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“Old, very basic, clean -- is that worth $68/night?”
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Rustic Oasis Motel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Olancha
Goleta, California
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5 reviews
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“Old, very basic, clean -- is that worth $68/night?”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

Conclusion first: There was nothing wrong, except for the mattresses being pretty saggy; one thing to consider is that: For a no-extra-amenities place (no internet, pool, flat screen, complimentary anything, etc....) in the middle of nowhere, do $68/night seem appropriate?

The motel is pretty much between Death Valley and Sequoia National Parks, which is why we stayed there. If you try to look it up on Google Maps, it won't show you the right location, so here it is: http://goo.gl/maps/fQGX
We had a room with 2 full beds, or more adequately a room with a full bed, and another full bed in a second room (which was more like a big closet with no doors).
It had a fridge, TV set, brittle bars of soap and a door.

It's pretty old in many aspects: I couldn't find a way of booking online, so I had to call to book; the TV set is roughly 12", but we didn't bother turning it on, anyways (who knows, that your neighbor is deterred from watching TV all night might be a good thing?); the rooms themselves are old, too, in particular the mattresses were pretty worn and saggy.

That said though, the room was clean and it was very quiet, thanks to the building being set back from the (not very busy) highway. The owners (who live on the premises) were friendly and helpful enough, and we slept well.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Ithaca, New York
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

First of all the location is awesome- out of an old western film but totally clean and cozy! The wonderful woman running the hotel with her husband let us look at every room - each had its own decorative theme and was totally charming! This woman was the most helpful and kind hotel manager my husband and I have ever come across. She helped us with everything we so much as mentioned and offered us breakfast! Reasonable price, unique and rustic rooms, KILLER MOUNTAIN VIEW, and the sweetest, kindest staff! There is no better place to stay around death valley!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Topanga, California
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

Definitely rustic - quite old. worn, and simple, no internet when we were there (they are trying to bring it in), not a place for those looking for even the simple luxuries of (say) Quality Inn like little shampoo bottles, but with atmosphere and old-fashioned mom & pop hospitality to beat others in the bargain tier like Rodeway or Motel 6. Fresh coffee and food for breakfast. Stark beauty of the Southern Sierras to the West with Olancha Peak (over 12,000') towering above the hamlet of Olancha (with two restaurants, about a mile North of the motel), and the high desert plain all around. A nice stop halfway (3 hrs) between LA and the Yosemite portal at Lee Vining.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Olancha, California
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

Pros: It met my criteria; clean bathroom and sheets, very small town, along my route of travel, a taste of the desert and mountain scenery, inexpensive, and had 3g cell coverage. The management was helpful. I was looking to stay away any city and loved the smal town feel of the area. Not much around.

Cons; Not much around, physically run down, squishy beds. Other folks who care more about that sort of stuff will likely elaborate in their reviews.

I travel a lot and this is about what I expect for my $60 a night. I would stay again, especially if it was just to sleep for the night.

Room Tip: Room 1 was nice. Room 2 had smokers.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Torrance, California
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

My son and I stayed at the Rustic Motel using it as base for Mount Whitney hiking. The Inn keeper Judy was really helpful. I found the place simple, clean and quite. Coffee was on in the AM in the front office. Had good time, the Inn keeper had a small fire pit out in front in the common area, we sat out on benches, had a camp fire and roasted marshmallows. Great place and half of what Lone Pine was asking. We also due to our location went Ghost-towning and hiking at Fossil falls. Judy had good information on local restaurants and local sites.

Room Tip: ask for rooms on the end away from the well if you are light sleeper like me
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Firebaugh, California
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

Reciently my daughter and I had the opportunity to say at a wonderfully quaint little Motel called the Rustic Oasis. It was truly not only a beautiful place but the hospitality was one of a kind also. We were spellbound by the beauty of the land that surrounded us. Upon checking into what appeared to be a lonley motel off highway 395 we found a jewel of a motel manager and very clean rooms. Not only was she very accomidating but she offered us something to eat as well. We unpacked our belongings into a 2 bed room. It was very clean smelling with what could only be described as " right out of grandmas house" decor. So inviting that we postponed or departure date by another night. This motel manager also came by to make sure we were comfortable and asked if we needed anything else. She then invited us to a bonfire outside that night at one of the motels fire pits. Before long cars were pulling in, checking in and joining us. People from every where. A lovley couple from hungary and there two boys, an older couple from germany, someone from Los Angeles and more. It was fun learning about these people. Would I stay there again.....Already making plans to.

Room Tip: If you have someone that snores ask the manager for one of her cute 2 bed bedrooms with the sliding...
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Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

We stayed here while touring California on a Harley and after 2 nights in Las Vegas the Rustic Oasis Hotel was a welcome retreat. Ok - the room was a little dated, but was clean, had a large comfy bed, and great shower. Judy the manager was very friendly and helpful, directing us to a great little Mexican cafe near the petrol station and got up early with us the following morning to provide us with coffee and tea (because we are English!) and a delicious pineapple upside down cake. As for the previous review about "bugs and critters" etc as they say out here - "cowboy up"!! How often do you get a chance to sit on the porch, outside your room, underneath the stars surrounded by mountains and desert, perfectly peaceful? If you want the sterile boxes of a chain motel, this might not be for you, but if you want to interact and experience your surroundings, it definately is.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rustic Oasis Motel
Address: 2055 Highway 395, Olancha, CA 93549
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Olancha
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Olancha
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Hotel Class:2 star — Rustic Oasis Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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