I'd planned to photograph the Rosewater area on the west side of Death Valley and had made reservations for two nights at the Rustic Oasis Motel. But a recent rain wiped out both roads (Emigrant and Rosewater) that lead there, so I ended up staying only one night. The owner's grandson, an extraordinarily polite and helpful young man who was managing the place (and who learned his politeness, he told me, from his grandfather) was gracious enough to revise my reservation without charge.
I have read and can understand why each reviewer wrote what he or she did, and I wouldn't argue with anyone of them. They are different, but fair.
When I am traveling alone (as I was), my needs are pretty simple: WiFi that works (Twitter to check in) and a place to put my head in a room where the A/C or heater is quiet enough to sleep. The Rustic Oasis Motel strains the limits. Arriving early, I was given room 7 because it allegedly has the best A/C. In August, that is important. Frankly, I couldn't notice any difference between the heat in the room and the heat outside until after sun set when it was cooler outside.
Other reviewers have given adequate descriptions of the rooms. My single was postage stamp size with a bed, closet, chair, frig and TV. I didn't try the TV but it was a curio from the UHF/VHF days with two dials. Because there was no table for my laptop, I used the one outside the managers office. I needed to make a phone call but had no cell phone service out there and the WiFi was too weak to support Google Voice or Skype, so the manage was kind enough to let me use his. "Use it as long as you need to," he said. To close on a positive note, the bed was soft and surprisingly comfortable.
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- Rustic Oasis Hotel Olancha