29 Palms Inn: Stay on a Desert Oasis Near Joshua Tree

If you are looking for a fun and eclectic place to stay near Joshua Tree National Park, then look no further than 29 Palms Inn. This hotel is a series of small houses spread out on a property that circles an actual palm tree oasis. It is truly unique, and I had a great time eating and staying on the property. Read on for all the information.

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  • Location: 73950 Inn Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Getting There

29 Palms Inn is located right off Highway 62 on National Park Drive. The rooms of the hotel are on a maintained dirt road, and you can park near your individual room.

The Inn

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After pulling into the property that houses the 29 Palms Inn, you will feel as if you have been transported away to a magical spot that only you know about in the desert.

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The women who checked me in was more than happy to explain the property layout, get my keys and provide a map that lead me to my room. Yes, I said map as all the rooms are spread out and you need a map to find them. Each room features a spot to park your car on the dirt path that winds through the property.

The Rooms

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The room I had was called “Golden Bush” and it was a relatively standard hotel room with a large sleeping area, small TV, and a fireplace.

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There was also a closet and a very old bathroom where the sink came up to about my knees. This adds to the fun charm of the eclectic place though.

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The room also had a small patio complete with two lounge chairs to hang out on.

The Property

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After dropping off my stuff, I set out to explore the property, which is the main reason you stay here.

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The oasis itself is truly beautiful as it is surrounded by palm trees and features a peaceful serenity in the middle of the dessert. There are turtles in the water and birds in the trees. I took a lot of pictures as it was incredibly beautiful, especially with the old boat that used to be a room for the owners children, in the middle of the water.

Pro tip: There is a room called “Old Frame” that overlooks the oasis and that is a fantastic spot to stay at on the property.

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They also have a full garden here where they grow vegetables and herbs that they use at the restaurant.

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Next to the oasis is an old fireplace that sits out on the grass and that is beautiful to photograph at sunset.

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Also of note is the “Irene’s Adobe” room which is actually a full house. The room has a full kitchen, living room, dining room and bunk bed area. Outside there even is a courtyard that could hold a small wedding it is so big. This is a great spot to stay if you have a group of people that you are staying with as it is big and provides lots of spots to sleep.

The Food

The hotel also features a pool and a full-service restaurant which I ate at for dinner and breakfast.


Here is what I got for dinner.

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Artisan pizza – The toppings for the pizza change daily but mine had Gorgonzola and apricots, and it was fantastic.

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Mushrooms – They call these their famous mushrooms and it is easy to see why. The mushrooms are melt in your mouth flavorful, with garlic and olive oil.

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Scallops and shrimp over risotto – This is the dish I got for dinner, and I was really impressed. For a desert location like this, it was fantastic. The dish had a gGreat creamy garlic sauce with seared scallops and a large fresh shrimp.

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The continental breakfast was a great addition in the morning. It had coffee, oatmeal, juice, and a homemade plum apricot tart. It was nice to have a relaxed meal here while overlooking the pool and palm trees.

All in all, I really enjoyed this hotel, it was eclectic, fun and comfortable. I would not hesitate to stay here next time I visited Joshua Tree as well. Let me know if you have been in the comments and what you thought.

Disclosure: This room was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

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