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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 28 rooms all with 2 queen beds - 21 Channels including local Las Vegas - Pet Friendly w/$10 Pet Fee Free Coffee ... more less