A classically quirky, funked out desert hideaway, Spin and Margie's is true to its name, off the 29 palms hwy down a short stretch of sandy dirt road and only a few minutes drive from Joshua Tree National Park's west entrance gate.
The Western Nomad suite we stayed in offered plenty of room to lounge, cook and cool ourselves down after some fun under the hot desert sun. The swamp cooler worked wonderfully, the room was kept very clean and stocked with some personal amenities such as soaps, shampoo and conditioner, plenty of towels, post cards, writing pads, some spices in the kitchen, television with several DVD's, literature on the park and its nearby restaurants, and even a CD player with some groovy jazz, bluegrass and bossa nova in the mix. The check-in process was smooth, and we even ran into Margie the next morning who was very kind in offering her own tips about what to see and where to go given the time of year we visited (late June, which can get rather hot!).
The grounds at Spin and Margie's are colorfully decorated and adorned with numerous seating areas and beautiful desert landscaping. They even have a communal BBQ next to a quaint water feature and though we did see one or two of the other guests, the experience remained a quiet and peaceful one that never felt crowded, indeed it felt quite private and relaxing. It is truly an oasis in an arid land, and while it is not particularly cheap, I would not hesitate to spend a few extra bucks to stay here again. Charming and unique, tons of character and a great location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spin and Margies Desert Hideaway a hi-desert hacienda with four stylishly decorated suites and a contemporary stand alone cabin on five acres. Relax in the enclosed courtyard filled with native desert plantings and a soothing fountain. Just 5 minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. This is the vacation you have always dreamed of. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Spin And Margie`s Desert Hideaway Hotel Joshua Tree