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Rating: 4.50

Address: 9827 N Second, Chloride, AZ, 86431

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    Comments (2):

    1. Brad G.
    Yes, your Internet search is right: there is one 14-room hotel in the tiny, tiny town of Chloride, Arizona!

    If you're looking for a truly one-of-a-kind experience (that term gets overused, but here it's spot on), this is it.  Is it a hotel, motel, inn, B&B, or something else?  It doesn't really fit conventional ideas of any of those.  If anything, it reminded me of the TV show "Newhart," except a  rural desert southwest version.  The owners are a retired couple from New York who deeply love the West and their little community.

    The rooms are clean and simple.  Very old, with whitewashed stone or adobe walls.  Old furniture, but in a cool "wow, is that an antique?" sort of way.  It seems fairly certain that indoor plumbing was retrofitted (perfectly well) into the rooms.  If you don't find all of these facts totally awesome, move along.

    I stayed here at the height of summer.  After 9:30pm, the town was completely silent except for a dog bark here or there.  There is no A/C in the rooms, so you have to leave your windows open.  It was still warm in the room at night, I won't lie.  But I'd do it again because the sum total of the experience left an extremely positive impression.

    Oddly, because the town is so small, so quiet, and there's only one road in and out, this was probably the safest I've ever felt at a hotel.  I say that having left all the windows wide open all night.

    Driving around town the next morning, I couldn't shake the feeling that this is a very special little community.  Many small western towns have slowly crumbled away into the desert.  But Chloride feels strong.  And if you stay at this hotel, some small bit of that feeling stays with you I think.  For me at least, these sorts of feelings and experiences are a big part of why I travel.

    ...Final quick notes:  probably not kid friendly.  And try the adjoining restaurant.

    07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Mark B.
    I totally agree with the other review of this place.

    I had a better time here than I've had at many more expensive motels.

    It was the most quiet and peaceful motel I've ever stayed in. And taking a late walk around the town in the evening and enjoying the stars was an added touch that can't be had at many other motels in busier locals.

    14/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0