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Panamint Springs Resort
Reviewed 12 May 2014

My first impression of this little place was not the best but I had read the reviews and so I was prepared. Rustic is probably the best word. Room adequate and clean. Food average - dinner same as anywhere but breakfast left a little to be desired. Service was always friendly. However when I went out early the next morning to be greeted by beautifull sunshine and an absolutely beautifull view it was breathtaking. I could feel the tranquility of the place even though there were children running around playing hide and seek. I sat and drunk my tea taking in the peacefulness of the place and I loved it. I loved it even more when I saw (what I now know to be) a road runner - beep beep - crossing the road!

Room Tip: There are only 16 rooms all in a row so nothing to choose from.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We spent a couple nights at Panamint Springs Resort last week. The experience was wonderfully authentic - the staff was super friendly, the room was clean and the food and beer selection was amazing. It's not the four seasons (who would expect that?), but a nice motel, restaurant, and campground literally in the middle of nowhere. It provides a supreme jumping off point to explore the outer reaches, and in my view some of the more special parts of the greater Death Valley park including the Saline Valley and Panamint Valley, and Cierro Gordo. It's so much better than Furnace Creek and the disneyesque situation down there, but if Disney and hoards of tourists is what you're after, then don't stay at Panamint Springs.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank svmike
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

The rooms are very dated and looked not maintained.

When we checked in we wanted to pay separate, but were told only one card is accepted and the whole stay needs to be charged at once.

We stayed at the cottage, which looks on the pictures cute and perfect for a family or 2 couples.

They allow pets - which is great.

However, the toilet was loose, there were holes in the walls and ceiling, the carpet spotty, air condition crusty, everything looked very dated.
We felt not comfortable and it looked not worth the money (USD 170 plus Tax a night)
We asked if we could check out a day early (staying 1 night instead of 2), but the manager of the hotel side was not cooperative.

He was telling us that they just made it through the year as the oil prices ate all up and they are taking one room at the time to renovate. - Good to know - Really
When we brought up our "complaints" he gave more excuses and tried to tell us how hard his life is in the National Park. He interrupted me many times and offered to contest the charge.
Really? A suggestion - be nice to your guests - unhappy guests will not send others - and mind you my friend and I are both in the travel business...
I understand if you just took over a business and are taking one room at a time to upgrade, but it was not worth the money.
We stayed both nights and it was clean. His wife really does do a good job circumstances allowing. The area is nice after all.
Tips to save money - do not let the air condition run on 68 degrees all day
Make sure the fridge is not on the highest level.
Ask kindly if the guests could be mindful with the lights.
Tell them the water is potable
You can shut off the generator after 10 or 11 pm
You can buy really good bedding, blankets, duvet covers, pictures at Ross.
In a National Park - styrophome cups, plates and "silverware" is a shame (as anywhere else in the world)

However - we REALLY enjoyed the restaurant. While breakfast circumstantial was ok - dinner and the beer selections was outstanding.
The server was nice and the manager was super nice - he LOVED our dog.
It looked like he was the brother of the hotel manager (3 brothers a uncle and a father seem to run the place) - he was the complete opposite of his brother.
Tip to the manager of the hotel part - when you are tired and see the guests are too - and mind you the guest/client is always right - that's how it works in the service industry - just agree to the complaints and offer to come by in the morning when everybody is rested and see if you can make amendments needed.

If you would not have interrupted us, maybe being courteous and understanding one never knows.
But you are in the service industry on your choice - act like it

Room Tip: Wait until they are renovated or if the manager is done working on the septic tank
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Called here without a reservation and was told the motel was full but they had a tent cabin available for 50 dollars and 10 dollars each beddin hire. We were not allowed to see it before paying which i thought was odd as it was empty. It just had two metal cots. Was told it would be warm so we were only offered one blanket each. After a meal we thought the temperature had dropped so we asked for another blanket each. Big mistake. We should have asked for three. We were SO cold. We had fleeces, towels and coats over the blankets and we wore most of our clothes. This made for a very sleepless night. Had we been given adequate bedding this would have been ok. Went for breakfast to the restaurant which was about 11 dollars. This was good value. Lovely views.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank lynda h
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

First off, if you want to stay at a resort in Death Valley, don't stay here. Stay at Furnace Creek resort. You may pay out the nose to stay in a crowded compound, but you can watch all the TV you like while you surf the web and text your friends, then go out and play a round of golf in a place that gets maybe an inch of precipitation a year. You know who you are if this sounds appealing.

On the other hand, there is Panamint Springs. Looking at your map, you will find this in the exact middle of nowhere. There is no TV, there is no wireless, there is no wired. There is barely a room. But it is clean, and the shower works well enough to wash the sand off. You need to be quiet after 10pm so as not to keep your neighbors awake. So grab a chair and go look at the stars, you won't be be bothered by cars driving by. This is a great starting point to explore Wildrose Canyon and the towering Panamint range, and only a half hour back into Death Valley on some of the most beautiful desert roads in America.

Whether you stay at the motel or campground or not, do stop at the restaurant. The craft beer selection would generally impress a beer geek from San Diego or San Francisco, and the pizza is made from fresh dough and properly oven fired. The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet was $10 and quite a deal. Don't miss the croissants.

The gas next door is the most expensive I have seen in California ($6/gal for regular).

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

I wrote a review for the restaurant. It's worth stopping for the pizza (and for beer lovers)! We were on our way to Shoshone from Stovepipe Wells and were so glad we did. Everyone there was friendly, helpful, and made us feel welcomed. This is a bare-bones place, but they really try hard to offer what is realistic and reasonable considering the location. You really have to think about where you are. Sure, the name might be misleading now, probably not in the 1940s or 50s. Consider what you drove through to get there. It's an oasis!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MBL33
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Simple rooms. Probably will be too hot in summertime.
Very basic equipment, but comfortable sleep.
If you just need a base to go and explore DV - perfect place.
But do not expect luxury.
WiFi nonexistent (there is VSAT station, but gets clogged easily) and no mobile phone coverage.

The restaurant is a good place to chat with the other DV-freaks and ask them for the best places to see in The Valley. Lots of maps and photos.
Tasty, "wild west" food. Also breakfast is fine to start your explorer day.

Check in is at the general store and gas station couple of meters away from the Inn. You pay upfront for the stay. Gas is "no brand" and very expensive so it's worth to fill up before entering DV.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Miramaks
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Address: 40440 Highway 190, 32 Miles West of Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Region: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range: £25 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Panamint Springs Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Panamint Springs is a small western-style resort seated in the beautiful Panamint Valley in Death Valley National Park. Marvelous views of distant sand dunes and the soaring 11,000' Panamint Mountains complete the setting for leisure dining and relaxation. Panamint Springs offers 14 motel rooms & 1 cottage, restaurant, campgrounds, RV park, gas station, and mini-mart. Our motel rooms are very basic, but clean. Our rooms are cooled with an evaporative cooling system. Some units offer their own A/C window unit in addition to this. We are pet friendly, however additional fees apply. If you are planning on doing some exploring, you'll find that Panamint Springs makes a great base camp for neighboring ghost towns, abandoned mines, and even desert waterfalls. Great for 4-wheel drive exploring, hiking, biking, or just relaxing! ... more   less 
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