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Pioneertown Motel

  • Where:
  • Why:Desert disconnect and time warp adventures.
  • When:March 2016
  • Who:My best friend Li La and I.
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Pioneertown Motel Snapped this on our way back from Pappy and Harriets. It was a glorious pitch black night with strikingly bright stars above. Though they are nowhere to be found in this photo, they were incredible, I promise.

Snapped this on our way back from Pappy and Harriets. It was a glorious pitch black night with strikingly bright stars above. Though they are nowhere to be found in this photo, they were incredible, I promise.

Pioneertown Motel The authentic check-in office. Straight from the olden days!

The authentic check-in office. Straight from the olden days!

Pioneertown Motel Interior of the office. Free coffee for ya!

Interior of the office. Free coffee for ya!

Pioneertown Motel Clean, simple, and modern with some good ol’ Western.  A very comfortable mattress, good water pressure, and the darkest of slumbers. No penetrating lights from anywhere. Love that feeling.

Clean, simple, and modern with some good ol’ Western. A very comfortable mattress, good water pressure, and the darkest of slumbers. No penetrating lights from anywhere. Love that feeling.

Pioneertown Motel Everything you need, nothing you don’t.

Everything you need, nothing you don’t.

Pioneertown Motel Old-school Scout, old-school Vibezzzzzz. The birdfeeder is on point too.

Old-school Scout, old-school Vibezzzzzz. The birdfeeder is on point too.

Pioneertown Motel Hang with the gang in the outside sitting area and check out Pioneertown from the corner of your eye.

Hang with the gang in the outside sitting area and check out Pioneertown from the corner of your eye.

Pioneertown Motel Built in 1946 as a live-in motion picture set, the town has been home to many Old-Western films and television shows including “Cisco the kid.”

Built in 1946 as a live-in motion picture set, the town has been home to many Old-Western films and television shows including “Cisco the kid.”

Pioneertown Motel Front view of the traditional roadside motel. Drive right up to your room. There are picnic tables and seats to chill outside, make friends and stargaze at night.

Front view of the traditional roadside motel. Drive right up to your room. There are picnic tables and seats to chill outside, make friends and stargaze at night.

Highs & Lows

  • After a night full of good vibes and groovy tunes at Pappy and Harriets, stumble over to your room and get cozy on a bed that promises a night of twinkling sleep.

  • The property oozes old-Hollywood history. Walk in the footsteps, and sleep under the same roof as cinema legends John Wayne “Duke”, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers.

  • With nearly no light pollution, stargazing is at its magical max!

  • With nearly no light pollution, stargazing is at its magical max!

  • The property has not yet reached complete restoration. Some bathrooms are still in the process of being renovated.

  • The town is very small, not many options without driving.

The Barometer

  • Design

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  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Restored historic motel

  • Vibe

    Charming western rustic, dripping with nostalgia.

  • Location

    Tucked away in the high desert of Yucca Valley a few minutes away from Joshua Tree and about 32 miles from Palm Springs.

  • Rooms

    17 keys

  • Music

    Sublime desert silence.

  • Year Opened

    Originally established in 1946- Re-established in 2015.

  • Designed By

    The property has been gracefully restored by brothers Mike and Matthew French, alongside Casey Keasler for interior design. They have successfully managed to infuse simple modernity into the rooms without compromising any of the historic roots.

  • Health & Wellness

    No. Take a hike if you want to work it out.

  • Restaurant

    No, however head just a few minutes out and enjoy the most delectable breakfast/brunch at a little hidden gem called La Copine (open on weekends only).

  • Bar

    No, but mozie on over just a few feet to the best honky-tonk bar Pappy and Harriets. You can easily spend a few night’s in a row there.

  • Minibar

    No mini bar, only a mini fridge. Bring your own snacks.

  • Children

    Sure. They would absolutely delight themselves running around the Western-themed town. Not for indoor type kiddos.

  • Price

    Great value at $135 a night. Even greater considering it is the only hotel in town.

  • Website

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Catch some live music at the infamous Pappy and Harriets

Catch some live music at the infamous Pappy and Harriets

53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268, United States

Take a hike in Pioneertown Mountain Preserve

Take a hike in Pioneertown Mountain Preserve

Pioneertown Mountains Preserve, Pipes Canyon Road, Pioneertown, CA, United States

The town is full of thrift shops that glitter with lightly dusted treasures

The town is full of thrift shops that glitter with lightly dusted treasures

55872 29 Palms Hwy Yucca Valley, California

Pioneertown Motel

Pioneertown Motel

5240 Curtis Road, Pioneertown, CA, United States

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