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“Not for insectophobics”
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Desert Palace Inn
Ranked #27 of 29 Hotels in Barstow
San Jose, CA
1 review
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“Not for insectophobics”
Reviewed 8 August 2009

We booked this hotel for two nights for a family vacation because it was cheap. Like others, when we checked in, the clerk seemed surprised that we were staying for more than one night. To give the positives, the people who worked there seemed nice, and the motel is located right outside the marine base gate. There was a fridge and a microwave in the room which was nice. The rooms were old but seemed reasonably clean. Our problem was bugs. I removed the bedspread from the beds as I always do in motels since the bedspreads do not get washed often. When I pulled the spread off the bed against the front window wall, a smattering of dead bugs came with it, sprinkling all over the blanet underneath. Believe it or not, I still determined to give the place a chance - my husband disposed of the bugs and we went to dinner. When we returned to go to sleep, the same type of bugs were alive and flying all over the room. My husband gamely killed as many as he could before we went to bed. In the middle of the night, I woke up to the sound of a cricket chirping LOUDLY. I opened my eyes and one of the flying bugs was crawling across my pillow toward my face. My husband found the cricket in our room, in the bedspreads we had put aside in the closet area. Needless to say, we checked out early the next morning and spent the next night in a Motel 6 which seemed like the Ritz after this experience. To add insult to injury, the motel tried to charge us for the second night, which I had to fight through Priceline. Since Barstow is somewhat of a depressed town, I recommend staying at one of the big chain motels.

Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2009

the bathroom was old..... kind of clean (my husband say no, I say yes....) bedroom not too big but big enough to add a pack and play and still have room to go around... my only real problem was the smell.... feel like sleeping in a ashtray and it was a non-smoking room.... took a few days to get rid of the smell on our stuffs.
Our two years old thought that he was in heaven because you have a train track really close to the hotel...... so we had no problem to keep him entertaining when we were packing in the morning!!!
My husband felt like if he was sleeping in a train all night......
it was the cheapest place around and I didn't want to spend more than that to only sleep for a few hours .......

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2008

Small, cramped, dirty, middle of nowhere

Don't really want to go on as we didn't stay there in the end.

Took one look at the outside and felt that we should give it a try so looked in the room and it was just dire!

Couldn't stay there at all so drove up the road and booked in elsewhere which is what I suggest you do rather than book this first

  • Liked — Nothing but then what did we expect for the price - our own fault really
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2007

I travel a lot on business, and since June my company started sending me to Barstow every 2 weeks for to 4 days at a time. For me the PennyWise Inn has been perfect. It's right next to the Marine Base, very clean, very friendly, and very affordable. Everything is included, the local calls, HBO, the microwave, the fridge. I even have used the guest laundry room for a couple of coins when needed. Now that it's getting colder I don't use the swimming pool anymore but I certainly enjoyed it very much during those hot Summer days.

Stayed June 2007
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Property: Desert Palace Inn
Address: 2980 E Main St, Barstow, CA 92311-5889 (Formerly PennyWise Inn)
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Barstow
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 29 Hotels in Barstow
Price range (per night): $47 - $69
Hotel Class:2 star — Desert Palace Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern, nice, clean, and friendly. All rooms include refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven, free cable and HBO, free unlimited local calls, swimming pool, gazebo, BBQ, coin operated laundry room inside premises, free coffee, free ice, ATM, vending machine. Located on famous old route 66. ... more   less 
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Pennywise Hotel Barstow

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