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“Modest motel near the Lake-no frills but very clean!”
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Isabella Motel
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“Modest motel near the Lake-no frills but very clean!”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

At first sight the motel doesn't impress however, the inviting pool is always open and very clean. Located by the pool is a very nice covered patio to eat. What impressed me the most were the rooms. Absolutely immaculate with two separate beds and with a wall dividing them, TV, AC, small desk with coffee maker. Bathroom had a shower-soap, shampoo, clean linen.

The owners Shelly & Larnie are the friendliest, most accommodating you will ever meet.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tucson, AZ
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Lake Isabella is a resort community, and although it's not particularly upscale (think boats and barbecue, not golf and gourmet cuisine) the price of food and lodging is much higher than it is only an hour away by car in Bakersfield (for example.) This is a perfectly nice old-fashioned motel with some deferred maintenance outdoors (rain damage to the eaves, aluminum casement windows whose cranks no longer work.) Everything inside our room worked fine: coffee maker, plumbing. Cooling comes from an evaporative unit on the roof--no thermostat, just flick a wall switch and a hurricane of cool air comes through an opening in the ceiling (make sure to crack a window to let the air out.) Heat comes from a gas wall furnace. There's pine paneling showing years of rustic use. Mattress was a bit aged. The very friendly and helpful owner told us candidly that the small 2-bed rooms were very small (no room for a fridge or our bicycles) but offered to put the bikes in a storeroom. I opted instead for a more expensive larger room, which turned out to be two good-sized rooms separated by a doorway with a pocket door. The back room had an older fridge, a TV, and the doorway to the bathroom. The front room had the cool-air opening and the heater. There's a pool and a shaded patio area with picnic tables and grill for guests to use. The motel doesn't provide wi-fi, but I was able to pick up an unlocked signal by walking out into the parking lot in the direction of the lake. If that hadn't worked, there's a McDonald's about 0.4 mile away that probably has free wi-fi. The owner recommended Nelda's cafe and we found it great for dinner (real smoked-meat barbecue, cornbread muffins) and breakfast.

At the moment, one of the earlier reviews by Jonnnoo evidently describes a different motel, the Lakeview, which is several miles away; one of the photos posted with that review shows that name on the motel's sign, and the building in the photo certainly doesn't resemble the Lake Isabella Motel. I've suggested a correction.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

There is not a lot of choice in the area but at over $100 and no breakfast it is way too expensive, very dated decor, you feel like you are in a museum. The ghost towns in the are and the panoramic views in the area are great. Though the owner is a really nice lady and does her best, this place needs some money spent on it if they want to get this kind of money

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2011

Only stay here if there's nowhere else available. It's more expensive than the standard motel - we paid $68 + tax, which was about $60 too much. Altho' there was a kitchen, the wood panelling, paintwork and carpet were really tatty, the bed rough to say the least, and the pillows about 2cm thick. The guy on reception was pleasant enough but the room was definitely ropey.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Isabella Motel
Address: 400 Highway 155, Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Region: United States > California > Lake Isabella
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Lake Isabella
Number of rooms: 17

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