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Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp

515 S Edwards St, Independence, CA 93526-0128
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#1 of 3 hotels in Independence
Rustic, clean, comfortable, historic cabins in a base camp setting at the foot of the Eastern Sierra Nevada.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Royboy wrote a review Apr 2
Phoenix, Arizona3 contributions
This is an old auto court style motel. Small, only eight rooms. We stayed in room eight. The bed is a newer foam queen, very comfortable. The bathroom clean and newer fixtures. In the bath, hair dryer, great bathtub, extra towels, dog bowls for your pouches. A/C, a Electric heater, kettle for tea or coffee... small rooms great style
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
HCS wrote a review Nov 2020
Santa Maria, California86 contributions112 helpful votes
The hubs and I stayed here for one night on a return trip from Death Valley. Wow, what a gem. Laura and Doug took over the place 2 years ago and they have really taken this place to new heights of coziness and service. Laura called us before we arrived to confirm our room number and offer us a hot breakfast the following morning. The hotel is mostly comprised of tiny, 1930's cabins with a sleeping area and a teeny adorable bathroom. Our cabin, #4, was outfitted with cozy bedding, homey decor, and a fridge and microwave. It was sparkling clean and the linens were fresh and soft. The room has a helpful binder of local info. The hotel caters heavily to backpackers hiking the Pacific Crest and John Muir trails, helping them restock along the way and offering a night in a real bed with a hot shower. However, we found it simply wonderful as a road trip stopover as well. Host Doug made us a fantastic breakfast of hot eggs, bacon, fruit, toast, and coffee/tea. We at the food in the dining room (one of the cabins) but delivery was offered as a concession to COVID concerns. Doug was masked up the entire time as well, and we felt zero concerns about eating in the dining area so we could chat with Doug and enjoy the hospitality. We left the hotel refreshed and fueled up for a day of exploring the nearby Alabama Hills before heading home. I can't wait to stay here again.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Janhavi M wrote a review Oct 2020
Tucson, Arizona27 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a wonderful stay at this motel during the pandemic. They have about 8 cabins, you can park right in front of your cabin. Breakfast was included in the price. The front yard is lovely with picnic tables and garden furniture. Our cabin of two queen beds was spotless, super clean and cozy and comfortable. Bedding was fresh and clean. There was a TV, microwave and a mini fridge in the room. The cabin had an AC unit as well. The bathroom was just shower (no tub). Toiletries were provided. We booked this motel really last minute on as we everything was sold out at Lone Pine and Bishop. And am soooo glad we found this motel. The owners were super helpful and friendly and handled our last minute reservation very well. Highly recommend this motel !
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Nicodemus Nicolai wrote a review Sep 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
I can't say enough good things about the family that owns the Mt. Williamson. It's clear that Emmaleigh, Doug, and Lauralyn love, respect, and support hikers; as adventurers themselves, they know the needs of those who come in to resupply, and they make the process wonderful and welcoming. The owners worked with us when we had to change our date for resupply, as we'd actually made it in two days earlier than planned. With no fuss, they moved around cabins to accommodate us, picked us up from the Onion Valley trailhead, and pointed us in the direction of the AMAZING local ice cream shop (my hiking partner and I each devoured four scoops). The room was spacious, clean and air-conditioned, with comfortable beds, a good, hot shower, and wifi. Breakfast in the morning was great and safely spaced on picnic tables in respect for COVID. The hiker barrels were brimming not only with food but with amenities; I was able to find shampoo and a razor for my stay. The motel team also offered to hold our buckets with our gear discards for us to drive back and pick up later, once our trip was finished. When the fires forced us back off the trail and down to the Mt. Williamson again, the Hundley family welcomed us again, going out of our their way to help us find rides home, and preparing to house any other hikers driving off the trail by the flames and smoke. They let us rest in their sitting area, and were ready to help us out with a room. The Hundleys truly are Trail Angels, and we're grateful for their generosity and kindness. Hoping to come back next year to finish up our truncated hike. Oh - and get more of that ice cream!
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Date of stay: September 2020
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BlargMan wrote a review Aug 2020
Boston, Massachusetts18 contributions10 helpful votes
Friend and I were at the Mt. Williamson Motel on the tail end of a John Muir Trail hike -- we really enjoyed our stay. Room was not huge but very clean andcomfy and had everything wee needed; the folks running the motel were super helpful with transport logistics and with helping us recover from our exertions on the trail (including a really key load of laundry). Highly recommended as a stopover or landing pad for hiking the high Sierras.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Sleep Quality
$122 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp?
Nearby attractions include Eastern California Museum (0.4 miles) and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (3.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and hiking.
Which room amenities are available at Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include Still Life Cafe, Tacos Jalisco, and Owens Valley Growers Cooperative.
Is Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Independence.
Are pets allowed at Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (3.4 miles).
Does Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.