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“Good Choice in Joshua Tree”
Review of High Desert Motel

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High Desert Motel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Joshua Tree
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is a motel right on the main road in Joshua Tree. The location is very convenient. Being right on the main road, I thought it would be noisier than it was. Despite a modest amount of road noise, I was pleasantly surprised. We had an upstairs room, so there was obviously no noise from above or headlights shining through the window. The room was spacious, clean, had Wi-Fi and a refrigerator and microwave in good working order, which we utilized. The proprietor gave me free tokens for the ice machine. Another bonus were the discount coupons for virtually every restaurant in town, which we also utilized. For all this the price is very inexpensive. I would recommend the High Desert Motel and definitely stay there again while visiting this strikingly beautiful area.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

We stayed for 3 days here while visiting Joshua National Park, excellent housekeeping, property is old but well maintained. Clean. Close to everything. If you cannot stand highway noise, bring ear plugs (we always do).

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Reasonably priced, clean facility near the Northwest entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Unfortunately, we were in a downstairs room, and we had upstairs neighbors tramping around late at night. I would definitely recommend going for an upstairs room if you wish to have a more peaceful stay.

Our bathroom fan was squeaky and on its last legs. The loop under the bathroom sink had a small leak resulting in moisture on the floor below. Lastly, our refrigerator was a bit noisy during its on-phase of its cycle.

Room Tip: I recommend an upstairs room as we had upstairs tramping about late into the night. That sound trans...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

My wife and I stayed one night in a suite (larger room) in February 2014. The decor is not the newest but the place is clearly maintained and cleaned to a very high standard, and the suite beds are huge and comfy. We weren't disturbed by the highway noise, and enjoyed a good night's sleep.

If you're loking for dinner, try Sam's next door for a surprisingly good Indian.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is the quintessential American motel, like you see in movies with an upper and lower deck and all rooms facing the same direction. No swipe cards here but an actual plastic motel key for your room (retro! haha). For $65 a night, I thought it was great. Nothing fancy but all needs are met and we didn't have any complaints. We spent 2 nights here over the New Years Eve holiday and it was surprisingly quiet.

This is a great place to lay your head if you're planning Joshua Tree adventures as it's located very close to the park entrance. In fact, I think it might be the closest lodging to the road that leads into the park. Also, it's 1/2 mile from Joshua Tree Saloon (great bar), Crossroads Cafe (my favorite food in JT) and Natural Sisters Cafe (healthy breakfasts). Also, it's right next to a liquor store/mini mart which is convenient.

The staff were nice and they seem to care about the place, it showed in the upkeep. It's true, the beds might not be the softest and the fixtures are a little outdated and dingy, but open your door and you've got a sweeping view of the most beautiful desert landscape in the west. There is even a little pool (not in use during our stay as it was December). I would stay here again, as it's good for the budget traveler. The shower was great, everything was clean.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

We had planned to stay in 29 Palms but the gate into Joshua Tree NP was closed, so we decided to stay in Joshua Tree
This is a great place to stay in town.
Right on the main road but very little traffic noise
Nice spacious rooms, very clean, fridge, microwave and free WiFi
You couldn't be much closer to the entrance to the park and there are some nice eateries close at hand.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nick N
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Additional Information about High Desert Motel

Address: 61310 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252-1906
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Joshua Tree
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Joshua Tree
Price Range: $56 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — High Desert Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 21
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