Back in December, I went to the Mizpah Hotel for a brief stay. It was one of the places that is on my “haunted” bucket list (I will link my post from my previous blog), and it’s only a few hours away from home. I took my dogs with me and we hit the road, hoping to see a little snow and maybe a few ghosts. We ended up seeing some snow; we weren’t quite so lucky when it came to the ghosts.
The Mizpah has not lost any of its vintage charm. The renovations the hotel has gone through have remained true to the style of the day, and has also managed to remain one of the slickest building on Tonopah’s main street. When I walked in I felt like I stepped back in time, which I think lends itself to the lore contained inside the hotel walls. The newest feature of the hotel is the magnetic key cards which I have to admit I was a little disappointed about.
I almost didn’t get a chance to stay – their policy (although not expressly stated anywhere I could find on their website) is only 2 pets per room, and I have three. The owner was kind enough to allow us though, I think since we were only staying for one night. The front desk staff was very friendly, and offered to help me cart my troupe and my luggage to my room; the receptionist even offered to bring me ice if she wasn’t busy. I’ve never experienced that before at a hotel, and I live in the capital of hotels.
After I checked in, I went exploring. I took the stairs to each floor of the hotel, just to look around. I wasn’t necessarily expecting a ghost to just jump out at me and say hi, but I wanted to get a better feel for the hotel as a whole. Also, I was a little scared the Lady in Red would whisper in my ear when I wasn’t expecting it. The Lady in Red is the resident ghost of the Mizpah, a former lady of the night who was murdered by a jilted lover. She supposedly haunts the elevator and the room she died in, and unfortunately the room she died in was not available that night. She also favors men from what I’ve read, so I had the odds stacked against me.
The first thing I noticed as I took the stairs was that there was no music playing. The only sound I could hear as I came around each corner was the creaky sound of my footsteps. There was also a rather large statue between the fourth and fifth floor that I found creepy; it reminded me of the statues in Wes Craven’s film Wishmaster that came to life and killed a bunch of people. On each floor they had a little reading nook set up; I recognized none of the titles at any of them, but I thought it was charming.
I made it all the way to the top of the floor, and unfortunately, found no ghosts. They do have rooms with brief histories about the people who stayed in them. I did experience some strange sensations, and my dogs didn’t like being in the room (one of them even peed on me), but I am sad to report I found no ghosts.
Have you ever been to the Mizpah Hotel? If so what did you think of it?
See you next time!