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Panamint Springs Resort
Reviewed November 26, 2012

This place looked cute on the outside, but once you opened the door forget it. The walls are so thin you can hear EVERYTHING. The bathroom has carpet in it which was disgusting. I would not even take a shower as it did not look clean. The wash clothes were so thin, they looked like rags, and there was no hair dryer. We could not leave this place fast enough.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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panamint_springs, Manager at Panamint Springs Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2012

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay here.

We do have carpeting in the bathrooms of about half of our rooms. We are replacing the carpeting with tile each time a room if remodeled. The carpets are shampooed regularly. The showers are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each day. Some of the showers are older (in the rooms we haven't remodeled) so they may be a little rough around the edges, but certainly not dirty. It is correct that the rooms do not have hair dryers. I'm surprised about the washcloth comment because we buy very high quality towels. All of our towels are heavyweight and 100% cotton. Perhaps you are thinking of the lesser quality washcloths that we offer to our guests for activities such as makeup removal, wiping off sunscreen, etc. (anything that would stain our regular towels). We offer these additional washcloths as a convenience to the guest, but they are not a replacement for our high quality washcloths that we already provide in each room.

Thank you for your comments.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012 via mobile

The restaurant at Panamint Spring has a beer selection that rivals a top restaurant in San Francisco or New York. Food is limited to burgers and pizza. But there are probably 20 different burger choices. We didn't eat here this visit, but I recall the food being better than anything served at Stovepipe Wells. We've never stayed overnight. But it's with the drive for lunch or dinner if you are staying in the park.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

The resort would not win many hotel rating stars but in compensation at night we could see every star in the galaxy. The room was clean and neat but the walls were paper thin. However the location next to Death Valley is the prime attraction and the evening meal and breakfast in the adjoining restaurant were excellent.

Room Tip: End room to have fellow guests only on one side
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Pros: restaurant right next door; clean rooms; place to get away from it all (almost - no TV or cell reception, but we did have wireless access); AMAZING views of the stars.

Cons: THIN walls

We arrived around 7ish - check-in is at the mini-mart at the gas station next door, and it went smoothly. Room was about what we expected - a double bed with end tables and a place to hang a few clothes. Bathroom was larger than expected, though shower looked tiny (we didn't use, so can't review that aspect).

Ate at the restaurant next door, both for dinner that night and breakfast the next morning. Spinach pizza was decent. The breakfast buffet was incredible. Highly recommend the whole wheat pancakes and the croissants. There were also 'regular' pancakes, yogurt, a couple different kinds of cereal, eggs, and several other things that I can't remember now (at least 2 other hot dishes)

Even if you don't eat in the restaurant, walk in to check out the bar - the top is made from a huge piece of tree and the front is a twisty gnarled root design. Very unique and interesting.

Others have mentioned this place is in the middle of nowhere, and they are correct, but I LOVED being way away from 'civilization' - WOW, what an opportunity to see vast numbers of stars that you don't usually get to see when you are near cities. We even saw the Milky Way!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

This place is litterally in the middle of nowhere, on the maain road crossing the Valley, but this is the place you want to be if you want to experience the best view around you (ok you have to walk a little bit) and feel alone ! The motel room have nothing extraordinary but they are neat, which is the only thing my wife and I wanted. There is a little quirky restaurant, with relatively good food , beers and very good margaritas !
The place can be really packed in April-May-June, we went late september, which is probably a good time for it, much less people. There are basically three big spots to sleep in the death valley : furnace creek (not beautiful at all), stovepipe wells, and Panamint springs. I would chose the lattest over the other because of the amazing valley it is located in. There are really not many places in the valley to stay, and this one is a real good one.
Don't forget to ask the owner for advices as well, he is very friendly :-)

Room Tip: All rooms are equal, so no need to ask for a specific one. But one advice : drive to stovepipe wells...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

This place is very quirky. There is basically nothing else for miles and miles it literally is in the middle of nowhere. If your used to life's little luxuries this isn't for you. But if your after something different and rustic and not exactly perfect with friendly no-nonsense locals and amazing surrounds you may just appreciate this place.

The beer is cold and they also do a mean prickly pear margarita and you'll need it on a hot day.

We walked across to the camping ground and watched the sunset and the colours on the mountains. It was spectacular.

The food is basic snd probably a bit exy for what it is but you have to appreciate where it is. The rooms are very basic to say the least.

The place is often booked out with only 2 staff to clean the rooms and turn them over so you might have to wait for your room. We just enjoyed another margarita!

The rooms are clean tidy and comfortable though.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

So we had read what everyone else had to say and so were prepared. Ok so its Death Valley. Its a biiiiiig place. Its isn't the razzamataz like up the road at Furnace Creek. But that's not what we came to Death Valley for. We did come for some basic simple stay in the most amazing national park. We see it as a priviledge you can actually stay here quite honestly.

Room was fine and fit for purpose- the walls are thin so its up to other guests to respect that and not play CB radios late at night- as was our case. The pub/restaurant was great and we got to meet like minded people. A great place to slow down the pace, take a good look around and get a great perspective of the awe- inspiring landscape. The resort is situated not far from the valley floor so sunset and sunrise photography is just there for the taking- inches away from your bedroom door.

Oh and they make a mean pricklypear margarita.
We did use the other forementioned resort- but just for an hour's horse riding. Well recommended- even if you've never been on a horse in your life, you'll never forget the Death Valley trailing.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 40440 Highway 190, 32 Miles West of Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Location: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range: $28 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Panamint Springs Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Panamint Springs is a small western-style resort seated in the beautiful Panamint Valley in Death Valley National Park. Marvelous views of distant sand dunes and the soaring 11,000' Panamint Mountains complete the setting for leisure dining and relaxation. Panamint Springs offers 14 motel rooms & 1 cottage, restaurant, campgrounds, RV park, gas station, and mini-mart. Our motel rooms are very basic, but clean. Our rooms are cooled with an evaporative cooling system. Some units offer their own A/C window unit in addition to this. We are pet friendly, however additional fees apply. If you are planning on doing some exploring, you'll find that Panamint Springs makes a great base camp for neighboring ghost towns, abandoned mines, and even desert waterfalls. Great for 4-wheel drive exploring, hiking, biking, or just relaxing! ... more   less 
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