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Independence Inn Motel
Ranked #1 of 3 Independence B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

We didn't want to go to Lone Pine, then we decided to have a stop at Independence before going to Death Valley. The room was clean and the owner very nice and wifi was available for free. Before leaving he asked us if we had a map of Death Valley. As we had not, he nicely gave us one :) We left before the opening of the visitor center, so his map was very helpful during our trip in Death Valley. We recommend !

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We came to Independence Inn to get some rest and have a shower after a 10 day backpacking trip to Mt whitney, and we found so much more. the room was charming and clean, the quilt covered bed comfortable, and Jim was friendly, helpful, and ready to talk. this is a wonderful little inn with exceptional value. Despite its proximity to the road, it was quiet (as the speed limit is 25 mph). the yard seemed to be professionally landscaped (but Jim did it) and the mountains looming over the town drew us to the front porch.
we didn't realize that breakfast was included or we would have sampled some of the homemade bread others have mentioned.
We will definitely be back when we are in that area!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

My special lady friend and I used the Independence Inn as a basecamp between hikes into the Eastern Sierra, culminating with our ascent of Mt. Whitney. We stayed there a total of 7 nights and could not have made a better choice. Innkeeper Jim Getzinger made us feel at home and took excellent care of us. Good comfortable beds, nice cozy rooms, and personal touches you won't get in corporate chain hotels. All at a more than reasonable price.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We needed a stop between Yosemite and Death Valley and chose Independence. It was only one night and happened to be a Sunday when everything seems to be closed except the petrol stations. In saying that Jim who runs the motel was very friendly and a great host and told us where to get some food. Our motel room was just what we needed for an overnight stay and the foodstore in the petrol station provided enough for a snack as we had had a meal at lunchtime in a great diner called Nicelys in Lee Vinning. One place you must visit is Manzanar, a camp where Japanese people were held during the war. Not prisoners but Japanese who were staying in the USA when the war kicked off. Its only a few miles outside Independence. Very moving.

Room Tip: Have a chat with Jim. He is very helpful.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Stopped for one night on our way to Lake Tahoe for a wedding. The grounds were very attractive and well tended with roses and flowers in bloom. While the room and the bed were very comfortable, as a previous reviewer said, this is not a five star hotel, but is much better than what you find in similar small towns.

The innkeeper, Jim was very welcoming and knowledgable about the area. He made the stop worthwhile. After breakfast of homemade coffee cake, we were on our way. If we ever were to drive that way again, we would stay at the Independence Inn again.

Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

My wife and I were on our first road trip up 395 and Independence was a good stop over on our travels. We had spent the day in Lone Pine, Whitney Portal, and a brief stop at Manzanar. We went back to Manzanar the next morning then continued our trip North.

We booked the Independence Inn on the basis of Tripadvisor reviews- we were not disappointed!! An ideal place to stopover. Jim, the Innkeeper, is enthusiastic and helpful and gave us several useful tips. One was to visit the small local museum which is an incredible resource in a small town and well worth a visit.

The Inn is not 5* but is quirky and clean and all you need for a comfortable overnight. Jim also gives a more than adequate breakfast, included in the room price. This is NOT a fancy Bed and Breakfast or Inn (Regardless of what Trip Advisor has it listed as). Don't expect anything special. It was just coffee, juice, toast, and coffee cake. Just fine with us!

We would surely stay here again on our future trips up 395.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room #1 (I think). It was a little small, but furthest away from 395, so there was no...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Stayed in Independence at this place for 3 nights. This motel was so clean. Jim, the innkeeper is very friendly and helpful. The grounds are very clean. The roses in front of our room smelled lovely. The room itself was quiet. Not too big, not too small. The refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker were so nice to have in the room. The room was also very quiet. Could not hear the people next to us which is so rare anymore. Bed was comfy. A really nice place to stay. We will stay here again!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Independence Inn Motel

Address: 440 S Edwards St, Independence, CA 93526-1774
Location: United States > California > Independence
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Independence
Price Range: $75 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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