Thursday, January 2, 2014


The holidays are over and I finally have a couple weeks break before the Spring semester starts. Last semester went great, including my Technical Writing class. The final project for the class was an investigative report and the subject I chose was about where to stay when visiting Pahrump.

Whether a visitor is seeking a quiet, out-of-the-way bed and breakfast, a standard motel in the center of town or an RV park to “camp out”, Pahrump has the solutions for everyone.

Best Western Pahrump Station
The Best Western Pahrump Station features the motel basics anyone can find across the USA. According to Manager Laraine Russo Harper, a room here includes free Wi-Fi, a microwave in-room, a Jacuzzi and a free hot breakfast served between 6am to 9am at the Draft Picks Sports Bar and Restaurant next door. Laraine also says they’re “pet friendly” and have “beautiful grounds” to walk around. Rates range between $85 per night Sunday through Wednesday and $95 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The Best Western Pahrump Station is located in the center of town, within walking distance to all the major casinos and shopping locations.

Saddle West Hotel & Casino and RV Park
Saddle West is also located in the center of town and boasts a motel with competitive rates, according to Customer Service Representative Amanda. She also says Saddle West “has a beautiful courtyard with a swimming pool and a friendly staff”. Rooms also include free Wi-Fi, and run for $67 to $77 per night, depending on the night(s) selected. The motel is attached to one of Pahrump’s bigger casinos with the Silver Spur restaurant that serves a daily buffet in addition to regular menu items. Saddle West also has an 80-space RV Park with full hookups, showers, cable TV, a laundromat and 24 hour security. Rates for RV spaces are only $25 per night and Accessible RV spaces are also available.

Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino
The Pahrump Nugget Hotel is a two-story hotel with rooms accessed via an indoor hallway. Once checked in, a visitor wouldn’t have to go outside for anything. The Pahrump Nugget features the casino, an indoor 26-lane bowling alley, a private poker room, large sports book with live betting, a bingo room with sessions that run on every odd hour from 9am through 7pm, a coffee-shop style café, a Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop and the best value for dining in all of Pahrump at the Gold Miner’s Buffet where visitors can dine two-for-one (with a free players card) for under $13. Room rates for standard rooms run from $70 to $80 per night, depending on the night of the week. The hotel staff was not interested in providing any details when I explained why I was asking and they put me on hold until I decided to hang up about 5 minutes later. General Manager Jeremy Jenson would not return my calls.

The K7 Bed & Breakfast and International Buffet
K7 is located down on the South side of town, away from all that is noisy. This is the place for a quiet, out-of-the-way stay but still within a short drive of the central part of town. Rooms here feature a hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Non-smoking rooms are available and the motel is attached to their International Buffet, with food featured from several cuisines nightly, including pizza, except Monday and Tuesday. Owner Raja Gangadharan says the rates for rooms range from $70 to $80 per night, depending on the night. There are also master suites available at weekly rates, according to Raja. Raja also explains that they have a large, open courtyard to lounge in when the weather is nice. The K7 is located just off the main highway that leads to Las Vegas, for anyone who wants to make a convenient drive to the city.

Lakeside RV Resort
Also on the South side of Pahrump is the Lakeside RV Resort, featuring 159 full service hookup sites that surround a seven-acre lake. The RV Resort website boasts a “Good Sam’s 10-10-10 star rating and is ranked the #2 RV Park in North America” (although I tried, I could not independently verify this claim). The RV Resort also features concrete patios, 3 comfort stations/laundry rooms, a 24/7 casino and bar and the Lakeside Café and Buffet located on property. Amenities include a heated swimming pool and hot tub, kayaks, pedal boats, fishing, Frisbee golf, ping-pong and horseshoes. Rates run between $30 per night up through $50 per night, depending on the night of the week and the type of RV unit (motor home, trailer, truck with camper, tent, etc).

Wherever a visitor decides to stay in Pahrump, there is a variety of options to choose from. If someone is interested in an upscale hotel environment, the Pahrump Nugget would suit best (if the less-than-helpful staff isn't a problem), however someone who’s looking for the more traditional motel experience can choose between the Best Western Pahrump Station and the Saddle West. For those looking for a more private stay with quick access to the highway leading to Las Vegas, then the K7 Bed & Breakfast would be the best choice and for those seeking the RV/campground experience the recommendation would go to the Lakeside RV Resort.