The Gold Hill Hotel near Virginia City is the oldest hotel in Nevada (built around 1862) and home to an excellent French restaurant, a bar, bookstore and several ghosts. The hotel has been refurbished and added on to, but the older part of the hotel also still has rooms available. Room Four is said to have the ghost of a prostitute, named Rosie. Roses can be smelled when she is around. In Room Five lives the ghost of William. Behind the main hotel is the Miner’s Lodge, which is just next to the mine shaft where 37 miners were killed in the fire in 1873. This room was made even more infamous when it was filmed for the pilot of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures show.
When you are not looking out for ghosts at the hotel, you can enjoy a drink in the bar (with walls covered in dollar bills) by it’s large, open fireplace or out on the deck overlooking the mountains and valleys of the Virginia Range. The Crown Point restaurant serves very good French food and the hotel and restaurant feature historical lectures about Virginia City several times a month during the fall and winter.