Abandoned Vegas to Cali: Royal Hawaiian Motel – Shuttered with Stunning History & Architecture!

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Abandoned Royal Hawaiian Motel

Vegas to California – Abandoned Royal Hawaiian Motel

Millions of people drive every year between California and the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. For those people the sights and sounds along I-15 on the road to Vegas become iconic. In this new series I plan to share some of the interesting things to see along the way between California and Vegas.

Tip: Make sure to check out our weekly MtM Vegas video podcast and our other Vegas tour videos

Abandoned Royal Hawaiian Motel in Baker, California

The Royal Hawaiian Motel shares its name with a very famous hotel on Waikiki. While this version sits abandoned in the middle of the Mohave Desert, it still has quite an interesting history. Built in 1957, this slice of Hawaii served guests for over 50 years. Now unfortunately it sits shuttered and abandoned.

In this abandoned Royal Hawaiian tour we’ll take a look at the 43 room motel including some of its rooms, its pool and common areas and the stunning reception area featuring a ceiling you’ll definitely want to see. Perhaps this place has seen better days, but its history is undeniable.

Abandoned Royal Hawaiian Motel – Bottom Line

Baker, California is home to a number of abandoned places including a couple of other shuttered motels and an abandoned prison which saw not only escapes but also a major riot. Royal Hawaiian’s history isn’t as dramatic, but it remains a very unique jewel now rotting away in the middle of the harsh desert. What did you think?

Shawn Coomerhttps://milestomemories.com/
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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  1. This was great . The contrast of Tesla chargers and the abandoned motel within feet of each other tells a story itself.
    The wood ceilings are beautiful, I would hope some use could be made of the wood .

  2. I agree with the previous comment. Excellent and interesting video. I’m already a subscriber and view MTM every day. Really enjoyed your tour of the closed Vegas casinos and of the new Virgin hotel. I would love to see more videos like this. Keep up the good work!

  3. @Shawn – I was impressed with the video quality as well as your copy/commentary. You should do a couple of these (travel-related) and make a pitch to the Travel Channel or Smithsonian Channel.

    Keep em coming.


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