This hacienda-style inn, built in 1950, is just six miles from the National Park and boasts a pool–the ultimate luxury in a desert climate. There are 11 rooms (you'll pay extra for room 8, which is famously known for being the place where folk singer Gram Parsons spent his final hours). A kitschy guitar-shaped shrine sits in the garden facing the door, alongside a path that leads to the hotel's communal firepit, breakfast nook (with free tea, coffee and granola bars), and, of course, the pool. Each room has a private patio, mini fridge and microwave, heat and AC, cable TV and free wifi. The grounds are studded with picturesque Joshua trees. The vibe is sparse but charming and the prices are sweet.
There are a few things to know right off the bat about Joshua Tree hotels—there aren't many luxury options. If you're looking for a swanky stay, you may have to make the schlep from Palm Springs or Desert Hot Springs. Most folks staying in Joshua Tree are either camping in Joshua Tree National Park or spending most of their time there—proximity to the area's hikes and other outdoor activities is priority No. 1. But that doesn't mean you need to stay at a sub-par chain motel (of which there are plenty). Joshua Tree has a handful of eclectic lodging options with way more charm than your average Best Western. We've rounded up these unique spots that are affordable, fun and close to the Park. Bonus: some have pools (and one boasts outdoor showers), which is a real treat in the desert heat.
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