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29 Palms Inn
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Twentynine Palms
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 June 2008

It was delightful - beautiful cabin dating from the original hotel in 1928, lovely colour scheme in sage green and cream. After some of the Tributes to Chinz we saw in B&B's it was very soothing on the eye! The best bit is the shady deck with a hammock and chairs for six or seven, leading down to the oasis with the boat in the middle. We ate in the very good restaurant, and took a bottle of wine back to the deck and sat out talking under the massive palm trees with the hot desert wind blowing through. Very romantic, one of the most romantic evenings on our entire honeymoon, in fact. And it was $103 in June, which was about right I think.

The pool is great too, after a dusty day in the park in 107 degrees of heat! And the carrot cake at breakfast is delicious. I recommend sneaking some extra pieces away for later!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2008

Perhaps the inn was having a bad couple of days and our timing was unlucky, but during the $155 a night peak season? If the 29 Palms Inn needs to iron out some staffing and management issues, they should not be charging a nightly rate that's triple the average for the area. Overall the grounds were pleasant, the flora impressive (majestic cacti, towering palms, rosemary mounds, a sprawling vegetable garden), the fauna frolicky (birds, lizards, rabbits) and the no-frills cabin was a charming alternative to the typical sterile hotel room, but I expected the atmosphere to be a lot more tranquil and serene for the rustic/boutique image they project. On our last afternoon, we ventured to the pool only to find about 15 kids and adults splashing around and partying it up. Apparently the inn was having a going away party for a staff member. I was conflicted, because on one hand I could understand having the party there, but they were so noisy and we spent a lot of money and traveled a great distance to escape from noise and chaos and relax in this peaceful oasis. Other guests complained, the staff got defensive, and no attempt was made by the management to accommodate the guests. We were told that the pool area had been blocked off for the party for a while and it would end by 5 (once the sun was low enough on the horizon to make sitting by the pool less desirable). Now to the restaurant. The website claimed that it used ingredients from the garden, but the salad was out of a bag, croutons out of a box, and dressing out of an industrial sized container shipped by a corporate food distributor. As for the service, our waitress was chatting with her friends at the next table while taking our order. We both ordered steaks medium rare--mine was so tough and fatty I could barely chew it; my boyfriend's was completely raw and inedible. Our jaws (exhausted from our untenderized steaks) dropped when we say the bill: we paid Manhattan prices for quality and service that was below mall chain quality--at least the food is consistent at Applebees or Olive Garden. Other reviewers have written highly of the restaurant, but again, maybe the 29 Palms Inn was sorting through some issues and our timing was unlucky. Or maybe we just made the wrong choice!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank annaui
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Reviewed 3 April 2008

We decided on this hotel based on a recommendation on Sunset.com as the place to stay close to Joshua Tree Nat'l Park. From the pictures on the website we expected quaint, adobe houses. The rooms turned out to be old and tired. They are in dire need of an update. The curtains had holes in them, the sink was rusty and there was no artsy decoration at all. At a spring break price of $155/nt we should have stayed at the Motel 6 for $59/nt in a new room. The grounds don't really offer anything nice either and the colors of the bungalows hurt your eiyes. The food at the restaurant was pretty good.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank sj_nomads
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Reviewed 11 March 2008

We picked this hotel to be close to Joshua Tree and because the wonderful reviews on this website led us to believe it would be a quaint, fun place to stay.

We couldn't have been more wrong.

As soon as we entered our house we were met with an awful chill. We finally located the thermostat after ten minutes of searching, but both of the vents remained covered in ice all night and blew cold air.

Our two rooms were connected by a grody bathroom with a shower that gave us the creeps. It couldn't even relieve the eyesore caused by the old, stained furniture and rugs out in the rooms.

We were thrilled to leave after our two night stay was finished. When we pulled up the "You Choose" stop sign, we defintely wished we had chosen not to go there at all.

  • Stayed: February 2005, travelled with family
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3  Thank IlliniChiefs
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Reviewed 21 January 2008

I made reservations to stay at the inn and relax after camping a few days in Joshua Tree natl. park. I found their website and from their description and the photos thought it looked nice. I was so dissapointed upon arriving to find myself and my girlfriend in a 10 x 12 room. They claimed each room was decorated by local artists. Ours was a bare room with an old framed poster. The bathroom mirror had areas that were no longer reflective, the soap holder was cracked and hanging from the wall. It just felt worn-out and tired. The pool is directly in front of the restaurant glass windows so who wants to swim with an audience? The hot tub had some strange rules and time limits and was behind a padlocked door in what looked like a dilapidated workshed. We didn't bother. Oh, when we checked in to our room we discovered an unmade bed from the previous guests so we had to walk to the office and tell them because none of the rooms have phones! nor alarm clocks. I would have been so much happier had we stayed at the local Holiday Inn for probably half the price in a much larger cleaner room. $168 dollars for this? Never again.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank ClimbingRob
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Reviewed 27 December 2007

The property is definitely the nicest and has the most ambiance of any others we saw in 29 Palms. We stayed in one of the adobe houses, each housing two seperate rooms. Each room has a name, and we stayed in Encelia.

The room was very clean, the queen sized bed had an excellent mattress, and the patio was very private with two lounge chairs.
The highpoint is a wood burning fireplace, for which they supply all the necessities of gettting a nice fire going. The shower was adequate,

While the accomodations are very basic, meaning a tile floor, no hair dryer, no place to plug in a computer, very hard to find a plug to plug anything into, the quaintness and the friendliness and the true to adobe feeling made up for the shortcomings.

The restaurant on the property is truly a find. It serves excellent dinners, great Sunday brunch, and a free little continental breakfast every morning.

The swimming pool was freezing, but who goes to Joshua Tree NP to swim? There is a hot tub on the property for first come first served. We did not try this.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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2  Thank zabriskibound
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Reviewed 7 May 2007

This is an old, dirty motel. It was $175 a night for a room worth about $40.

Our room connected with 2 other rooms. Get this: the door between the rooms doesn't lock. That means that anyone in either of the adjacent rooms could enter our room at anytime.

Huge, greasy stains on the carpet, all the furniture was either ratty or completely broken, the shower was filthy, with only a cheap hand held plastic wand for a shower head. Towels are threadbare. There was cracked plaster in the walls and ceilings, the wind blew through the inoperable air conditioner all night. There was only one thin blanket.

Forget about phones, TV (ours was smaller than my laptop screen), or any amenities like shampoo or do not disturb signs. The toilet paper was the poorest quality available. You could read the newspaper through it, if one was available at the hotel. Shampoo and soap were out of a push dispenser in the shower, just like in the cheapest motels.

The food wasn't bad, nothing to write home about, but this isn't an area known for its restaurants.

For $175 a night, they should be ashamed of themselves. The Motel 6 down the street is $39.99. Although probably not much better, a lot less insulting.

Stayed: May 2007
3  Thank stuartontour
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Additional Information about 29 Palms Inn

Address: 73950 Inn Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3418
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Twentynine Palms
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Twentynine Palms
#2 Family Hotel in Twentynine Palms
Price Range: £53 - £212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the doorstep of Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert, California. Established in 1928 on the historic Oasis of Mara, the 29 Palms Inn provides unique lodging and casual fine dining. ... more   less 
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29 Palms Hotel Twentynine Palms
29 Palms Twentynine

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