I gave this place a 4 because most people want to compare hotels by certain standards, but I loved it's charm.. The room was clean, comfortable bed, adequate bathroom. We stayed 11-9-13 and it was a bit chilly at night, so the base board heater worked fine. Mini fridge & micro wave in the room. No one will confuse this place withe Ritz or Four Seasons, but I loved this place for the funky pleasure. We stayed here after a day in Death Valley & Beatty is about a 25-30 mile drive from the heart of Furnace Creek. Beatty has about 5 motels, and you could stay at the $6 budget chain, but it will be like any of the 1000 in the chain. Or stay here for the charm & a story to tell.
Atomic Inn has minimalistic desert landscaping, and two plywood "aliens" painted red & green with a de-activated (I hope) missile stuck in the ground. The funkiness continues with a model spaceship / flying saucer on the 50's style table in the lobby. (Area 51 is down the road a piece) The room was neat with what looked like 1930 art deco furniture, but was probably circa 50s or 60's. The walls were recently painted in alien green. There was a framed picture of a Russian space movie on one wall, and a B52 bomber on another. The bathroom had a framed beer ad from the 50s. Cool. Look at other reviewers photos to see the photos,
The room had a flat screen TV with a side mounted built in DVD player.. There are older DVDs in the lobby you can borrow free for the night (we watched Blazing Saddles). The WiFi worked great for 2 hours, then I had trouble re-connecting.
Read their website for the motel's environmental green program. They are small, but are trying, and we had a memorable stay. The continental "breakfast" is minimal - coffee in a paper cup, and a cellafane wrapped muffin. But they are $10 to $15 less than the other motels in town, so we opted for breakfast at a local restaurant. Kinda like a room & full breakfast for the same price.
Be sure to visit Rhyolite ghost town and the Goldwell Open Air Art Museum about 4 miles down the road, and check out Beatty while you're there.
This is not a lavish palace for your honeymoon, but we are in our 60s and enjoyed it for what it is. Places like this remind me of small funky motels on old Route 66. They are disappearing from America's roadways. Give them a try, you might like it too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atomic Inn is a newly remodeled retro-themed motel located only 6 miles from the Death Valley National Park entrance. All rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. Many rooms now have flat screen televisions and DVD players. NEW - Now the only motel in the area with dial from your room room service - order some popcorn and root beer to go along with your movie. NEW - DVD rentals and popular board games available for check out at the front desk! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Atomic Hotel Beatty
- The Phoenix Hotel Atomic