Cloudcroft Hotel and Mall

Sometimes A Hotel Is A Place To Stay, Other Times, It's Part Of The "EXPERIENCE"

History of the Cloudcroft Hotel


While we are waiting on Mountain Foto to get me more information for their post, I thought you might want to know a little history of the hotel.


This old building has survived a myriad of tenants, one murder, and a gut ripping fire.  Originally, the building served as a railroad commissary and boarding house for the rail workers.  In the 1950’s, the Skyland Bar and Cafe called the building home.  One of their cooks is rumored to still haunt the building; a man by the name of Mr. Jenkins became a fatality in a dispute with between the owner and a  patron. It’s said he died right on the floor where the Gift Shop is today.  After Skyland, the building sat vacant for over ten years.

The Preslar’s purchased the building in the late 1970’s. During the Preslar’s remolding, the place burned to the ground leaving nothing but the great stone walls to rebuild on.  They persevered and remodeled the building to house Susie’s Pleasure Palace. Now, don’t get the wrong idea; this building boasted an indoor miniature golf course with an outdoor fireplace that is now covered, but still standing at the back of the mall. An arcade and the Whistlestop Cafe Ice Cream/Sandwich Shop, joined them in the 1980’s.


Around 1992, the Wright family purchased the building and move the Coonskin Cap Store and Kokopelli Restaurant in, calling the building the Emporium Mall. The Kokopelli was located upstairs, where our hotel rooms are today.  Rooms 1, 2, and 8 all have windows that were installed when the restaurant was created.

Fast forwarding to the December of 2000, the Mack’s purchased the building and went to work on remodeling the entire premises.  The perimeter and foundation of the building were the original stone walls from 1930.  The Mack’s enhanced the exterior with the wooden deck supports that you see today. This look is congruent with the frontier and Old Mexico influences, which were prevalent in the southwest over a century ago.While the frontier look was kept throughout the mall and hotel rooms, the lifeblood of the building underwent a triple bypass – electric, plumbing and propane lines were given a thorough inspection and rerouted or repaired to bring the building up to code.  To date, we have 8 huge rooms, 4 with kitchenettes, one with a very large balcony that overlooks Burro Avenue.  All the rooms have kept their claw foot tubs, however an upgrade to a 100 gallon water heater was installed to ensure plenty of hot water.  Then to top it all off, authentic antiques were placed in every room. Our hotel was remodeled to give visitors a choice somewhere between a rustic cabin experience, and high scale lodging.  At the Cloudcroft Hotel you can park your car and walk to everything there is to do in the village of Cloudcroft.

In 2012 Steve and Carol Williams purchased the grand Cloudcroft Hotel.  They came in and gave the old girl a crisp feel with new paint, new bedding, new carpeting and are in the process of upgrading each room with air conditioning.  Your claw foot tub also now comes equipped with a free standing shower.  Amidst all of the antiques, your room will have a few modern touches such as a flat screen TV with satellite, free internet, brand new pillow-top mattresses and iPad rental.  The Williams want each and every guest to feel the warmth and love that has been put into this old building.  We, the staff, hope you can as well; and that you can appreciate the history and beautiful imperfections she still carries.

Welcome to the grand Cloudcroft Hotel.


5 thoughts on “History of the Cloudcroft Hotel

  1. I lived in Cloudcroft from 1954 to 1964. During that period, I believe that was the building where the Hill Top Grocery was. It was owned by the Schaafs (sp?). There was a grocery store downstairs and a book and card store up stairs. That is where I bought all of my Hardy Boy, Black Stallion, and Flash Gordon books and all of my super hero comic books.

    • That is so interesting Ted. I will check with out those years with our Sacramento History Museum. I hope you are right. I would love to add to this story. Old buildings are true treasures. Thank you so much for commenting and bringing this to my attention

      • Great, let me know what you find out. I graduated from CHS in 64. We have a cabin at Mountain Top where I grew up.

        Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


      • Ted I talked to my father in law this past weekend. He did indeed confirm the Mercantile and card shop up stairs. Thank you so much.

      • Thanks, I think it is great that you are looking into the history of the building. I wish you continued success with your Hotel and Mall.

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