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Pioneertown Motel

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Non-smoking hotel
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Visited with my 5 year old daughter - admittedly my mistake that I thought there was going to be a pool, (which wasn't important for a one night stay) but really, there are NO amenities here for a room that cost $319!! I mean, nothing. A small fridge with 2x cheap, small plastic water bottles, otherwise empty. A backpacker style games room with old boardgames, tea bags and sachets of cheap hot chocolate powder (enthusiastically offered as a a 24 hour convenience). The worst take-away is that this is an inauthentic ex-film set tourist attraction of a 'village' with one busy bar that plays loud thumping music until 2am right next to the hotel, and was full on the evening of our stay. The motel reception told me I could expect a 3 hour wait for a table. So the only restaurant in the village doesn't have an agreement with the only hotel to at least assure a table? (this is a very large restaurant that has masses of seating available for BBQ style food!!). This hotel should have been $150 MAX. Just adding a touch of a design elements in the room does not warrant this kind of overpricing. Disappointing, there must be many, many more interesting options in better locations in the area. NO TV, WIFI only in room, Mal-functioning blind.
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We absolutely loved our stay at Pioneertown Motel! The motel is just as nice as hotels that we have stayed in, so don't let the word "motel" fool you. It's in Pioneertown, which was founded in 1946 by a group of Western actors, who wanted a place closer to Hollywood to shoot their Western movies. Apparently the Pioneertown Motel was built by Roy Rogers as lodging for Western movie stars...and since then their rooms have been so beautifully restored. The decor is thoughtful with dark wood, Southwestern rugs, cool light fixtures, and nice window treatments, think hipster...meets western chic. The rooms are surprisingly quite large and come equipped with two folding camping chairs that they encourage you to take outside for epic star gazing. We were in awe by the night time views, it was like a planetarium outside of our room! Sure, you need a car to explore this area however Pappy and Harriet's is directly next door which has awesome live music + great food and drinks. To top it off, the staff were incredibly nice and accommodating! We highly recommend staying here if you're in the Joshua Tree / Yucca Valley area.
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Response from PIoneertown M, General Manager at Pioneertown Motel
Responded Aug 25, 2018
Mhmontalvo, Thank you for the amazing review. We really appreciate your time and input. Tom Coor
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PROS - walk to Pappy & Harriet’s, rustic chic furnishings, comfortable bed, friendly front office staff. CONS - a man opened my room door with a key in the middle of the night and started to walk in. Fortunately I’m a light sleeper, woke up and shouted at him. He closed the door and left. As a solo female traveler, this was extremely disturbing. Considering this hotel is in the middle of nowhere and I was staying midweek when very few other guests are around, I was already concerned. Having someone unlock my room door while I slept was the last straw. I pushed the bench in the room against the door but was too afraid to go back to sleep. I packed and checked out in the morning. Fortunately they let me check out a night early. BATHROOM - The shower in my room was TINY! I’m only 5’5” and 120 pounds and I could barely move in the shower. The showerhead is not adjustable and the water hit me in the face which makes for an uncomfortable experience. OVERPRICED - I paid $200 a night for stays on days when Pappy & Harriet’s is not open, Tuesdays & Wednesdays. It’s not worth it those days because there’s nowhere else nearby to eat. You have to drive down the hill for all meals. They should lower the rate on those days. FEW AMENITIES - for the price, I would expect more amenities. No coffee makers in the rooms and coffee is only offered in the common room a few hours in the morning. I understand the hotel was recently renovated, but unless it’s a weekend or you have plans at Pappy & Harriet’s, it’s not worth the price. I ended up paying less for boutique hotels in Palm Desert and Palm Springs that have many more amenities, in room coffee makers, food options on site, hair dryers in rooms, and most importantly, security locks on doors.
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Response from PIoneertown M, General Manager at Pioneertown Motel
Responded Apr 14, 2019
Thank you for the detailed review. I have spoken with our night auditor and he apologizes for shaking you up. He was checking the property and thought he heard water running in one of the adjoining rooms but opened your door by mistake. Staff are to double check the in house list and knock before entering a room. I spoke with you the morning after and was the one that refunded your second night. Sorry you choose to book on a night when Pappy & Harriet's was closed. Thank you again.
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I've stayed here a few times now and have always loved the comfortable rooms and modern, yet rustic decor. Aside from the spacious property, with multiple areas to hang out day and night, you're only a stones throw away from Mane St. Pioneertown and Pappy and Harriets. No rental home will have you as close to town as this place does, which is great for catching a live show and forgetting about the logistics of getting home. The rooms are well appointed, with thoughtful local artifacts and classic-yet-modern decor. There is no mini bar, but I was happy to find complimentary beverages in my room's mini fridge along with hot and cold drinks 24 hours a day in the lounge. Which, by the way, is a great place to have a conversation and make new friends. I've kept in touch with people I've met here and have even met back up with a few of them. Pioneertown itself is a very small town built on a retired movie set with almost no amenies aside from a few small retail stores and one large bar/venue, so having a comfortable place to relax is super important. The staff are all great and available 24/7 to answer questions about the area and the history of the building, of which there is a lot to learn. I personally really enjoy the thought of staying in a 50 plus year old building which has hosted numerous Hollywood elites over the years and treat my trips to Pioneertown much like I imagine they did: catching an amazing band in the middle of nowehere, sharing drinks with amazing people and vowing to keep coming back for the rest of our lives.
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Response from PioneerTownMotel, General Manager at Pioneertown Motel
Responded Mar 27, 2019
Thank you Traviesooo for the wonderfully though out review. Well written. We really appreciate you taking the time to write such a nice review. Thank you again, Tom Coor
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If you're staying in Pioneertown, there's only one place that matters. The Pioneertown Motel is not only an epic photo location with tons of outdoor chill space, views, and gorgeous decor, but it's within walking distance of Pappi and Harriet's so you can safely stumble back to your room at the end of the night after a few drinks. I was in town on a solo mission to relax, but could easily have made friends as there were lots of cool people staying near me that were friendly, and even the staff was super attentive, kind and communicative. The room was incredibly clean and modern while still feeling cozy and western. If I could have moved in and stayed forever, I would have.
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Response from PioneerTownMotel, General Manager at Pioneertown Motel
Responded Mar 22, 2019
Thank you for the wonderful review. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your stay. Have a great day. Tom Coor
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PRICE RANGE
$146 - $272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaCalifornia DesertPioneertown
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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