Historic Hotel Sadly Rides Off into the Sunset
Watching a once-great hotel let herself go is as sad as any Hollywood crash-and-burn, if you ask us. And frankly, that sentiment extends beyond hotels we’ve personally watched rise and fall. So even though we've never been, we’re shedding a special tear for the shuttering of the historic Eklund Hotel, an Old West hotel in tiny Clayton, New Mexico, complete with a resident ghost named Irene and a saloon with a bullet hole-pierced tin ceiling.
Reports the AP: “The Eklund’s closing comes just five years after completion of a $2.3 million renovation of the stately, three-story sandstone block building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.”
Clayton has a population of just 2,100. Townspeople hope someone buys the place and reopens the hotel, which has been the center of town since opening in 1892 and served as the town’s main restaurant and bar.
Reviews of the place on TA are decidedly mixed, so we’re guessing more than a few past guests won’t miss the place. But that just makes the story sadder, dontcha think?
The hotel closed April 24 after struggling with hefty debt from the renovation. Oh and the recession didn’t help either. The Eklund is not yet on the market but currently being foreclosed by the bank. We'll keep our fingers crossed, Clayton townspeople.
[Photo: Eklund Hotel]