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“Two styles to stay in. A piece of history.” 4 of 5 stars
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Dow Villa Motel
310 S Main, P.O. Box 205, Lone Pine, CA 93545   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lone Pine
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Two styles to stay in. A piece of history.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My wife and I stayed here on our way to Yosemite. We were drawn to its old historic look on the outside. Found out that there are two separate areas to stay in. The renovated area is toward the rear of the property and closer to the pool. We stayed in the "old" part where the decor was close to what it was in the 1920's. On the wall behind the check-in desk is a picture of the Dow Villa when it was newer, in the 20's, and there are a bunch of 20's cars parked in front of the motel. I thought it added a nostalgic touch to the entry.

The room we stayed in was in the rear of the check-in building, and at the end of the hallway. I asked if we could see the room prior to commiting and they were very agreeable. Also learned that only a few of the historic rooms have a bathroom in the room. The rooms that don't have a bathroom, have to share the hallway bathroom, which is kind of weird, but again, nostalgic. The doors to the rooms are original and they all have the transom openings above the doors, but the glass has been replaced by plywood, which is for privacy I'm sure, but a frosted glass replacement would have been really unique. The air conditioning is supplied through original ducting with grills, and it appears to be ran according to a thermostat located elsewhere. However, we stayed there in June and it was mid to upper 80's and we were comfortable the entire night. We did not use heat, but we noticed the old radiator style in the room, with a note that read not to adjust the valve or the vent, so we assumed they work. Another nostalgic piece of history. Bathroom was small, but it is original size, so I didn't expect much. Only thing I would change (and I suggested it to the front desk) is the shower curtain bar. The shower/tub has a courtyard window in the wall, but it is frosted, and it is covered with a shower compatible curtain, which means the window is flush with the interior wall finish and the curtain extends into the standing area by about 3 inches. Having said that, the actual shower curtain is not mounted over the top edge of the tub, but rather, it is hanging about an inch or two toward the inide of the tub. That means, when I stood facing the shower head, my left arm was sticking to the window curtain, and my right arm was sticking to the shower curtain. Kind of creepy/weird. I told the front desk to consider a curved hotel bar that extends outward so the customer isn't creeped out by the curtains.

Historic rooms had free wifi, but it was slow. Not sure where the antenna was located, but speed was an issue in that area for uploading pictures to my cloud from my phone.

All in all, it was reasonably priced, as there are not a lot of choices to stay in Lone Pine, but if you don't like "old" style, you can choose modern upgrades in the renovated area. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a historic room with a bathroom included, or you're sharing the hallway! Even...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dow V, Owner at Dow Villa Motel, responded to this review, July 11, 2014
Thank you for your comments. We are very proud of both our Historic Dow Hotel and our 3 diamond Dow Villa Motel. The Historic Dow was built in 1923 to house the movie companies that were coming to the area. There is a total of 50 rooms that we rent, 31 of them have a private bathrooms. All of the Dow Hotel rooms have a wash basin in the room.
Our 3 diamond Dow Villa Motel is newer with all of the amenities that you could enjoy.
We now have H D TV signal in all of our rooms. We look forward to your next stay.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We stayed one night in the new section of this historic hotel. Our room was clean and well appointed. However, the a/c emitted either dust or other pollutants causing us to cough most of our stay. We do not have allergies or other repertory issues, so this was quite a surprise. We arrived in the evening and coughed a little bit before we went to dinner. We slept o.k., but by morning it was most unbearable. We spoke with the front desk about it and hopefully they had the unit serviced.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Good small town location with great views of surrounding valley everywhere.
Hollywood western movie nostalgia is the name of the game.
We had rooms in the old hotel. They were clean and comfortable. Staff are efficient and friendly.
Nice experience at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We booked several months in advance and chose the John Wayne room in the original hotel. Unfortunately when we arrived this had been given away to someone else who apparently 'always stops there'. We were given the Roy Rodgers room. It's clean, has modern tv's and we slept fine. But.... The decor doesn't appear to have been touched since when it was built in 1923 and it's just plain gloomy and depressing. It's a big suite with a kitchen but no utilities like knifes, forks or plates so not sure what use it is. Similarly it has a dishwasher which looks like it was the very first model built (didn't know they made them in 1923 lol). The staff were fine and there isn't much choice in Lone Pine but we would have to look elsewhere next time. If the room was redecorated it could be fine. The Roy Rodgers theme is simply a couple of tatty looking pictures on the wall. Sorry but we weren't impressed

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Average hotel room. A/C Noise. Very clean, good TV, pool and great location for walking to restaurants, museum etc.
Lots of western movie history as the Alabama Hills was the location for hundreds of westerns and this hotel was part of that. Request rooms in the NEW area not the old hotel due to thin walls.
Take time to visit the museum two blocks away. Alabama Hills cafe for breakfast!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We have stayed there several times. Quiet clean rooms in the motel. Our last trip I thought I would stay in the historical hotel. be advised, it is not AAA rated for a reason. A lot of the rooms don't have a bathroom, you've got to use one down the hall. The hotel rooms are also not air conditioned, Lone Pine gets very hot in the summer.
THe Motel is nice, and sitting by the pool in the evening is very pleasant.
The last time we stayed there however, a large group of young teens/pre-teens from the neighborhood came into the pool area and were very loud and obnoxious. Two of the young girls stripped down to bra and panties to go swimming. When we approached the front desk about this, we were told that one of the mothers of these kids had actually rented a room for them and the desk said "there's nothing we can do about it". Seems that there should be some liability on the motel's part for allowing 13-14 y/o's to run wild without adult supervision.

Room Tip: No elevators if you get a second floor room.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We've stayed at the Dow Hotel in Lone Pine before, staying in the older part of the hotel for it's historic value. If you're just passing through, you might not know the history of Lone Pine but the town deserves more than just a sleepover. Lone Pine has much to offer; the Alabama Hills where more than 300 films from silent movies to Ironman were shot. The town also boasts a fine film museum, interesting geological features, soaring mountains, close proximity to Death Valley, Manzanar Internment Camp where Japanese Americans were held during World War II.

But back to the Dow; we stayed in the "newer" part of the hotel and we were not disappointed. The room was clean, cool, great bed and had both a microwave and nice refrigerator.
Don't miss the area just off the lobby, it's been redone beautifully since the last time we were there and has many items of local historical interest.

Room Tip: We had a "modern room" but rooms in the historical area are wonderful too.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 310 S Main, P.O. Box 205, Lone Pine, CA 93545
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Lone Pine
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lone Pine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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