More about Panamint Springs Resort
Better than expected
We spent 3 nights at Panamint Springs (March 19, 20, 21, 2006) and it was just about as we had hoped, which is to say a lot better than most of the reviews on this site indicated. We stayed in the "cottage", a 2 bedroom bungalow. We have no information about the regular rooms. In the cottage one bedroom has bunk beds, the other has a double bed. The bathroom was clean and functional, we had a small refrigerator, a space heater (it was cold at night), and a good sized living room. The cottage was very clean throughout and even the bunk beds were surprisingly comfortable. For 3 people to share it was very economical. The people who work at the resort could not have been nicer. It was the definition of laid back. No luxury, no phones, no TV, but decent food (the prime rib special our first night was excellent, and the breakfasts were above average). Panamint Springs is quite a drive from the heart of the park, but that encouraged us to explore some parts we hadn't seen before. We've stayed in Furnace Creek, and we've stayed in Stovepipe Wells, and if we go back we'd definitely choose Panamint over the other touristy, overpriced options. It's not a "resort" but it was a good experience.
Beware! No resort here.
We paid $94 a night, minus our AAA discount and were urged to read and sign a waiver regarding stolen items from the room. When we went to the room, the bathroom had a large window on the ground floor and no lock! No wonder we had to sign the waiver..There is no clock/radio, no tv, no coffeemaker, and their website boasts "newly remodeled bathrooms", that must have been written in 1980. The food at the restaurant is this place's only saving grace..the service was slow but friendly. We heard this place has new owners, so if they change things that would be great, but we will probably never stay again.
Pay more and stay somewhere else
We stayed here for one night on our way through to Las Vegas. We were on a budget anyway and not expecting much (also the other resorts in Death Valley were full so we had no choice!). Even so, we were really disappointed. The resort had changed hands since we booked and neither the previous owner nor the new one had bothered to inform us - this was crucial as it meant they had no liquor licence and we were miles from any shops! (They did say that it should be rectified soon). The rooms were threadbare and creaky, with difficult locks so we didn't feel very safe. Food was only OK and very overpriced, slow (but apologetic) service. After checking the breakfast options and prices we decided to leave first thing and eat at Furnace Creek (pricy but well worth it considering the alternatives!).
In short, next time we'd probably spend more, book earlier and stay somewhere else!
Much better than expected - New owners!!
A little hesitant to stay here based on previous reviews. However, the sky high prices at the other locations prompted us to be openminded and give it a try. Sooooo glad we did!!! New owners are cleaning the place up and couldn't have been any friendlier or nicer!!! The room was spacious, comfy and clean!! We usually stay at Marriotts to give you a comparison. If you realize this is away from major cities and don't expect a "citified" atmosphere that is a good start!!
Enjoyed the beautiful scenery to get there from Arizona and this location is better than any of the others if you love the outdoors. Incredible views from the outside tables of the valley, and snow covered mountains, quiet and so serene.
New owners are going to continue doing improvements and they have a great start!!
Great food, service and prices. Highly recommend!!!
Hope you read this -- we should have!
We planned to stay at the Panamint Springs "Resort" after a long day of hiking in Death Valley, to recuperate before a long drive back to the San Francisco Bay Area. Tired and dirty, we checked in and found our room to be distusting -- the furniture and bedding looked like they came from a garage sale in the 70's, the shower was almost too gross to use, and there were dead flies all over the floor and bed -- also, there was no TV, clock, phone book, or air conditioning. Rather than spend an uncomfortable night, we showered quickly, packed the car up, and decided to drive home through the night. When we left a half-hour after checking in, the staff seemed to have a well-practiced routine of reminding you that they have a 48 hour cancellation policy so they are unable to refund your money....
We certainly expected a lot more from a hotel that charged over $80/night. The Furnace Creek Ranch, by comparison, charged a little more but offered very nice, CLEAN, accomodations.
Do yourself a favor and DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!
Fake resort in nice location!
I stayed at this so called "resort" in August 2005, on my way from San Diego to Death Valley and Yosemite. The choice was made for the convenient location and for the price. My plan was to drive in the evening and check in after midnight, so I called the property and I was kindly told there was no problem. I actually got there late and it was funny but weird to park in the dark, in the middle of nowhere, and find a message on the front door saying my room was open and the keys inside. The room had the light on so I was a bit concerned to enter without asking anybody. I did not expect much from the room but I was totally disappointed: uncomfortable bed, stained carpet, poor old furniture, ugly bathroom, I could not take a shower. The descriptions in the previous reviews are totally realistic. No air conditioning, just a ceiling fan but useless for it was 85°F outside. I left early in the morning and in the daylight it took me one minute to realize that nothing there looked like a resort. But I still hope the new owners (according to a recent review) will improve and take care of this property, because in my opinion this place has good potential pros, especially the location: this is ideal for people driving to DV from San Diego or LA, while lodgings inside the park are definitely too expensive and motels in Beatty are not really on your way. Another suggestion for the owners: please change the name of the property, a swimming pool or a golf court are not required in a cheap Death Valley accomodation, but "resort" is a really misleading term!
Fine if you have little expectations.
This wasn't the horror we expected from previous reviews. Literally In the middle of nowhere, it really wasn't bad. The place was clean, no bugs. The air conditioning was questionable but sleeping was not uncomfortable. If you want Holiday Inn, stay somewhere else. We just needed a place to stop from Yosemite to Vegas and it served our purposes well.
A bit on the rustic side
This accommodation is - in a word - RUSTIC. But to elaborate: There were probably about 10 - 12 log cabin type rooms which were very basic. Ours had two beds, a chest of drawers and a small table. It had a bathroom with shower toilet and wash basin. The towels in the bathroom were very small and thin. There was a ceiling fan in the bedroom and no TV.
The place is situated on the edge of Death Valley in the middle of nowhere. Our highlight in the evening was watching lights as vehicles travelled through the valley for about 10-15 minutes before they passed by.
We sat on the verandah eating a lovely meal and listening to the silence of the desert whilst bats swooped round the lights to catch insects and a little mouse ran about looking for crumbs. It probably doesn't sound good, but it was. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the desert and our night there.
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Comfortabel but not a Resort
When I first arrived I was not sure that this was going to be a pleasant experience. This place is just a small room with a bed and a bathroom, no tubs and just a small shower. The bed turned out to be very comfortable and the bathroom was good enough. The "hot" water took about 5 minutes to get warm and the water pressure was not that good but who hasn't lived with that when traveling before. The actual experience of the room was better than I thought it would be. The restaurant on the property was very good, had dinner and breakfast there, both had good food. The service was a little slow but that was OK, the view of the surrounding mountains is wonderful and the two young ladies that work there are very nice to look at (especially the one with the tatoo on her upper right arm). The staff is very nice and the whole property is very comfortable to be at even though it doesn't look that way at first. I would go back in a second.
Living it 'Death valley' style.
Death valley is like another world and that sentiment also applies to the quality of the hotels there. Panamint-Springs is absolutely basic with bathrooms that are in urgent need of renovation with no bath and a shower that does not appeal. On the plus side however the rooms, beds/sheets were very clean and there was a reassuring paper sanitary banner on the somewhat dated toilet, when we first arrived. Compared to the other hotels I believe Panamint Springs is probably the best value for money and cleanest. They also have wireless internet access which is a real plus. Be warned however that if you're used to affordable 4 or 5 star luxury then your only recourse is to take an RV with you however if you are prepared to sacrifice a few of the comforts (like TV, refrigerator and coffee facilities) then Panamint-Springs is your best choice.