Are you afraid of clowns? Do you regret ever watching It? Do you stay away from circuses because of the likeliness of bumping into clowns that creep you out? Then do we have the destination place for you!
Tucked away in Tonopah, Nevada is a little motel called The Clown Motel. According to its Facebook page, The Clown Motel is owned by Bob and Deborah Perchetti. The motel has been in operation for 20 years.
The Facebook page explains that when you walk into the motel's office, you're greeted by over 500 clowns on display. There's also complimentary coffee in the office, if you're daring enough to stick around.
But the clowns aren't the only thing that makes this hotel an unsettling place to stay. The motel is adjacent to the Tonopah Cemetery. According to Travel Nevada, Tonopah was a mining town, and there were frequent deadly accidents.
Travel Nevada explains that the Tonopah Cemetery is the resting place of many miners. Within a 10-year period, about 300 people died and were buried in the cemetery. Among their causes of death were a plague and a mine fire in 1911.
Yelp user Laura H. noted that the staff of The Clown Motel are happy to accommodate you if you want a clearer view of the cemetery. An upstairs room provides a better view so you can do some ghost hunting at night.
"OK, at the end of the Extra Terrestrial Highway, next door to a cemetery, is the Clown Motel.... Who knew they build a hotel at the epicentre of the Venn diagram of terror?
All jokes aside, this is a humble motel, the kind of dying place that you rarely see anymore. Keep in mind, the 4 stars in this review are based on the $40 price for a room -so don't go here expecting a lot. I don't expect anything for $40... Having said that, it was clean, and well taken care of, although also well Well WELL worn in. They are doing the best with what they have though, and it's clear the staff still care. The office is stuffed with a ton of creepy clowns, like so many clowns. The rooms however, are blessedly clown free. Worn carpets, and old tube tv, but well taken care of for what it is. I have a nostalgia for these places, so that definitely colours my review, but it is what it is. I asked if they had an ice machine, and the front desk lady disappeared and brought me back a regular kitchen freezer tray of ice! sweet.
I would go back for sure! After the fact, I heard it's haunted or whatever... I didn't see any ghosts (or creepy clowns for that matter) but I maybe did prop a chair against the door when I went to bed..."
While the amenities at The Clown Motel certainly don't compare to a stay at the Hilton, the experience you'll have is certainly like no other. When else would you be able to boast to your friends that you stayed next to a cemetery in a motel inhabited by hundreds of clowns?