While on our way to Tahoe from L.V. we split the seven hour trip with an evening stay in Tonopah. The Jim Butler Hotel sits on main street right next to the now shuttered Mizpah. This places it right in the middle of walking distance to everything that you would want to see in this little town except for the mine park tour which is up on the hill behind the hotel a distance. This hotel is older style, but well built. Once we were in the room we could not hear traffic or noises from adjoining rooms or even the upstairs room as we were booked downstairs. Being a quiet hotel where you can get a good nights rest was perfect for the next days drive. We drove around town and looked at the other available hotels from the outside and they all looked like they were cheaply constucted and had paper thin walls. That evening we ate at the new Mexican restaurant a few blocks down upon referral from the night clerk and it was allright..so-so. We slept well that night. The next day before we left we did the mine park tour which is very large in size and you could spend several hours hiking around if you are so inclined.
My only concern with our stay was that as we walked the mainstreet at night we noticed a couple of trucks and cars continually cruising the street and our hotel full of what appeared to be high school kids. I guess there is not much to do in a town that size at night for teenagers. After they circled our hotel for the third time looking at the vehicles parked around it I went out to our car and took the rest our luggage inside to our room. Although our car wasn't messed with you might do the same once there.
If you do stay there be sure to engage night clerk Wanda in some good stories about the next door Mizpah where she worked for several years before it was shuttered. All the folks in this town know the town histories and lifes of its characters well.
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