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“Clean and Quiet” 4 of 5 stars
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Starlight Motel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Big Pine
Southern California
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Clean and Quiet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

Our family has been coming to Big Pine for several years in the spring and fall to fish in the area. The motel we keep coming back to is the Starlight. Keep in mind, this is Big Pine, not a large metropolitan area with four-star hotels, great restaurants and a night life. Viewing the motel in that light, the Starlight is always very clean and very quiet (for being on Highway 395). The rooms are basic, but the owners have begun to renovate. Some rooms now have a flat screen TV and new flooring, plus new paint inside and out. The rooms also have refrigerators and coffee makers. The place caters to hunters and fishermen, so there is a large freezer and fish cleaning area on site. The motel also has an nice shared patio area with BBQ and two nice grass areas to relax and have an evening cocktail or two. My only complaint over the years has been the lack of an ice machine. Ice is doled out in small buckets, so we usually come armed with our own ice. Also, the owners are not always in, so if you leave a message to make a reservation, be sure to follow-up. That said, over the years we have never had a mistake in our reservations.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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3 Thank Nipton501
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Phelan, California
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2009

I have been staying at the Starlight Motel in Big Pines since the early 80s. Rather than camp, when I go hunting in that area, I prefer to stay at the Starlight. The rooms are always clean, quiet and the TVs work just fine. There is good dining near (enough)by.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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3 Thank dajenous
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Canyon
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35 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

This is a 15 room, vintage strip, mom and pop motel. It has cinderblock walls and green and pink tile in the shower. This room was spotless!! Cleanest toliet we had seen in a long time. It comes with free wifi and a refrigerator. Our room key was taped to the office door when we got there and our reciept in the room so it is a little hard to rate the office staff. He was there when we needed to know the internet password. The beds are very springy and the furniture is older. The ice is in a chest type freezer and is bagged up in little buckets.
If you like a vintage place to stay, you will like the Starlight. If not, you better make reservations somewhere else.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank chintz1
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Nevada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2009

We decided to stay at this motel in Big Pine after reading the positive reviews. We travel a lot and usually stay at budget hotels, this was substantially below our expectations.
Our friends traveling with us were unable to get last minute reservations anywhere in Big Pine. So we asked the Starlight management if they could stay in our room. The management charged them $65 per person, a total rip off. I guess management knew that there wasn't another room available in fifty miles so they took extreme advantage of the situation. That brought the total for the room to $140 per night!
A few of the problems during our stay:
The air conditioner stopped working each night. We awoke sweating several times in the middle of the night to fiddle with the controls until it cycled back on again. it made a buzzing noise and stopped working all together on the last hot muggy night and morning of our stay.
The door know inside the bathroom didn't work and it required all kinds of effort to get the door opened.
There was one kitchen chair in our room, nothing else. We had to bring cheap plastic lawn chairs from the patio into the room to sit on.
The Wifi ran slow and dropped out constantly while using my Mac laptop. The router with two antenna was directly outside our door.
The day before we left, room service merely put new towels in the bathroom, they didn't change the sheets or make the beds.
We talked briefly to a man on the property about the air conditioner and he tried to tell us that we had the wrong settings on the control panel! NOT TRUE.
No ice in the utility room that had a sign with the words "Ice" on the door.

A terrible experience that ruined our holiday. I would not recommend this motel to anyone!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank BILLGATESNevada
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TusharOza, General Manager at Starlight Motel, responded to this review, April 5, 2016
We appreciate your feedback and regret your past unfavorable experience.

I am delighted to inform you that the Starlight Motel has different owners & I am personally overseeing the management of this property. I promise you outstanding customer service & welcome you back so you may experience our warm friendly environment.

Thank you for drawing our attention to the issues. We promise to address your concerns and shall strive to enhance our services for all customers.
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2009

For a budget motel, this exceeded our expectations. Large rooms with heating, good bathroom, nice beds and a fridge and coffee facilties all made for a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank ben_pope
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LaQuinta, CA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2008

We have stayed at the Starlight Motel two years in a row during the Lone Pine Film Festival. The owners have always been very friendly and very accomodating. The rooms have always been very clean. Bathrooms are small but very clean also. We liked the fact that it was a little ways away from Lone Pine and not far from Bishop. We are actually going to be staying again this year.

  • Liked — The owners and location
  • Disliked — Nothing really.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank DesertRatLaQuinta_CA
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Rochester, NY
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2006

This was exactly the type of motel that I was looking for the night before my son and I hiked White Mountain Peak. Something reasonable, clean, relatively close to the trailhead and memorable. I had all the things I was looking for supplied. It was $52 with tax for the night. The room was very clean. It was only an hour to the trail we were going to. And finally it was memorable. We arrived at the hotel after driving through Death Valley from Vegas (118 degrees!) and rang the bell. After a minute the owner (I assume) came to greet us with his hair still wet. He said he just got out of the shower. That's what I am talking about memorable. Who remembers the last Hampton Inn they stayed at but I'll fondly remember the Starlight Motel. Thanks!

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank jaridge
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Property: Starlight Motel
Address: 511 S Main St, P O Box 718, Big Pine, CA 93513-0718
Location: United States > California > Big Pine
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Big Pine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small family owned motel providing excellent customer service. We have clean, comfortable & caring environment at reasonable prices. We have multi-lingual staff and value cultural diversity. We strive to provide outstanding service at reasonable prices. We are located on the scenic Highway 395. We are nestled between Sierra Mountains to our west, Death Valley to our east & the magnificent Yosemite National Park to our north. Mount Whitney is just over 50 miles south-west and you can easily reach there in about one hour. Starlight Motel is within 25 miles of the Bristlecone Pine Forest. Mountains, lakes, and hiking trials surround us with wonderful fishing as well as skiing in the vicinity. We are just 14 miles south of Bishop & north of Independence. Starlight Motel and the Oza family always welcome children. To make your child feel at home, fresh fruit, snacks, or treats await you at our humble abode. Children always bring us good cheer and positive energy to this lovely landscape. We offer special price to teachers, military veterans, senior citizens, emergency caregivers, artists, writers, theatre community, union workers, & students. We welcome pets based on availability. (*Charges may apply.) Guide dogs are permitted FREE for our guest's convenience. Starlight Motel is a proud sponsor of "Adopt-A-Highway" program. We promote recycling & not wasting our natural resources as we support the Sierra Conservation Project. Our motto: Arrive as guests, leave as friends! ... more   less 
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