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“Good value for money, quiet and clean”
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El Portal Motel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Beatty
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 25, 2010

Travelling on a travel agent booked tour, we had to book this ourselves as the agent could not get us anywhere in the area. Very efficient and polite internet booking service, and the same on arrival. It wasn't a great first impression but the room despite being rather dark and retro was very comfortable with the best beds of our trip. The fridge was a real bonus. We arrived latish on a Sunday and did not want another casino/diner type meal. The Rebel gas station did great pizzas and provided coffee and breakfast the next morning. We had our best night's sleep here and as in everywhere else we stayed where aircon was a must, the noise of it blocked out anyone else's noise there may have been. We discovered you don't get a lot of anything for $60 anywhere we travelled and this came out very well compared with some of the hotels where we were paying around $250 a night. It also has the cheapest soft drink vending machine we found :)

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

Good location - very close to Death Valley, great price. The room was big and had a lot of character. It was a little funky, but what do you want in a tiny desert town charging $55 a night? The lady at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. We were even left little bags of candy for Halloween. Oh...and it's pretty close the the amazing hot springs!
If you reserve online and need to make a change (as I did) just call - they don't seem to reply to emails. Other reviews complain that they sent 37 emails that were never answered. I made one and then just called. Duh. This place was just fine and We'll probably stay here next time we go to Death Valley.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2010

I guess I'm spoiled by getting great rooms by online sites like Priceline, etc. - We wanted something close to Death Valley so booked based on Tripadvisor reviews and our experience was pretty much like everyone elses.

Rooms are large and everything worked fine - bed was clean and comfortable. Had a fridge and micro and even wi-fi (free too!)

Only concern was the rate - they took a 10% deposit upon online booking but there were two guys extending their stay by one day in the office when we checked in and their rate was cheaper than ours. AAA discount was only $3 on a $65 room. A bit odd I thought.

There are some nicer places like the Motel 6 down by the city's one casino and seemingly cleanest restaurant.

If you're planning to stay in Beatty bring a good book - if you don't gamble there's nothing to do in town!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2010

Wasn't quite sure what to expect given some of the reviews, but fortunately I found El Portal OK.

The room [#18] was very big. OK, as somebody else says, " ...it's not the Ritz", but it is more than OK. Yes, it is a little tired and could do with a makeover but for a pitstop with a good bed, hot water & a wifi signal it does the job.

If funds allowed I would suggest to the owner, who incidently is a nice guy and provided me with some very useful directions, should invest in some new heating appliances.

p.s. I hope the cold water tap in the bath/shower has had some attention, I couldn't turn it off!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 17, 2009

We used to visit Beatty, Rhyolite, and Death Valley regularly when we lived in Vegas. We always stayed at the El Portal. The rooms were not Ritz Carlton quality, but they were always clean, the price was right, and the beds were comfortable. Not bad for a sleepover on the way to DV.

  • Stayed: May 2006, traveled with family
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1  Thank mmatejka
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

El Portal Motel turned out to be a pleasant surprise in the middle of a desert. The staff were friendly, gave us some valuable tips about the area & made us feel very welcome, which was especially important after an exhausting day in the Death Valley.

Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

Welcome to the town of beatty, full of trailers, trash and rude people. This motel is no exception. Made a reservation, but had to cancel due to a change of travel schedule. We kindly visited the motel, as it was on the route to Vegas, to cancel the reservation in person. The B*()%$ at the reception told us we still had to pay in full for the reservation. After a brief discussion she threatened to call the cops if we didn't give her some money.

If you are near death valley, just find a motel on hwy 395. Lone Pine is nice. Looking for a hotel in vegas, the stardust is cheap, clean and big.

Avoid El Portal motel and the town of beatty at all costs!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with friends
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Address: 420 West Main St, Beatty, NV 89003
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Location: United States > Nevada > Beatty
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Beatty
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Portal Motel is located in Beatty Nevada just outside Death Valley National Park (only 8 miles away) making it an ideal location to rest up from your daily adventures at the park. Located two blocks from Hwy 95 makes it easy to find and proves to have less traffic giving you a quiet and restful stay. Our Motel is a small cozy Motel that has been Family owned and operated since 1958. We are mostly known for our location, reliable customer service, friendly and informative staff and quiet and clean area. If you are traveling to Death Valley National Park, this motel is a must stop. Too hot? No worries, take a dip in our pool! With your immediate needs taken care of, rest assured this is the right place to stay. ... more   less 
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