Now, I knew already that Pahrump was a peculiar place, but on this trip to Death Valley, it was either Pahrump or Vegas, and we had had enough Vegas for awhile. Pahrump has its famous inhabitants, and its eccentrics and it is a side of Nevada that has interested me since childhood, so I didn't mind Pahrump itself. I have family who lived Henderson, Vegas, North Vegas and not in the best parts, and that branch of the family had different ideas about nearly everything. They smoke for example. To me it seems every person in Nevada smokes, so nothing ever seems completely clean. I expected this hotel/casino to be much worse than it actually was. It does not pretend to be anything that it's not. It's a safe place to stay in Pahrump, with gambling and a lively atmosphere. It is not seedy or gritty and people in the casino behave themselves, although they have several rooms of casinos somewhat blocked off from each other by doors or curtains and, enter at your own risk.
The girls at the front desk were friendly and we chatted for quite a while about clothes and hair upon checking in, and I referred them to places to shop in California. They did not, later, as has happened at other Nevada hotels, charge my credit card with something extra - and now, we have a special card just for travel that we monitor closely, with the ability to move money off the card so that only the approved charge will go through on that day. So, I'd go back to this hotel and use that card, or simply hope that I was friendly enough to avoid being singled out by the front desk staff. They were very sweet to us, and we had no complaints.
We had asked for one of the more expensive rooms in the hotel, and it was about $80. This too makes a difference. Our room was near the back of the hotel, not near the casino, had only one brief section of wall in the bathroom that was shared with others, and so noise was actually not an issue. The bed was big and covered in red velvet, and there was an enormous tiled (and clean) hot tub/bath tub in addition to a separate shower and bathtub. The big tub was right in the middle of the bedroom, and the TV was just fine. As we had spent a couple of days hiking and camping, it was great to run very hot water and soak in the tub and use the jets.
The room had been smoked in before (again, what room in Nevada has not been?) but it was definitely aired out and relatively clean. The carpet was old and worn, and I wouldn't have done my yoga on it without a mat. Again, that's what I expect in Nevada at this price point.
Main advantage of this place is that is on the way to Grand Canyon from Death Valley, and if you are needing a place to stay at the last minute, it's probably going to have availability. Use common sense about your credit card bill and you might be okay here. I certainly have recommended it to friends (who are somewhat intrepid). It's sort of like a low end Motel Six with a Casino attached, but also red velvet and big soaking pool in room. Nifty in its own way. Room was enormous, sheets were clean (we always check for vermin, no vermin).
I would warn my friend about room choice though - I don't think the rooms closer in to the casino were as quiet as ours, and I do believe the other peoples' comments about noise - we just lucked out to get this particular room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Pahrump Nugget Hotel and Casino, AAA's only 3 Diamond rated hotel in Pahrump. Our 69 all newly remodeled guest rooms provide amazing luxury and comfort at reasonable prices. Enjoy free wireless internet in our smoking and non-smoking rooms. We have plasma TVs in every room where you can enjoy Pay-Per-View movies as well as 43 cable channels and our very own local channel. We also provide room snack and beverage amenities for your convenience. ... more less
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