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“Rustic, quiet and rural”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of 29 Palms Inn

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29 Palms Inn
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Twentynine Palms
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Rustic, quiet and rural”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2006

Just got back for a night in the West End Cottage at the 29 Palms Inn. I enjoyed it. It's RUSTIC, quiet, clean and cabin-like. If you like rustic, you will like this. If you like perfection and being waited on hand and foot, you won't like this place. It is in a small town that has a lot of barber shops....I guess for a military base nearby. It's rural. If you want an urban experience, this won't be it. If you want to hike, read, or hang out with people you care about, this would be a good choice. Joshua Tree Ntl Park is nearby and I hear the rock climbing there is great. We took a 2 hour hike (on level ground) and enjoyed the scenery. (It cost us $15 to enter the park in our car.) Palm Springs is at least 30 minutes away by car and there are a few small towns between. Repeat: small towns. We heard that there is a drive-in movie theater in or near 29 Palms but we didn't try it. Older furniture, but just fine. Small tv, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, refrig, sink...and a piano in our two bedroom cabin. The place was well cared for with a few imperfect features like fake stained glass peel-off plastic on the kitchen and bathroom windows. Seems like a good place to write your memoirs, or to go with a few friends and sit and talk late into the night, while playing cribbage. Especially good place for rock climbers. The pool was small but looked fine. The restaurant had a welcoming airy feel, but we didn't try the food. In a way, the whole place reminded me of out-of-the-way places I've been in Mexico.

  • Stayed April 2006
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2006

I was very disappointed with this hotel.It sounded great but to some rustic means scruffy and I thought it was scruffy!.
The house we rented was grubby,the "garden" a dusty dirty outside space surrounded by a cinder block wall.no view at all and with an assortment of dirty ,run down furniture and a rusty barbecue.
We lit the log fire in the evening to provide some character to a dingy living room but the large hole in the fire door meant the room was soon filled with smoke!
the "grounds" of the hotel i found run down and the oasis was a dirty pond with a few ducks and some palm trees which were looking worse for wear.
Dinner in the restaurant was fine-home cooked style food but breakfast was sadly lacking.
I had heard great reports of this place-perhaps it is just me but it didnt come any where near the rustic adobe place in the desert I had expected.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2006

Well first of all be warned that because this little resort is in the middle of the desert it is subject to flash flooding. After embarking on a bit of a detour because various roads were not on our map, we finally reached the only road that there was that took us to 29 Palms to find that it was closed! Well we were not gonna let that stop us & so embarked on a bit of a hair raising drive down a small strip of concrete where both sides of the road had been washed away. When we arrived at the inn at about 11pm after about 5 hours driving we were relieved to get there. The staff member that checked us in was a bit abrupt & rude, whic was not the best welcome. We checked into our little bungalow - Buffalo Burr to find an enormous beetle under our bed - well I suppose it is the desert! Our little bungalow was lovely, the only thing it could have benefitted from was a fridge to put our water in. The shower was a bit rubbish though, it was more like being dribbled on than having a proper wash. We had brunch at the restaurant & it was dire, our omlettes were stone cold. The Inn is not on Joshua Tree national park, that is just around the corner. It really is quite spectacular, & watch out for the Jack Rabbits - they are the coolest animal ever. While we were there, there was a huge electrical storm that started at 4pm & got closer & closer & by 2am it was right above us with lightening about every couple of seconds - amazing!! I have fallen in love with the Desert & the hotel wasn't bad either.

  • Stayed August 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2005

The inn was booked, so I wasn't able to get a room here. The restaurant was excellent.

Stayed December 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2005

I've been all over the US and Europe and this is just my favorite hotel. They're booked year round, so if you plan to stay here book in advance or you will not get a room. They grow their own vegetables, whatever is in season will be mixed into the dinner menu. It's family owned and there are three generations working there.

If you prefer a standard chain hotel feel and ammenities, maybe it's not the place for you. But if you like coming back from a long hike in nearby Joshua Tree to eat a perfect meal under the stars while the screech owls in a tree by the pool show off for you, this is the place! There's also a real, live oasis with a nice lawn. The rooms vary from a full house with it's own courtyard and kitchen to cozy rooms with a fireplace and a private patio. Some of the rooms are dog-friendly.

Huell Howser hangs out here. Enough said.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2005

Our family (2 adults, 2 teenagers) stayed here for one night in the Old Frame House in September 2005. We highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys staying in slightly quirky, rustic accommodation that is full of character and history. The Old Frame House was originally built in the 1920s. It is very private and its balcony (and hammock) face onto the beautiful oasis. The house consisted of 2 rooms separated by a fairly basic bathroom. It was old but clean and comfortable. Breakfast by the pool in the morning was simple but perfectly adequate with some delicious homemade produce. Staff were friendly and helpful. Internet access is available from a computer in the library. After a hot day in Joshua Tree, we enjoyed watching owls flying over the oasis in the cool of the evening from our balcony. Movies on the lawn in the evening were an extra bonus.

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2005

Stayed here for one night en-route through the desert in August 2005. A real get-away-from-it-all experience right in the desert. This Oasis resort is full of character and charm. Our accommodation was in the 'Encelia' bungalow. The property had a small courtyard with cacti and a couple of sunbeds and an impressive view stretching out over the Mojave desert towards Joshua Tree National Park. Inside, the property was tastefully furnished with all the amenities you need. There is a smallish pool onsite with a restaurant and information centre where you can access the internet for free. The resort is teaming with wildlife. Of the things we could see and recognise - we saw Jack rabbits, lizards, road runners and an array of birds. We spent the night at the hotel's restaurant and the quality of food was excellent and very good value. By chance - the night we arrived a meteor shower was taking place which was at it's peak between 1 and 4am. So we set our alarm for 2:30, got up, lay on our sunbeds looking up to see shooting stars searing across the sky. Not only that but there was a pack of howling coyotes not 100 yards from our door. Minor negative points were the cold shower (even in desert heat, a shower which reaches at least a tepid temperature is needed), and the air-conditioning units are too loud to allow you to sleep with them on. Nevertheless the 29 Palms inn is highly recommended, it is unlike any hotel I've ever stayed in and was an unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Property: 29 Palms Inn
Address: 73950 Inn Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3418
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Twentynine Palms
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Twentynine Palms
#2 Family Hotel in Twentynine Palms
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the doorstep of Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert, California. Established in 1928 on the historic Oasis of Mara, the 29 Palms Inn provides unique lodging and casual fine dining. ... more   less 
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29 Palms Hotel Twentynine Palms
29 Palms Twentynine

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