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Ray's Den Motel

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405 North Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This motel looked like any other until you walked in the door and were greeted by the staff member. She was very knowledgable about the hikes we were about to take and gave us great suggestions. Although the room was basic, we were impressed with the simple touches. Day #2, they remembered that I had asked for an extra decaf... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were traveling from Yosemite to Vegas. We were not sure how far we'd get, but ended up targeting Independence as a good interim place to stop for the night. Naturally, we consulted TripAdvisor and read good things about Ray's Den. We had no previous reservations and were grateful to find a vacancy. Ray's doesn't look like... More 

Thank necowgirl
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This motel was impressively clean (cleaner than some of the pricey luxury hotels we've stayed at). We walked in without a reservation and the only room available had two beds. Linda, the friendly owner, gave us a discount since we only needed the one bed. The room would have been a good value at its full price. Bonus: it's walking... More 

Thank GusMcM
San Diego, California
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47 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Very small, independently owned motel (8 rooms), walking distance to the 2 or 3 restaurants in Independence. Room was clean and quaint, with a small tiled shower reminiscent of the 1950's. Room had mini-frig, microwave and coffee pot, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and A/C. There were 2 padded chairs and a small table. Although it was right next to Hwy... More 

Thank Marla F
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Rode my motorcycle from Coronado CA through Death Valley on my way back home to Sacramento. Called Ray's and spoke with Linda - cool lady! Room was affordable, very clean, and quite frankly better than what I expected for such a small town. The bed was comfortable, the A/C COLD and I'd definitely stay there again without hesitation. Thanks, Linda!!!!... More 

Thank Steve D
Stuttgart, Germany
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The room was super clean and comfy, definately would recommend staying there. Staff was super friendly and caring. Even it is right next to the street, the rooms are quiet and nice to stay in. Breakfast at "Jenny's Cafe" is just across the street and really, really great!

2 Thank and1fischer85
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

You will not find a cleaner friendlier place to crash for a night or two. After doing a marathone road trip this was as far as I could go. Perfect spot, the two girls at the front desk were most accommodating. Thanks!

Thank Jill P
Redlands, California
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31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Stayed here overnight prior to a backpack into the Sierras. Rooms were very clean and well maintained. Person at the desk was friendly and informative. Motel has basic amenities as described in their ads. Very convenient for trails off Whitney Portal (15 minutes to Lone Pine), and Onion Valley (7 minutes to turn off from 395). Took an hour to... More 

1 Thank Mason E
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Exactly what i was hoping for on my first visit to an american motel. Lovely warm welcome from the owner and a perfectly clean well appointed room with fridge coffee maker microwave. My only comment is about the town there is only 1 restraunt to eat and drink.! ! ! ! They only open If they decide to open. the... More 

2 Thank jprosser05
Richmond, B.C.
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138 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

This motel is sparkling tiddly and right on the highway. It is a little gem with a covered walkway and outdoor seating in front of each room calls out to stay stay stay here. Super clean and ample space in the room with a table and chairs to make your breakfast if you happen to travel with your own supplies.... More 

2 Thank doreenandneil
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