America’s Best Value Inn & Suites Oasis of Eden : Yucca Valley, CA

America’s Best Value Inn & Suites Oasis of Eden: Classic vintage theme hotel in the desert, featuring painted sky ceilings, kitschy decor, and a Cadillac bed!

Location: 56377 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Cost: ~$150-$200 for theme rooms

Our Overall Rating: 4/5

I love so much about this place. Amazing details that have survived the decades, friendly owners, and a great location if you’re out in the desert. Any issues I have with it come from the wear and tear that hasn’t been kept up with. There are several pieces missing in the room, stained sheets and carpeting, and minor issues that make this feel like less of a luxury theme experience and more like a roadside motel with great kitschy decor. Having said that, we clearly enjoyed ourselves and are thrilled to see a place like this stay in business. We stayed overnight and have no regrets.

Cleanliness Rating: 3/5

The rooms get cleaned but not *incredibly* thoroughly so you might find a stray french fry here or there. Sheets and floors could use updates and even some decor that’s missing. Did not have experiences with bed bugs or anything like that so the minor issues didn’t ruin our experience – just kept me from wanting to walk barefoot on the carpeting lol

Favorite Room: Soo many stunning murals but the Rockin’ Fifties room took the cake for me.


Booking Info: Book through their website or in person. I recommend calling after booking to make sure you got the right theme room!



The Rainbow Getaway : Palm Springs, CA

The Rainbow Getaway: Palm Springs vacation rental that we worked with to bring 4 Fantasy inspired bedrooms come to life!

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Cost: ~$600/night – this place sleeps 8 without even counting the living room so it’s a great spot for a group getaway.

Our Overall Rating: ?/5

It feels a little strange to rate this place since we designed it and haven’t technically been customers, but what we can say is that there is a lot to take in! Each room has a different theme and color so it’s a multi-room experience to share with a group of friends.

Cleanliness Rating: ?/5

Again, we haven’t been customers, but they just launched the property as a rental in 2021 so it is quite new. 

Favorite Room: Hard to choose a favorite but I guess if I had to the Pink room is my wow-factor! 


Booking Info: Book through one of the options on their website. Available for shoot days or overnights! 


CastleWood Cottages : Big Bear Lake, CA

CastleWood Cottages: Incredibly detailed Fantasy themed cabins in a variety of sizes, many that include tubs, fireplaces, and costumes.

Location: 547 Main St, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Cost: ~$100-$250 depending on time of year and cabin size.

Our Overall Rating: 5/5

This place really takes Fantasy seriously and it SHOWS. Decide just how seriously you want to dive in by choosing a cabin at your preferred level. The Castle Garden and the Haunted Manor might be more pricey but they are so worth it in our opinion. So. Many. DETAILS! We had a blast. Even the small cabins are a great entry level to a theme experience. Most of them (if not all of them?) have costumes included in the cabin. Highly recommend taking a weekend away to this fantastical land. The owner was really friendly and seemed ready to answer and questions we had before/during/and after. They also have a gift shop full of treasures that may enhance your stay.

Cleanliness Rating: 4/5

I didn’t have cleanliness issues staying here. With any themed experience, you have fake foliage and decor that might get some wear and get a little dusty, but nothing that felt like it wasn’t being cleaned. 

Favorite Room: The Castle Garden, The Haunted Manor, The Tree House, Enchanted Forest….just so many good options!!


Booking Info: Call for booking and info. Mention A Pretty Cool Hotel Tour! They’re very friendly and may just treat you extra nice 🙂



Madonna Inn : San Luis Obispo, CA

Madonna Inn: The most kitschy cute hotel on the planet. Close to beautiful beaches, great gardens and outdoor areas, plus the cutest restaurant, bakery, and bar! Oh, and don’t forget the pink tennis courts!

Location: 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 

Cost: ~$200-$300

Our Overall Rating: 5/5

Honestly I think this place is one of the best. There is so much to do and see and enjoy so even if your room isn’t the most spectacular, chances are there is other beauty for you to discover! So much kitschy cute decor around every corner. Highly recommend checking out the grounds, the restaurant, the bakery, the pool…it’s all an experience! This place may or may not be haunted, or so they say, but nothing bothered us…!

Cleanliness Rating: 4/5

It’s still an old hotel and some of the rooms feel more clean than others, partially because some of the rooms are dark and made with lots of rock and that can feel a little damp. If you have any issues with your room ask for help, they seem really accommodating!

Favorite Room: It’s hard to choose a favorite but I’d say any of the ones with some wild wallpaper!


Booking Info: They have great room tours on their instagram highlights if you want to see better imagery than their website offers! I book through their site and haven’t had issues. However, if you’re looking for the next date a specific room is available, give them a call and that might save you some time!


Days Inn : Riverside, CA

Days Inn: Classic Days Inn with the surprise of a couple heart-shaped tubs!

Location: 10545 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA, 92505 

Cost: $140 for the jacuzzi suite

Our Overall Rating: 3.5/5

They offer outdoor check-in through a window and booking online was simple! The room isn’t very exciting but the tubs are worth the visit. The hotel seemed fairly crowded but all the rooms have their own entrances so you can avoid people.

Cleanliness Rating: 4/5

Most of the pieces in the room felt updated so we’re lucky they kept the tubs! Things felt clean and we didn’t have any issues sleeping there. Clean sheets, no carpeting.

Favorite Room: Any room with a heart-shaped tub here!


Booking Info: The room we got was not the room I’d seen in photos while booking but it still had a heart-shaped tub so I believe they still have multiple. If you care which room you get you should call ahead or make sure to specify when checking in!


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