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Ray's Den Motel

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

See title, also the owner is very very nice and friendly. She adviced us to go follow the road valley rd up the mountains and indeed It was very beautiful. I would recommend this to anyone staying in Independence. The room is very basic but very clean with parking spots right infront of the rooms. Everything works perfectly fine. No... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entering the tiny town of Independence, I wasn't sure what to expect of the accommodations. I'm happy to say that Ray's Den far exceeded our expectations. It was definitely clean, comfortable, and - as the web site promises - FLUFFY towels. Better than I've had in MANY pricey/fancy hotels! We appreciated having the refrigerator and microwave - we were able... More 

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Baywood Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Ray's Den is the perfect place to relax and kick back whether you are just passing through the small town of Independence or spending a few days in the area. You are a rocks throw from the Sierras, Manzanar National Historic Site, Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills, not to mention the nearby fishing spots. The place is a classic... More 

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Antoigne, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

This was a great motel. Rooms were fine. Everything was really clean. Amenities were nice- generous with coffee and milk etc. Lots of space and little kitchen area easily adequate to heat up food. Very pleasant owner- helpful with a corkscrew and advice about area. However, Independence is very small and apart from a Subway sandwich shop there is really... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

I love old motels with a 50's/60's feel to them. This place fits that image nicely. Staying in these places can be tricky. You often get the vintage dirt and grime that comes with that cozy feeling. Not the case here! This motel is immaculate. I have stayed in $250 hotel rooms that were not this clean. Great price, fantastic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

Ray's Den is a small, 8 room motel with a magnificent backdrop of the Alabama Hills (mountains). Super clean. Nice touches such as local tourist brochures. Linda was very kind and helpful when my car broke down. We ended up spending 3 nights here. Nice walk up the road - Museum 1/4 Mile to view and take photos of the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This motel looked like any other until you walked in the door and were greeted by the staff member. She was very knowledgable about the hikes we were about to take and gave us great suggestions. Although the room was basic, we were impressed with the simple touches. Day #2, they remembered that I had asked for an extra decaf... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

My husband and I were traveling from Yosemite to Vegas. We were not sure how far we'd get, but ended up targeting Independence as a good interim place to stop for the night. Naturally, we consulted TripAdvisor and read good things about Ray's Den. We had no previous reservations and were grateful to find a vacancy. Ray's doesn't look like... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This motel was impressively clean (cleaner than some of the pricey luxury hotels we've stayed at). We walked in without a reservation and the only room available had two beds. Linda, the friendly owner, gave us a discount since we only needed the one bed. The room would have been a good value at its full price. Bonus: it's walking... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Very small, independently owned motel (8 rooms), walking distance to the 2 or 3 restaurants in Independence. Room was clean and quaint, with a small tiled shower reminiscent of the 1950's. Room had mini-frig, microwave and coffee pot, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and A/C. There were 2 padded chairs and a small table. Although it was right next to Hwy... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Ray's Den Motel

Address: 405 S Edwards St, Independence, CA 93526-1774
Location: United States > California > Independence
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Ray`s Den Hotel Independence
Rays Den Hotel
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