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->''"Every night in a different place / I'll meet you tender lady / You're my no tell lover."''
-->-- Music/{{Chicago}}, ''No Tell Lover''

Also called a "fleabag hotel", it's the sleazy motel that rents rooms by the hour. The clerk doesn't ask what for, and doesn't ''want'' to know.

The No Tell Motel is where [[SmithicalMarriage philandering affairs]] and criminal deals take place. Human nature being what it is, that also makes it the site of gruesome unsolved murders. Long story short, if you have something you can drink, smoke, snort, shoot, or fuck but don't have a convenient/affordable place to carry out the activity in question at, you go here to do it.

Low-lifes on the run, prostitutes turning tricks, and the detectives who want to talk to them, will all end up here sooner or later.

See also SmithicalMarriage, and LoveHotels for Japan's more glamorous (or ''cleaner'', at least) equivalent. Detectives usually end up here by GoingByTheMatchbook. May also be a HellHotel.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has one. It ain't called "Immoral Motel" for nothing.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* During Marvel's Comicbook/CivilWar, Spidey, Aunt May and Mary Jane ended up stashed at one of these after he switched sides. The hourly rate was more than the rate for a whole night, to Peter's confusion.
* [[ComicBook/TheSandman The Corinthian]] is first encountered in one of these-- along with a sleazy owner dropping off room service and a teenaged male prostitute tied up in the bathtub. [[SerialKiller Of course, he ends up dead. It's quite possible that this is the Corinthian's regular modus operandi, but he was on the road already, after all.]]
* The entire ''ComicBook/SinCity'' series starts off in one of these as Marv is framed for murder.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Early Russian StopMotion animated classic ''Animation/TheCameramansRevenge'' features Mr. Beetle, a married man (married beetle?) taking his girlfriend out for a tryst at the "Hotel Amour".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Yuki, the bar girl prostitute in ''Film/TheWarpedOnes'', takes people to hotels like this for 30-minute stays.
* In ''Film/{{Highlander}}'', the motel that The Kurgan stays at in New York apparently has at least one door-to-door hooker (Candy). It's neither shown nor explained exactly what he does there. (For anyone else it would be obvious, but this is ''The Kurgan'' we're talking about.)
* Seen in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'', where Bruce Willis and his psychiatrist visit one to work out just what the hell is going on with their lives in privacy.
* When he is released in ''Film/PsychoII'', Norman Bates is ''shocked'' to find that this is how the Bates Motel is being run. He promptly sacks the manager, the hilariously sleazy Dennis Franz.
* ''Film/InTime'' also has their own variation.
* ''Film/LaHabitacionAzul'' (The Blue Room), a Mexican film, has this in its title, where the manager of the hotel especially rents the eponymous blue room for lovers and their escapades.
* In a Laurel and Hardy movie they are running from their awful, and armed, wives. As the two men run behind a hotel, the wife raises the shotgun and fires. At the sound of the shot, men jump out of every window, in their underwear with their pants in their hand and run down the alley.
* In ''Film/ApartmentZero'' [[spoiler: Jack]] [[BreadEggsMilkSquick picks a man up at the airport, takes him to a seedy hotel, has sex with him, and then murders him for his passport.]]
* ''Film/UmbertoD'': Apparently the boarding house is gradually becoming this. Umberto comes home to find that Antonia is renting out his room at 1,000 lira per hour to people who want a place for sex.

