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“Clown Motel--best value in Tonopah for economy lodging”
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Clown Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Tonopah B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 October 2011

I've stayed at the Jim Butler, the former Silver Queen, and the Best Western. The Clown is $15 cheaper than any of the above. I don't know why Tripadvisor calls it a B&B; it's an older mom 'n pop motel offering basic lodging at a competitive price. It shows some wear and tear--but that's to be expected for under $38 for a single. I was told all rooms have two beds.

As mentioned by other reviewers, the clown decor stops outside the room. There is a fridge, microwave, and AM coffee in the office. I had no housekeeping or maintence issues. There is no highway or RR noise. I was particularly impressed with the efficient responses both by phone and email when I made my reservation, which I had to change--no problem.

For those who expect a fitness room and concierge service--drive another 200 miles to Las Vegas. For those seeking basic lodging at a low price, I recommend the Clown.

Miscellenia--the Clown is within walking distance of El Marques, a superb Mexican restaurant. It is adjacent to the orginal town graveyard; reading the poignent tombstone inscriptions gives one a vivid connection with the tough men and women who built up the country a century ago.
The nearby Tonopah mining museum is worth searching out for history affectionados.
The museum on the west side of the highway leaving town to the south is also interesting, and included WW2 items fromTonopah Army Air Force field.
As of Oct 2011 the Hotel Mizpah reopens--while I doubt if rooms with be as cheap as the Clown, this century-old historic hotel should be worth a visit.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

I have stayed here twice, with 3 dogs and have had a very pleasant stay each time. The people who run the Clown Motel are very helpful. Room includes a microwave and fridge. Tonopah is an interesting place to explore with it's mining history.......check out the Tonopah Mining Park........and don't forget the cemetery right next to the Clown Motel. And the clear skies at night are the best for viewing the stars in Tonopah. You simply cannot beat the low cost to stay here....great place!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank Lucy M
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

We come through Tonopah several times a year. That's what people do; Tonopah is not a destination, but a place to rest on your way to somewhere else. My requirements were few-- a decent A/C system, a decent bed, and quiet safety.
Well, the owner was nice, the bed was okay, but this is not a place I would return to. We were given a room on the second floor right next door to a guy who, I think, lived there. No window on that room, just a blanket and a weird room cooler. Big boots outside the door along with other junk. I would have felt nervous if I was a woman alone. We ended up having no problems with him, but this motel should not allow all this junk lying around.
The air conditioning and heating system was ancient and noisy. There were no holes in the walls (like at National 9) but everything was worn. There was a table with two chairs in the room and both chairs were completely trashed and held together with duct tape. We were really grossed out by the toilet seat. It was one of those squishy padded ones, and had multiple rips in it. Come on! Toilet seats are only a few bucks!
I had no problems with the clowns, the cemetary next door or the funkiness. What I had a problem with was basic necessary maintenance. Oh, and just like the other reviewer's experience, when I went to get some ice from the machine, it was broken. In 90 plus degree weather, we were not happy.
The next night we moved to Jim Butler Suites- much better. See my review on that place.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Katinca
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

I have stayed here twice. Both times same great service. Ok so it has alot of clowns but not in the rooms. The hotel is old but the rooms are clean. When going to motels I always check the beds when I first get into the room after a bad expierence at the National 9 in the same town. These beds are clean and matresses are in good shape. They have coffee in the mornings in the lobby. Great deal for your money.

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

A classic example of small-town Americana. There are clowns everywhere: the sign on the highway is a clown, the number on the door to your room is a clown, and the office has shelves with zillions of clown figurines. Tastefully, there was but one clown inside the room--a nicely executed framed print. I imagine kids would enjoy staying here (these are friendly clowns, not scary clowns), as would anybody who is young at heart. My room was large, and included a mini-fridge and microwave.

The property is old and worn. The indoor-outdoor carpet on the stairways has been patched many times; there was crumbling plaster in the bathroom; and the air conditioner struggled to keep the room cool (admittedly, on a warmer than usual day), emitting a loud bang every time it cycled on during the night. The icemaker was broken, so the manager handed out ice in styrofoam cups from a freezer in the office--a cupful doesn't go far in this hot, dry climate.

The room for one was quite inexpensive ($35.)

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

This is an older property but is well maintained. We had a refridgerator and microwave. It was away from the gambling so it was quiet.

It is very reasonably priced.

The clown motiff was a nice change from the blandness of most motels.

This place is not a fancy motel but I look for comfort and cleanliness and this place has both. I would stay here again if in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2015
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Room Tip: A evitar. Só pernoitei porque todos os outros hoteis e moteis estavam esgotados.
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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Address: 521 N Main St, Tonopah, NV 89049
Region: United States > Nevada > Tonopah
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Tonopah
Number of rooms: 28
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28 rooms all with 2 queen beds - 21 Channels including local Las Vegas - Pet Friendly w/$10 Pet Fee Free Coffee ... more   less 

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