Motels: Season 5
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.
|Episode||Accommodation/ Motel name||Motel Location & Other Locations||Trivia||Picture|
|5.01 Sympathy for the Devil|| Regent Motel
|Pine Creek, Delaware||The motel is drab and run-down. Perhaps this reflects the relationship of the boys at the beginning of Season 5.|
|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.
|5.04 The End|| Century Motel
|Kansas City, Missouri||The motel room transforms from modern day to derelict in the year 2014.|
|5.05 Fallen Idols|| Nite Owl Motel
|Canon, Ohio|| Prop re-use Chairs: 5.01
The Floor Plan is seen for the first time in season 5
|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.
|5.07 The Curious Case of Dean Winchester|| Cicero Motel
|Unknown||The Brick Wall is seen in 5.08, 5.18, 5.14, 7.15, 7.18, 8.01|
|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.|
|5.09 The Real Ghostbusters||The Pineview Hotel||Vermillion, Ohio||We never see the boys in a bedroom in this motel.|
|5.10 Abandon All Hope...||Unknown||Carthage, Missouri|
|5.11 Sam, Interrupted||Glenwood Spring Psychiatric Hospital||Ketchum, Oklahoma|
|5.12 Swap Meat||The Lucky Star Motor Inn||Housatonic, Massachusetts||The Floor Plan is used again in this room.|
|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.
|5.14 My Bloody Valentine|| Diamond Jack's
|Sioux Falls, South Dakota|| Art Deco styled room.
The Floor Plan is seen again.
|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
|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!|
|5.18 Point of No Return|| Mike's Travel Inn
|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
|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.
|5.20 The Devil You Know||Unknown||West Nevada|
|5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight||Bobby's house|| Davenport, Iowa;
|5.22 Swan Song||Unknown|| Detroit, Michigan;