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Panamint Springs Resort
Dee B from:
Published Date: Mar, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
My husband I were staying in a different hotel nearby but wanted pizza. This is the only place around but they didn't disappoint. the pizza was very good. The waiter was also the bartender and bus boy but we never lacked for attention.
Effervescent from: Florida
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Mar, 13, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Minimal accommodations, nice view.
At the Death Valley Visitors Center, Panamint Springs was advised as a place with accommodations. It may have been helpful for the park staff to clarify that this is the ONLY establishment in the town. Despite our late arrival, they still had motel rooms available.
The room, linens, towels and shower looked (and smelled) clean. The mattress itself felt old, but it was sleep-able. A working space heater was provided, along with toiletries, two bottles of water and wrapped plastic cups.
As stated by other reviewers, the walls were THIN. Bring ear plugs. My motel room had a connecting door to the room next door. I could not only see the light under the door, but hear my neighbor's dog shake its collar and hear the gentleman next door sigh and shift in bed. On the other side, the walls were thin enough for me to smell my neighbor's marijuana and hear him yawn and eventually settle in bed. The motel's check-in instructions specify a 10pm - 7am quiet time: this is not a motel for late night gatherings/conversations, so traveling groups/friends should be aware.
There was no cell service, but the motel's proximity to the restaurant's free wi-fi enabled late night wi-fi connectivity for text messaging.
The motel staff was courteous and helpful. A free breakfast accompanied the motel reservation, but I chose not to partake. There were pleasant mountain views from the restaurant's outdoor seating, and the area was quiet. There is a general store for gas, souvenirs and basic needs, including some pre-packaged sandwiches.
I rated this as establishment as a "2," not because it was "poor" but simply because a "3" is average, and I did not feel that the accommodations were "average" for an American tourist's expectations. The nightly rate was higher than other places in or around Death Valley, but this place is literally in the middle of nowhere. For better value, it is highly encouraged that you research other options and subsequent driving times, which may require driving on mountain roads.
- Value: 2
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 4
Travelbass from: Los Angeles
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 6, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Friendly rustic camping and cabins close to Death Valley
My wife and I stayed in one of the new cabins, it was clean and comfortable. The staff at check-in (the store) and the restaurant were all very friendly and helpful. This place is basically a campground with some cabins and older motel units. Don't expect the Marriot - I give it 5 stars because of its remote location, its rustic charm and its friendly staff who seem to work hard. We would definitely go back, the view alone is beautiful!
zoomom76 from: Pasadena, California
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Feb, 17, 2019 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
The exact opposite of the other hotels inside the park
We stayed here on a night where the temperature dropped into the 20's. We entered our room and found one queen bed and one double crammed into a space barely large enough for one bed. Not only that, but it was run down and dirty. The beds had one thin blanket each, so we walked down the hill to the general store where you check in..to find that they don't have extra blankets! It was below freezing. They said to just turn up the heater. The only heater was a crazy contraption like the ones on a patio. We turned it on and only half the elements worked. It glowed so bright we had to put towels over our eyes. At least we didn't freeze. The bathroom was so dirty, we only used the toilet. This place was one of the worst places I've stayed and it was over $220/night!!! We would have left if there was any way to find another hotel within 100 miles, but there is no cell or wifi any where near
Timothy A from: Falling Waters, West Virginia
Published Date: Feb, 9, 2019 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Best food in Panamint Springs!!!!
Well I decided to make a run on a whim to Panamint springs so that I could recon the nearby dunes in Death Valley for some photography. After a very long day of driving and poor weather, I was trying to decide if I would stay the night at the Campground in the resort and get up early to catch the sunrise at the dunes.
So after a slow but pleasant drive of 6 miles into the desert, came back and went looking for some food for the belly. Stop at the Panamint resort and went inside to get something to eat.
Whoa nelly, limited menu with basic dinner (well very very basic dinner with limited menu) type food. Order a bowl of chili which was like $9, it came and well the best way to describe is go to grocery store and buy a can of very basic Hormel Chili, not the fancier deluxe stuff, the good ole basic $1 can stuff, add some onions and a little bit of graded cheese and you have their chili. Hell I would even put goo money that if it wasn't Hormel's, then they nailed the recipe for it. Safe but nothing special by any means. I know like Ramin noddles is noodles but not the same as you get at say Noodles and Company.
Well a boy still as to eat, so order a fish sandwich, so it comes and basically a basic hamburger bun with what appeared to be the frozen type of fillets (including the triangle shape) that you get when you go to dinner with the Gordan Fisherman!!!! They basic battered fish fillets at that. I would even bet more that it the old Gloucester fisherman was their chef.
The service was good and the waitress was very nice and prompt, the cleanliness was good and overall, just basic food at a very high price-like $16 buck for the sandwich. So my nearly $30 cup of chili and fish sandwich still went down and filled the belly and I left a little lighter due to the cash that flowed out.
Summary on food, best in Panamint Springs for it is the only in Panamint springs.
Now they do have a nice campground and tents sites were $10 so it seemed reasonable, but due to bad weather and nothing looking better for the following morning, decided to head back to Lompoc.
But figure I might want to top off gas first, they had pumps and about ready to fill up the tank but then I saw the price of $4.59 a gallon basic unlead. Wow that is some very high grade gas for that price especially since I had bought some early that day near Bakersfield at $3.29 a gallon.
No decided that the fine meal would see me through as I headed back and prayed I could find some on the road back, which I did in California City as I limped in on sail boat fuel at 11:00 pm at $3.40 a gallon. Enough to get me back to Lompoc Ca and final top off of tank at $2.89 a gallon.
So Panamint Springs was a interesting place and the people are nice and the site is clean, but if you go, top of the fuel tank, maybe put a Jet Boil stove in the vehicle and some cup of noodles and then go enjoy the beauty of Death Valley.