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Amargosa Opera House and Hotel
Cleveland, Ohio
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“Once in a lifetime experience; not for wimps!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

The Amargosa Motel is like no other lodging you'll ever experience... that is for sure. But it is not for everyone! Staying at this historic site is a trip back in time as well as the closest thing to experiencing a Death Valley legend firsthand (meeting owner and artist-in-residence Marta Beckett). You have to be in love with the lore of the dancer who turned her back on the Big Apple and found her soul on a small stage in the Amargosa Valley. The motel was built as part of a company town in the 1920s. It had not undergone any major rennovations since. If you don't want to stay in the Xantera properties in the National Park, this is your best choice for lodging in Death Valley. The rooms are shopworn, but very clean. Where else can you sleep in a work of art? Marta Beckett's painted murals adorn most of the rooms as well as the halls. The beds are clean and comfortable, the room amenties sparse to non-existant. The showers are big (each has its own skylight) and you'll love the water pressure (not bad for a place just outside Death Valley). The staff is very friendly and efficient, but 24-hr desk service is something reserved for the big boys in Las Vegas. In colder months the rooms are supplied with space heaters. Lodging at the Amargosa costs a fraction of what it costs a few miles down the road in the National Park. The newly opened cafe is simple, clean, and about as close to home cooking as you'll find outside of your house. Marta is recovering from an injury, so her performances and appreances are very limited. She graciously granted me a brief visit while I was at the motel in early February.
Experience a unique facet of Death Valley while you can at the Amargosa Opera House!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2011

I consistently felt like the man who was running the hotel (and the opera house) was running some kind of racket. We are not picky travelers. In fact, we like to stay in quirky places. This went off the map with quirky on several levels.

We had called ahead to ensure Marta Beckett was going to perform, so we are one of the few reviewers on this site who actually saw her. What I saw was the manager and his girlfriend basically running a racket with the remainder of something that used to be wonderful 50 years ago. Ms. Beckett was escorted to a seat by the manager (who had eagerly taken money for tickets from everyone). She then sang bits and parts from various plays she had written years ago, with about an hour total of chatting/singing. I was torn between admiring Marta and feeling absurdly sorry for her and what seems to be her situation. After about an hour, the manager hauled her off stage and we were left to return to our rooms.

We went back to our room to discover there was no heat. It was a chilly night. We each showered in a room with holes in the roof and climbed into bed under a threadbare comforter. The walls, while they were lovely due to Marta's previous painting handiwork, were both crumbling down and so thin I heard an entire conversation of our neighbors before drifting off to sleep.

No ghosts came to visit us (then again, we weren't looking for any). We were just greeted by a COLD room and no place to get breakfast the next morning. The cafe was never open and the nearest town was several miles away.

In short, stay somewhere else when you visit Death Valley. If you want to see the Opera House, just pay the $5 and drive on to another place to sleep.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Seal Beach, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2011

I saw an article 23 years ago about this place and the Opera House and always wanted to go. Looked at their website and everything looked OK so booked a Saturday night, thinking I'd see Marta and the other entertainer. What a disaster.
1) Marta only performs on Sundays
2) The other performer quit in early January - the Hotel did not tell us before we arrived
3) Absolutely terribly run down. Carpets needed repair. Thin walls let you eavesdrop on your neighbors conversations.
4) The coffee in the lobby smelled like urine
5) No TV, no phones
6) This had to violate ordnances with no working smoke alarm

I only learned about the history of ghosts until after I got there. Not that it mattered - this place is creepy enough without them.

Do yourself a favor and if out this way, just keep on driving through.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2011

I had read some reviews of this place and had mixed feelings about staying there - we decided maybe we would camp in Death Valley in order to save money rather than staying at Furnace Creek or elsewhere and I just wasn't sure whether this place would be too run down etc. etc. from the reviews. Enroute to Death Valley we stopped in to have a look and to enquire about availability - there was one room left and it was reasonably priced, so we decided to book it and only camp one night in the park instead of two. Turned out to be a great decision. The hotel is old, no question, and it is no-frills, but the service was pleasant, the rooms were comfy and clean and the history of both the hotel and the location is really interesting. There is a simple, no-frills cafe near by where you can get a bite to eat. Was sorry to not be there for the show in order to get the full experience. Definitely worth a visit for the adventurous and for those with simple needs from a hotel.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank LittleFishHalifax
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Anaheim, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2011

A smelly, rundown, dirty place with few redeeming qualities. Peeling paint, worn out and dirty carpet, no cold water in bathroom, bathroom floor tile broken and missing, horrible sewer smell in the bathroom (which was almost sickening) and water turned off on toilet are some of the main first impressions. The property sorely needs some upkeep and has major maintenance issues. Based on my first impression (and inspection of bedding), I could not bear the thought of sleeping in the bed and used a sleeping bag I had brought on the trip. It's really a shame the room was so horrible because the property has a historic and architectural allure that I found intriguing. It's worth a drive-by for the interesting historical value but do yourself a favor and drive 30 minutes up the road for an overnight stay.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2011

Loved the experience of staying here for one night en route to Vegas but to be honest was looking forward to our 5* night of luxury in Sin City the following evening. No-where else quite like it!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank Paul K
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2010

It was overcast and windy when we left Las Vegas and drove north west toward Amargosa Valley and the famed Amargosa Opera House and Hotel. It was to be a birthday treat for my sister-wife. We had seen Ghost Adventures and were excited by the opportunity to stay at the Hotel in search of our own ghostly experiences. The Opera House and Hotel were built as a social club and lodgings for borax minors. It maintains its historic architectural form. Spanish style white washed adobe.

The Opera House and Hotel are a non-profit dedicated to preserving the art of Marta Becket. Her murals adorn both the Opera House and parts of the Hotel. A whimsical and lively audience adorns the Opera House wall, and the Hotel room host a variety of beautify rendered cherubs, acrobats, and statutes. It is truly a magical place.

The Hotel maintains its character . . . no televisions or telephones in the rooms. The window air conditioners kept the rooms warm and oozy. To insure a ghostly encounter we stayed in three different rooms, and all were comfortable and clean. The staff was friendly and kind. It was a magical experience.

The Cafe food was very good!

The Hotel is close to Death Valley, Ash Meadows, and Shoshone. We visited the cave house dug into the bluffs in Shoshone. I found the entire experience relaxing, restful and fun. I will be going back, and hopefully soon!.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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1 Thank RoseofAberlone
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Property: Amargosa Opera House and Hotel
Address: HR-C 608 Death Valley Junction, Death Valley Junction, CA 92328
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Death Valley Junction
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Amargosa Opera House and Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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