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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Panamint Springs Hotel Death Valley National Park
- Hotel Panamint Springs