We booked 5 nights at the end of January, using the online reservation tool, at the Mojave Sands, looking forward to an adventure, based on TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews. The hotel looks exactly as the photos indicate (always a nice relief). It was a bit tricky figuring out how to access in the dark, as the property is surrounded by fencing, but luckily after our 3rd drive around, we ran into a staff member (Dustin was very helpful and friendly) who opened the gate for us. We stayed in a regular room and enjoyed the decor and aesthetic. Great artwork and nifty details (cool little magnets holding the window coverings in place). The bed was fairly comfortable and the room was clean (despite an unusual wind storm that whipped sand around outside at 70 mph one day). The proximity to Joshua Tree Natn'l Park is excellent. We explored the park every day and returned to our hideaway each evening. The town of Joshua Tree is small, but has great character. Great local cafe's (Natural Sisters and Crossroads) were walkable (about 10 min away). The suites are roomier and have a kitchen for those doing more meals 'in'. It was a bit too cold for us to sit outside, but the property has wonderful spots to sit amongst the cacti, in the garden and relax. The rooms are well-insulated (don't hear any noise at all; one evening we enjoyed playing the old Frank Sinatra records and when I stepped outside to check, our room was quite soundproof). The Mojave Sands is still a bit of a work in progress, but this didn't detract from our enjoyment. This isn't the usual sterile chain hotel, so guests expecting that might not appreciate the charm of this place. Think of it as a really cool apartment your creative arty or musician friend is lending you. Even after 5 days, I could have stayed longer - especially in a roomier suite (our regular room had only 1 chair for sitting inside; a challenge during cool weather). The area has amazing hiking and interesting things to visit.
Best points: really cool interior design, record player, coffee maker, excellent location, very quiet and private, awesome garden (outdoor decor), friendly but non-intrusive owner and staff
Suggested improvements: some hooks to hang clothing (there is no closet or hangers - would be great to put a few hooks behind the door), an extra light at ceiling level (it was romantic, but a bit dark in our room at night), and giving guests a heads-up about how to get onto the property on arrival)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mojave Sands Motel is a 1940's motel that was taken apart and reconstructed. The doors, windows, bed frames, hardware and some of the furniture, were created either on-site or by local crafts people. Reclaimed wood, steel and other materials were used wherever possible. There are two large suites with kitchens and steam showers and three unique, comfortable single rooms with queen beds. Each room has a private patio and water fountain. Located right in the middle of town and only minutes away from Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Sands provides a peaceful escape from the hectic pace of modern life, where one can come to recharge and enjoy the unique beauty of Joshua Tree. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mojave Sands Hotel Joshua Tree