Meet the Indian CEO of the Nevada Clown Motel That Will Give You Nightmares

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It was a dream come true for Hame Anand when he purchased the popular Clown Motel in Nevada over a year ago.

A clown fan: Anand has had a fascination with clowns since he was a child and has been collecting clown items for quite some time before he grabbed the opportunity to purchase the establishment in Tonopah in April 2019, PV Times reported

  • In an interview with Thrillist, Anand shared how he fell in love with clowns after a memorable trip to a circus in India when he was 14.
  • He brought his clown fascination to the U.S. when he migrated to study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009. 
  • Anand nurtured his love for clowns by collecting clown figures and dolls. 

Getting into the motel business: Anand’s family has owned two motels in Las Vegas and when he graduated, they urged him to get into the motel business as well. 

  • A former art director in his native India, Anand set his sights elsewhere and found the motel business was not for him at the time. 
  • While he found a job at Amazon, he still helped in the family business during his off days and slowly developed an interest. 
  • Impressed with the work he put in, his brother encouraged him to buy a motel of his own.
  • In 2018, a clown-themed motel was listed for sale and immediately caught  Anand’s attention.
  • Situated right next to an abandoned graveyard, the Clown Motel is a local landmark in Tonopah, Nevada.
  • The establishment is filled with an assortment of clown dolls, statues and other items some people might find creepy in a motel setting but also fascinating to others.
  • Bob Perchetti, who owned the “Clown Motel” for over two decades, put the property on the market for $900,000.
  • “I was just looking for a motel, and then I saw the Clown Motel in the news and I said, ‘I’m going to buy this (motel) no matter what,” Anand was quoted as saying.
  • His brother who offered to buy a motel for him was initially hesitant but eventually gave in “within five minutes” of seeing the hotel in person.

Clown Motel CEO: Anand recently moved to Tonopah and made some improvements to the iconic property.

  • Anand purchased new furniture, brought in new clowns and added several rooms to accommodate more customers from all over the world.
  • In addition to his personal collection of 200 clowns, Anand added some 500 clowns that people donated via social media.
  • Last year, a movie was released highlighting the Clown Motel, driving more interest in the motel.
  • “I feel very proud that I own this place or I run this place because it’s not just a motel. It’s like you are running some monument. It’s like a landmark,” he said.

Feature Image (left) via Famartin (CC BY-SA 4.0), (right) Hame Anand

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