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Clown Motel

521 North Main, Tonopah, Nevada 89049 USA


Clown Motel

Open Now
Sun 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public

“One of the weirdest hotels in America”

The Clown Motel is the perfect destination whether your looking for treasure, searching for ghosts, or exploring the great outdoors. Ghost towns are abundant around Tonopah, and Bob Perchetti, the owner of the Clown Motel, was born and raised in Tonopah and knows all the best locations for your next treasure hunt. Ask him for some tips on where to explore the great outdoors in your in a car, 4 wheel drive, or atv. Next to Tonopah's Historic Miners Cemetery , the Clown Motel has 30 rooms, free coffee, pets, group rates, R.V. parking,Free WiFi, Microwaves, Refrigerators, & satellite television. Just a word of advice: don't book an overnight if you're afraid of clowns.

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Greg Newkirk

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June 17, 2014
Rated 5.0

Are you looking for lost treasure? Want to experience the great outdoors? Trying to find proof of the afterlife? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the motel for you. Of course, you better not be afraid of clowns.

The Clown Motel is, hands down, the cheapest motel you'll find in Tonopah. Don't lt that worry you though, the rooms are clean, the service is great, and they've got 30 premium cable channels and free wifi. No, it's the hundreds of clowns you should be worried about. Seriously, they're in every room, watching your every move.

Oh, did I mention that the place shares a lot with an old cemetery filled with dead gold miners? Yeah, it's literally right at the end of the driveway. On the upside, Tonopah is supposed to be the site of lost treasure, and motel owner, Bob Perchetti, is happy to share his knowledge of the area with eager treasure hunters, so long as you let him in on the find.

The place has become a desert icon with some travelers swearing that it's haunted, and others saying that the scariest thing about the place is the interior design.

All jokes aside, Bob must have a pretty wild sense of humor to have run a clown-themed motel for the past few decades, but he ensures that it's clean and welcoming.. well, as welcoming as clowns can be.

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  • 6 Helpful
December 26, 2013

Stayed here for one night, took a stroll through the Miner's Cemetery ... very interesting adventure! Staff are very helpful too.

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April 10, 2015
Rated 3.0

Pet friendly. Cheap. Expected more clowns in the rooms but the lobby is packed. And next to the Tonopah cemetery is eerie. The rooms are run down but clean. There is wifi but practically worthless. But the bathroom floor seemed heated and the water pressure is phenomenal. Restless noises in the dark maybe something laughing at you. Stay here to say you stayed here but know that Motel 6 Is an upgrade.

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Jenn K

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  • 4 Helpful
October 05, 2014

My husband and I and a few family members took a road trip from Florida to California a few summers ago and got to visit this beauty. We had heard about it on a show that aired on IFC called Rhett and Link. They made advertisements for anyone that hired them. The town of Tonopah hired them and the video was a masterpiece. :-) When we realized we were going to the Sacramento area we made sure we went though the part of Nevada that took us to Tonapah. I am SO GLAD we did!

The town was amazing. Everyone was friendly. The gentleman that owned the motel was very kind. He allowed us to take photos and we even sat on the couch in the lobby wile he put the big clown on the seat next to us. He was also helpful with town history information. Definitely check out the miners cemetery next door. Very cool and creepy.

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August 29, 2015

The Phone # for the Clown Motel is 775-482-5920,and not 482-3987,never was,not sure who put that # up.I have lived on the property as manager for 18yrs .Bob Perchetti and family are Tonopah.All were born and raised here including Bob's mother Minnie who at 95 still lives here.The Clown Motel and Miners Cemetery will be featured in the new season of Ghost Adventures airing 10/17/2015.The Clown Motel also has a section in the new Playstation Call of Duty game.If you ever want to know anything about Tonopah,or it's history,stop by and talk to Bob,he has some great stories.

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August 31, 2014

I haven't been there, yet....But I have a Step Son and two BEAUTIFUL GRAND DAUGHTERS in Las Vegas, and I WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE, than to spend a night or two in this hotel ~ but there DAMN well be a few GHOSTS hanging about! SERIOUSLY! I want to watch TV with more than just my Husband and my Daughter! If I get a room there, there BETTER be a few GHOSTS, and they better be ready to parTAY!

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September 25, 2017

dont let these people lie to you it was the scariest thing ive ever done my kids had nightmares my youngest got so scared he had to go to the hospital. clowns were everywhere even the sheets had clowns you basically sleeping with them.

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August 24, 2017
Rated 4.0

The lady working the front desk when we were there was so sweet, and the clowns in the lobby were pretty interesting to check out.... I was super disappointed that there were not more clowns in the actual room itself though! We had 4 little clown pictures in our room and that was it....kinda bummed me out. The room was clean, but pretty beat up. The instructions on how to work the shower were written in faded sharpie on the wall and everything desperately needed an update. You get what you pay for, so we expected it for the most part, but just an FYI for you. The cemetery next door was pretty fascinating, we took a good bit of time reading the markers and learning the history! All in all, we can say we did it....but next time probably won't be back.....although the ladies and their kindness was a very appreciated plus and went very far in making our stay great!

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June 06, 2017
Rated 4.0

Rooms are dated, but clean. Felt nostalgic watching an80's tubes tv. Staff was wonderful. Within walking distance of town center. Especially loved the old cemetery next door.

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Clown Motel

521 North Main
Tonopah, Nevada
89049 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • Haunted
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am

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