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Amargosa Opera House and Hotel
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13 reviews
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“Unbelievably bad hotel”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

With all the respect to historical past of Amargosa Opera House, I must admit that motel is in a very poor condition and running further down to the hill. It is possible to tolerate the absence of TV, refrigerator, and microwave in the room. It is even possible to tolerate pre-second World War rusty and squeaking plumbing, shower and note in the bathroom about “ancient sewer pipes at work”. However, terrible horse manure smell from stables just next to the motel window mixed with the smell of mold from dirty carpets is reaching a critical limit of what is not acceptable and even dangerous for your guests’ health. Nobody knows when the carpets were vacuumed last time and dust cleaned. However, the Amargosa owners still manage to lure visitors to their hotel by posting on line Opera House heyday pictures. I’m surprised by this motel owner’s fearless behavior and passive waiting for some virus outbreak or falling apart of the building itself.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Extraordinary...the stories behind the paintings and murals are exceptionally vibrant and interesting...Alaina, our host and tour guide, shared memorable moments of fascinating intrigue expertly weaving the past and present into her presentation.

Marta's life and incredible works of art gave one pause, a clever and interesting presentation of European arrival in the west and its subsequent upheaval of Native Americans, each mural flowing into the next, each with their own back-story, and each distinctly cohesive with the Spanish theme of Marta's paintings.

Definitely GO!! Laid back, lovely.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Tucson, Arizona
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2014

What a strange little place out in the middle of nowhere. Dusty, musty, run down opera house and museum with loads of desert charm. We had a tour of the rooms, the wall paintings were fantastic. If you are adventurous and love out of the way places, with some amazing history. This is the place for you.

Room Tip: Very dusty here. The wind blows all the time.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Holland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2014

First of all, let me say I am all for historic character and charm. I am always looking for places to stay that reflect the nature of the area, unique, etc, so this place should have been right up my alley. However, when it comes down to it I do have some basic standards for hygiene and cleanliness!!! This place did not meet them The woman who reclaimed this place is an amazing creative soul, and the paintings she left behind are charming. The opera house and all its' murals are definitely worth a look. However, she needed to find a good maintenance man and and a reasonable cleaning lady, and these are apparently difficult to find in this out of the way spot out in the desert, apparently. The first thing you notice when you walk in is an overpowering stench of something vile that permeates the lobby and hallways (was it sewage or was it mildew? My nose said it was mildew, but is this possible in one of the driest places on earth? I'm not sure). Once you get to the room, this initial impression is followed by that of a filthy carpet, incredibly decrepit furniture, and yellowed bedsheets. I was just hoping there was nothing in the room that was catching, if you know what I mean. The plumbing in the bathroom looked to be original to the building, which was built in 1927--although there did seem to be adequate hot water. We got zero room service during the three nights we stayed there. Really, if you can afford it, stay in the park, if you can't, it's worth the 30 minute drive to Pahrump to stay in a chain hotel!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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ilfracombe
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Well,what to say about this place! had I stayed in this hotel in say India or Nepal I wouldn't have been surprised at the overall shoddy upkeep. The hotel is themed as an opera house which on first appearances seemed quite quaint and novel. But once through the front door I was hit with the foulest smell of what I can only imagine was bad drains. the rooms weren't that much better,the carpets were filthy,there was visible rising damp around all of the walls the paint and the wallpaper were peeling giving the impression that this hotel was perhaps nice once but has long since past it's sell by date! the bed however even though looked like it had seventies sheets and cover was actually quite comfortable. In the morning however I found the shower to not be working in the antiquated bathroom. but,upon complaining i was immediately offered profuse apology and an immediate full refund. the staff were very friendly but the general upkeep of the place in my opinion was shocking. I do not expect to find a thick layer of dust all over the flat surfaces in reception. To some up,this is possibly one of the worst hotels I have stayed in outside of a third world country.

Room Tip: Avoid this hotel if you are looking for cleanliness,Don't be taken in by the well presented web...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Camas, Washington
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7 reviews
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

My experience at the Hotel is about 20 yrs old, fair warning. I first saw it in the '91 movie Delusion and was intrigued by the lonely location in the desert. (I love the deserts of the Southwest.) I finally made it to Death Valley Junction in the early/mid '90's on a road trip from Hwy 395 to Vegas, and got a room. At the time, only about 5 rooms were habitable, and the others were in various states of rehabilitation or just dilapidated and unused. I didn't know at the time about the rumors of the hotel being haunted, and I didn't have any related run-ins during my overnight stay.

I wasn't able to dine at the cafe since I was gone on a day trip until late, but the minimal wait staff (who doubled as hotel reception) were friendly and made me feel welcome. My room was simple, clean and quaint, and since I'm into vintage, retro and just plain historic, I wasn't bothered by decades-old stucco. I did wander out into the inner hall later in the evening and was struck by how dang quiet it was, but then, I might have been one of the very few guests staying there that evening. My lodging at the time was about $35, a downright steal in today's market. I was struck by the zen austerity of the locale and strayed outside to take more than a few pix of the entrance, main bldg and opera house, both in the afternoon light and later in the evening. (I'll dig up the pix someday and add them here.)

I regretted missing a performance by Marta, and sad to hear that she's finally hung up her pointe shoes. (I did chance to see her chatting with others in the parking area.) She was probably one of the main tourist draws, and I hope that the hotel continues to flourish. (See the documentary "Amargosa," if you can.) It's in a very remote location, but wouldn't it be great if a school dance troupe took the opera house on as a unique (seasonal) opportunity to carry on the tradition? Just a thought.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Big Bear Region, California
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102 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2014

This property is well kept and very pretty. The size is overwhelming. There is a restaurant onsite so no need to go anywhere. Everything you need is right there.

This is a beautifully well kept piece of history that is not be missed. If you go there expecting 5 star, you're gonna be very disappointed. It's clean, it's comfortable and the most amazing thing about this property is the staff. They go out of their way to make you comfortable.

But the most amazing thing about Amargosa is that it's haunted. Not every part of it, just the area that is not renovated. If you enjoy ghost hunting, this is the place!

Peaceful, relaxing and quiet sums up our experience and we'll go again and again! Thank you for such a great experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Amargosa Opera House and Hotel
Address: HR-C 608 Death Valley Junction, Death Valley Junction, CA 92328
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Death Valley Junction
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Death Valley Junction
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Amargosa Opera House and Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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