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Amargosa Opera House and Hotel
Dsnberg from: Boise, Idaho
Published Date: Feb, 3, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2018 Rating: 3
The Twilight Zone
One of the oddest, weirdest, least inviting places we've ever stayed yet we'd go back again in a heart beat. Hotel natural hot water system runs through borax deposits. Best shower ever! Right outside of Death Valley. Take your own water and food. None there. Really is an opera house there. Tour is great.
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jan, 17, 2019 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
This is a historical building badly in need of repair. If you can't stand to have a broken or missing tile in the bathroom or a curtain that doesn't fit quite right then don't stay here. But if you want to learn a bit of history, meet some nice people, and have a unique experience then this is the place for you. The hotel doesn't have a TV in the room so we went to the commons area and played one of the board games they have available. We met new people, learned and laughed. When it was time to sleep we went to the room which was clean and comfortable and slept well. We all enjoyed our stay.
La_Elena_on_the_road from: Milan, Italy
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Nov, 10, 2018 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
An unforgettable experience
An unforgettable experience that deserves to be done once in life is surely to spend almost one night at the Amargosa Opera House & Hotel.
Located in a really small town named Death Valley Junction, close to the Death Valley National Park.
It’s been amazing spending a night in this amazing hotel and you have to visit the theater, it’s a place full of magic and history!
This is a real magical place located in a real suggestive place.
Just one last tip.... beware of ghosts.... :-)
janetary from: Fremont, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 5, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 2
Took a chance
I read many of the reviews. They were clear that the hotel is historic and one of a kind. That really appeals to me. The reviews also stated that the hotel is terrifically run down. That normally doesn't bother me. My husband has much higher standards in terms of comfort and quality. I thought, however, that the quirkiness and cultural interest of the hotel would overcome some of its shortcomings. I booked a night there, despite my reservations.
The place was not run down so much as simply crumbling, and even I was uncomfortable. I felt so guilty killing a fly because I thought it might make the place even ookier to my husband. Well there were at least 15 more flies in the bathroom.
We had to drive 7 miles into Nevada for food. There was a casino, and across the street a dingy saloon with bras hanging over the bar. We got a pizza ate half and went back to the hotel.
The place was awful and after hours of trying to sleep with the rattly air conditioner, light streaming in the window and weird assortment of smells and sounds, my husband had a meltdown. "I work hard so I don't have to stay in places like this...! Can't sleep at all - really needed a break - etc.!
I left for the common area and hung out with the cats for an hour or so before going back to the room. We packed and left in the very early morning and my husband eventually got back to normal just in time to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary the next day.
- Value: 2
- Location: 2
- Service: 3
TheSunRunnerMagazine from: Joshua Tree, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 30, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
The Real Death Valley Hotel
OK, so first off, if you're a finicky traveler who can't cope with things, go pay hundreds of dollars more per night and stay at whatever they're calling the Furnace Creek Inn now. But if you love the desert and old fashioned travel, a cultural icon of the desert (the legendary Amargosa Opera House), and you can enjoy modest accommodations in a historic property, this place is for you.
The Amargosa Opera House & Hotel is a historic property, built in the 1920s for the Pacific Coast Borax Company. It's a U-shaped complex built in Spanish colonial style, with the hotel, opera house, and cafe all in the same complex.
In 1967, artist/performer Marta Becket fell in love with the vacant auditorium here, Corkhill Hall, and a legend was born. Marta spent years painting the murals for the interior of the auditorium and it became the Amargosa Opera House.
Though Marta died in recent years, the Amargosa Opera House continues her legacy. When you stay at the hotel, dine at the cafe, take a tour, and/or attend a performance, you're supporting the nonprofit organization that keeps all of this going.
We arrived in October, 2018, for the opening of the 51st season at the Amargosa Opera House. It was fantastic. The Sin City Opera provided a superb performance, and the acoustics were excellent.
We had stayed at the hotel before, and while basic, the rooms are clean and well comported. We really liked that along the hotel portico, our room had a door that opened onto it, with a small table and chairs. We were treated to an informal evening of drinks, conversation, and music with other guests who had come for the opening performance. This is what travel used to be - meeting and interacting with fellow travelers. It added an additional layer of experience that made the stay special and unique.
Our room (#9) was supposed to be haunted, but we didn't experience anything out of the ordinary. Marta Becket had painted some mural artwork on the room's walls, and the bed was quite comfortable, the AC worked fine, and the shower, while it looked like a steampunk dream, was one of the best I've enjoyed at any hotel.
The Amargosa Cafe here is open regularly for breakfast and lunch, and is literally the finest dining establishment on this side of Death Valley. Though there isn't enormous selection, there is a standard of quality that we appreciated and enjoyed, and prices were very reasonable. They do sometimes offer dinners for special shows at the opera house.
The bottom line is that this is a cultural icon of the California deserts, and it's well worth supporting. It's a great base for Death Valley travelers who don't have a ton of money and who like desert history and culture. I highly recommend picking up a copy of Marta's autobiography, Dancing on Sands, while you're there. It's a fascinating story.
We love the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel (and Cafe), and will return as often as possible.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5