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“Wonderful old hotel with movie history” 5 of 5 stars
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Dow Villa Motel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lone Pine
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Davis, California
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384 reviews
111 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful old hotel with movie history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed in one of the motel-type rooms near the pool. The room has been renovated and is attractively furnished. The bed was comfortable. The hotel appeared to be full, and I expected it to be noisy, but we didn't hear other travelers. There is a small movie museum in the lobby, and photos of actors line the halls. Be sure to read the brass plaques on the columns in front, even if you don't stay here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

First time I found this place was nearly 30 years ago !! I have been bringing friends and family here ever since and just love this place. Hot tub and pool open 24 hours. So great to sit in the hot tub looking at the Eastern Sierra and Mt Whitney. Right in the center of town, just a few yards from the local restaurants and the great Jakes Saloon !! Rooms were very clean and everything worked perfectly. No complaints at all. Front desk staff very friendly and accommodating. We drove from LA to visit this place prior to the drive through Death Valley to Vegas. Would and have recommended to loads of people. They spoilt the town with a McD. God help us if they put a Wal-Mart there.

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Sun City West, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Spent another night in Lone Pine. A great place to stop when driving up 395, one of the most beautiful drives in the country. The motel is spotless and reasonably priced. The view of the mountains wonderful. We have stayed here often and will return again. Our room had a jucuzzi tub and it's a pretty big step to get in for a shower so I think an extra bar to hold on to would be in order.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

We revisited Dow Villa which is located in the eastern
Sierras near Alabama hills, location of many western
films and tv shows and Whitney portal.Nearby
restaurants include Alabama Hills cafe for a great
breakfast and Seasons for steak dinners . Some of the
Rooms have a great view!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We stayed in the hotel part, rather than the motel (as it was cheaper!). The rooms were fine, we opted for one with a bathroom. Bed was comfy and shower was good. Lack of plug sockets though - we could only find 1 usable one. Wifi was sketchy in the room but worked well by the pool. The room was really cold and the aircon really noisy overnight, I used earplugs but could still hear it. There was signs saying that you could ask reception to alter it (I think), but we didn't bother.

Overall it was a nice hotel, we'd stay there again if we're ever in the area. Lone Pine was a nice wee town and the surrounding Alabama Hills were good for a wander about. It was nice to have a pool as the weather was roasting.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Visalia, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is a great place to stay if you want to see where legendary motion pictures from Gunga Din to Iron Man were filmed. The Alabama Hills and the majestic Sierra Nevada with Mt. Whitney in the background, was also home for westerns in the Golden Era which featured Tom Mix, Buck Jones and Jack Hoxie, the 30s and 40s for Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Hoppy and the A westerns with John Wayne, Gary Cooper and later Clint Eastwood. The most enjoyable and nostalgic Lone Pine Film Museum is just two blocks away. Lone Pine is also a great place to stay for those who are hikers, fishermen, horsemen and photographers. The hotel was built in 1923 and was home to Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Gary Cooper, John Wayne and most recently Robert Downey Jr. The modern motel enables you to wake up early and catch the morning sun on the Sierra Nevada range. The rooms in the hotel have been updated. Staff are very friendly and willing to provide whatever assistance you need. The rooms are clean and most affordable. There is a great place for breakfast and a first class restaurant a short walking distance away. I've stayed in both the hotel and motel. If you want more room to stretch out stay in the motel. If you only need a place to sleep as you'll be outdoors, you might want to stay in the historic, quaint hotel.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We were staying in Vegas for 14nights & wanted to come back to Lone Pine as we have been here twice before and always stayed in the Dow. We stayed in the old part first time & this time. Stayed in the new part last time. We liked both and rooms are clean and bed comfy. Nice pool although we didn't use it as only there for 1 night. We really drove up here to come up the mountains, the views are absolutely breathtaking. We drove up as far as the Waterfalls and the lake but well worth seeing. Also worth going to is the Film museum. Would definitely come back here.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dow Villa Motel
Address: 310 S Main, P.O. Box 205, Lone Pine, CA 93545
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Lone Pine
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lone Pine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three diamond motel located in the center of town at the base of Mt Whitney. Your stop on the way to Death Valley National Park. ... more   less 
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