Elsewhere at the Madcap Motel

Elsewhere at the Madcap Motel Madcap Motel invites you to the whimsical dimension of Elsewhere. Come explore hidden passageways, merge dimensions, gaze into the galaxy pool, and stroll through the World's first ever time-warping wormhole.
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Inside Elsewhere you’ll find parts of your personality and a universe you never knew existed. (@milesaldridge)
05/03/2021

Inside Elsewhere you’ll find parts of your personality and a universe you never knew existed. (@milesaldridge)

Inside Elsewhere you’ll find parts of your personality and a universe you never knew existed. (@milesaldridge)

The travelers were dizzy with delight. They stepped into the bright lights of the sunny California afternoon and wiped s...
05/02/2021

The travelers were dizzy with delight. They stepped into the bright lights of the sunny California afternoon and wiped space dust off their shoulders. They couldn’t believe what they had seen. And they couldn’t wait to tell their friends about their journey to Elsewhere.

The travelers were dizzy with delight. They stepped into the bright lights of the sunny California afternoon and wiped space dust off their shoulders. They couldn’t believe what they had seen. And they couldn’t wait to tell their friends about their journey to Elsewhere.

At Madcap Motel we want you to be yourself. Whatever that means to you. No judgment. No pressure. Just a place where you...
04/30/2021

At Madcap Motel we want you to be yourself. Whatever that means to you. No judgment. No pressure. Just a place where you can let your freak flag fly high and proud. Today’s the day. The portal is open and waiting to welcome all weirdos. (@nadialeelee + @zizidonohoe)

At Madcap Motel we want you to be yourself. Whatever that means to you. No judgment. No pressure. Just a place where you can let your freak flag fly high and proud. Today’s the day. The portal is open and waiting to welcome all weirdos. (@nadialeelee + @zizidonohoe)

The woman in room 433 unpacked her bags, took a long bath, and climbed into bed. As she slipped her legs deep into the s...
04/30/2021

The woman in room 433 unpacked her bags, took a long bath, and climbed into bed. As she slipped her legs deep into the soft sheets she heard a gentle sound. It was her favorite song. Someone was humming it very quietly. She sat up in bed. The humming turned into singing and the song was coming from inside the fireplace in her room. “Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars, let me see what spring is like on, A-Jupiter and Mars…” sang the voice. The woman wasn’t afraid. The voice was beautiful. “Keep singing,” she said to the fireplace. And the voice from the fireplace obliged.

The woman in room 433 unpacked her bags, took a long bath, and climbed into bed. As she slipped her legs deep into the soft sheets she heard a gentle sound. It was her favorite song. Someone was humming it very quietly. She sat up in bed. The humming turned into singing and the song was coming from inside the fireplace in her room. “Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars, let me see what spring is like on, A-Jupiter and Mars…” sang the voice. The woman wasn’t afraid. The voice was beautiful. “Keep singing,” she said to the fireplace. And the voice from the fireplace obliged.

The couple stopped at the light and waited for the light to change. Red, to green, to yellow and back to red, again. The...
04/29/2021

The couple stopped at the light and waited for the light to change. Red, to green, to yellow and back to red, again. There was no rush. They enjoyed watching the light change. It gave them a chance to watch the asteroids float by soundlessly.

The couple stopped at the light and waited for the light to change. Red, to green, to yellow and back to red, again. There was no rush. They enjoyed watching the light change. It gave them a chance to watch the asteroids float by soundlessly.

The realtor drove past the planets. “The surface of Venus is covered in volcanoes. It’s no good. And of course Neptune h...
04/28/2021

The realtor drove past the planets. “The surface of Venus is covered in volcanoes. It’s no good. And of course Neptune has those nasty storms. That won’t do. Predictable weather is of the utmost importance. Have you given any thought to opening up your portal somewhere sunny? But not Mercury. It’s freezing at night,” said the realtor. J.P. had traveled to dozens of distant galaxies with much success. Portals were no big deal in other cosmos. But the people on Earth needed convincing. “Well,” said J.P., “Los Angeles is lovely at night.” The realtor sighed and turned the ship around. They needed to get back to Earth before rush hour on the asteroid belt. The traffic was notoriously bad this time of day.

