Motels: Season 5

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A room full of motel room dividers in the Art Department

The places Sam and Dean stay during each episode provides a very important backdrop to each episode. Whether they stay in a motel, squat, stay at Bobby's, or sleep in the car, we are reminded of their nomadic existence. The sets are always excellent, with wonderful attention to detail, the work of Production Designer Jerry Wanek and Art Director John Marcynuk.

The motels in particular have become a signature of the show, with each one having a different theme, and the set detail often contains in-jokes that only the most dedicated fan will get. Jensen said of the motel rooms: "Jerry Wanek's just a crazy guy, and likes to use his talents when he gets the ability to, and the motel rooms are his passion. source."

This entry also lists places the boys travel to in each episode.

See also Motels: Season 1, Motels: Season 2, Motels: Season 3, Motels: Season 4, Motels: Season 6, Motels: Season 7 Motels: Season 8

Episode Accommodation/ Motel name Motel Location & Other Locations Trivia Picture
5.01 Sympathy for the Devil Regent Motel

(Room 35)

Pine Creek, Delaware The motel is drab and run-down. Perhaps this reflects the relationship of the boys at the beginning of Season 5.

Prop re-use: Bedspread used in 2.14, 2.15, 4.06, 7.15 Chairs: 5.05 Headboard 4.03 Lampshade: 4.04

Regent Motel
5.02 Good God, Y'All None River Pass, Colorado
5.03 Free to Be You and Me Sam: Great Plains Motel

Dean: Unnamed Motel

Dean & Cas: abandoned house

Garber, Oklahoma;

Greeley, Pennsylvania; Waterville, Maine

In Sam's room his bed is surrounded by a wrought iron divider. A reference to Sam's future cage maybe?

In Dean's motel there is a suggested Dutch theme - a windmill in the bathroom and clogs by the bed.

Great Plains Motel
Unnamed motel
5.04 The End Century Motel

(Room 113)

Kansas City, Missouri The motel room transforms from modern day to derelict in the year 2014.

Prop re-use: Bedframe 1.18, 2.12, 3.15, 4.15 Bedspread reused 5.18

Century Motel
5.05 Fallen Idols Nite Owl Motel

(Room 137)

Canon, Ohio Prop re-use Chairs: 5.01

Bedspread: 1.12, 3.08

The Floor Plan is seen for the first time in season 5

Nite Owl Motel
5.06 I Believe the Children Are Our Future Liberty Motor Inn Alliance, Nebraska An American theme - red, white, and blue colors used in the room. US flag lamp and flags by the bedside.

The Floor Plan is seen.

Liberty Motor Inn
Awesome bed in another motel room.
5.07 The Curious Case of Dean Winchester Cicero Motel

(Room 8)

Unknown The Brick Wall is seen in 5.08, 5.18, 5.14, 7.15, 7.18, 8.01
Cicero Motel
5.08 Changing Channels Sun'n Sands Motel (sitcon)

Day-Z Motel ("real" motel)

Wellington, Ohio The two motels are (essentially) the same. Same wallpaper, room divider, bedspread etc. The "sitcom" set is brightly colored and represents their "fake" work, while their "real life" room is dull and drab.

The sitcom motel exterior is The City Centre Motel, also seen in 3.03, 2.07, 4.07, 8.02

The exterior The Brick Wall is the one seen in 5.18, 5.14, 7.15, 7.18, 8.01

Sun'n Sands Motel
Day-Z Motel
5.09 The Real Ghostbusters The Pineview Hotel Vermillion, Ohio We never see the boys in a bedroom in this motel.
The Pineview Hotel Welcome Sign
5.10 Abandon All Hope... Unknown Carthage, Missouri
5.11 Sam, Interrupted Glenwood Spring Psychiatric Hospital Ketchum, Oklahoma
Fine dining at Glenwood Spring Psychiatric Hospital
5.12 Swap Meat The Lucky Star Motor Inn Housatonic, Massachusetts The Floor Plan is used again in this room.
The Lucky Star Motor Inn
5.13 The Song Remains the Same Unnamed Motel Lawrence, Kansas Prop re-use: Room divider seen in 3.03

In the "past" Dean checks Castiel into The Prairie Court Motel but we don't get to see inside it.

Unnamed motel
5.14 My Bloody Valentine Diamond Jack's

(Room 204)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Art Deco styled room.

Prop re-use: The Brick Wall : [5.18]], 5.08, 7.15, 7.18, 8.01

The Floor Plan is seen again.

Diamond Jack's
5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Bobby's house Sioux Falls, South Dakota
5.16 Dark Side of the Moon Econo King Motel Heaven This is the room where the beloved amulet found its resting place - in the trashcan. :(

The floor covering is the same as 5.14

Econo King Motel
5.17 99 Problems Uncle Erv's Green Valley Motel Blue Earth, Minnesota This room has a pioneering / western style look. It has a bull imprinted on the red leather sofa. Wonderful!
Uncle Erv's Green Valley Motel
Bull Sofa
5.18 Point of No Return Mike's Travel Inn

(room 100)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Van Nuys, California The most notable thing about this room are the crosses in the room divider. Rather poignant.

The room number is a reference to this being the 100th episode.

Prop reuse: Bedspread seen in 5.03

The Brick Wall used in 5.07, 5.08, 7.15, 7.18 8.01

Mike's Travel Inn
Room Divider - featuring red cross
5.19 Hammer of the Gods Elysian Fields Hotel Muncie, Indiana This is the last hotel we see this season.

The name Elysium in Greek mythology refers to the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous. source Most apt.

Elysian Fields Hotel - exterior
Elysian Fields Hotel - interior
5.20 The Devil You Know Unknown West Nevada
5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight Bobby's house Davenport, Iowa;

Chicago, Illinois

5.22 Swan Song Unknown Detroit, Michigan;

Lawrence, Kansas