Jake Sammis

The Mojave Sands Motel

  • Where:Joshua Tree
  • Why:Our Coachella weekend alternative.
  • When:April 2015
  • Who:Some college friends and me.
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Leaving Mojave Sands feeling relaxed and renewed ☺.

The living room area of Suite 5.

Coolest hotel welcoming letter I’ve seen.

Each room has a vintage record player. We picked up some albums at a thrift store on the way - the hotel has a great collection too.

Who needs WiFi when you have Scategories, backgammon, and records?

Our room had a full kitchen equipped with everything you need to make your own meals. The king bed was super comfy and easily fit 2 (or 3).

Each room’s private patio is a great place to have coffee in the morning.

Mojave Sands' resident yoga guru, Rupert, demonstrating the perfect downward dog.

Suite 5’s outdoor clawfoot tub and shower were a highlight; we definitely left a bit pruney.

Wishing this was my backyard...

Grill master Caro cooking up breakfast.

Our homemade breakfast spread!

The five connected rooms have a great communal vibe.

Highs & Lows

  • Hard to leave the outdoor clawfoot tub and shower.

  • The super friendly manager, Susan, made us feel right at home and gave us great advice on where to eat, hike, and nab last minute concert tickets for Pappy and Harriet’s.

  • One of the comfiest beds I’ve slept on.

  • The fully equipped kitchen was great to make our own meals and for extended stays.

  • No negatives!

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A roadside desert motel with a minimalist Moroccan vibe.

  • Vibe

    A desert oasis that’s just far enough away from LA to feel secluded.

  • Location

    In the heart of Joshua Tree, 7 miles from Joshua Tree National Park and 10 miles from Pioneertown.

  • Rooms

    5

  • Music

    Record player in each room with a great collection of vinyl.

  • Year Opened

    2010

  • Designed By

    1950s motel renovated by designer Blake Simpson.

  • Pool/Gym

    No, but our outdoor bathtub was the perfect alternative.

  • Restaurant

    No, but communal BBQ to grill up some grub.

  • Bar

    No, although the outdoor spaces are great to have drinks with friends.

  • Minibar

    No, but rooms have fridges and coffee makers, and suites have full kitchens.

  • Children

    Leave them, not many kid friendly activities around unless self enlightenment in the Mojave desert is their thing.

  • Price

    Just right for a weekend getaway.

Incredible spot to grab authentic bbq and one of the best venues to see live music under the stars.

Pappy + Harriet’s

53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA

Incredible spot to grab authentic bbq and one of the best venues to see live music under the stars.

No matter if you hike/bike/camp/or drive through, it is definitely not to be missed.

Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

No matter if you hike/bike/camp/or drive through, it is definitely not to be missed.

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Integraton

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The Mojave Sands Motel

62121 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA

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