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Rustic Oasis Motel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Olancha
San Jose, California
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Good value for the money u pay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

Judy is very friendly. If u need a place to stay overnight and don't have high expectations - go for it. Clean, comparitevely quiet, only the bed in a $39 room is way too soft&sqeeky, fyi. Other than that we had no issue there.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Amstelhoek
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

I selected the Rustic Oasis based on the images of the completely worn down sign and the classic roadside motel set-up: 8 rooms in a row, parking in front. It completely envisaged my mental image of a roap trip type place to stay. We were not disappointed! The outside of the motel looks the part, but the room and bed were really quite comfortable. Judy is a very energetic person who has a lot to tell about the surrounding area (be sure to ask her about U2's Joshua Tree!). Breakfast is optional (recommended!). Dining options in Olancha are limited to Adrianna's Mexican Cantina (until 8 pm) or subs at the Mobil gas station. Alternatively, drive up to Lone Pine.
Great place to stay as a basis for a Death Valley, Mt Whitney or Alabama Hills trip. For all you European travellers: this is as "Rustic" as it gets, in a good way!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stratford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

If you are looking for something different this is the place for you!
Off the beaten track but well worth the drive to get there.
Judy the manager takes pride in keeping the rooms in comfy clean condition.
And if you happen to be a U2 fan...she can help you find what you are looking for!
Adriana's Cafe just a short drive down the road is an excellent place for breakfast!
All in all a great experience!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Thank wheyboy
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This place is in the process of being revived by new owners. Karen will heat up your dinner, make you an incredible breakfast (fresh omelet, pancakes, and potatoes) and make you feel at home and welcome.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Goleta, California
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Conclusion first: There was nothing wrong, except for the mattresses being pretty saggy; one thing to consider is that: For a no-extra-amenities place (no internet, pool, flat screen, complimentary anything, etc....) in the middle of nowhere, do $68/night seem appropriate?

The motel is pretty much between Death Valley and Sequoia National Parks, which is why we stayed there. If you try to look it up on Google Maps, it won't show you the right location, so here it is: http://goo.gl/maps/fQGX
We had a room with 2 full beds, or more adequately a room with a full bed, and another full bed in a second room (which was more like a big closet with no doors).
It had a fridge, TV set, brittle bars of soap and a door.

It's pretty old in many aspects: I couldn't find a way of booking online, so I had to call to book; the TV set is roughly 12", but we didn't bother turning it on, anyways (who knows, that your neighbor is deterred from watching TV all night might be a good thing?); the rooms themselves are old, too, in particular the mattresses were pretty worn and saggy.

That said though, the room was clean and it was very quiet, thanks to the building being set back from the (not very busy) highway. The owners (who live on the premises) were friendly and helpful enough, and we slept well.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jonathan E
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Ithaca, New York
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

First of all the location is awesome- out of an old western film but totally clean and cozy! The wonderful woman running the hotel with her husband let us look at every room - each had its own decorative theme and was totally charming! This woman was the most helpful and kind hotel manager my husband and I have ever come across. She helped us with everything we so much as mentioned and offered us breakfast! Reasonable price, unique and rustic rooms, KILLER MOUNTAIN VIEW, and the sweetest, kindest staff! There is no better place to stay around death valley!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Topanga, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Definitely rustic - quite old. worn, and simple, no internet when we were there (they are trying to bring it in), not a place for those looking for even the simple luxuries of (say) Quality Inn like little shampoo bottles, but with atmosphere and old-fashioned mom & pop hospitality to beat others in the bargain tier like Rodeway or Motel 6. Fresh coffee and food for breakfast. Stark beauty of the Southern Sierras to the West with Olancha Peak (over 12,000') towering above the hamlet of Olancha (with two restaurants, about a mile North of the motel), and the high desert plain all around. A nice stop halfway (3 hrs) between LA and the Yosemite portal at Lee Vining.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lesdomes
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Property: Rustic Oasis Motel
Address: 2055 Highway 395, Olancha, CA 93549
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Olancha
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Number of rooms: 8
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