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Portal Motel
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Lone Pine
Reviewed August 3, 2012

Absolutely clean with wi-fi, big-enough fridge, good aircon, microwave and a bathtub! This is an older motel that was compleltely remodeled--very nicely--in recent years. This is the second year in a row we have stayed for several days. We will keep coming back. The people who own and operate this motel are friendly and just a pleasure to deal with. We drive up to Horseshoe Meadows and Cottonwood Pass trailheads and hike almost daily when we drive to Lone Pine from San Diego. Today we drove over to Bristlecone Pine National Forest and hiked around the 4000 yr old living trees. We will always stay at El Portal Motel when we come to this area--it's simple, modern, clean and has everything travelers or adventurers need.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

This is a small roadside hotel in a small town. On our tail end of a very long road trip we stayed here and it was very nice. The owners are very nice and helpful and it was very clean. Everything we needed was provided. The AC worked well. The bathroom was spacious. They have a larger room with three beds and I highly recommend that room.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

The room was very clean, reasonably priced, and remodled. Though not very big it was nice and on the highway through town and walking distance to all restrants. The staff was very nice and room had a reffer and microwave.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

stayed overnite --good clean cheap motel right in town within walking distance to everything

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2012 via mobile

We were hiking thru on the Pacific Crest Trail we walked into town with blisters an complete exaustion. Knowing it was a holiday weekend we asked if they could accomadate us, they had told us that we could stay for 2 nights but not more becouse the room was reserved. The following morning they told me check out time was 11 And I was shocked to find out that the room was not available his explaination was that he misread his reservation book. His wife quickly interviened and said they did have a different room available for $50.00 more per night. It was clear that they were taking advantage of wiery travelers knowing that we could not drive to a different town and every place in town was full. On top of that the room had a bad odor and there were ants in the bathroom and around the sink as well as some small sort of beetle. They did not provide soap or shampoo and the towels were stained we paid 95.00 for this service. Never again will we stay here.



  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

This is a small, out-of-chain motel. It is very moderately priced and conveniently located. You need to call in for reservations.
It was recently renovated and has everything a tired traveler needs: clean comfortable beds, nice hot showers, fridge, microwave and a wide-screen TV. Room was very clean.
Even if prices are lower than in other motels in the area, it does not feel "budget".
Staff is very friendly.
Will definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: There area about ten room total in this motel, so it does not make a difference. At least one room i...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

Arrived in Lone Pine I had a look at several motels and after inquiring a few about their rates I opted for the Portal Motel. I remembered it was related well enough on Tripadvisor. At the check in anything went fine, the room was spacious and it included a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. The wireless connection was complimentary. Why then I rate my overall experience as terrible?Because when the moment arrived to pull down the bed linens and go to sleep I discovered several long dark hair and other marks witnessing that the sheets had not been changed after the previous guest's stay.I felt disgusted but since it was about midnight I couldn't change motel anymore. What I found even more upsetting was the arrogance and the lack of respect of an hotelkeeper who , for a little saving, fools and cheats those getting him his living, its guests.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Address: U.s 395, Lone Pine, CA
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Lone Pine
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Lone Pine
Number of rooms: 17

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