The realtor drove past the planets. “The surface of Venus is covered in volcanoes. It’s no good. And of course Neptune has those nasty storms. That won’t do. Predictable weather is of the utmost importance. Have you given any thought to opening up your portal somewhere sunny? But not Mercury. It’s freezing at night,” said the realtor. J.P. had traveled to dozens of distant galaxies with much success. Portals were no big deal in other cosmos. But the people on Earth needed convincing. “Well,” said J.P., “Los Angeles is lovely at night.” The realtor sighed and turned the ship around. They needed to get back to Earth before rush hour on the asteroid belt. The traffic was notoriously bad this time of day.

Everyone comes to Hollywood to become a star. Everyone except Madeline. She wanted to become anonymous. She wanted to di...
04/27/2021

Everyone comes to Hollywood to become a star. Everyone except Madeline. She wanted to become anonymous. She wanted to disappear inside the throngs of faces looking for space up on the silver screen. She wanted to become completely invisible. So she took the job at the Madcap Motel. She wanted a job where she never saw the same people twice. So no one would ever truly know her. But the universe had a different plan for Madeline. Try as she might to become nobody, she was about to become somebody. She was about to become a face people would never forget.

Everyone comes to Hollywood to become a star. Everyone except Madeline. She wanted to become anonymous. She wanted to disappear inside the throngs of faces looking for space up on the silver screen. She wanted to become completely invisible. So she took the job at the Madcap Motel. She wanted a job where she never saw the same people twice. So no one would ever truly know her. But the universe had a different plan for Madeline. Try as she might to become nobody, she was about to become somebody. She was about to become a face people would never forget.

JP kept a watchful eye on the first round of travelers in the wormhole. He observed them laugh and clap, their cameras p...
04/26/2021

JP kept a watchful eye on the first round of travelers in the wormhole. He observed them laugh and clap, their cameras primed and ready for the next wild and wonderful surprise. After a year in isolation JP welcomed the noise of the revelry. It had been so long since he’d seen another person. “I just hope they leave soon, I could use some alone time,” he thought to himself as he looked at the clock.

JP kept a watchful eye on the first round of travelers in the wormhole. He observed them laugh and clap, their cameras primed and ready for the next wild and wonderful surprise. After a year in isolation JP welcomed the noise of the revelry. It had been so long since he’d seen another person. “I just hope they leave soon, I could use some alone time,” he thought to himself as he looked at the clock.

The man in the space suit wandered the aisles of the store looking for his old familiar friends. A container of Tang. A ...
04/24/2021

The man in the space suit wandered the aisles of the store looking for his old familiar friends. A container of Tang. A pack of tortillas. He remembered how one errant crumb could lodge itself into a button and become a catastrophic failure in zero gravity. He removed his helmet and bit down into a cookie. It crumbled onto his space suit and he lightly flicked the crumbs away.

The man in the space suit wandered the aisles of the store looking for his old familiar friends. A container of Tang. A pack of tortillas. He remembered how one errant crumb could lodge itself into a button and become a catastrophic failure in zero gravity. He removed his helmet and bit down into a cookie. It crumbled onto his space suit and he lightly flicked the crumbs away.

JP’s guests threw on an old record and danced. They couldn’t wait for their host any longer. Something about this place ...
04/23/2021

JP’s guests threw on an old record and danced. They couldn’t wait for their host any longer. Something about this place was making them want to dance. So dance they did. Madly, madly, madly they spun around, twisting and turning their bodies like no one was watching. But someone was always watching. Smiling. Happy to see his guests finally having fun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

JP’s guests threw on an old record and danced. They couldn’t wait for their host any longer. Something about this place was making them want to dance. So dance they did. Madly, madly, madly they spun around, twisting and turning their bodies like no one was watching. But someone was always watching. Smiling. Happy to see his guests finally having fun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

JP was looking for a Goldilocks planet to set down his machine. He needed to find life somewhere out here in this new ga...
04/21/2021

JP was looking for a Goldilocks planet to set down his machine. He needed to find life somewhere out here in this new galaxy. He had an important message to send back to the motel. Now if only he could find a signal out here.

JP was looking for a Goldilocks planet to set down his machine. He needed to find life somewhere out here in this new galaxy. He had an important message to send back to the motel. Now if only he could find a signal out here.