* Vlad Taltos and Kiera both find one of these immensely useful in ''Literature/{{Orca}}''. Which fits the trope quite well, considering they are, respectively, an assassin [[spoiler:on the run from an organized crime syndicate]] and the best thief in the entire Empire.
* ''Literature/LAConfidential'' has two examples - one is El Serrano motel, where Buzz Meeks waits to be snuck out of the USA ([[spoiler: he doesn't make it]]) and Victory Motel, headquarters of Mobster Squad run by the resident MagnificentBastard Dudley Smith, where out-of-town gangsters arriving in L. A. are hauled over and persuaded to leave and never come back (usually through applying cut rubber hose).
* ''Literature/TheBlackDahlia'' has The Red Arrow, which appears again in ''White Jazz''.
* In the Maggody mystery novels, Ruby Bee absolutely refuses to acknowledge that this trope applies to the motel she owns, even though it's an open secret that's what all the passing truckers rent rooms for. The only one who ''doesn't'' use it for his trysts is Mayor Jim Bob, who takes his girlfriends to Farberville's NoTellMotel to be farther from his wife.
* In ''Liturature/TippingTheVelvet'', Nancy visits one of these while working as a rent boy.
* In ''Literature/{{Nevada}}'', David rents a room at one of these in San Francisco's Tenderloin district to make it easier to buy the two things he's interested in: heroin and hookers.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Shown perfectly in the "Full Moon" episode of ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'''s Las Vegas has lots of these, generally complete with dead body.
** In one episode, Brass even (kinda sorta, but not really) jokingly says that when people die in motels like these, it's generally not reported for quite a while, because the owners keep renting out the room until the smell of the corpse has gotten bad enough that it can no longer be ignored.
** Another episode sees three homicides in the same room over a period of a few weeks. [[spoiler: The owner has put hallucinogenic drugs in the air freshener, which results in Hodges going crazy and almost killing someone]].
* With more hotel-like places, appears in ''Series/TheBill'', such as with the Chandler-[=McAllister=] relationship. The one that ended with him raping her on their wedding night and then shooting himself during a HostageSituation as she was in labour (with him in the room).
* In an episode of ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', Arthur Carlsen tries to spice up his marriage by taking his wife back to the hotel they stayed at when they eloped, but since then its aspirations have declined a bit...
-->'''Carmen''': "Arthur, there's a machine in the bathroom that sells... ''things''."
* In an episode of ''Series/HappyDays'', Joanie and Chachi had to stay in one when they took a trip to a Beach Boys concert without permission. The episode is even ''titled'' "No-Tell Motel".
* Sam and Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' check into No Tell Motels together fairly frequently. This does not help their [[MistakenForGay reputation]] at all.
* In the pilot of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Peter Burke checks Neal Caffrey into one of these on the grounds that it's [[FriendsRentControl one of the few places a person can live for $700 a month in New York City.]] [[ConMan Neal improvises.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Jesse stays at one of these, where he smokes some meth and has sex with a prostitute.
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Shawn's father dumps him at one of these when he leaves to chase after Shawn's mom, though it's not seen on screen.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': These were Faith's digs during her time in Season 3, pushing her character as TheLadette and she even uses it as a one night stand (well [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale two nights]]) with Xander. The Mayor upgrades her to a condo, but advises to maintain her old place as a cover.
* All over the place in ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''. The detectives are always frequenting these places to pick up suspects (and witnesses of the shady variety.)
* In the well-known ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Empire," Detective Curtis takes a witness played by Creator/JuliaRoberts to a motel to keep her safe over a weekend. The defense attorney later accuses Curtis of cheating on his wife that weekend and uses the phrase "no-tell motel"; it's clear by this point that the witness was manipulating Curtis in an effort to help the accused murderer get away with it.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'':
** Blanche is frequently referred to as making regular use of these, especially renting them by the hour. In one instance, she unknowingly books the girls into a hotel full of prostitutes, and gets them (the prostitutes ''and'' the girls) arrested; she chose it because it had the most men in the lobby.
** An episode of the follow-up series, ''Series/GoldenPalace'', details Rose's efforts to keep their hotel from becoming one of these.
* The motel where Earl lives in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''.
* The Starlight Motel, Cabot Cove in several episodes of ''Series/MurderSheWrote''. If an out-of-towner was staying at the Starlight, it meant they were up to no good one way or another.

* One features in the Music/{{Heart}} song ''All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You''.
* The Music/PanicAtTheDisco song "Build God, Then We'll Talk" is about one.
* In Music/{{Poison}}'s "Look What the Cat Dragged In" song, the second verse starts off in a No Tell Motel.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lupino's hotel from the first ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' game, which you have to blast through twice, was of this type.
* "King Arthur & the Knights of Justice" (SNES Action-RPG game) had a motel called literally "No Tell Motel".
* Also featured, in all places, in the explorable landscape of the game ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''. You can't take girls there, of course, being fifteen (and rated T) but... well, other people do.
* ''VideoGame/{{Galerians}}'' features one of these, complete with drug pushers, a sketchy maintenance man, pedophilic priests, men making nuclear weapons and [[AndZoidberg a whore]].
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has the Bison Steve hotel, where you can find ransom notes and a murder/suicide. It's also where a group of criminals are currently holed up.
* No More Heroes Motel in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' is the residence of one Travis Touchdown. While it does seem bright and cheery, [[CrapsaccharineWorld don't forget it's in Santa Destroy.]]
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has the Luckee Star Motel in Hollywood. After witnessing some brutal stuff there, you can ask the manager if he was aware of a dead body in one of his rooms. His response? "That early in the evening? Well, I guess I'll have to call the cops then."

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The ''[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Sweet Cuppin' Cakes]]'' [[YouMeanXMas Decemberween]] special is called "Cactus Coffee and the NoTellMotel". There is, of course, neither a No-Tell Motel or cactus coffee involved, but Eh! Steve's mouth does explode the universe, and Ready For Primetime does a tiny, tiny dance. Even Strong Bad is stumped and he ''created'' the show.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The motels frequented by Mayor Quimby in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. In particular, the "[=SLeEp-eAZY=]" Motel that Marge and the kids stay at during the episode "The Cartridge Family", complete with prostitutes at the entrance, coin-operated vibrating beds, and a corpse in the pool. Not to mention that whoever runs the place spies on the customers using video cameras. Homer, Marge (and Mayor Quimby) go to one closer to a Japanese style [[LoveHotels Love Hotel]] in "Grandpa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" too.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Screwed The Pooch" hits all the notes in this tune: prostitutes, sleazy proprietors, crime, roaches, non-working switches, Murphy beds, insane residents, people on the run, America's Most Wanted, police raids.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', king of the ParentalBonus and GettingCrapPastTheRadar extraordinaire of TheNineties, has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2MlMyrcUjY cut scene]] with one ''named'' the No Tell Motel. The cut version of the episode just shows the exterior of the hotel. [[CensorDecoy What they didn't cut just makes it even worse once you know what this trope is about]]!
* This trope was referenced in ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', where a hotel is called the No Tell Motel. We don't actually see this trope in action, though.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "A Smith in the Hand", has Stan pleasing his urge to masturbate at the 'Bates Motel (note the apostrophe).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is a hotel shamelessly called the ''No-Tel Motel'' in the sleazy part of Tucson, Arizona. According to the Tucson Weekly, [[http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/my-stay-at-the-no-tel-motel/Content?oid=1074415 it lives up to its name]].