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Where to Stay in Elko
Elko is a small town in northern Nevada that has a big reputation. A remnant of the Old West, the town saw its heyday during the great gold rush of the 19th century. Today, it is surrounded by beautiful wilderness and more than a dozen abandoned ghost towns. The city is also the home to a large Basque population. In fact, Elko hosts the National Basque Festival every year. The majority of hotels in the area are located either on Interstate 80 or Idaho Street. Interstate 80 is the main road that connects the area's two main cities, Salt Lake City and Reno. Idaho Street is Elko's main thoroughfare. For those looking to strike it rich like the prospectors of early Elko, book a room near one of the city's many casinos. Elko boasts more than half a dozen casinos, many of which feature their own luxury accommodations. Elko also has a wide selection of mid-range and budget options. National chains, like Holiday Inn and Super 8, are prevalent and provide guests with convenient access to all of Elko's main attractions, such as the Western Folklife Center, which hosts the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering each year. If you're driving from Reno, consider spending a night in Winnemucca. The small town is home to the Humboldt Museum, which contains a range of interesting Native American artifacts. If you're driving from Salt Lake City, consider a stay in West Wendover near the Bonneville Salt Flats. These vast white salt plains stretch on for miles, creating an otherworldly terrain.
Elko Hotel Tips
Depending on the season, temperatures in Elko can vary greatly. June through September are the city's hottest months, with average highs in the 80s. However, temperatures drop dramatically at night, falling by about 40 to 50 degrees on average. In light of these temperature fluctuations, travelers should prepare accordingly with attire that's suited for both hot and cold weather. Summer is also when Elko hosts many of its major festivals. The National Basque Festival and the Elko Motorcycle Jamboree are held during this time. If you plan on attending either celebration, make sure to reserve your hotel room well in advance, as accommodations tend to fill up. Likewise, if you are planning on attending the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in January, search for cheap flights to Elko and hotel rooms a few months ahead of time.
Elko casinos can get pretty busy during the peak summer season. If you want to ensure availability and beat the crowds, book reservations during the winter. Also, as an incentive to attract customers, some casinos will reduce their rates during this off-season.
Elko Hotel Recommendations
Stay in luxury at the Red Lion Hotel and Casino. Featuring more than 350 slot machines, table games and live poker, this hotel has no shortage of entertainment options to please the recreational gambler. The hotel recently underwent extensive renovations. Guestrooms have been upgraded and feature contemporary furnishings, such as flat-screen televisions and ceramic-tiled bathrooms. The facility also boasts a 24-hour restaurant with a buffet as well as fine dining room. There is a swimming pool and a fitness center on-site, and across the interstate is the Ruby View Golf Course. Plus, for a small daily fee, guests can bring along their pets.
Or stay less than a mile from the airport at Stockmen's Hotel and Casino. Each of the 141 guestrooms is clean and comfortable. Amenities include a pool, an on-site restaurant, a heated pool and of course ample casino gaming. Plus, the Stockmen's Hotel and Casino is just down the street from its sister facility, the Commercial Casino. Built in 1869 and originally named the Humboldt Lodging House, the Commercial Casino is more than a hotel—it's a piece of Elko history. The entrance of the casino sports a 10-foot tall stuffed polar bear, which was purchased by a former owner. The floor of the casino features dozens of gaming options.
Those looking for an alternative to the casinos can choose from more than a dozen mid-range and budget hotels. Many national chains are represented in Elko, as are some uniquely local motels. The city boasts a Hilton Garden Inn, Econo Lodge, a Comfort Inn, a Super 8, a Travelodge, a Days Inn and a Holiday Inn Express. Some of these lodging options feature spacious suites as well as extended stay accommodations that are equipped with kitchens. All put travelers near all of Elko's major attractions, including the Sunrise Shopping Center, the Great Basin College campus and the Elko County Fairgrounds.
Renting a car is the best way to explore Elko and its surrounding territory. The city has no public transportation offerings, and most travelers enter Elko by driving from either Reno or Salt Lake City. Plus, having a car makes it much easier to visit the many attractions located outside the city limits, such as the beautiful Humboldt National Forest and the handfuls of ghost towns located all throughout northeastern Nevada. You can also catch a Greyhound bus or an Amtrak train to Elko from its neighboring cities.