My family has been driving north and south on highway 395 for fifty years. Over the decades, we've stayed at every motel along the route. This year, based on the recommendations I read here, I decided to stop at the Joseph House while driving my very elderly parents from the desert to there summer residence. What a suprise!!! This place is wonderful. It is, I am sure, the most immaculate hotel in the U.S. (Miriam is Swiss. It shows.) The rooms are delightful and incredibly comfortable. Miriam is a dream. When I realized there was no heat at night, I became very concerned for my parents. Miriam brought them four extra blankets. Miriam even called the (excellent) local Japanese restaurant and made sure they seated us at a quiet table and offered to make my folks anything in the world they wanted. The breakfast was divine, though my folks probably could have done without the communal dining table. (I, on the other hand, loved it. I always do.) After breakfast, we sat near the pond in the stunning gardens for an hour and enjoyed the sun and the ducks. It was perfect.
At breakfast, two of the couples told me they had come to Bishop for an entire week of hiking and enjoying the Joseph House. My sister was incredulous when I told her (I mean, Bishop?), but the Inn makes Bishop a destination.
It was all an absolute delight. I will go back (alone) and enjoy the Inn for a few nights.
And if any of you reading this were the people my mom woke up when she knocked on your door at 4:00 am because she couldn't remember my room number, I'm really sorry about that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Much more than a hotel this bed and breakfast is located in a lush oasis in Bishop, CA off of Hwy 395 in the high desert between the Sierras to the west and the White Mountains to the east. If you are traveling between Death Valley and Yosemite in the summer, Joseph House Inn is the ideal layover. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Joseph House Hotel Bishop
- Joseph Hotel Bishop