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El Rancho Dolores Motel
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Twentynine Palms
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Since we planned to spend most of our time in Joshua Tree National Park, we were interested only in having a reasonably priced, clean place to sleep and shower. El Rancho fit the bill. My boyfriend had stayed here twice in the previous year and had no complaints. We stayed two nights in a room with a king-sized bed, small refrigerator and microwave (no coffeemaker, no hairdryer). The room was clean and incredibly quiet. I never heard a sound from the occupied rooms on either side of ours - a rarity when it comes to inexpensive hotels, especially the large chains. Great deal for budget travelers who just need a clean, quiet place to stay while enjoying the desert.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

we stayed in this motel only 1 night. we arrived in late evening in Twentynine Palms looking for a room and we found it in this motel. The price was fine (64$). I was a little scared reading the rewies but we were too much tired to look for another motel ! in any case, at the end we're pleasantly surprised: the room was basic but clean and, above all, there were no cockroachs !! :o)

Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
5  Thank froggy73
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Stayed here for one night in September 2012 as we were travelling from Los Angeles to the grand canyon. Thought it looked ok. What a dive. The room was small and the bathroom was tiny. Anyone with weight issues would not have been able to use the bathroom. The aircon struggled to cool the room. The worst thing was no hot water. When I asked at reception I was told it would be ok in the morning. Guess what, it wasn't. Very basic facilities. Would not recommend.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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elrancho29palm, Webmaster at El Rancho Dolores Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Dear Guest,

Thanks for commenting. I’m sorry that you visited at a time when we were experiencing some maintenance issues. Fortunately, the issues you mentioned have been addressed in recent changes and improvements. I hope you’ll visit again soon and see how we’re now better than ever. You’ll be glad you did.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed 4 July 2012

We were looking for something reasonable in 29 Palms and we were lucky to have found this nice motel. The price was average for a motel room, but better than in other motels in this town, probably due to the fact that it is so close to Joshua Tree NP . The room was clean, we had a working microwave and a fridge, the bed was comfy and large, sheets clean. Shower was hot and had ok pressure and they provided a little bar of soap and some shampoo. The wi-fi worked very well and was fast, we could park the car just outside of the room. It was a very hot day and we decided to take a dip in the pool. It's a very nice, well kept pool under the palmtrees and it is open all night long so we went there at 11 pm and had the whole place to ourselves! There are lights there so the time of the day was not a problem. It was great. The young man who checked us in was helpful and gave us some tips about where to go out and buy groceries and get cheap gas. The aircon was a bit loud but this is the only thing that could have been better. All in all, I recommend this place, it's a great, budget friendly choice in Twentynine Palms.
It also seems that the independent movie "Twenytinine Palms" used this motel as one of the filming locations. I am 99% sure.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2012

Our one night stay was clean and comfortable and we were happy with the price. We didn't expect frills and there were none. They did provide shampoo and soap. The front desk was helpful and although we didn't swim, the pool looked inviting. Parking was available directly in front of our room - which was a plus with a car load of camping equipment. Located close to Josha Tree NP.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

Overall the hotel is great for the prices. The rooms are large with plenty of storage. The staff is very nice and helpful. The only complaint I really have about the place is the Internet, it advertises free wireless, but unless you are close to the office it doesn't work. Our room was all the way at the end from the office and was unable to access the Internet at all from the room even though only one room away was a wifi antenna.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Why would someone want more than what we had at this motel when you visit Joshua Tree NP? Good rooms, good shower (a bit short but with good pressure), spotlessly clean. The bed could be better (they tend to have these soft mattresses) even though it was huge. The wireless connection could be much better. I'd also recommend 29palms as a quitter place than Joshua Tree or Yucca Valley.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ullcosta
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Additional Information about El Rancho Dolores Motel

Address: 73352 Twentynine Palms Hwy., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Twentynine Palms
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Twentynine Palms
Price Range: £48 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — El Rancho Dolores Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A long established 29 palms Motel in this area, the El Rancho Dolores has played host to travellers and tourists alike from all over the world since 1940. Many types of room are available, from small singles to larger suites with kitchenettes. Several rooms have their own drive-in car ports and private patios. Landscaped gardens and manicured lawns are also a feature of our motel. ... more   less 
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