I didn't stay here as I was just passing through, but I saw the prominent sign on the corner of Crook and 5th Avenues. I didn't get a picture of the place because it's a half mile east of town along 5th Avenue, along a dusty road. However, the place does have some positive ratings for it by others. See the trip advisor link below. I'll get photos sometime in the future.
This was the building that my great grandfather wallpapered and painted on the interior, but unfortunately, recent but abandoned efforts to restore the interior removed what my great grandfather accomplished, at least on the ground floor rooms. 23 carat gold paint was applied to the ceiling, but I couldn't see this during my visit. The hotel was in any case once quite novel, having one of the first electric elevators in the western USA. The restaurant was also supposedly world-class for the time, having imported European chefs.
Since closure in 1946, the ownership of the building has changed, resale having occurred after the hotel faced financial ruin and the county took control for failure to pay taxes on it. The full story is available on the wikipedia article for Goldfield, as this hotel continues to play a prominent role in bringing movie crews and ghost hunters into town.
Thus, despite lack of access and abandoned condition, it's worth peering through the large ground floor windows, where among other things, the original lobby desk and hotel "Gold Room" piano can be seen. Hopefully, new blood will buy the building and restore it into a casino someday, as has been done, for example at the the Hotel Nevada in Ely, Nevada.
Well, you can't actually stay here yet, but ....
Tonopah has its grand Mizpah Hotel and Goldfield boasts the four-story Goldfield Hotel which at 150+ rooms is far larger that its Tonopah counterpart, though like the Mizpah, the Goldfield Hotel is vacant, at present. And like the Goldfield and Tonopah, the Goldfield was never open as long as the Mizpah, running only from 1907 until 1946. The hotel was recently bought by a Nevadan rancher who hopes - as at least six other owners since WWII have done also - to restore the hotel to its former glory.
During the 1980's some $4 million was dropped into the hotel by a Californian developer, but bankruptcy was the only result with the hotel about 85% refurbished. Edgar 'Red' Roberts picked up the hotel in 2003 at tan auction for $360000 - the hotel originally cost over $300000 to create in 1907 - and he hoped to open the bottom two floors with a small casino, coffee shop and about 40 guest rooms in 2006 with the upper floors to be completed at a latter date. He faces a tough challenge as Goldfield is said to be a place 'where tumbleweeds come to die.' I hope he is successful.
See myths about the hotel refuted. By the Nevada State Archivist.
Besides the business challenge, Mr. Roberts also faces challenges of a supranormal design - ghosts. The most famous is Elizabeth who was a prostitute kept by the former hotel owner, George Wingfield, in the 1930's. When she became pregnant, George thought it wasn't good for business so he lured her into a room and chained her to a radiator, sending in only food and water during the length of her term. One story has her dying in childbirth with the baby being thrown down an abandoned mine shaft that the hotel had been built over. Room 109 seems to have been the site of the deed and Elizabeth can still be seen pacing the hotel's halls. Several other ghosts reside here, results of former suicides, and George Wingfield himself has been noticed to hang around his former home, as well. Visiting psychics have claimed the hotel is a portal to another dimension and the hotel was featured in a 2001 episode of 'World's Scariest Places'.
Goldfield Hotel - 1908 --- In the early days the Hotel was the finest and most luxurious between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Teddy Roosevelt spoke to a large crowd in the street from the balcony in 1908.
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