This Potentially Haunted Hotel is a Short Drive From Idaho
Friends told me about the place. Hotel Nevada is a relic of past glory. Located in downtown Ely, Nevada, it was a popular stop for entertainers and politicians for decades, including President Lyndon Johnson and First Lady Pat Nixon (they weren’t a couple!). Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Charlie Pride, and Stephen King are all among past guests. There’s a Walk of Fame outside the main entry.
The hotel isn’t strong on modern amenities. It was constructed in 1929. My room didn’t have a refrigerator or microwave oven. It did have a massive high-definition TV screen and a modern shower.
There’s a casino on the main floor. I walked through and looked at the flashing lights. Some Russians I met in the lobby wanted me to join them in gambling but I begged off and went to bed early. Breakfast is free. Dogs are allowed in some rooms. There’s an overflow parking lot but if you’re early for check-in, you can leave your car parked at the front door.
As for hauntings, I thought a visit by a young Bergman would be exciting but not if she spent her time asking me to play the piano!
Not only didn’t I have any ghostly encounters, the hotel is incredibly quiet. I slept very, very well and never felt unsafe. Depending on the room and if you use a booking service, the cost is 70 to 80 dollars a night.
It’s a great base for anyone looking to visit the attractions in the area and there are many. Trains, ghost towns, a national park with a cave system, and two local state parks!
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