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Kitsch American motels: readers tips

The bar at the Madonna Inn
The pink cocktail bar at the Madonna Inn. Photograph: Alamy

Winning tip: The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, California

The reception at this intriguing stopover on Highway 101 to LA is pure kitsch, and dark glasses are suggested for the bar, as you perch on shocking pink sofas in a shocking pink room. There are around 30 themed bedrooms to choose from.
100 Madonna Road, +1 805-543-3000, madonnainn.com. Rooms from $ 189 a night
Simon Hore

Desert Hideaway, Joshua Tree, California

Desert Hideaway, Joshua Tree, California

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Cute adobe cabins around a pool are decorated with sombreros and other Mexican imagery. There’s no catering on site, but there is a great barbecue pit, so get some beer and steaks from the supermarket in Twentynine Palms down the road and kick back.
64491 Twentynine Palms Highway, +1 760 366 9124, deserthideaway.com. Rooms from $ 145
Richard Alan Curry

Wigwam Village Motel, San Bernadino, California

Wigwam Village Motel, San Bernadino, California

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Staying in a wigwam along the famous Route 66 makes for a truly unique experience – and an interesting change from your typical roadside motels. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 19 wigwam rooms, with swimming pool and palm trees, also make for great holiday snaps.
2728 W Foothill Boulevard, +1 909 875 3005, wigwammotel.com. Rooms from $ 70
NYCtraveller2

The Clown Motel, Tonopah, Nevada

Clown Motel, Tonopah, Nevada
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A coulrophobe’s nightmare, the garish sign outside hints at the bizarreness within: the lobby is packed with clowns watching your every move, while clown figures on the bedroom doors await your arrival. The decor is dated but the motel is cheap, clean and comfortable. A disused cemetery next to the motel adds to the spookiness.
521 N Main Street, +1 775 482 5920, no website. Rooms from $ 46.33
ID1256164

Little A’Le’Inn, Rachel

Little A'Le'Inn, Rachel, Nevada

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Head along the Extraterrestrial Highway into Rachel and your only neighbour is Area 51. The inn itself welcomes earthlings as well as aliens, and once you’re inside there’s a warm welcome from owner Pat and plenty of cold beer, as well as maps, alien goodies and more as you settle in for the night, hoping to meet some aliens.
9631 Old Mill Street, +1 775 729 2515, littlealeinn.com. Rooms $ 45
Matthew Rees

Pelican Spa, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Pelican Spa, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

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Imagine Breaking Bad in the 1950s, but with a few more dreamcatchers and wicker furniture. Decently priced, massive rooms come with free unlimited hot mineral bath usage. A delightful communal lounge has Hawaiian furniture – get over the bright colours and relax New Mexico-style.
306 S Pershing Street, +1 575 894 0055, pelican-spa.com. Rooms from $ 65
Katy Francis

El Trovatore Motel, Kingman, Arizona

El Trovatore Motel, Kingman, Arizona

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This fun, funky motel on Route 66, not far from Vegas, has the world’s longest Route 66 map and the rooms are all themed on iconic celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. Sam, the owner, and his wife are fonts of local knowledge, and Taco, their dog, will perform tricks for treats.
1440 E Andy Devine Avenue, +1 928 753 6520, eltrovatoremotel.com. Rooms $ 56
DaraMary

The Red Caboose, Ronks, Pennsylvania

The Red Caboose Motel.

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Spend the night in your very own authentic train caboose. There’s a general store packed with train memorabilia and weird and wonderful delights from the area. A restaurant on site serves traditional farmhouse dishes made from the produce of the Amish farms nearby.
312 Paradise Lane +1 717 687 5000, redcaboosemotel.com. Rooms from $ 129
Agreggy

The Sunset Motel, Brevard, North Carolina

The Sunset Motel, Brevard

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With its 1950s decor, neon signage and welcoming hosts, this retro palace is the classic roadside motel. The rooms are kitted out with kitsch furniture and comfy beds, and chairs outside the doors add to that old Americana feel. It’s like being on a film set.
523 S Broad Street, +1 828 884 9106, thesunsetmotel.com. Rooms from $ 63
Phillipkerry

Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho

Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho

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This motel allows you to stay in the dog house if you get tired of driving across the Prairies. Pull off Highway 95 when you see a giant motel in the shape of a nine-metre-high beagle looming on the horizon.
2421 Business Loop, Highway 95, +1 208 962 3647, dogbarkparkinn.com. Rooms $ 98
TheCapeCruiser

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