We decided to stay at this motel in Big Pine after reading the positive reviews. We travel a lot and usually stay at budget hotels, this was substantially below our expectations.
Our friends traveling with us were unable to get last minute reservations anywhere in Big Pine. So we asked the Starlight management if they could stay in our room. The management charged them $65 per person, a total rip off. I guess management knew that there wasn't another room available in fifty miles so they took extreme advantage of the situation. That brought the total for the room to $140 per night!
A few of the problems during our stay:
The air conditioner stopped working each night. We awoke sweating several times in the middle of the night to fiddle with the controls until it cycled back on again. it made a buzzing noise and stopped working all together on the last hot muggy night and morning of our stay.
The door know inside the bathroom didn't work and it required all kinds of effort to get the door opened.
There was one kitchen chair in our room, nothing else. We had to bring cheap plastic lawn chairs from the patio into the room to sit on.
The Wifi ran slow and dropped out constantly while using my Mac laptop. The router with two antenna was directly outside our door.
The day before we left, room service merely put new towels in the bathroom, they didn't change the sheets or make the beds.
We talked briefly to a man on the property about the air conditioner and he tried to tell us that we had the wrong settings on the control panel! NOT TRUE.
No ice in the utility room that had a sign with the words "Ice" on the door.
A terrible experience that ruined our holiday. I would not recommend this motel to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small family owned motel providing excellent customer service. We have clean, comfortable & caring environment at reasonable prices. We have multi-lingual staff and value cultural diversity. We strive to provide outstanding service at reasonable prices. We are located on the scenic Highway 395. We are nestled between Sierra Mountains to our west, Death Valley to our east & the magnificent Yosemite National Park to our north. Mount Whitney is just over 50 miles south-west and you can easily reach there in about one hour. Starlight Motel is within 25 miles of the Bristlecone Pine Forest. Mountains, lakes, and hiking trials surround us with wonderful fishing as well as skiing in the vicinity. We are just 14 miles south of Bishop & north of Independence. Starlight Motel and the Oza family always welcome children. To make your child feel at home, fresh fruit, snacks, or treats await you at our humble abode. Children always bring us good cheer and positive energy to this lovely landscape. We offer special price to teachers, military veterans, senior citizens, emergency caregivers, artists, writers, theatre community, union workers, & students. We welcome pets based on availability. (*Charges may apply.) Guide dogs are permitted FREE for our guest's convenience. Starlight Motel is a proud sponsor of "Adopt-A-Highway" program. We promote recycling & not wasting our natural resources as we support the Sierra Conservation Project. Our motto: Arrive as guests, leave as friends! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Starlight Motel Big Pine