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Amargosa Opera House and Hotel

HR-C 608 Death Valley Junction, Death Valley Junction, CA 92328
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Updated 20/10/01


The complex which houses the Amargosa Hotel, Opera House and Café was built in 1924 by the Pacific Coast Borax Company. The town of Death Valley Junction was established in 1907 with the T & T Railway line, which carried Borax from the area to southern California. By 1940, the last train had run through the area and the building passed through several owners. In 1967, Marta Becket, a ballet dancer from New York City, moved to the town and transformed the social hall into the Amargosa Opera House, taking 6 years to paint the walls and ceiling with a renaissance audience. We have daily tours and performances from October through May. The town of Death Valley Junction is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to continue the artistic legacy of Marta Becket and the historic town of DVJ. We are working on restoration of the adobe buildings and hope you enjoy your stay in our remote desert location.
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MelisaMW wrote a review Apr 2021
Long Beach, California11 contributions4 helpful votes
Enjoyed our stay at this historic hotel. It is one of a kind, a little like staying at your own ghost town. The rooms are clean, the bed comfortable. The decor antique, the paintings on the walls are fun. The hot water takes a couple of minutes to warm, but it is hot when it is ready. The cafe is still closed so you can drive to the casino 7 miles away, or bring food (no fridge in your room). It is a bit disappointing that they do not take you into the Opera House for a few minutes to takes pictures since it is right on the property. Even under COVID conditions this should be allowed.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Gary wrote a review Mar 2021
Culver City, California2467 contributions355 helpful votes
Death Valley Junction feels like a modern ghost town - thanks to COVID-19. The opera house, hotel and cafe were all closed when I visited in late February 2021. However, I still enjoyed strolling around the plaza and taking photos of the buildings. I felt like I was in the middle of a Twilight Zone episode - expecting some stranger to pop up out of nowhere with a strange story to tell.
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Date of stay: February 2021
3 Helpful votes
Jim G wrote a review Nov 2020
8 contributions4 helpful votes
Alright - this is not your normal hotel, so if that is your expectation or your need, you are going to be seriously disappointed. As one who loves the old and the funky and the theater, I was really looking forward to our visit, which took place during the pandemic - as we wanted to both travel and to avoid people, which perfectly merged with the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel. First, although it is but an hour and a half by car from Las Vegas, do not do as we did and make it the first stop of your desert tour. Go trip around the Mohave and Death Valley for a while and settle into the whole desert vibe before you visit here. Second, try to accept the hotel as my title suggests - you are going to visit a museum that happens to have rooms you can rent for the night. It IS funky - but if you are into old stuff, you will see the potential of this place is incredible! It is managed by a non profit, carrying on the vision of a dancer/actor who saw the desert and became one with that desert. Now it simply needs a bunch of people sharing that vision to contribute the needed funds to make the dusty front area into a beautiful desert garden, or refurbish the lobby and main hallway, or make minor adjustments to the rooms. It is a work in perpetual progress, and to stay there is to be part of that progress. Go through their website for the details. When we visited, the cafe was closed due to Covid, so rather than drive the 7 or so miles to the nearest casino/cafe, we took our trusty propane stove outside to a picnic table to make breakfast before heading off. The staff were great in accommodating our late arrival, and they were all around a very friendly bunch of folks welcoming travelers to their museum. Do check it out!
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Dennis wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
The Amargosa is the closest and most reasonably priced lodging if visiting Death Valley National Park. Don't expect all the modern conveniences of newer hotels/motels (hence only a 4 rating rather than a 5), but if you like unique hotels with interesting history, this place is worth a stay. It is a little worn, but very clean, and the staff are friendly, helpful, and accommodating. The on-premises cafe has limited hours (8-3 during our stay), but the hot meals and baked goods are very tasty. Ice, coffee, tea, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, plates, etc are available for guests in the large hotel common area. It's ideal for preparing meals brought by guests and for meeting other travelers. If you are fortunate enough to stay at the Amargosa (or within close driving distance (e.g. Pahrump or Las Vegas) over a weekend, another worthwhile activity is attending a performance at the attached Amargosa Opera House, where a variety of musical and dance performances are staged. We saw "Opera in the Movies" presented by several members of the Las Vegas Opera company. The performance was excellent and the setting provided an historical experience that would be difficult if not impossible to duplicate. It is memorable! Enjoyed our stay very much!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Elizabeth Z wrote a review Mar 2020
San Francisco, California32 contributions10 helpful votes
This is a fantastic place to stay if you are visiting Death Valley National Park and don't want to camp or pay the prices at the Oasis. It's a very easy in-and-out of the primary park attractions in Furnace Creek. But the Amargosa Opera House much more than that. The place is beautiful and historic, and the staff are *superbly* friendly. I haven't felt so welcomed in a hotel in years. It was like making new friends. Also, there are Opera House cats. I will note that the place is run by a nonprofit and so is somewhat rundown (it's old) and the aging plumbing is difficult to use. These things didn't bother me, but they might bother others. The cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch, and only on certain days of the week, but the food there was absolutely delicious, and, again, the service was great. For dinner, you have to drive at least 7 miles in each direction to another town. If you want to explore the desert, these are just some things you have to expect. The park is amazing, and I think the friendliness here more than makes up for the inconvenience factors.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: The rooms on the parking lot side allow you to sit out on the walkway and enjoy the stars.
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US$103 - US$116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amargosa Opera House and Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Amargosa Opera House and Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Amargosa Opera House (0.02 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Amargosa Opera House and Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, free internet access, and a gift shop.
Is parking available at Amargosa Opera House and Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Amargosa Opera House and Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Death Valley Junction.
Are pets allowed at Amargosa Opera House and Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.