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


#1 of 2 hotels in Death Valley Junction
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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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
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HR-C 608 Death Valley Junction, Death Valley Junction, CA 92328
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PlanetMoores wrote a review Nov 2021
Penang Island, Malaysia362 contributions227 helpful votes
A diamond in the rough, and a GREAT choice for visiting Death Valley. The whole property is run by a nonprofit dedicated to keeping a dream of art in the desert alive. Accommodations in and near the park are few and most require significant driving, but the scenery all along the way is amazing. (Don't miss Artist's Palette drive.). Hotel is a 2 star, no TV but has great wifi. The opera house tour is well done and fascinating. Closest dining option (and cheaper gas) is the casino 7 miles away. Ash Meadows wildlife refuge is nearby and worth the unpaved road (good condition) drive.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: The odd numbered rooms have direct outdoor access and seating
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philandcarolyn wrote a review Nov 2021
philadelphia60 contributions52 helpful votes
Stayed here during a bicycle tour of Death Valley. The hotel is a bit rough around the edges, but clean and accommodating. Both Nick and Brooke (the managers) satisfied my curiosity about the hotel and opera house and offered info to enrich my stay. Great tour ($10) of the opera house by Brooke the next morning. I was a bit unnerved about the possibility of seeing scorpions (the hotel prepares guests for the possibility; only an issue if you are phobic about insects (as I am), but fortunately, didn't. The cafe is currently closed so if arriving on bike you need to bring food with you. I had full use of the kitchen. Thorough enjoyed my stay. Different!
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Date of stay: October 2021
Satisfaction7 wrote a review Oct 2021
Las Vegas, Nevada235 contributions327 helpful votes
I had visited this place and spent a night last autumn, but due to COVID, the Opera House was not open for tours. I had to return this October to enjoy the peaceful setting and to take advantage of its remoteness. I am interested in cosmology, and there was a planetary convergence to observe. The Opera House blew me away. The story of classical dancer Marta Beckett is already curious enough, but to see the murals she had painted as well. Wow. And the detail in her work is not only delightful, she also achieved a "trick the eye" effect --the theater looks bigger and the perspective works so well to enhance the illusion. Picturing Marta dancing, some nights to an empty theater, every single night on the very stage I stood next to was genuinely moving. Research this historic cultural gem before your visit--it’s a must. The hotel is perfectly charming, a true example of Death Valley Rustic lodging. If you tour the Mojave, you find places like this. No TVs or radios. No phone. The basics. At the Amargosa Hotel, the luxury is found in the thirsty, thick towels, comfortable bedding and high-quality mattress. Add the quiet and the solitude and you'll have one of the best night's sleep of your life. The hot shower in the morning is also above par. A pot of coffee is brewing in the lobby at 8 AM, and guests can use the common area to microwave food, spread out and play a game, or watch a DVD any time before 10 PM. Rooms on the colonnade side of the hall have patio tables and chairs outside the room, for guests to relax and read or chat. Check out the display cases in the hotel lobby and office, too. Cool mammal specimens and artifacts found on the property harken back to the tent encampment early days of historic Death Valley Junction. The newspaper clippings and old photographs in the hotel hallway are worth a look too. Be sure to take the tour of the Opera House, ask for a room on the colonnade, and if you are into astronomy, bring a telescope or binoculars. Bring a cold supper and use the common room. Have a glass of wine at your patio table. Unplug and relax. (You can check your phone later--there's WiFi.) Staff are happy to share local history and travel information. Nick (PM) and Brooke (AM) were both very gracious.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: Colonnade side for outdoor seating under the stars
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Laurie M wrote a review Aug 2021
St. Petersburg, Florida29 contributions1 helpful vote
First of all, if you are looking for luxury, go somewhere else. This is an old, historic hotel that needs a LOT of updating. When I pulled into the parking lot, I questioned my intelligence in booking the room. The place could be used as a scary movie set! There was a sign on the door that the hotel manager would be back momentarily, and indeed, she was. Check in was easy and she was very welcoming, giving much appreciated tips as to what is (and is not) available in the Death Valley Junction area. Sure, the entire place could do with a major overhaul, but that's the charm of it, and the important things were spot on. Beds and bedding were comfortable, the room was clean, the bathroom had a lovely bright skylight, the shower had great water pressure and lots of hot water. Soft water, too - something new for me! The wall air conditioning unit cooled it the room acceptably despite the 120 degree afternoon heat. I slept great! I felt completely safe. There were other rooms in use and the hotel manager made me feel very welcome to use the common spaces. I loved the close proximity to Death Valley Park. I would stay here again without hesitation.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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
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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.