Motels: Season 7

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7.04 Rainer Hotel

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 5, Motels: Season 6 Motels: Season 8

Episode Accommodation/ Motel name Motel Location & Other Locations Trivia Picture
7.01 Meet the New Boss Bobby's house Sioux Falls
Bobby's house
7.02 Hello, Cruel World Bobby's house Sioux Falls This is the last time we see Bobby's house. It's discovered burned to the ground at the end of the episode.
Bobby's house
7.03 The Girl Next Door Bison "Something" Motel

Spokane Swan Motel (Sam & Dean at the end)

Bozeman, Montana We don't get a clear shot of the name of this motel.

Prop re-use: Wagon wheel light fixture also seen in 4.08 and in Rufus's cabin.

Bison "something" Motel
7.04 Defending Your Life Rainer Hotel Dearborn, Michigan The Floorplan is featured in this room. Prop re-use: Painting also appears in Amy Pond's house in 7.03.

The lamp is seen in 7.05

Rainer Motel
7.05 Shut Up, Dr. Phil Unknown name and then

Prosperity (?) Motel

Unknown (Maple Springs, NY newspaper on table)

Prosperity, Indiana

Prop re-use first room: lampshade from 6.06

The second motel: The basketball and tire room divider is significant because they are in Indiana. Indiana is well known for basketball and speedway motor racing (Indy 500 and NASCAR). The room is decorated with basketball teams and games.

The second motel has a heap of prop re-uses: The orange lamp is also seen in 4.06 and 6.08.

The headboard: 2.09, 2.11, 2.14, 3.10, 6.02, 6.09, 7.11.

The bedspread was also seen in 3.09 Malleus Maleficarum (another episode about witches) and in 2.11.

Unknown Motel
Prosperity (?) Motel
7.06 Slash Fiction None
7.07 The Mentalists None
7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding! Becky's House (Sam) Pine Creek, Delaware (house)

Loon Lake (Cabin)

Prop re-use: Flower wallpaper in the kitchen is also seen in 3.15.
Becky's house
7.09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters Squatting in an abandoned house Hammonton, New Jersey The Green cooler is brought inside. The Coleman light makes its first appearance this season.
Abandoned house
7.10 Death's Door Squatting in an abandoned house (as per 7.09) Hammonton, New Jersey
7.11 Adventures in Babysitting Rufus's Cabin

and Unnamed motel (Sam only)

Whitefish, Montana

Possibly Dodge City, Kansas (where the case is)

In the motel Sam stays in we only get one quick shot. But we can see that familiar headboard. It also appears in: 2.09, 2.11, 2.14, 3.10, 6.02, 6.09, 7.05.
Rufus's cabin
Unnamed motel (Sam)
7.12 Time After Time Squatting in an abandoned house Canton Ohio This is the accommodation where Sam and Dean "rock, paper, scissors" for the room.

The Green cooler and the Coleman light is seen in this room.

Abandoned house
7.13 The Slice Girls Century Hotel Seattle, Washington Prop re-use: Bedspreads in 7.12 and 5.04

Kitchen cabinets in 7.19

Century Hotel
7.14 Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie Tiki Motel Wichita, Kansas This motel features a wonderful Polynesian tiki theme. The large tiki faces might be there to mock Sam's fear of clowns.

The walls are rocked lined and the wallpaper features grass-skirts women and palm trees.

Tiki Motel
Tiki Motel
7.15 Repo Man  ? Motel (Room 113) Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Prop re-use: Painting seen in 6.15

Bedspread seen in: 2.14, 2.15, 4.06, 5.01, 6.09

Unknown Motel
7.16 Out with the Old None
7.17 The Born-Again Identity Psych hospital (Sam)

Rufus Cabin (Dean)

Northern Indiana and Whitefish, Montana
Sam's accommodation
Rufus's cabin (Dean)
7.18 Party On, Garth Mark and Diane's Last Resort Motel Junction City, Kansas Rocket lined walls are a feature.
Mark and Diane's Last Resort Motel
Mark and Diane's Last Resort Motel
7.19 Of Grave Importance Crow's Nest Motel Bodega Bay, California The seagulls are significant because they are most likely a reference to Hitchcock's film, The Birds, which is set in Bodega Bay.

And Dean coming out of the shower is significant too.

Crow's Nest Motel
Crow's Nest Motel
7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo Rufus's Cabin Whitefish, Montana
Exterior of Rufus's cabin
7.21 Reading Is Fundamental Rufus's Cabin

Abandoned warehouse

Whitefish, Montana Prop re-use: Wagon wheel light fixture also seen in 7.03 and 4.08

The Coleman light is becoming a regular prop for the boys in abandoned places.

Rufus's cabin
Abandoned warehouse
7.22 There Will Be Blood Buffalo Hump Motel South Chicago, Illinois and then Missoula, Montana Buffalo theme motel room. Buffalos on the curtains, bedspread, painting, and above the fireplace.

Prop re-use: Headboards seen in: 1.18, 2.12, 3.15, 4.15. 5.05, 5.17, 6.12

Buffalo Hump Motel
Buffalo Hump Motel
7.23 Survival of the Fittest Rufus's cabin Whitefish, Montana