I concur with Frisco Road Runner. We stayed at the Lincoln Motel back in 2002 (the above pull-down menu only goes back to 2003) in the dead heat of summer while pedaling bicycles 4300 miles across the country (see: 911nyeduride.org) Back then, it was the only available place to stay (we booked months out). Very basic, hot, humid, and sticky. The air didn't work back then, but we had a place to stay. The owners were nice. Loved the $7 NY Strip steak across the street.
We'd pedaled our bicycles from west to east and stayed in Cold Springs the night before. Back then, the lodge with rooms was just a plan, so we tented. Well worth it for watching the Mustang horses that ventured down into the valley at 5am. Look for the Tree of Sneakers, the only tree on HWY 50, in the middle of nowhere.
We stopped at Middlegate before hitting Cold Springs for a 15-minute break. The rooms looked decent, but we wanted to make tracks. The owners (two couples) of Cold Springs were exceptionally nice and hospitable.
Love HWY 50. No wonder its dubbed "The Loneliest Road."