I had stayed at Amargosa in July 2012 as a place to stay before going into Death Valley National Park and because my fiance and I knew about it's rich history. Our room then was relatively clean. We don't expect TVs or other amenities everywhere we go, especially in rural parts like this, and were fine with it. The room, which had doors both interior and exterior, was quaint. However, the seal under the exterior door was broken on one end, which enabled a path for insects to travel back and forth, though we didn't see any then.
Fast forward to July 2013: We decided to return to Amargosa to visit other parts of Death Valley we missed last year and found new management. We bonded with the previous manager and were looking forward to seeing him again. We booked the same room and found a very large spider in the curtain for the exterior door window upon checking in and got it out of the room. And the seal under the door wasn't fixed. We spent the night there, ridding the room of a couple of other insects (my fiance even found one swimming in the toilet bowl), and went to sleep. The next day we woke up and overheard an Asian family working with the desk clerk to get a refund on the night they spent or another night they had booked, then went to Death Valley park and then returned for the second booked night. When we were walking down the hallway, we saw a spider and it hopped away. Also, upon entering the room, my fiance found a huge beetle and then realized that under the desk in the room, there were unvacuumed dead bugs and a wad of dark black hair.
We went to sleep and I was up pretty early to get ready and dressed, eager to return to Las Vegas, where we had better accommodations for the rest of our trip.
There's a hotel and casino seven miles away that we will try to stay at if we go back to Death Valley and, while we hope the Amargosa survives, it will have to change it's cleaning regimen and perform necessary maintenance if it wants to draw and retain guests. There's also a cafe that is almost never open as well as flypaper in the common areas with dead flies all over it. I recommend a drive-by visit but not an overnight stay.
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