Motel Makeover is a reality TV show that was recently released on Netflix. The show follows two best friends Sarah Sklash and April Brown as they transform a run-down motel from the 70s into a chic, Instagramable luxury stay.
Sarah and April ventured into the hospitality industry without any experience. However, their previous project in Prince Edward County was a huge success and blew up over social media. Now, they’ve decided to take on a larger project and revamp an old motel with a pool and a restaurant into a classic beach getaway.
Netflix describes it as:
Amid project pitfalls and a pandemic, besties-turned-business partners bring their design magic to a rundown motel and revamp it into a go-to getaway.Via the Netflix Official Site
– Motel Makeover review does not contain spoilers –
The show takes us along for the ride right from the beginning from when Sarah and April first visit the location to when the motel is up and running. The show is divided into 6 episodes, each about half an hour long, which brings the total up to, more or less three hours. The show follows Sarah and April as they face challenges that come with stepping into the field without much experience.
If you are a fan of home makeovers, this show is perfect for you. The motel in question gets a complete overhaul and comparing the original to the revamped version is just so satisfying. Sarah and April, two budding moteliers, have no professional expertise when it comes to design or really, even running a hotel. But they end up doing such a great job, even with the limited resources they have.
Reality TV shows are, well, predictable for the most part. You know for a fact that the last episode will ensure that everything turns out to be the way it was. But with Motel Makeovers, you really see where April and Sarah have had to make certain compromises when things got complicated, especially with their tight budget and ambitious aims.
Out of the two, it is quickly established that April is better at projecting her creative vision and design while Sarah is great at working with numbers and making sure everything stays within budget. Although their roles intermingle quite a bit, this makes the show even more fun to watch.
In terms of the entertainment factor, Motel Makeover is rather slow. There really isn’t much to work with. No suspense holds the audience in or makes them want to binge-watch the entire season in one go. There isn’t much of a plotline either, and virtually no comedy.
The only thing that would prompt you to carry on watching the whole show is a curiosity to finally see the finished property, and for some, what the process actually looked like. Granted, much of the show felt like I was watching the vlog of a popular YouTube content creator, and it did get a little annoying at times.
Overall, the show’s been kept quite realistic, with zero to no interference from the producers. Every problem encountered was solved in a way that would need compromises in artistic visions, and if that’s not being super honest, I don’t know what is.
Final Verdict: Motel Makeover
True to its genre, Motel Makeover is reality TV at its best. Realistic, fun, and creative, it’s all you could hope for from a show like this. But is it worth the three hours you’d spend finishing it?
Fair warning, you’ll come out of it despising everything pink.
Motel Makeover is now streaming on Netflix.