This Creepy Clown Motel Has Been Named America’s Scariest Motel

If you’ve ever wanted to never sleep again, have we got the place for you! The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada, is open for visitors looking for a thrill (or for people who just really like clowns? Do they exist?).

If the sight of an illuminated juggling clown welcoming you to the hotel promising “clean rooms” (not much of an endorsement) and “singles for 39.50” fills you with cheer, then come on down to the Clown Motel.


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The lobby is littered with clowns, including a life-sized clown sitting in a chair, cradling a number of smaller clown dolls in its lap.

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Oh, and every room is clown-themed: There are clowns on the doors and portraits of famous clowns (hi, Bozo!) hang on the walls.

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Want more? Okay, have some of this creepiness: Tonopah is widely considered to be a “ghost town.”

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The current population is around 2,500 people, but as a former mining town, it used to be a thriving metropolis of over 50,000. It was where the second-largest discovery of silver in the history of the state of Nevada was made.

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This meant a lot of people—miners, frontier explorers and more—once lived and died in Tonopah. Some of them are buried in the town’s old cemetery, dating back to 1901. So if the clowns weren’t enough for you, here: Have some ghosts of miners and prospectors, too.

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As luck would have it, the Clown Motel is located right next to the old cemetery, so you’ll have a nice view of one of the many wooden-and-tin headstones marking the dusty graves.

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That being said, the motel and the cemetery both seem to be devoid of otherworldly happenings. There are few strange stories here and there, but most of the reviews of the motel just note the free WiFi and “mini breakfast.”

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Still, the Clown Motel has been dubbed “America’s scariest motel,” and it’s certain to continue to do a brisk business as long as the trend continues.

Now if you’re really a clown fan, and are looking to not only stay at the Clown Motel but actually own it—that dream could become a reality! The motel went on the market in July 2017 for around $900,000. While the original real estate listing has been taken down, a staff member from the motel was able to confirm as of December 2017 that the motel is indeed still for sale!

And if you can’t make it to the Clown Motel but are dying to bask in its creepiness, there’s a filmmaker interested in shooting a horror film on location. For an extra dose of flight, the project — aptly titled “Clown Motel” — would star Ari Lehman (aka the original Jason Vorhees from 1980’s “Friday the 13th”).

So what do you think: Are you brave enough to spend the night? Sweet dreams…

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