I left this morning after spending three days at the Wills Fargo Motel in Baker, CA, while photographing the Mojave National Preserve. My room (#24) was perfectly satisfactory, if Spartan. It is large and clean. The maids did a nice job, even mopping my floor every day (I came back at noon for a nap and interrupted them), and the manager (she does the laundry every day) does a nice job keeping the linen and towels white.
My one gripe was the Internet (it is quirky when it works) -- which I hasten to note was beyond anyone's control. Every business in town was similarly affected since one ISP appears to serve everyone. A lightning storm struck multiple power stations between Baker and Las Vegas and we were without service for a day and a half.
I'd originally booked one night at the Wills Fargo Motel, figuring to check it out and stay the other two nights in Primm if I didn't like the place. When I arrived I asked to see my room before I signed in, and explained that my needs were pretty simple -- Internet access (I promise to check in with my kids every day and my cell phone service is lousy in the Southwest) and a place to put my head with an air conditioner that is quiet enough to sleep. She gave me the key to one room, but before I got out the door she changed her mind and gave me a differ room (best internet connection of all), and while I was walking over came running out with the key to a third room, which had the quietest A/C. I check the room and the Internet worked and the A/C was amazingly quiet. I should add the room was wonderfully cool (111 degrees outside) when I got there (most similar motels turn off the A/C when guest leave to save money so rooms can be stiffling). I registered for three days (senior discount was nice, too).
Over the next thee days, the manager made it clear that she would do whatever it took to make my stay pleasant. For example, I mentioned to her daughter (at the desk) as I was going out the first morning that I couldn't get the microwave to work. When I returned in the evening, the manager came over and showed me the trick -- and also offered to swap it for a different one if I wasn't satisfied.
That going out of her way to make my stay as pleasant as possible is why I gave a normally C grade room and extra plus.
- Also Known As:
- Wills Fargo Hotel Baker