Inside the seriously creepy clown themed hotel that proves nightmares are real

Picture a small motel tucked away in a former mining town in the Nevada desert, where everywhere you turn you'll find clown dolls, models and paintings.

Oh, and did we mention it's opposite a cemetery?

No, this isn't the setting for some creepy horror film; the Clown Motel is a very real place, and there are people in the world prepared to spend $50 (approx £38) to brave a night in the spine-chilling setting.

It's definitely not one for the faint-hearted.

From the moment you arrive, you're greeted by a giant grinning neon clown billboard to signal the entrance.

Outside, you'll find a life-size clown model cradling smaller figurines of the circus characters.

For those brave enough to soldier on and step inside, prepare to face the ultimate clown collection.

Every single nook and cranny of the motel is filled with clown models, stuff animals, porcelain statues and figurines.

Oh, and there are also clown paintings and portraits watching your every move as you check-in to your room.

There are literally shelves and bookcases filled with clown-themed items – and many look so sinister you'd be mistaken for turning on your heels and legging it out of there.

The good news is that if you are staying in one of the 28 bedrooms, you won't be sleeping amidst hundreds of clown figurines – although there are portraits adorning the room walls.

It seems that some have creeped out guests before, as the motel offers visitors the option to have the paintings covered with a cloth if you're feeling too unsettled to sleep.

The hotel's location only serves to add an extra touch of eeriness.

After all, you're in the middle of the desert and isolated from nearby civilisation, which any horror film fan will know doesn't exactly put the odds in your favour.

Oh, and then there's the Toponah Cemetery which sits opposite the motel, home to over 300 graves and rumoured to also be home to some lost treasure.

Several of those buried at the cemetery died from a mysterious plague in 1902 – and it's also the burial site of 14 miners who perished in a fire in 1911.

Honestly, we're getting major 'horror movie' vibes.

Of course with its quirky offering, it's no surprise that the Clown Motel continues to draw in visitors including truck drivers, bikers, road rippers and those who are in search of a spooky overnight stay.

Despite feeling like it's a real-life setting for a thriller, the motel continues to draw in visitors including truck drivers, bikers and people embarking on a long road trip.

It's even proving a hit on TripAdvisor, with guests leaving positive reviews after surviving their stay.

"I was delighted with this motel," writes one guest. "Definitely a novel experience. Barring the transparent creepiness, the locality is infested with black cats and the cleaning-man wears clown pants!

"The room was clean enough and the staff was friendly."

How to book a stay:

The motel is located in Nevada, on 521 N. Main Street, Tonopah. You can book a room by calling +1 775-482-5920 or clicking here.

The easiest way to reach Nevada from the UK is to fly into Las Vegas. British Airways has direct flights from £363pp and Virgin Atlantic also offers direct Las Vegas routes.

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