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2238 State Highway 139, Tulelake, CA 96134-8451
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Vacation time wanted wrote a review Oct 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
The owner is very friendly and welcoming. Room was simple and clean, heater worked well. Kitchenette was well stocked and a good extra to have. Conveniently located to Lava Beds National Monument and saved us from having to drive much further. Recommended for those staying in the area and wanting to explore.
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Date of stay: October 2019
FishSF wrote a review Jul 2019
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I stayed a single night at the Ellis Motel before a scheduled visit to the National Park Service's Tule Lake Segregation Center where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. The motel is right on a small highway passing through extensive farm fields, a short drive to the town of Tulelake. It is also about 15 miles from Lava Beds National Monument. There are a couple of restaurants in town. The motel is entirely adequate, clean and comfortable, with an informal feel to it. The proprieter was not present when I arrived but came by a few minutes after calling her so I could check in. She was friendly and helpful in getting me oriented to the area. There were a couple of notable things about the motel. First, there was no fan in the bathroom, so it was important to open the window after using it. And second, it is close to the road so there is some traffic noise at night, plus a crop dusting plane took several flights across the adjoining field early the next morning, a somewhat unusual alarm clock.
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Date of stay: June 2019
TRVL5ALOT wrote a review Jul 2016
Monterey County, California12 contributions4 helpful votes
Like most road trips, days don't always go as planned...(too many side trips 😛). So by chance we stayed... Had read a couple of reviews but not really swayed one way or the other. The owner was not there upon our arrival but one of the housekeepers were ... We needed to call the owner to check for availability ... (Our phone was dead 😬) so 'Sylvia' let us borrow hers.. Thankyou. I spoke to 'christine' & we got a room for the night... Room #9. Very clean (except for a few dead insects & some cobwebs...nothing haneous). More than adequate beds (2 full size), room smallish but ok. Small bathroom but again, ok. Kitchenette a HUGE plus with FULL stove & FULL fringe/freezer (AMAZING....), coffee pot & coffee, some cooking utensils ...sadly the kitchen window was broken so we couldn't open it which equaled HOT..& it was July... There was no AC..only two fans, but that said , the motel is surrounded by beautiful old willow trees which provide shade.... & a bit of a breeze....we survived...😀 Lots of green grass for our doggies ... Yes, three dogs were accommodated. No other amenities such as ice machines or breakfast, & no coffee shops (if you like that sort of thing). But a short drive into the local old town (sadly delapitdated) & there was a market (mostly beer related items).. We found pizza to cook & got salad. So, bring you're own food, don't expect EVERYTHING but take it for what it is. Surrounded by fields, highway out front (noisy during the day), rail track (we didn't hear a train) & tons of birds chirping . The night we stayed 5 truck drivers were there...they were quite loud due to beer & BBQ . The owner addressed this with no prompting & got them to behave. In a nutshell ... If you like road trips these are the unique places you find...roll with it...
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Date of stay: July 2016
Girl_on_the_Bay wrote a review May 2016
Samoa, California72 contributions22 helpful votes
So, you have to stay over in Tule Lake? Don't fret! Book your room at the Ellis and embrace the area! In the past, Tule Lake was a major hunting destination and bustling agricultural town. Vestiges of both remain and the Ellis was a cool accommodation... And still is. It is under renovation, but in speaking with the owner, she assured me the quirky retro touches will stay! The Ellis welcomes you with a row of majestic 100 year old willows in front and behind the motel...hundreds of songbirds in these trees will lull you to sleep and brightly greet you in the morning! So, your hunting room is awesomely equipped. First the real stuff. The layout is great...main sleeping room with two beds, and separate bathroom and separate kitchen.. Yes...a FULL kitchen, complete with a door so early risers can have coffee and breakfast while the slackers snooze. Excellent! The kitchen is equipped with general ware to accommodate cooking a meal. Mine had a genuine O'Keefe and Merit apartment stove (original fixtures.. Love it!). I would suggest the addition of a strainer and complimentary salt and pepper. Good ground coffee was provided for brewing. We cooked up lasagne and cheesy broccoli for dinner....very nice to cook a meal after two weeks on the road! You bedroom features real 1970's wood-like paneling and Awesome super comfy beds!! My husband likes a really soft bed and this one delivered with a variety of pillows to boot. I would recommend they replace the polyester bed covers, not because they're old, but because they can (personal preference). You may hang your rifles on the gun rack so you can clean them later while watching the real tube TV. The old style wall heater totally cranks and there are racks for clothes etc. The bathroom is small but I adored the baby blue sink and matching commode... Again, original fixtures from a time when things were built to last. The shower is a Sears shower shell and still standing...the hot water and pressure were not lacking. Lastly, you can enjoy any of these rooms while reading older issues of American Hunter Magazine. All clean and at a super price of $66, tax included. Pets welcome, especially hunting dogs! Enjoy something different from an era when motor-lodging after a day of hunting was a luxury. Go Ellis!
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Joysmiles wrote a review Sep 2015
7 contributions6 helpful votes
Friendly staff, great value, tidy rooms. The surprise was the kitchette equipped with gas stove,oven separate room for dining. The only thing to criticize is. There are two Dogs that run around, our daughter is scared of that. And even though the bed linen and everything was clean. The house keeper left much to be desired in the bathroom. To the average Joe it's clean, upon a closer look. The mirror was a little dirty, window has dead flies and used soap in the showers soap dish was missed by housekeeping. I am obsessed with the details and most could over look that. I think it was a poor day for whoever cleaned our room because the room next to ours was spotless in every way! I know this because our family stayed next door.
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ellis Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Ellis Motel?
Nearby attractions include Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge (4.2 miles), Tule Lake War Relocation Center (1.5 miles), and Tulelake - Butte Valley Museum (1.8 miles).
Is parking available at Ellis Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ellis Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Senor Tequila, Jolly Kone Drive Inn, and Mike & Wanda's.
Are pets allowed at Ellis Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Ellis Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tule Lake War Relocation Center (1.5 miles).