Our 11 year old grand daughter loved the place. The sky lights were neat
and we had no problem with showers. It is so quiet you sleep like a rock. People are friendly and helpful with information about the area.
We enjoyed our stay there. The art work is so neat to see and the shawl hanging on the wall looks so real. We enjoyed this experience.
If you are looking for TV, internet service, cell service, phone lines, Mc Donalds across the street, etc... then you probably should stay at the Motel Six in Barstow.
Though the rooms at the Amagrosa Hotel are modest, they are clean and full of character. I stayed two nights with a friend. I showered twice during my stay and both times had plenty of hot water. The rooms are equipped with an air conditioner that can make you put a jacket on when it is 80 outside. The staff was very friendly. This town has a story and if your into ghosts, the paranormal, etc. then a night there will definitely entertain you.
I had the privilege of attending Marta's show at the opera house on Sat. night which was an absolute blast! Her story is inspiring and the way she presents it..... well, presented only like an artist could present... Amazing! Though Marta's show alone was worth the drive, there are other points of interest near by. I had a nice afternoon hiking around China Ranch which serves up a great date shake. Also had the opportunity to relax in the Tecopa hot springs.
I have already started planing my next trip to go back this fall, I hope to catch Marta's show again and hopefully check out the devil's hole pupfish. To fully experience Death Valley you must keep going back.
The building was built by the Pacific Coast Borax company in 1924.It was originally called Corkill hall and was the social center for Death Valley junction between 1924-48. Death valley junction was the major train stop on the miners way into death valley, from there it was by mule.
From 48 to 67 the hall was abandoned as Death Valley juntion declined and vanished from thought as other means of transportation developed other than trains.
In 1967 Marta Becket discovered the builing and restored the building and changed the name to the Amargosa opera house and hotel opened also. Marta hand painted all the work in the hotel and the opera house. The work is absolutely incredible. The building is left in it original condition icluding amendities to give you the feal of the old west and how it was back then.
There is not much in the area but you are only minutes from Furnace creek thus its a great stay if you are planning a trip to Death Valley. The rates are incredible at a quarter to half the costs of a hotel in the valley itself..
They still give performances at the opera house on saturday nights between October and May. If you are not there on Saturday ask the manager for a tour of the opera house it is well worth the the stop. The history and the artwork is what makes this my favorite stops near Death Valley.
If luxery is you cup of tea this is not for you. If history and living the old west experience is you, you will love it.
Oh did I mention this hotel is rated #7 on the most haunted list.... Room #24 has been known by people to hear a baby crying in it, creepy!!!
I've stayed at the Amargosa Hotel on many occasions. It's a wonderfully unique experience. If you're looking for upscale luxury accomodations catering to your every whim, this ain't the place for you. However, if you have a sense of curiosity and adventure, or just want a retreat far from the madding crowd, the Amargosa Hotel is a delightful respite and a lovely mystery--a writer's dream.
Take in Marta Becket's performance on a Sat. night. At 81, her spirit still soars with the desert winds and her dedication to her art and beauty may just move you to tears. Wake to a peacock tapping softly at your door, and peek out back as the wild horses come in to feed. Stroll along the adobe courtway at moonlight, counting up the shooting stars. Sip coffee in front of the fireplace, late at night, and contemplate the spirit of creativity and adventure that would inspire someone to embrace and love this place back to life.
It's a historical place--and a non-profit venture. There is limited staff, so if you don't get through the first time, keep trying. Check your sense of urgency at the door. Rooms are simple, clean, comfortable, some with bathtubs big enough for even the burliest miner to enjoy a good hot soak.
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