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The Joy Motel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Joy Motel is a joyous place indeed! I found it a few years ago when I was on a road trip specifically focused on finding cool roadside attractions – and thought I’d died and gone to heaven! Located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas – it still features 50′s and 60′s inspired rooms! It even has a vintage 1932 swimming pool!

They claim to be the “original Motor Motel” of Eureka Springs since 1929! Wow! Kudos to these folks for keeping the flame alive! Their motto is “We’ll bring out the joy in you!” No wonder I was attracted to the place! Here’s another quote from their site:
“Keeping the retro style and the service of the Good ole Days is what we are all about. Sit around the oldest and largest swimming pool in town, sipping your favorite beverage. Make a S’more, or roast a marshmallow at the Fire Pit! Lots of friendships have started around the ole Fire Pit!!!”

And it even gets better: they offer a full pancake breakfast with your choice of blueberry, chocolate chip, peanut butter or plain pancakes – and a glass of TANG – wow!

Well, you know how the internet is when you’re looking for information: eventually you have to read the tripadvisor reviews. I couldn’t help myself and sadly the first one was by some very upset customers that said the place had been taken over by new owners who weren’t keeping it up – they had had their original honeymoon there many years ago and come back for nostalgic reasons and claimed it was in poor condition.

Then I proceeded to read many glowing reports from folks that said the new owners had improved the look and cleanliness of the place. From my perspective as someone committed to preservation – I still give the new owners my thanks for keeping a great old tradition alive!

The Joy Motel rocks!

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  1. Kenneth Roberts says:

    Come back again – its even better now!

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