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“Quirky but over-priced” 3 of 5 stars
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860 Hot Springs Road, Tecopa, CA 92389   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Tecopa B&B and Inns
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“Quirky but over-priced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Unusual place, interesting and unique, sometimes in a good way and othertimes in a bad way.

Stayed in concierge room, which had a pull down bed with a poor mattress giving us bad backs by the morning.

Room seemed clean.

Nothing matched, which was nice and refreshing even if the decor was not my taste!

Shower didn't work, not enough water pressure.

Hot springs were nice and seemed clean.

Expensive for what you get but at least it was convenient for a stop off on the way into Death Valley.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

When we arrived at the "resort " early october there was nobody, the place was completely desolate,the office closed.There was an envelop tacked on the office door with my name containing the Bill.The property looked more like à parking lot for trailers then à resort .
there is à Pottery shop and à bistro on the premises, both closed.
It all looked à bit spooky.The room was small but adequate and clean.The bed was good.
Our room had direct acces to a big concrete tub fed with hot spring water.
Overall an akward experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

If you want luxury, action, television and internett, stay in Las Vegas, don't go to Tecopa if you don't mean it. In Tecopa, you get the basic. A clean, cool, basic room, where you can sleep, a burning hot desert outside that wants to kill you, and some delightful indoor baths with 40°C (104°F) hot natural spring water. We loved it. The staff was very welcoming. A very nice breakfast is served some miles north, at the Crowbar Cafe in Shoshone, the last stop before Badwater in Death Valley. Tecopa Hot Spring Resort is the perfect overnight stop if you want to drive through Death Valley from the south.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

If they call people who jump into frigid waters in the middle of summer 'polar bears', what do they call someone who sits in a hot spring in the hot desert summer? With that said, my car indicated 118 degrees when I arrived, so we basically had the place to ourselves. VERY pleasant staff, clean room, albeit a bit old. But we stayed here for one night on our way into Death Valley. I would be very interested in trying this again in the winter (D.V. too). The Bistro was closed for the summer, but we drove up the road to the Crowbar Café, decent enough, and once again very polite and friendly staff.Fair price for what it is.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Houston, Texas
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

The resort may be ill-named as such, but it is a simple oasis for spending a quiet night or two. The grounds and office are decorated with local art and pottery. We stayed in a cabin, which wasn't really rustic as described. It may not have the matched furniture of a motel room, but it had chair, table, night table, shelf, and bed. The interior was simple but quite comfortable - really all I wanted was decent shower, icy air-conditioning and a bed to sink into. All requirements met! The bathroom was very small, but fit the bill. The owner was extremely welcoming and helpful. Only cons were the cabin door (rickety; would not feel safe staying alone) and the hot springs. The building housing the springs looked quite inviting but it is near several trailers (again, not sure about safety if venturing to the springs alone).

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Stayed for two nights on our way back from Death Valley. Nice, clean rooms. Hot mineral spa, three total for private use. No clock, TV, microwave or refrigerator. Need to request service by 3 PM even for basic trash removal! Average friendly reception (limited timings). All rooms have noisy A/C units. No restaurants near by except a bistro which may open for lunch and dinner with costly, limited menu. $300 fine if you cook in the rooms. Starving may be your only option if you don't want to drive.

Security can be improved with better locks. In such a small town, it may not be an issue.
Take your valuables with you. The atmosphere is bit intimidating for family, with people smoking (and drinking) casually.

Mark Hamlin, a resident, multi-talented personality, provides very good astronomy session at night outside the resort - best part of the stay! He uses computer to show galaxies and supernova just like you see in discovery channel! Make sure to check this out. A very powerful telescope funded by the community was getting rusty and was restored by Mark who prefers to keep low profile.

Tecopa is a very small town with no amenities you are used to in a big city. Even for breakfast and gas you need to go to the nearest town Shoshone (7 miles drive). Gas cost $5.39 when it was just $4 at Baker, 50 miles south. There is no cell reception any where except near a cell tower provided by AT&T. WiFi is available at the museum in Shoshone (very nice exhibit showing death valley history). Make sure you understand this and set your expectations accordingly before your visit to avoid disappointment.

There is a small general store in Tecopa for campers. More options available at the general store in Shoshone. I recommend Shoshone for less adventurous ones. There is a very good crow bar restaurant at Shoshone - very friendly service, reasonably priced, quality menu.

Nearby date farm is also a very good visit, has a gift store with lot of date products and good hikes. Cynthia's provides accommodation around this area with rooms (converted mobile homes) and few tipis (expensive).

Shoshone also has good trails (red, blue, aqua, white). Pick up the info from the local post office or at the museum (closed Tuesdays).

A great place for solitude!

Room Tip: Some rooms have direct access to the spa. Some have enough parking in the front.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Went to check out the hotsprings. Really was as good as advertised. The room was very clean, and the adjoining hot springs tub was perfect. I was able to use the soaking pool many times. The grounds at the resort are clean, with cool pots and gardens in almost every corner. I also liked the fact that I was fifty miles from anywhere. Wish them the best of times

Room Tip: Try to avoid room 16 because the soaking tub enthusiasts are too close and may keep you up at night.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Additional Information about Tecopa Hot Springs Resort

Address: 860 Hot Springs Road, Tecopa, CA 92389
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Tecopa
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Tecopa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tecopa Hot Springs Resort offers a wide variety of Lodging, R.V. Spaces, Camping, Mineral Hot Springs, Tecopa Basin Artists Group Art Gallery, Well Being Services, A Bistro (Restaurant), A Serene Environment, Breath-Taking Views, and most of all, a place to come Relax and Rejuvenate. ... more   less 
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