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Panamint Springs Resort
Las Vegas, NV
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5 reviews
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“Not for everyone!”
Reviewed December 25, 2005

Believe it or not, I've stayed here twice over about a three year period. Let me echo other's comments - this place is NOT for everyone. In fact, it could be pretty much a draw between the rooms here and a rustic camping experience. But we didn't go here for the rooms. Location, location, location. It is a very small establishment (probably about 12 rooms) out in the middle of absolutely nowhere, overlooking a beautiful desert valley with mountains in the distance. There is nothing better after a day of exploring Death Valley than sitting on their outdoor patio, sipping a drink and watching the sun set. It is VERY isolated and if you like that sort of thing (I've lived in the middle of New York City for 30 years) it can be a wonderful experience. But you can not compare this place to your typical motel in any way shape or form.

The staff, which I have a feeling changes quite frequently, was nothing short of wonderful to us both times. We were under the impression that a lot of them are college students or recent graduates who are looking for a temporary job that gets them away from urban areas and allows them time to explore the desert. The staff we spoke with were very helpful about trails and areas to explore. The food in the restaurant was very basic but good and tasted fresh. They bake all their deserts here since the closest commercial bakery is probably in Las Vegas or Bishop.

As to the rooms - yes, they have certainly seen better days. There are no phones or televisions (which I personally loved!) but my cell phone worked just fine. No, there's no pool, no tennis, nothing that one would potentially expect at anything called a "resort." The bedding was passable, our rooms both times seemed clean, the walls are thin and the shower was tiny but did the trick with plenty of hot water. The water comes from a natural spring, so may have a certain sulphur like aroma at times. Bring or buy bottled water to drink. We were there in March and April and didn't need air conditioning, so can't report on that.

So in summary - no, the place is definitely NOT for everyone. If you are used to a Holiday Inn Express or similar (and I have certainly stayed in my share) continue driving to Lone Pine, Beatty or Stovepipe Wells. If you want a resort in the usual sense in DV, book the Furnace Creek Inn. But if you're a bit adventurous and willing to "rough it", give Panamint a try.

  • Stayed March 2005
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Reviewed November 27, 2005

We stayed here in August 2005. The rooms are small, filthy and look like they have not been cleaned forever. Luckily we found a phonebook to kill the cockroach. We also had dinner on the veranda, this is the reason why people stop here, because it looks quite nice. Do not get to close though the restaurant looks like it has never been cleaned as well as the toilets. The food was o.k. nothing special but way overpriced. The personell tried their best but just were not the right people to run this place, very unproffesional.

We would like to place our best and worst experience of our US trip in this review, the worst has been covered, now let's see whether we can find The brown pottery house in East Glacier.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed November 27, 2005

If you are interested in a place with character and you are in the Death Valley area, consider Panamint Springs Resort although the "resort" aspect of the place is a stretch. Everything is very basic but the setting is beautiful and the bar and dining room filled with interesting images and memorabilia of the area. The staff are very friendly. The price is right.

If you like luxury or the predictability of Holiday Inns or La Quinta, stay away. If you like unpredictability and something very distinctly different, try this place.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed October 19, 2005

The place is shabby and dirty. The room we got has seen better days. In the 60's. The bed gave us back aches.
We paid $73, which is way too much in my opinion. There's nowhere else nearby to get food or gas, so the owner charges you an arm and a leg. ($3.79 a gallon!!!)
Oh, and there aren't any telephones in the rooms and the payphone doesn't work.

We noticed that the owner has put the place for sale, and I guess it's because she's sick and tired of it and it shows.
In short, stay away! There are other options in Death Valley and around it.

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Poole England
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Reviewed September 27, 2005

I stayed at the Panamint Springs Resort with friends whilst on a motorcycle trip to Las Vegas in July 05. This place should be closed down. The rooms are small and filthy with no air conditioning. The mattresses, bedding and carpets should be burned. There is no swimming pool at this Resort!!!!! The temperature in the room made sleep impossible, so we left at 4 in the morning.

I have read positive comments about the food on this site. I found our evening meal to be of poor quality, probably taken straight from a freezer and heated be microwave.

The only way to improve this motel would be to demolish it and start again. With hindsight we should have spent the night in Lone Pine, which has a range of motels to choose from. Don’t even think about staying here, it really is disgusting.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed September 13, 2005

The restaurant is simple and unpretentious, but the food is excellent, the staff really friendly and helpful, the setting beautiful and the vibe chilled-out and pleasant. We had two really good meals there. Just watch out for the waiter on the hard sell for "Arrogant B@stard" ale - it's good if you like a very dark heavy beer, but not amazing. And the bottles certainly aren't collectable!

The motel is just awful by modern standards, by far the worst I've ever stayed in. The air con is so staggeringly loud and rattly that it's almost impossible to sleep - and you can't adjust it or switch it off. The decor and fittings are dilapidated and poor, some lights didn't work. Unless you're on a really tight budget, you really should stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2005
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santa rosa,ca
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Reviewed July 16, 2005

this place is funky/tacky and overpriced. the rooms are tiny w/ paper thin walls and really cheap furniture. its been on sale on e bay for a long time/ this place ironically has better food than furnace creek and is a good place to eat / i would not however "stay" there !

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Property: Panamint Springs Resort
Address: 40440 Hwy 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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