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“Nothing fancy, but stay in a room with a king size bed” 4 of 5 stars
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40440 Hwy 190, 32 Miles West of Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328   |  
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Orland Park, IL
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“Nothing fancy, but stay in a room with a king size bed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This small MOTEL is located in the more remote part of Death Valley National Park. I would not describe it as a resort; it is an old motel with thin walls and actual "key" locks. My husband and I traveled with my mother-in-law on this trip. We stayed in Room 5, which was a "king room". The bed was comfy and the shower was roomy, but nothing fancy - which is fine. Just a plain old shower with a curtain, pedestal sink and toilet. The room had two nightstands and a long dresser. However, Room 6, which was a "queen room", was very small and not really made for a woman for the simple fact that there was not an outlet in the bathroom to plug in a blowdryer, etc. No nightstands in this room, just wooden tv-like trays. But this is not a surprise, the website tells you it's basically a place to sleep. Afterall, you're in Death Valley. You're not going to be lounging in a room - you're going to be exploring all the wonderful sights in the park. You cannot control the air conditioning. Our room's temperature was comfortable, and it was about 98 degrees in the day when we visited. There are ceiling fans in the rooms. Be advised that the parking lot is very small. If the motel was fully booked, it would be very tight parking. There are "quiet hours" between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., but they were not enforced during our stay. There is a gas station and small general store next to the hotel - tip - fill up before you get in the park - gas at Panamint was $5.98 per gallon. There is a restaurant on the premises with great hamburgers and pizza. The employees are friendly and accomodating. If you want more of a luxury hotel, stay on the opposite end of the park at Furnace Creek.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

little basic motal along the street, just before Death Valley. We were a family group of 5 and spent one night in the cottage. The cottage was very clean and well cooled at our arrival, the bathroom basic but clean, just the airconditioning was a bit noisy at night, but on the other hand it was a great feeling to look outside the window at night and to see the stars at the desert sky. Here being so calm you get the real desert feeling. I would come here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

This was the most interesting place we have ever stayed. Being in Death Valley definitely seems like you are in the middle of nowhere, so the tiny "town" of Panamint Springs is really out there. The room was exactly as the website describes: a bed and a bathroom. The carpet and bathroom fixtures were old and run-down but everything seemed clean. The bed was comfortable. All of the room are connected in a long row where you park your car right outside the door. You can hear people in the rooms next to you fairly well but no one was very loud and we did not hear anything late at night or early in the morning. The staff at the store and restaurant were very friendly. The only complaint we had was how expensive things were (restaurant, general store, gas) but when there isn't anything else for miles, people will pay higher prices! You cannot beat the view when you step outside your room so I would definitely recommend this hotel (not sure why it is called a "resort"). I believe it is cheaper than accommodations in the other "towns" in Death Valley.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

While this is no resort, it is a very welcome outpost after a dusty day's wander in Death Valley. The rooms are in cabins surrounding the main draw - an old house with broad porch that holds the restaurant. Parking is cramped but the rooms themselves are comfy: small with just the right amenities and simple decoration. To be honest, this is a long drive from the east side of the park. But it's worthwhile for a return - to enjoy a good beer and hearty meal on the porch and to explore the less-traveled miles of the western Panamints.

Room Tip: All rooms are ground floor and share a wall or door. But I've never had a problem with noise...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Don't let the name fool you as in reality its a rundown motel room and we were just wanting to leave it ASAP. The restaurant, staff are all warm and friendly and helpful though which sharply contrasted the motel facilities.

Room Tip: This place is good only for short stopover, food and drinks but stay somewhere else if visiting deat...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This is a review of the campground at Panamint Springs. I have camped here twice, both times during spring break. Relative to the other campgrounds in Death Valley, I rate this one a close second.
Pluses: Hot shower (as long as you want!) to wash the dust off; availability (spring break is the busiest time and the campground doesn't fill up till later in the week); resembles a campground with separate spaces and most spots have at least a little shade (most of the Death Valley 'campgrounds' are no more than a gravel parking lot); great view of the Panamint valley and surrounding mountains; proximity to restaurant and mini mart across the street; and price was very reasonable.
Minuses: distance - it's about 30-70 miles to the main attractions in Death Valley, requiring a ride over 5,000 foot Towne pass; there is only one toilet in the men's room; and the wifi is pretty much non-existent, I was able to use it sporadically between 7 and 9 in the morning (but hey you are 50 miles from civilization!). With that said, there are some workarounds. There are some nice clean restrooms in the mini mart across the street, if you can't wait. I was able to get AT&T 4G service for a short period of time going up the grade to Towne Pass, enough time to call the wife and send a couple emails out. I suspect the signal was coming from the south end of the Panamint Valley so the road to the south may have coverage too. As far as distance, there is a lot of stuff close by in the Panamint valley if you are a decent hiker: Darwin Falls is a 15 minute drive to the trailhead from Panamint Springs and is a short hike to a series of cascading waterfalls along a scenic canyon, a nice contrast to the dry desert; Surprise canyon on the east side is a longer hike along a creek within a scenic canyon, without the falls but with an abandoned mining town at the end (4 wheel drive road to get to the trailhead but I was able to get there in the family minivan); and there are some abandoned mines to explore on BLM land on the west side of the Panamint valley, talk to the mini mart clerks for directions.

As mentioned above, for Death Valley I rate this a close second only to the Furnace Creek Campground, mainly due to the better location at Furnace Creek. However a spot at that campground is difficult to get without advance reservations. Otherwise I recommend staying at Panamint Springs.

Room Tip: Outside sites on the northeast have the best view. Inside sites to the southwest have the most shad...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

My husband and I got in just before dark and checked into an RV site overnight. Lights were out in the bathroom/shower bldg. with no switch in sight so walked over to the gas station where we checked in and they got the maintenance person to get them on. Very disappointing as I was looking forward to a nice hot shower after a long days ride but found the bathroom and showers were quite filthy- wet floor around toilets, tissue, paper towels and garbage on the floors, the overhead light fixture was laden with dead bugs, sinks, showers and floors dirty so I had to forego the shower. Also the door to the bathrooms weren't very secure either. There were overflowing trashcans and misc. junk from the approach behind the bldg. that appeared to have been forgotten. I recall the clerk who was pleasant remarking how they didn't charge for the showers....thank God for that!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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): $
Number of rooms: 15
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 
Also Known As:
Panamint Springs Hotel Death Valley National Park
Hotel Panamint Springs

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