People that are complaining about this place obviously haven't done their research. Although I probably wouldn't refer to Panamint Springs Resort as a "resort," it is a fairly-priced place to stay with a restaurant, bar, gas station, and general store.
My friend and I stayed here for two days last February while exploring Death Valley. There were two heaters in our room, which kept the room a comfortable temperature during the chilly Death Valley winter nights. We were told ahead of time that there is no cell phone reception and no TVs in the room, so we came prepared with a few movies to watch on our laptops for when we were back in our room. There is wireless internet, but it is very slow during the day, to the point of not working at all. We were warned about it ahead of time, and weren't expecting or relying on it, so it was fine (although one morning before taking off early to see sunrise at the Mesquite Sand Dunes, we did have luck connecting to wireless).
Overall, Panamint Springs Resort is a good place to stay, and definitely was the best value. Unless you're camping in an RV or a tent, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better price. Very minimalistic, but it's not like we came to Death Valley to be pampered in some luxury hotel-- we came to explore the beautiful California and Nevada desert.
People complaining about the prices here (or anywhere in Death Valley, really) aren't considering where they are. Death Valley is VERY sparse and extreme, and it isn't easy to get things out there without driving a long way or without flying shipments of food and other items in. The prices are going to reflect that.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Panamint Springs Hotel Death Valley National Park
- Hotel Panamint Springs