Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Joy Motel... AKA... The weekend I stayed in the Bates Motel...

I would like to apologize in advance about the alignment of this post, I am still new to blogger and I am trying to figure out how to post pictures and have the font in the same places... It's a work in progress... Enjoy!

The Joy Motel

Husband and I went to Eureka Springs this summer for the VW weekend thing...  This was our second year to go to this event. Last year we stayed at the Best Western and we were away from all the VW people that Husband knows. We found out what weekend it was around March and booked our hotel room at the same hotel as everyone else... ok.   Good in theory. I trusted his thought process and I trusted that he wouldn't book us a room where we would need tetanus shots afterward.  He booked the room and I kinda forgot about it until about 2 weeks before the VW weekend.

Ok... fast forward... to the weekend.  We pulled up and this was the first thing we saw...

Husband went and checked us into the motel.  I walked dog as I was waiting, was wandering around the parking lot looking at the firepit (yes, you read that correctly) and the creepy old house that is there with the motel, it was strange because it reminded me of something you would see in a horror flick. Finally, husband came out with our room key and said that we were in room 41 and the manager said it was "on the side with the woods and the deer" and that is all he would say... FYI, there are friggin trees all around the motel and there is NOTHING that would qualify as "woods" around the motel.  In hindsight, it would have been much easier for the manager to say "It's on the side with the pool."  Whatever. 

Ok... so we walked around to the back side of the motel and got to our room. The manager was super excited when we checked in because he said we had the ONLY room in the entire motel that had a king size bed and we were going to stay in the newly refurbished "Blue Sky" room.  At this point in the story I think it should be noted that most of the rooms were decorated with items/decor from the 1970's, including a room that was painted as a memorial/mural/shrine to The Doors. According to the website, there will be rooms with blacklight, peace signs, and incense just in time for next year.  The website also boasts a morning breakfast of pancakes and TANG (again... not kidding...)

Oookkkkaaaaaaaayyy... We got there and this is what we saw:

View from the door:

View from the back corner of the room:

The "Closet"

The entertainment area:

The shower (the shower curtain is actually clear vinal with multi-colored polka dots for modesty, at least the shower was clean, although the water pressure was like standing under a watering can):

The bathroom as a whole (I really  liked the placement of the toilet paper in reference to the toilet):

The bathroom door frame:

Incidentally... the bathroom door did not close all the way, so you would have to slam it to get it to catch on the door frame and keep it from creeping open. Also, there was a random switch in the bathroom that did not work (we assumed it was for the non working bathroom vent) and the heater in the bathroom (yep...) did not work either. 

The room key:

The air conditioner:

In case there is some confusion as to why I took a picture of the air conditioning unit (that was not in the window), look carefully around the edges of the unit. You can see atmosphere and grass outside.

The curtain:

This one may be kind of hard to see, I was taking a picture of the staple that was holding the curtain together.  As you can tell from some of the pictures, the room was sort of dark so I was going to open the curtain to let some sunlight in... I moved the curtain three inches and two spiders fell out... I yelled for husband to come save me from the spiders and did not touch it again.

This would also be a good place to note that we were in the room approximately 10 minutes and husband got bit by a spider while trying to figure out the locks on the door... we figured out that the key we were given did not open the deadbolt at all, and you could only lock/unlock the door with the key when the door was closed... so that was fun.

While husband was studying the door, I got distracted by the neighboring room's curtains... this is why...

Overall, the trip was alright and we saw and heard some hilarious things... such as a guy bringing out a purple bean bag from his room to sit on while drinking beer (I am not kidding), saw a guy break off the top of a beer bottle on the curb because he couldn't find a bottle opener, interesting quote heard here was "What?!  I'm a f***ing pirate, I can drink and stab you..."  Also saw a guy jump in the pool with his brand new iPhone still in his pocket... it didn't work after that.  Some crazy (and I assume very high) hippie guy came by and just randomly started telling the entire group of us that he helped paint some of the rooms, but he was "trippin' balls" at the time. I was more distracted by the fact that he was not wearing shoes yet he was outside walking around and he had 3 dogs with him, none of them were on leashes... Maybe I focused on the wrong part of the story. However, I think the grand finale of the weekend was seeing one guy take a shot of Jager out of another guy's butt for $35 dollars.  Awesome...  I have eaten at a bar/restaurant called the Rowdy Beaver and heard more about cars then I ever thought was possible.  All in all it was a good weekend, it was hysterically funny watching the drunk people and I am sure we will go back next year. 


  1. I forgot to mention the random guy who came up and asked us if we remembered Skunktor from some cartoon from the 80's. No one did.

  2. Sounds like an adventure. There are a lot of hippies and pot smokers up in Eureka springs. Go there in the off season in th fall after all the summer visitors have come and gone and you will begin to see the true colors of the town. LOL Being therer for a VW weekend of course didn't help you any seeing as a lot of that crowd is known for their extra curricular activities. HA HA HA! Despite the conditions at the roach ahem, Joy Motel you stayed at I'm glad you had some fun!!

  3. I love the Rowdy Beaver. I don't know why....
    And this motel is insane...... lol

  4. The food at the rowdy beaver is pretty good.

  5. The hotel wasn't that bad the bed was really comfortable best sleep I've had in awhile.......maybe that was because I was up till 2am every night when I'm use to being in bed at like 9:30