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Dow Villa Motel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lone Pine
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“Nice stay”
Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the old hotel section. It was cozy, a little cold and a bit dated, as expected in a quaint old building. But a nice room and the building itself was wonderful, with fascinating photos on the walls.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

I had discover this place coming back from a long hike (JMT) and been back few times since.
The old hotel has a rich history with the movie industry back on the Wild West days with guests like Norman Clyde and John Wayne. Extremely clean, great price, staff is very friendly, helpful, communicative and accommodating. There is a 24hrs pool and spa for that middle of the night cool down with a full moon shining on Mt. Whitney ! Just incredible. Location is the best in town. You are right at the center of this "Small town, Lots of Charm" (written on a welcome sign by the city) so you can walk to the restaurants, salon, cafes, etc.
Whenever I'm going down or up 395 Hwy, Dow Villa is always on my plans.
Thank you so much for being there!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dow V, Owner at Dow Villa Motel, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thank you so much for being our guest, we look forward to having you come back to stay with us. Thank you for your great review.
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Willow Creek, California
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

We happened upon this place on our way home from the desert. What a gem! We stayed in the motel section, and had a very comfortable clean room with all the amenities: wifi, flat screen tv, microwave and nice coffee maker (I like to heat water for tea before going to bed) ... nice linens, bathtub, soaps and essentials... in the morning we got up at dawn and watched Mt.Whitney light up with alpenglow as we sat in the hot tub! After a great breakfast at the Alabama Hills Cafe, we took a walk then returned for a tour of the Dow Villa hotel rooms. Lovely old time lobby and sitting rooms, with plenty of bedrooms downstairs & upstairs. The walls are covered with news articles and photos of famous actors who stayed here while filming westerns in the nearby Alabama Hills. The hotel is Euro style, with bathrooms down the hall or in-room bath options. Would be a very fun place to stay with a group of friends before or after a long hike in the mountains. We are looking forward to coming back in the summer ...

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

I've been coming to the Eastern Sierra for over 15 years to enjoy the hiking and photo opportunities this beautiful region has to offer and have stayed at many motels in Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine and Bishop. For years, I've driven past the Dow Villa and never given them my business. Big mistake! The Dow is easily the nicest place to stay in the entire Owens Valley. Best of all, it's very affordable. My wife and I stayed for 3 nights in room #10 at the back of the motel and we were thoroughly pleased with our spacious, well-appointed room. The king bed was very comfortable and the linens and pillows provided were superb. Much better than your average motel! The room also came with a large flat screen, fridge and microwave. Wifi worked great with no need for log in code. Shower and toiletries were excellent. Decor was tasteful and the room was super clean. It was also very quiet. What more could you ask for? The lobby is beautiful and large with many cozy chairs to relax in. They also have a wonderful shaded patio off the lobby where you could easily dine alfresco if you wanted to. A clean pool and jacuzzi is also at your disposal. Best motel ever. Period.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dow V, Owner at Dow Villa Motel, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Thank you for your review. We look forward to your next visit.
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Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

It is hard to focus on the room as the views and Lone Pine itself were so breathtaking!! The Dow was a great stay- clean and comfortable room, well appointed with a really comfortable king size bed. Really nice, hot powerful shower! Staff reception was a little stiff, but they made up for it by giving us a lot of travel info and direction! Lone Pine is a GREAT little town and we're looking forward to coming back!

Stayed December 2013
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Rossmoor, CA
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

'been spending Thanksgiving for years in Lone Pine; dog friendly hotels, real turkey dinner at the Totem Café, Alabama Hills, etc. The Dow Villa is a good, clean, $ friendly, dog friendly, in-town place to stay when you're in Lone Pine. Glad we discovered it, as Best Western messed up our reservation.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Unfortunately we did not get to spend the night in Lone Pine. It seems that a November blizzard in Death Valley west of Stovepipe Wells closed highway #190 at 1:00 PM and we had to back-track east. The detour added hundreds of miles so we tried to cancel our reservation at the Dow Villa
and head towards our final destination in L.A. But,alas,Dow's cancellation policy is iron clad. No exceptions. I realize that it is not their fault that it snows in California in November. But-----it's not my fault either. In any event, be aware of the Dow Villa's strict policy. They have my money, but I sure wish we could have stayed there.

Stayed November 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): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Dow Villa Motel 2*
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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