“come along as we unlock the mysteries of life, one pretty cool hotel at a time!” 

Mustang Motel :

4121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90062


My rating : 2/5 – had to give those 2 for the INCREDIBLE decor that is remaining – although it’s all quite grimy

Cleanliness : 1/5

Should you go : Maybe for some photos – not ideal for an overnight IMO. You can’t reserve a room in advance fyi

Worth the money : Yes – not very pricey

Average nightly cost : $100 – they also rent by the hour. We paid cash but they probably take card

Location : Los Angeles, CA

Time of year to go : Anytime – or no time

Recommended room or activity : I think we had the Garden Penthouse – they were kind enough to let us look in there first to make sure it had the heart-shaped tub we wanted! There are other cool looking rooms there too, not all with heart-shaped tubs

Bed bugs : Not that I saw – but I did not check the mattress. Didn’t want to look at that thing too closely!

Their website : http://www.mustangmotels.com/index.html – notice it says “nicest motel in the area!” …makes you wonder…might need to check out more in that area!


I didn’t sleep here, and I didn’t even get a tour, but I did a video shoot here so I get a lot of questions about it. Why not just throw this in as an extra post so you can have more info on another weird hotel.

This place is…sketchy. It’s pay by the hour and you can’t reserve a room in advance. When you get there you’re greeted by a person you can’t see behind a 2-way mirror. They were kind enough to let us pick a room with a heart-shaped tub (which is really why we were there) but it was not very nice. It’s the kind of place that I would be in love with if it were clean, but it just isn’t. The carpet looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in 20 years, well…everything looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in 20 years. There’s quite a smell too, and the smoke detector was covered with a garbage bag and duct tape. But! Besides the dirt and grime, the details were perfection. The heart painted tiles on the ceiling? The heart shaped tub? The mirrors? It was all so good. It’s perfect for a shoot, not perfect for a clean place to lay your head. Also, know that if you turn on the TV you will immediately be greeted by some h-core visuals.

In case you’re wondering, no they didn’t know we were filming there but it was only a few of us and it was just a personal project, I wasn’t shooting a commercial. Also, yes I absolutely scrubbed the tub (twice) before I asked someone to get in it. I would highly recommend bringing cleaning products if you’re planning on doing anything here.

If you’re not sure what room you want, ask to see a couple options. If it’s someone nice they’ll show you a couple to choose from.

Good luck out there!