Some time back, this was a great place to visit. In the last few years not much has been done to maintain it - the public sinks in restrooms by pool are horribly dirty, not sanitary. The food still is good but seriously over priced - $20 for pasta? Wait staff is cheerful and helpful, but service is very slow. The dining room is crowded, they allow children to scream and cry and don't ask parents to take them out so people spending $20 for pasta can eat in peace. The bartender is more than slow, she ignores customers. Weekend bartenders are very attentive - a large contrast in service. They provide music, very nice of them. They had a older guy who played blues, but the queer dude who runs around doing nothing fired him! We took friends to hear blues and have drinks, and when another musician (?) if that's what he was... was there instead of the blues guy, we asked what night the blues guy would be there, and was told he was fired. He was the best thing they had going, except for the pretty garden. No reason to come down from Apple Valley anymore.
Unique Quality: The pool is nice and clean, could do with out the children screaming and splashing people laying in the sun. The garden is beautiful so is the lagoon. The place needs to be cleaned, it is dirty, the pool furniture falling apart. Dining room is crowded.
29 Palms Inn is a really nice place. The lodgings consist in several quirky little bungalows spread around the property. Desert to the hilt, but with an oasis that attracts lots of birds. Also, they share another oasis with the Visitor Center at the northeast corner of Joshua Tree National Park. They grow their own organic vegetables/fruits in their garden for seasonal use in their restaurant, which serves anything from gourmet to regular fare. The pool is immediately adjacent to the restaurant, and it's real nice. Our stay was a bit pricey, but given that it was during the beautiful Spring desert weather, what can you expect? If I had the money I could spend a month there.
Unique Quality: Adobe bungalows, good birding, excellent food, desert views.
The 29 Palms Inn literally surrounds an oasis in the middle of the desert. The area is lush with palms, grass, tamarisk, and fruit trees. There is even a garden in which the restaurant's chefs harvest fresh fruits and vegetables for use in their dishes! How cool is that?
The Inn doesn't have identical rooms in one building -- they have independent bungalows, many of them original adobes built in the 1920's and 1930's. Each little bungalow has its own unique character and flavor. Check out the Inn's Website for more info on availability, rates, etc.
I highly recommend the 29 Palms Inn to anyone wanting to get lost in the desert!
Unique Quality: This isn't the Ritz-Carlton, so don't expect a concierge to show up at every beck and call. This rustic, down-to-earth inn is the perfect getaway for someone wanting to leave the rat race behind for a few days or weeks. If you want to enjoy the desert, look at the stars, watch barn owls swoop across the sky, hear a little jazz, or relax by the pool while sipping a mojito or applerita, this is your place.
Directions: Head east on CA-62, go through the stoplight downtown. At the Beacon gas station, take a right onto National Park Drive. Go about 1/4 mile to Inn Avenue, and take a right. Drive through the entrance and park.
The 29 Palms Inn offers unique little bungalows set here and there on the extensive grounds in the midst of the Oasis of Mara.
Unique Quality: Private bungalows with private courtyards. Unless you are an exhibitionist, you might be self-conscious during a swim due to the pool being situated in front of the restaurant.
Directions: Just west of the Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitors Center
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Address: 73950 Inn Ave., Twentynine Palms, California, 92277, United States