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El Rancho Dolores Motel
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Twentynine Palms
Reviewed 3 June 2013 via mobile

I think the prices here COULD be lowered a bit, but the rooms that I stayed in with previous and last stays were very clean. Room service every morning with fresh, clean towels, and toilet paper. Beds were very comfortable, rooms are quiet, also I never experienced a bug problem here during any of my stays. They have coin operated washer and dryer, ice machine (free ice!) and a soda machine. They also have a large swimming pool that looks clean. I would recommend this place, but Motel 6 has cheaper rate.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

Basic, clean, cheap. Friendly front desk. Bed was a bit hard with springs uncomfortable. This might be improved with a mattress topper. Parking outside room as usual. Close to Joshua Tree National Park so very handy. couple of restaurants and bars within walking distance. Not much else to say really.

  • Stayed: March 2013, 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 your kind comments about our value-priced hotel offering clean rooms and a great customer experience as well as an enviable location. I apologize if the bed didn’t meet your expectations, but I’m pleased that you didn’t allow this to detract too much from your stay. We’ve made changes and improvements since your stay and look forward to showing you next time you’re in the area how we’re better than ever before.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Plus: we got a nice big family room for a cheap rate. The grounds were well kept. It was quiet and the bed was comfortable. No bugs.

Negative: ugh! To start with, we were not told it was a smoking room and we were just too tired to deal with it by the time we discovered this fact. The kitchenette door was locked and we mistakenly thought it would still have a microwave and fridge - wrong! Worse, it was not clean. Carpets were dirty near furniture, fan had not been moved to vac. There was even a bottle cap at the edge of the tv stand!.

Towels are grey and thin. No hangers in the scary looking, unusable closet. A broken towel rack was thrown in the top of the closet.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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elrancho29palm, Webmaster at El Rancho Dolores Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Dear Guest,

Thanks for your kind comments about our large rooms and great rates and comfortable beds. We’re also pleased that you enjoyed our well-tended grounds and quiet location. I apologize that you came at a time when we weren’t at our best, however. We’ve changed and improved in many ways since your stay, the issues you experienced have been corrected. I hope you’ll be staying with us again soon to see how we’re better than ever before.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager

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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
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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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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: £47 - £74 (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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