The woman sat in her car looking at the lights. The car was in neutral, gliding smoothly along a track in the touchless ...
04/20/2021

The woman sat in her car looking at the lights. The car was in neutral, gliding smoothly along a track in the touchless car wash. She thought about the last time she had touched someone, or someone had touched her. How long had it been? A distant honk snapped her back to reality. She looked out her dirty windshield and wondered how long this car wash had been closed. She shrugged and put the car in drive. She had a 4 pm check-in at Madcap Motel. And she didn’t want to be late. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The woman sat in her car looking at the lights. The car was in neutral, gliding smoothly along a track in the touchless car wash. She thought about the last time she had touched someone, or someone had touched her. How long had it been? A distant honk snapped her back to reality. She looked out her dirty windshield and wondered how long this car wash had been closed. She shrugged and put the car in drive. She had a 4 pm check-in at Madcap Motel. And she didn’t want to be late. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

How long had they been there? The guests wondered. How many days had it been since they arrived? How long had they staye...
04/19/2021

How long had they been there? The guests wondered. How many days had it been since they arrived? How long had they stayed? Were their neighbors worried? Had anyone bothered to take in their mail? It didn’t matter, they decided. Everything was perfectly normal and fine right here in Elsewhere. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

How long had they been there? The guests wondered. How many days had it been since they arrived? How long had they stayed? Were their neighbors worried? Had anyone bothered to take in their mail? It didn’t matter, they decided. Everything was perfectly normal and fine right here in Elsewhere. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

A friendly reminder from the front desk: DO NOT FEED THE HEDGE PEOPLE!
04/18/2021

A friendly reminder from the front desk: DO NOT FEED THE HEDGE PEOPLE!

A friendly reminder from the front desk: DO NOT FEED THE HEDGE PEOPLE!

04/16/2021
Elsewhere at the Madcap Motel

At the Madcap Motel, we’ve discovered a mysterious portal that we call Elsewhere. Come safely explore 17,000 sq. ft. of adventure, oddities, and magical performances. Are you ready to explore every hidden passageway and secret room? Buy your tickets to our portal today: www.madcapmotel.com

Did you check your mail? Madcap Motel is re-opening! If you are an original ticket holder you should have received instr...
04/13/2021

Did you check your mail? Madcap Motel is re-opening! If you are an original ticket holder you should have received instructions on rescheduling your tickets (and how to redeem your complimentary tickets!) If not, please email [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.

Stay tuned for more announcements coming this week...

Did you check your mail? Madcap Motel is re-opening! If you are an original ticket holder you should have received instructions on rescheduling your tickets (and how to redeem your complimentary tickets!) If not, please email [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.

Stay tuned for more announcements coming this week...

JP loved the atrium most of all. He enjoyed watching the guests mix and mingle in one place. At the height of the motel’...
03/10/2020

JP loved the atrium most of all. He enjoyed watching the guests mix and mingle in one place. At the height of the motel’s popularity it was the place to see and be seen. Now it was a beautiful tangle of overgrown plants and bubbling ponds. Nature took over as it always does. The maids diligently trimmed the greenery but space dust proved to be an excellent fertilizer.

Madeline opened the paper to the horoscopes. “This is a pleasant day because you are bound to encounter new faces, see n...
03/09/2020

Madeline opened the paper to the horoscopes. “This is a pleasant day because you are bound to encounter new faces, see new places and hear new ideas because something unusual will make this day memorable. Spontaneous short trips are likely. Take a friend and be open to new experiences.” She picked up the phone and dialed a number she hadn’t called in years. “Hi, it’s Madeline, how fast can you get to Madcap Motel?”

We’ve been told we have our head in the clouds. Maybe that’s true. But what’s wrong with being Elsewhere?
03/08/2020

We’ve been told we have our head in the clouds. Maybe that’s true. But what’s wrong with being Elsewhere?

Whenever a guest opened the curtains to their room it made Madeline think of fish in an aquarium. She could see inside t...
03/07/2020

Whenever a guest opened the curtains to their room it made Madeline think of fish in an aquarium. She could see inside their world. Their clothes laid on the bed, their suitcase tucked halfway under the bed. She enjoyed watching them as much as she enjoyed watching her little goldfish swim around the bowl on her desk. When her fish would disappear into his coral she thought it was just like the guests disappearing in the closet of room 433. “I hope you’re having fun in there,” she said as she tapped on the glass.

Thank you LA Downtowner for exploring Elsewhere! https://www.ladowntowner.com/articles/2020/1/24/market-market-pop-up-ta...
03/05/2020
Elsewhere at the Madcap Motel: An Immersive Playground Opens in the Arts District — LA Downtowner

Thank you LA Downtowner for exploring Elsewhere! https://www.ladowntowner.com/articles/2020/1/24/market-market-pop-up-tastemakers-7nmr7

Downtown Los Angeles is a playground unto itself, so it’s no surprise that immersive and interactive experiences have flocked to the neighborhood. The latest is titled “Elsewhere at the Madcap Motel”, created by Paige Solomon, an artist who cut her teeth making immersive content for brands suc...

