Who is ready to venture inside the magical Madcap Motel in Downtown L.A. ? I promise this experience is unlike anything you have seen or experienced before? The experience unfolds in a once abandoned, now fully restored 1960’s motel. Once you check into the motel, all things go a little strange and guests are transported to an alternate dimension known as ELSEWHERE. The Motel’s mastermind behind Elsewhere is J.D. Sando, the original owner of the Motel, who hasn’t been seen since 1966. This year his family decided to remodel the Motel, when they started to receive postcards from their Grandfather J.D. Sando. The postcards alerted the family of the mysterious portal located behind room #433, called Elsewhere. Now the family has reopened the 17,000sqft of space to allow visitors to be transported to Elsewhere and enjoy the different whimsical rooms of the Madcap Motel.
When you arrive at the Motel you will be greeted by the lovely hotel staff, whom are decked out in their 1960’s Motel uniforms. Upon checking in, you and your small tour group will wait in the hotel lobby. There folks can take pictures and use the restroom prior to officially heading into the different motel rooms. Once they let you into the first Madcap Motel room you will be greeted by one of the housekeeping staff that will breakdown the Madcap rules for you and your family. You will notice every piece of furniture and knickknack is reminiscent of the sixties.
Next you will be lead into the main atrium of the motel space where you can start to venture into the different motel rooms. They will zig and zag and take you on all sorts of fun unknown adventures, This was the part that my children absolutely loved. They really enjoyed each room and found that each room was more magical than the next. I think they went through each room at least 3 times. We spent about 45 minutes going through all the motel rooms and taking in each whimsical detail. Without giving too much away, my kids favorite room was the mirror room; what will be yours?
They thought dancing in the TV was the best experience ever. They danced around screen with big smiles under those masks. They loved it and as you can see my husband did too!
Here is my families favorite mirror motel room. This was the room where we spent the majority of our time. The kids loved seeing there image and the lights in all of the mirrors. Once you feel like you have had enough fun, you head on over to room 7 to line up to exit. They will usher you and the others ready to exit into the final room. There is no photography or videography allowed in this final room. I will not spoil the final surprise, but get ready for some fun magic to be had. Once they say their final goodbyes you will exit through the Madcap Motel gift shop where they sell Madcap Motel merchandise. There is also a fun photo booth you and your family can use to memorialize your visit to the Madcap Motel.
Be sure to check out this family friendly experience.at the Madcap Motel in downtown L.A. in the Art District. Tickets can be purchased here. They are open Thursday through Sunday from 3pm to 9 om and 11am to 9pm. Tickets cost $40 per adult and $30 per child, and children under 3 are free.
The Madcap Motel is located in the Downtown Arts District, at 940 E 4th Street in Los Angeles. For easier directions enter at 411 S Hewitt Street. When you arrive, there are two close by public parking lots. One is directly across the street from the entrance of the Motel and the other one is slightly down the street. Both require a $5 parking fee that can be done with cash or card. Masks are required throughout the experience and there is hand sanitizer throughout the facility.