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“Pretty basic, but you are in the desert” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Panamint Springs Resort

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Panamint Springs Resort
40440 Hwy 190, 32 Miles West of Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328   |  
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Kingston, Canada
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“Pretty basic, but you are in the desert”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was our first time in Death Valley. This resort is in the west side so stay here if you wish to view the west side highlights. Another place to try (the only) is Stovepipe Wells Village. Panamint Springs is privately owned and they do a reasonably good job running the rv park, general store and restaurant. Gas up in Ridgecrest first because the price of gas in Death Valley will scare you- up to $2.00 more per gallon!

The rv park is basic. It's hot, dusty and has a few trees the owners try to keep alive with a drip line. The washrooms are basic but nothing fancy (I've seen worse but much better too). There are showers here (surpisingly) but no laundry (of course). Owners and staff are friendly.

The restaurant is fine for the desert and the bar has a wide selection of beer and wine. The food is acceptable although we ate mainly at the rv park.

Next time I would try Stovepipe Wells- it appears to be a bit more upscale(even has a pool) and gas is $1.00/gallon less. We are off to stay at Furnace Creek RV Ranch next...

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Odense, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The rooms are small and the carpet on the floor gets very dirty every time you walk through the door.
No microwave or fridge or pool.
Easy to find and its cheaper than staying in the NP.
Free parking. And there is usually a few roadrunners in the area, ask at the front desk for directions!
Would stay there again to save money!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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East Marion, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

our ten day hiking adventure in Death Valley NP included stays at Shoshone, Panamint, Furnace Creek & Stovepipe so we could be closer to the trails. Trails near Panamint included the Panamint Dunes and wildrose peak which were both amazing hikes. You have to consider what you are paying at Panamint compared to the other park lodgings. Its a quaint inexpensive place to stay within the park. Fortunately the bed was comfortable. My feeling though is that if they charge a few dollars more they could do some capital improvements. The carpeting has to go. The rooms are in need of reflooring which would add to a feeling of cleanliness. Our room #9 actually had a peep hole inthe shower that permitted you to see the laundry facility and a white pick up truck parked out back. How could that be. Is the prefab shower unit the only wall? is there no wall outside? Is anyone peeking in?

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The "resort" sits on the western slopes of the beautiful Panamint Valley, and from whatever direction you arrive, you will have had plenty of fantastic scenery, but do think about spending at least one night here to experience the Valley at every time of the day and night. I spent three nights in a comfortable room, simply furnished and clean. And if you like beer, you will find 150 varieties in the restaurant/bar, where the bartenders are glad to give you tastes of the dozen or so on tap. Power is by generator, which seemed to be noisier across the road at the campground than in the room, where it was nothing more than a gentle whirr. This is a good location if you're planning on visiting the charcoal kilns, or going further afield to Manzanar north of Lone Pine (home of the not-to-be-missed Alabama Hills Cafe), and the intriguing town of Darwin.

Room Tip: Rooms 1-4 share a little "veranda" with table and chairs, overlooking the valley.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, CA USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Whoever called this a "resort" had a good sense of humor - it's not. But it's no frills, clean, and quiet. I think walls are fairly thin so I suspect that if you had a noisy neighbor, it could be a problem. The staff is very friendly and the food is good, although more expensive than the cost of the room would suggest. Also, don't buy gasoline there as it is significantly more expensive than other places in the park.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The place is VERY basic and dated BUT clean. The beds are very comfortable and new. The carpet in the bathroom should be switched to tile instead. The walls are very thin and you have to be mindful of your next door neighbor and not be noisy. Employees are also nice. If you have no place to stay, it's fine for a night or two. It's a notch above staying in a tent. The price is way too high for what it is. The restaurant is also ok but be ready to sit for a while if they're busy.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Harley bike tour. Great beer, friendly folks. Quiet and peaceful and wonderful stars. Nothing to do but sit. Roads around wonderful to ride and fab scenery. Drive out west majestic. Great starting point.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Panamint Springs Resort

Address: 40440 Hwy 190, 32 Miles West of Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Location: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Panamint Springs is a small western-style resort seated in the beautiful Panamint Valley in Death Valley National Park. Marvelous views of distant sand dunes and the soaring 11,000' Panamint Mountains complete the setting for leisure dining and relaxation. Panamint Springs offers 14 motel rooms & 1 cottage, restaurant, campgrounds, RV park, gas station, and mini-mart. Our motel rooms are very basic, but clean. Our rooms are cooled with an evaporative cooling system. Some units offer their own A/C window unit in addition to this. We are pet friendly, however additional fees apply. If you are planning on doing some exploring, you'll find that Panamint Springs makes a great base camp for neighboring ghost towns, abandoned mines, and even desert waterfalls. Great for 4-wheel drive exploring, hiking, biking, or just relaxing! ... more   less 
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Panamint Springs Hotel Death Valley National Park
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