Iconic Eau Claire Motel for Sale (Free HBO)

Mike Paulus

If you’ve been thinking about busting into the motel biz, now’s your chance – an iconic Eau Claire motor lodge is up for grabs. Listed earlier this month, the Antlers Motel is currently available for $725,000.

Standing at the busy crossroads of Clairemont Avenue and Hastings Way since 1968, the Antlers Motel is known for being “that motel at the crossroads of Clairemont Avenue and Hastings Way.” Locals may also know it as “the deer antler one, over by Draganetti’s.”

It seems as though the Antlers Motel has achieved its kinda-sorta iconic status by simply being there for so long. The large deer logo on the sign out front has captured our imaginations for decades. It’s almost as memorable as the now-gone pagoda of Woo’s Pagoda, the longtime local eatery which once stood a short distance up Hastings Way. 

Billed as an excellent business opportunity (no doubt due in part to its prime roadside location*) the 17,170-square-foot motel boasts 33 guest rooms – 11 rooms with single beds and 22 with double beds. And get this. It’s got “onsite owner’s living quarters.” Just think, aspiring motel-preneurs, you’d be buying a motel and a new home all in one.

Based on 28 reviews, Tripadviser has the place ranked at 18 of 26 hotels in Eau Claire. One happy traveler calls the Antler Motel a “cheap gem,” saying, “For a cheap stay this place was great. I didn't have high expectations from the price but this place was super cozy and the an suprisingly large room [sic]. For 60 bucks a night, it was just fine.”

Another recent reviewer says, “Sure, it could use some updating, but so could my house, and for the personalized experience and price, it’s easy to overlook any perceived shortcomings. This is my go-to place to stay in Eau Claire.”

Other guests exclaim, “old time ambiance,” “comfy cozy,” and “parking lot for a boat.”

You can find more photos and listing info here and here. The property also sports a partial basement.

*"Located conveniently off Business 53 within 1-3 miles of UW-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Pablo Center of Performing Arts [sic] and River Prairie Center."

If you don't have $725,000, you could just grab this vintage postcard for  $18.99 (plus $3.50 shipping).
If you don't have $725,000, you could just grab this vintage postcard for $18.99 (plus $3.50 shipping).