel is in (wished I'd worked that out when I did that crack meta - I'm sure I could have fan wanked about it at the time! *g*).
The curtains were used in 7.15 (Repo Man).
Accommodation 2: Paradise Motel
Location: Enid, Oregon
Considering the tension between the boys in this episode, I think the motel is rather aptly named - it was anything but "paradise". The bright colours are intriguing choice also. It was a pretty dark episode, focussing on the lack of trust between the brothers. The cheerfulness of the motel betrayed the underlying darkness.
The interior is not so bright (though green and orange are an interesting design choice).
Trivia: The motel sign is seen again in episode 10.12 (About a Boy), though the exterior of the motel is different. The orange bulbous lamp base has been seen a couple of times now - eps 4.06 (Yellow Fever), 7.05 (Shut Up, Dr. Phil) and 8.08 (Hunteri Heroici). It's such a stand out - so strange. The painting above Sam's desk was earlier seen in 7.06 (Slash Fiction - in the cafe Levia!Sam and Dean shot up) and is seen later in 8.08. The room divider is seen in 6.08 (All Dogs Go to Heaven). That small teardrop shaped wall "art" is also seen again in 8.08. It's weird to me that quite a few bits of this set were used again so soon (8.08).
8.06 Southern Comfort
Accommodation: Little Dixie Motel
Location: Kearney, Missouri
This is a really interesting room. The colors in the room reflect the division in the north and south US during the Civil War which is a big part of the MotW and the boys' relationship during the episode. There's stars and stripes (red and white - with a blue floor) in one half of the room. The floor is like a NASCAR start and finish flag. It's also reflected in the wonderful motel sign. The big mural behind Dean is of the Daytona 500, a big stock car race. It's a big sport in the south, where the episode is set. Sam and Dean wear the blue and gray for the opposing sides throughout the episode (thanks to galwithglasses for the info on all that!).
Oh and that ceiling? It's called a coffered ceiling (of which I now know because the bar we own has one of those! *g*).
8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin
Accommodation: Unnamed motel (Room 21)
Location: Salina, Kansas
This one could be called "the green room". This room has a retro feel - though I get the feeling it's actually "old" rather than the owners trying to be retro. Another clever design. I particularly like the matching bedspread and curtains. And another checked floor.
Trivia: The bedspread was used in 6.13 (Unforgiven) and the bedspread, curtains and fridge were all used in 3.14 (Long Distance Call) Even the wallpaper was very similar to this flower one we see here. The wall seen outside the window is possibly one of the most re-used pieces of set in motels. The boat painting was seen earlier in 8.01 and 5.12 (Swap Meat), and later in 10.19 (The Werther Project).
For all the other uses see Prop and set re-uses.