This motel is located along the Eastern Sierra mountains, on Hwy. 395 south of Bishop, CA. It is an older place but very well cared for. The landscaping was quite nice and made this an inviting overnight stop. The rooms aren't all that large, but not a closet either. The bathrooms were well maintained and everything was especially clean and tidy. They looked like new but were as old as the motel, probably back into the 50's, but well maintained. Sort of a retro look.
I was towing a small utility trailer with a canoe and when I explained my situation the manager said that I could unhook it and park it in a space adjacent to where I parked the vehicle. The manager was extremely helpful and nice with me about it. Another place just said "no trailers" and turned me away. There were convenient posts supporting the porch that I could chain the trailer up to to prevent its "wandering off". I doubt that would have really been a problem though. Big Pine is a small town and doesn't seem to have much of a crime problem.
There is satellite television with the usual complement of channels and something for everyone. But with the surroundings, why sit at the room watching TV? The Eastern Sierra mountains have to be one of the most spectacular sights in Western America.
Would I stay there again? Absolutely! The price was fair and less than I would have expected in Bishop, which is only a few miles to the north. The town is pretty quiet and the motel especially so.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Starlight Motel Big Pine