TONOPAH, Nev. (KOLO) After being in a state of disrepair for a number of years, Fred and Nancy Cline of Cline Cellars bought Tonopah’s Mizpah Hotel in 2011, and a look around its lobby shows you how its renovations don't take away from its early 20th century feel.
"It’s really become the grand old lady that it should have been all along," remarked Bethany Drysdale of Travel Nevada.
"It's the best hotel from Reno to Vegas,” added the hotel’s Chef Tony Taylor. “Nothing else compares to it."
The hotel is named after the Mizpah mine, located right behind the property in the Tonopah mining park. It also shared a name with the Reno hotel that burned down in 2006.
"When you think of Tonopah you think of silver and mining,” said Mizpah marketing manager Kanani Pinkerton. “We try to keep that alive and going in everyone’s minds."
Built in 1906, the hotel features two restaurants::The Pittman Cafe and the more upscale Jack Dempsey room. It also has a bar and 47 hotel rooms.
The Mizpah also has a firmly established reputation.
"Of course the Mizpah is haunted,” Drysdale said. “Every good Nevada hotel should be."
The hotel is known for the story of “the lady in red,” who is said to haunt the entire fifth floor - where legend has it that she was murdered in the hallway.
Its stories like that, and the overall feel of the hotel, that earned it the number one spot on USA Today’s list of haunted hotels. It's something hotel staff is quite proud of.
"To be in the middle of nowhere and to be awarded something like that is pretty special," Pinkerton said.
The Mizpah is at 100 Main St. in Tonopah.