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“See the opera”

Amargosa Opera House
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Owner description: In 1967, ballet star Marta Becket began renovating this opera house and performs there to this day.
Sebastopol, California
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117 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“See the opera”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

This odd place is was built and painted by Marta Becket. She is unable to perform anymore but you may still get to meet her. She did all the 3-d illusion paintings in the opera house and in the connected hotel.

Thank Linda R
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Royal Oak, MI
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“Who'd a thought!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2011

On our drive to Death Valley from Las Vegas, we were starting to get hungry and decided to stop for lunch. We happened to time this event just right as we were at Death Valley Junction where the historic Amargosa Hotel & Opera House is situated. The sign announcing a tour of the place for $5 called to us and the lovely little picnic area looked just the place to have a lunch. Patty, our affable guide, gave us a grand tour of the premises. What an amazing place. Who'd a thought we'd find a little gem like this one in the middle of nowhere? Marta Becket, who still performs on Sundays, did one great job decorating the opera house. Her whimsical audience is enchanting. The hotel rooms, also decorated by Marta, proved to be just as entertaining as the opera house. Patty informed us that the hotel has paranormal activity though when we were touring we did not experience anything out of the ordinary.

The tour was well worth the $$ and the staff were more than helpful and accommodating. We did not stay at the hotel, but I suspect it would be an interesting evening if we had.

After the tour, we noticed that the Amargosa Cafe was open, so we opted to eat there. The cafe staff were just as much fun and quite capable in the kitchen. Don't expect a grand gourmet meal, but do be prepared for a substantial and well-prepared meal. The fare is sandwiches, breakfasts, and a few dinner entrees. The day we ate there, the special was an Italian sub with French fries. My husband and I shared it; the sandwich was huge and stuffed with meats and cheeses. The fries were excellent.

All in all, this fabulous spot in the middle of nowhere is a treasure.

Visited November 2011
Thank winniec1
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St Georges Basin, Australia
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43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“An experience for the adventurous traveller”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

We were made to feel quite welcomed although we arrived quite late without a booking by Reg. If you want something to eat, get there before 8pm. We had some food with us so this was not a problem. There was plenty of coffee. We were shown the various themed rooms, so we could make our choice. All in all a very restful night. And was a little dissappointed their were no apparitions. Marta's wall paintings are a sight to see. Experience this piece of history before modern day catches up. We Loved it.

Visited July 2011
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Fontana, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2011

My wife and I traveled over three hours to view and tour the opera house. When we arrived, we were told that the opera house was being used for a club meeting and that we would not be able to tour it at the moment, and that if went and had lunch that we would possibly be able to tour it after lunch. After eating at the Amargosa Cafe, we returned to the Hotel, and were told that even though the club was not in there at the time, that their stuff was still in there and that we were not allowed to enter. We asked if we could just look in from the door while being accompanied by a worker, and were told there would be no tours that day at all. It was Saturday morning about 11:00 am. There was a young man there that was extremely polite, and set up a video of one of the performances for us to view, and was helping many other guests at the same time - filling a low tire, etc. I was told he normally cleans the rooms. He should be commended for his efforts, but Rick's decision was quite a disappointment for us after making such a long drive to see the place. The hotel appeared to be in great disrepair from the outside. The only great thing about the place was all of the hired help we met was very friendly.

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“Out of the ordinary, amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2010

So first off, if you are looking for just a typical hotel to spend a night at or a high quality hotel, look someplace else. But, if you are looking for a place to stay AND want an adventure, this place is the best. This "town" is definitely a ghost town, there are only two working buildings, the hotel (including the opera house) and a restaurant next to the hotel. They do have Wi-Fi in the lobby (it's a little slow, but still nice to have).

The hotel only has just over 20 rooms (I think 24) with wonderful paintings from Marta Becket in almost all the rooms. You will notice however that there is no room 13 or room 1. Oh I forgot to mention, this hotel is haunted; It is quite amazing.

When you enter the hotel, there is a certain haunted/eerie vibe. The long hallway has a mirror at the end and has spooky light fixtures, along with paintings on the walls that look almost real at times. Inside the rooms it is very quiet, you don't hear any outside sounds or the room next door. As far as the haunted part goes, the whole U-shaped building isn't in full use, the majority is kept in its unfinished state. One of the managers gave us a short tour of the unfinished part in the evening. It was pitch black and very very creepy, also random noises happened and there was slight changes in the temperature in some areas. I got some great pictures that all have these strange orbs, the manager said that is very common and are most likely some type of ghost, they are not water drops or dust. As far as haunting in the actual hotel, a few things would move slightly after returning to our room, and late at night I was using the wi-fi in the lobby with another person (we were the only ones there), and we heard a door slam in a darkened room where no one was.

So this hotel is definitely an adventure hotel, and I would highly recommend it. Make sure you have reservations far ahead of time as this is the nearest and most popular attraction for Death Valley.

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