Keep your expectations in check and you'll enjoy this quaint motel. Remember, you're in the middle of a desert.
This establishment rents inexpensive, small rooms that are intended to keep you sheltered for a quick overnight stop. I wouldn't plan on staying at this establishment any longer than that. Our plan whenever we stay here is to arrive late and leave early the next morning. The rooms offer modest furnishings, but they are clean and pretty comfortable given their tiny size. As other reviewers have mentioned, you cannot control the AC from within your room, and the ventilation is loud. There is a ceiling fan that can amp up the cooling feeling if you need an extra boost, but if you are sensitive to loud white noise when you are trying to sleep, bring earplugs.
Don't count on being able to use the internet. There is technically free wi-fi, but we found it jammed up and unusable. Deeper in the park, in Furnace Creek (and possibly Stovepipe Wells), we were able to get cell signals, but not data. Basically, while you're in the national park, it's safest to consider yourself cut off from the world with the exception of emergency phone calls from select locations.
The motel's restaurant is fairly accommodating of special diets. They have vegetarian/vegan items on the menu for instance (but not a lot for gluten-free vegetarians for instance -- bring your own food if you have that sort of issue, but realize the motel has a strict policy against food preparation/consumption inside the rooms). They also have a bar with lots of selection. The restaurant/bar closes at 9pm, and the gas station's convenience store closes at 9:30pm, so plan accordingly. (These times were observed in June 2013 - double check times to avoid disappointment for your own travel dates.)
Check-in takes place at the gas station convenience store, so if you plan on checking in later than their closing time, be sure to make special arrangements in advance.
If you are the sort of person who is unhappy unless in the lap of luxury, you'll be disappointed here. But if you can tolerate roughing it for a night, this is actually a fun place with a lot of character. And it's the ideal place to stay for a night if you're approaching the park from the west with a fairly late arrival time.
- Also Known As:
- Panamint Springs Hotel Death Valley National Park
- Panamint Springs Hotel
- Panamint Springs
- Hotel Panamint Springs
- 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