Oh yeah and I forgot to mention that there's an old cemetery right next to it : )
I've taken to reading "Weird Las Vegas and Nevada", a book that covers all of the tourist and roadside oddities of the Silver State. As a Vegas local who has taken to trying out some of the highlighted sights, I decided to check out the bizarrely fascinating Clown Motel.
It's about 3 1/2 hours from Vegas, so don't expect to pop over there, but the drive is scenic and interesting.
There's a lot of people who hate clowns. I've never suffered the phobia myself, but admittedly, Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's "It" freaks my peaches. This is going to do nothing to change your mind. Everything is clown themed. There are clowns on the guest doors. And in the main lobby are shelves upon shelves of clown themed memorabilia. It's a lot of clowns.
Initially, the desk clerk looked at me like I was nuts when I strolled in and announced that while I didn't want a room, I wanted to just take pictures of his Clown Motel. But I showed him the book and explained my quest of visiting the weird, and he warmed up quickly after that. Nice fellow, and answered all of my questions, and was just a generally good sport.
The place is old, but was kept up well. Also of note, the motel is situated next to a graveyard from the early 1900's. Kind of an interesting side history lesson and made for some interesting photographs, but it's probably not going to further the case for clownophobes. Still, the desk person said that even those who have a bit of fear actually had a good time with the place regardless. The place has a sense of humor and novelty, regardless of the subject matter.
The bottom line: Would I stay here? I personally don't fear clowns, the place was kept up well, and the guy behind the desk was friendly. So I would have to say "yes". It just seems too compelling not to want to stay if in the area, and the positives outweigh anything else.
Even if you don't stay, at least check out the lobby. It's intriguing.
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