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Mt. Williamson Motel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Independence
Certificate of Excellence
San Rafael, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
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“Extraordinary hospitality”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is an outstanding example of guest driven hospitality. Rooms are small but cozy, with effective air-conditioning, refrigerators, microwaves, and great mattresses. We were there for the better part of a week just enjoying the many venues and attractions of the area. We spent a day at Bristlecone National monument among the oldest trees in the world, went back twice to Manzanar, the WWII Japanese Relocation Center, to behold the remains of what President Reagan called a shameful "mistake." And we delighted in the festive home grown celebration of Independence Day here in Independence. But what was most wondrous was the atmosphere of welcome and congeniality that was especially apparent at the sumptuous breakfast (eggs hash browns and bacon) each morning where we met hikers, thru car travelers, and old-timers up for the 4th, all of whom became friends around the table served by Strider and Doug. I'll be back again just to enjoy the friendly welcome. It gave me hope! Really. Don't miss it!

Room Tip: All the rooms are good. One is reserved for folks with a dog. Some have one queen and some two.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Aliso Viejo, California
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Used Mt. Williamson as a resupply point during a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail in early June 2013. Had to hike off the JMT over Kearsarge Pass which wasn't ideal, but only took us a couple hours. Greg and Strider were great about helping us adjust our itinerary which changed a couple times during our approach to the area. The shuttle to the motel was at the Onion Valley Trailhead as promised, and even though we joked about what a small unassuming place it was, our stay was amazing. Great views, comfortable clean room, and an awesome breakfast. Their resupply package is perfect for anyone who could use a night off the trail to recharge!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Rented the 1 bedroom with living room/kitchen. New updates by the new owners! Nice mattress, new futon and linens for both, Fully equipped kitchen. Nice, cheap and efficient!
We went to Independence Park next to property both evenings; it was hot, and the grass was lovely with mature trees, flush toilet bathrooms; no one seemed to care we brought our beer over.
Free breakfast was awesome and new owners are super cool.
Hot springs in nearby Bishop. Just $10, clean and so relaxing!
Trailhead is about 1.5 miles up the mountain, at 9200 ft.
4hour 10 min drive from Las Vegas. If you are looking for something different, this is it

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is a great small cabin style hotel with a great owner. He cooks breakfast while talking to you and giving you travel information about the area. We stayed there before climbing Mt Williamson and shared breakfast with several families that were passing through to other vacation spots. Good clean rooms, great breakfast, and a very friendly owner. Great place to stay when you are in the Sierras.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

My family spent two nights here, using three of the separate cabin-like units. The new owners are fabulous and know the mountains well! Very accommodating to our large group as well as to the hikers who came down from the trail for an overnight. Rooms were clean, breakfast was made to order, and sitting out among the trees the views were spectacular. Easy access to Onion Valley, Whitney Portal, Manzanar and the Alabama Hills. Next time we are in the area, we will definitely stay again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Wash. State
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Owner was most friendly every time we interacted. Room was clean and comfortable. Was wonderful having a breakfast that was far more than just a muffin. This is really like a bed and breakfast except you stay in your own little cabin duplex. Highly recommend a stop here!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Very quaint and well run B&B we stumbled across on our way to Yosemite. Beautiful mountains backdrop your private cabin. Great taco truck down the street. The free breakfast is made TO ORDER in the am.
Great family run business. Would stay again!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Additional Information about Mt. Williamson Motel

Property: Mt. Williamson Motel
Address: P.O. Box 128, 515 S Edwards Street (Hwy 395), Independence, CA 93526-0128
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Location: United States > California > Independence
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Independence
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rustic, clean, comfortable, historic cabins in a base camp setting at the foot of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. ... more   less 
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Mt Williamson Motel
Mt Williamson Hotel

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