When people think of Nevada they think about going to Las Vegas. I’ll admit that Sin City can be fun if done right but that’s not the place I’m talking about today. In the middle of the wild deserts of Nevada rests a rustic town called Ely. Ely started out as a prospector’s town and has managed to avoid becoming a ghost town like many other settlements in this part of the state. Within the city limits of Ely is a unique casino hotel called the Hotel Nevada. The Hotel Nevada has been a watering hole for travelers heading towards Las Vegas since it opened in 1929. I’ve had to pleasure of visiting this fascinating place that harkens back to Old Nevada.
What to See?
Step inside the walls of the Hotel Nevada to find yourself in a casino that is more rural than commercial. When you walk inside and see antlers hanging on the wall, it’s obvious that you’ve stepped back in time to the Nevada of years past. There is a rustic smell to the place as you walk through the casino floor past the almost out of place modern slot machines towards the restaurant. The Hotel Nevada has retained its old style look in order to retain its historical value as one of the oldest continuously running casinos in the state. There is a high historical value to the location even if you aren’t someone interested in gambling.
What to Eat?
There is an excellent restaurant at the Hotel Nevada. They are open for meal service 24-hours a day meaning that you can get a bite to eat anytime you want. My favorite meal there was their breakfast service. Their omelet dishes are delicious and probably my favorite on the menu. There is also an ample selection of drinks to be found at the bar on the casino floor.
What’s the Cultural Value?
The Hotel Nevada is a throwback to how Nevada used to be before it became communalized. Nevada was once part of the greater Wild West and its places like this that remind people of that fact. There is a lot to appreciate about a historical icon that is able to show people a hint of the wild past of this region. Although only a glimmer of the past remains, one can’t help but appreciate the living history of the Hotel Nevada. Enjoy its distinctive western attitude while relaxing at the bar.
Recommended Place to Stay
The Hotel Nevada offers a variety of rooms that have that nice rustic feel to them like the rest of the hotel. I want to point out that the rooms are nice for a place as old as this one but the age of the establishment shows. This is a hotel that hasn’t had a renovation in years beyond essential repairs. That reality is good in that it keeps the hotel in line with its history but there is some obvious wear and tear. As long as you know what you’re going into then expect to enjoy yourself as you experience a taste of Old Nevada.
How Is the Overall Rating?
I’ll have to be honest when I say that this isn’t the best place on earth. There are a lot of flaws in its condition and a lack of activities besides gambling. In spite of that it’s a great place to visit if only for its historical value. Places like this aren’t as common as they once were so coming for the experience alone is worth it. The Hotel Nevada gets a 3/5 because it has its charms but could use some improvements to truly make it to the best place to visit during a trip to the wonderful state of Nevada.