Back in 1929 when the six-story tall hotel opened, it was the tallest building in the State of Nevada. (From my photo, you might still call it a ‘high-rise’ in this small town 250 miles north of Las Vegas).
The Scout had researched the hotel prior to our Winter Road Trip, but we couldn’t fit in more than a lunch stop there on the southbound route. That little taste had us vowing to return, which is what we did on our return from Arizona. And that time we spent the night.
Just like those upscale casinos in Las Vegas, the hotel’s front desk is just off – in this case – the ‘Gaming Hall’ (casino) and the guest rooms are on the floors above it. Unlike those Vegas places, this one was small and filled with curios.
Buffalo heads, stuffed critters, the bigger-than-life bronze cowboy and antler chandeliers left no doubt you stepped back into the Ol’ West. Being December, all were decked out in bows and garlands as well.
We can recommend the hotel restaurant for both the quality of its food and the portions.
This is my half of the French dip sandwich plate we’d ordered for lunch.
The hotel opened during a time in our country’s history when "Prohibition” was still in effect. But thanks to the local bootlegging efforts the hotel was kept supplied with “Bath tub Gin” and “White Lightning,” the latter a grain alcohol that could reach 200 proof.
Back in its early days rooms rented for $1.50 a night and all had private toilets and nearly all had private baths as well. I suspect they might not have been as cute as the one we stayed in for only$54.95 (free wi-fi and a welcome margarita; no hotel fees, either!) Though we’d been warned that the old pipes carrying water to our shower in our en suite bath could go from cold to hot without warning, we didn’t have a problem (but we didn’t take long leisurely showers either).
Rooms are all named for and decorated with that person's musical memorabilia.
Ours was Charlie Rich, the Country Western singer.
Bet you know this song of his (click the link to You Tube and go)
“Behind Closed Doors”
If You Go:
Ely, is in White Pine County in the central part of eastern part of Nevada, sitting at the crossroads of U.S. 93 and U.S. 50. As you enter the town,you’ll find a selection of motels flanking the main drag.
But we’d recommend heading straight to The Hotel Nevada where they say, “Stay with us once and you’ll become a ‘customer for life’.”
That’s what happened to us. We’ll be back. Hopefully, soon!
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