After a nine hour drive through California to Beatty I could not express my joy upon seeing the lights of the Atomic Inn, unfortunately it really didn't turn out to be as I had expected. We were situated in one of the rooms at the front, which was fine as it was quiet enough, we were able to park directly out front and it was a quick walk to the bars.
The motel itself is very close to the ghost town of Rhyolite which is well worth a visit and is also only 8 miles to the entrance of Death Valley NP. However, it is on a side street and seems to be in amongst a residential trailer park....admittedly we did have some doubts over the security of the place. We stayed in room number 5 and there looked like there had been some recent activity near the door lock, however our trip was incident free, so we maybe we should reserve judgement on that one?
The girl on the desk was nice enough, but I am afraid the cleanliness of the place does need to be addressed. In our bathroom there were very long dark hairs over the floor, the inside of the shower curtain was filthy and either needed bleaching or replacing, and there were small black dog hairs all over the bedspread. I guess you get what you pay for, but with a bit more attention to detail on the housekeeping front, this place could be a million times better. The bed itself was comfortable enough if you can get past the fact that you just need to get on with it as it too late to head on elsewhere, and the exterior decor was cool.
I was really looking forward to spending two nights in this retro motel, but ended up staying for only one, as I felt more itchy than kitsch-y after a nights kip here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atomic Inn is a newly remodeled retro-themed motel located only 6 miles from the Death Valley National Park entrance. All rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. Many rooms now have flat screen televisions and DVD players. NEW - Now the only motel in the area with dial from your room room service - order some popcorn and root beer to go along with your movie. NEW - DVD rentals and popular board games available for check out at the front desk! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Atomic Hotel Beatty
- The Phoenix Hotel Atomic