JP watched the hands fly around the clock like the wings of a hummingbird. Time worked differently in Elsewhere. How lon...
03/05/2020

JP watched the hands fly around the clock like the wings of a hummingbird. Time worked differently in Elsewhere. How long had he been here? A day? Three weeks? 10 years? He couldn’t think about that now. He had another transmission to record. He just hoped someone would hear them.

A lot of people think it’s bad luck to open a portal to another dimension on Friday the 13th during Mercury in retrograd...
03/03/2020

A lot of people think it’s bad luck to open a portal to another dimension on Friday the 13th during Mercury in retrograde. But in Elsewhere, we make our own luck.

Bored of reality? Tired of the mundane? Then come to the Madcap Motel where 18 rooms of weird and wonderful surprises aw...
03/01/2020

Bored of reality? Tired of the mundane? Then come to the Madcap Motel where 18 rooms of weird and wonderful surprises awaits you. Click the link in our bio and get your tickets to Elsewhere! But remember, don’t feed the hedge people...

“Why it’s like I’ve always dreamt it would be,” said the woman from room 433 as she floated underneath the gentle waves....
02/29/2020

“Why it’s like I’ve always dreamt it would be,” said the woman from room 433 as she floated underneath the gentle waves. She was surprised at the ease with which she could speak underwater. And she could breathe as though she wasn’t submerged at all. As she walked around marveling at the sights and sounds a voice told her to make her way to room number 7. But she didn’t want to stop swimming just yet. She wanted to be in Elsewhere for a little while longer. It was so much more fun than reality.

Madeline Capri looked through the stack of photos left behind in room 433. The guests had been on a tour of all the wack...
02/27/2020

Madeline Capri looked through the stack of photos left behind in room 433. The guests had been on a tour of all the wackiest roadside attractions in America. But nothing, not the world’s largest peanut, nor America’s loudest bullhorn could prepare them for what they were about to experience in Elsewhere….

JP Sando had a knack for finding people who felt like a fish out of water. To them, JP was a paddling pool, a babbling b...
02/25/2020

JP Sando had a knack for finding people who felt like a fish out of water. To them, JP was a paddling pool, a babbling brook, a gentle stream. A safe place to dip their toes in without judgment. JP welcomed everyone who felt a little different, because he was different, too. He created his own family at the Madcap Motel. He welcomed everyone with open arms. And in 17 days, we are opening our arms to you. Welcome to Elsewhere.

The atrium at the Madcap Motel hadn’t seen the sunlight in over 30 years. But that didn’t stop the bathing beauties in t...
02/24/2020

The atrium at the Madcap Motel hadn’t seen the sunlight in over 30 years. But that didn’t stop the bathing beauties in their lounge chairs and bikinis from rotating every half hour to ensure an even tan.

Please remember to buckle up during interdimensional time travel.
02/23/2020

Please remember to buckle up during interdimensional time travel.

Eye believe we’ve met before. I think I saw you Elsewhere.
02/22/2020

Eye believe we’ve met before. I think I saw you Elsewhere.

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So, what exactly is Elsewhere?

In 1946, our grandfather, J.P. Sando, opened Madcap Motel in Downtown Los Angeles. For years, our family owned motel was L.A.'s premiere roadside destination. Then suddenly, in 1966, J.P. vanished without a trace. The motel shuttered its doors and sat vacant for 30 years.

In 2019, we decided to restore our grandfather’s beloved motel. And that’s when the peculiar postcards from Elsewhere began to arrive. Each postcard was signed by our long lost grandfather. He told us that behind the walls of room #433 was a hidden portal to another dimension. He called this dimension: Elsewhere.

With J.P.’s guidance, we got to work to restore the motel so we could open the portal to the public. After months of hard work, we now extend our warmest welcome to our modern day roadside attraction.

Your ticket to Elsewhere transports you to 17,000 sq. ft. of whimsical wonders and amusing adventures. There’s moving bushes, floating furniture, underwater worlds, time warping tunnels, and magic you have to see to believe. Start packing for your vacation from reality and check-in to check out what can only be explained as: Elsewhere.

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