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Spin and Margie's Desert Hideaway
Ranked #2 of 3 Joshua Tree B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York
2 reviews
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“Better the Second Time Around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2009

This is the second time our family has visited this wonderful desert hideaway. We come out to the west coast every December to visit family around this time of year and a return trip to Spin and Margies was the one thing that everyone wanted or I should say demanded we do. This time we rented out three of the suites for our extended families and we had a blast. (FYI: #1, #2, and #4 - still can't decide which is our favorite.) We had a horseshoe and bocce ball tournament and sat outside every night around the firepit. As always the rooms are really really lovely, big, and clean as a whistle I might add. We all love this place ! Spin and Margie thanks again “We will be back” but you already know that.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2009

We stayed at Spin and Margie's the first week in November. We seemed to be the only people on the property. Just saw someone tidying up the rooms one time. It was a gorgeous spot, lots of jackrabbits in the morning, and i spotted geckos all afternoon. A great location, close to the park, and just a few miles out of the center of town. We stayed in Suite 3, The Sonoran Traveler. My only complaint was that the bed was a little creaky, but this unit had its own private patio. Spin and Margie's has some nice touches, books on Joshua Tree, tips on places to eat and hike.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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san francisco, ca
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2009

Lovely place w/all the best amenities--comfy beds, nice bedding, super clean, quality soap/shampoo and tea/hot chocolate, great DVD/CD selection, beautifully and eclectically decorated. Spin and Margie gave us great tips for hiking in the park, allowing us to see old mines and homesteads we'd have missed otherwise. Loved the outdoor firepit and stargazing at night.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank luxingshe
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2009

I was fortunate enough to come across this hide-away while browsing the internet. We live in Orange County and just needed to get away and see something different. Spin and Margie's is a location that helps you breathe. Helps you relax and remember that life is not so difficult. Because of the artistic decor, the positive energy, the owl and hawk that sit outside your bedroom door is a location that you feel so happy to come back to after you've hiked the beautiful mountains of Joshua Tree or just had a $20 dollar hour long foot massage at a little place down the street next to the donut shop. It is a place I have brought my husband, friends and will certainly visit on my own when I need me time!!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2009

I loved loved, loved this spot! This place was like a fancy hotel but infinitely more affordable. Flat screen TV, DVD players, and an incredible assortment of DVDs' too. Really great featherbeds, with beautiful sheets and plush plush towels. Spacious rooms with just EVERYTHING you need to cook with. There is coffee, tea, and some yummy fancy hot chocolate. The bathrooms are precious jewels. Tiled to perfection with lovely amenities. Suite #4 is just the best. Large bathroom with a soaking tub and a separate shower. The kitchen was just beautiful. Tiled counters and really efficient. There is even free wireless - that works all the time! The suite was spotless, too. As you can see I loved this place. It is also well situated, out of town and close to the parks west entrance. Great for a single woman on a vacation. Safe and secure and a great place quiet place to return to after hiking in the park. My room had a
private patio off to the side, but there is also a main courtyard where you can sit and read and meet some of the other guests, which I did.
I definitely will return! It was great fun!

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2009

We stayed with our 2 kids and their aunt and uncle. Lot's of character. Perfect place to stay when visiting Joshua tree. Bright, sunny, cute clean private. Great decor. Well furnished. Flat screen TV with videos, games for the kids. Bocci and horseshoe pitches. Private yard. Mindy is really helpful.

FYI: No pool or restaurant, if that is what you want. Well equipped kitchen. Lot's of good restaurants nearby. Free WIFI

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Davis, Calif.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2009

My husband and two sons (age 10 and 13) spent two nights at Spin & Margie's. I wish we could have been there a week! We stayed in the Desert Rambler suite -- perfect for a family our size. Our older son got his own little bedroom off the main suite; the younger one slept comfortably on the sofa bed. This fully equipped kitchen is *actually* fully equipped; we could have cooked anything there. The large-screen TV was nice to have when the kids were tired at the end of the day. They even provide a nice selection of DVDs to watch.

The property itself is a great place to hang out -- whimsically landscaped with desert plants and wonderful steel sculptures made of things like old bedsprings. There's a fountain & a pond, and equipment to play bocce, horseshoes, and croquet (we tried all three). You can hear the road noise all the time, but it was more or less white noise, and I didn't notice it much when we were indoors. I did wear ear plugs to sleep, but no one else in my family did, and we had no trouble sleeping. More importantly for us, we couldn't hear anything from our neighbors at the hotel itself. The place seems very sturdily built.

The proprietors are the perfect combination of helpful and not obtrusive. Our first night there, there was no blanket for the sofa bed, and within 4 minutes of a phone call to Mindy we had one. They gave us lovely advice for hikes as well. We recommend the approx. 4-mile out & back hike to the 29 Palms Oasis. Getting to the oasis is well worth the trouble. Make sure you pack water & snacks! Joshua Tree is a great place for active kids. Our two spent hours climbing on boulders -- Skull Rock was the best place we found.

I can't wait to go back, and Spin & Margie's would definitely get my business again.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Spin and Margie's Desert Hideaway

Property: Spin and Margie's Desert Hideaway
Address: 64491 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252-5203
Phone Number:
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Joshua Tree
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Joshua Tree
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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Spin And Margie`s Desert Hideaway Hotel Joshua Tree

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