The Mizpah orginally opened around a century ago, and depending on whose stories one believes, may or may not have accomodated Wyatt Earp, Jack Dempsey, and Howard Hughes.During WW2 the Mizpah provided billeting to Air Corps personnel from Tonopah Army Airfield, but somewhere between then and now fell on hard times and closed. I'm delighted to report this historical relic is once again open.
I stayed one night in Dec of 2011. Off street parking is available next to the north entrance. I was offered (and declined) assistance with my luggage. Checkin was quick and efficient. There is an elevator--the hotel has five floors.
My room had obviously gotten a major upgrade--modern bathroom, ample electrical outlets, individual head/air conditioning control, but had retained its original ambience. No microwave or refrigerator, but a flat screen TV with forgettable channels. The decor,while new, was appropriate for a century old hotel.
The overhead light was harsh; the alternatives were two tiny bedside lamps. To me the lighting negated much of the ambience, making it difficult to read. I found the room underfurnished; aside from the bed and nightstands, the only other furnishing were a dresser and not-so-comfortable period chair. A very affable desk clerk let me look at some of the bigger vacant rooms. While they had more space, and some faux-western decor, I did not spot anything that looked like a comfortable chair.
The bathroom had a curious shower curtain arrangement which allowed water to slosh onto the floor. Too bad for the housekeepers. Nice toiletries, supurb quality towels.
The Mizpah has an in-house restaurant, which while adequate, is forgettable. I dined there because I was too lazy to walk a few blocks to El Marquez, the best place to eat in Tonopah. There is also a lobby bar, which I didn't visit.
In the hallway on my floor was a setup for morning coffee--but no coffee had been made. Possibly they don't bother when there are fewer guests?
I found the public areas overall gloomy, because of the dark paneling. But this is what one gets in a place that age.
My overall recommendation for Tonopah: For max economy, stay at the Clown Motel. For max ambience, spend $25-30 more and stay at the Mizpah.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the historic Mizpah Hotel, the heart of Tonopah since 1907. With 48 rooms, two restaurants, a future casino, two saloons and a couple of friendly ghosts, the Mizpah is both journey and destination. It’s a place for weary travelers, adventure seekers, and anyone with a hunger for good fun, food and drink. ... more less
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