California’s eastern Sierras are a vacationer’s paradise, with access to beautiful national parks, amazing lakes, lots of fishing an amazing old-West ghost town. The area is very popular with tourists and vacationers and hotel prices are quite steep – specially after just coming from Vegas. I had originally planned to stay in the Bridgeport, but we left Vegas late and we didn’t make it to Bishop until 7:30 PM. I didn’t see any reason to continue on that night, so I looked for a hotel to stay in Bishop. It was a Monday night, but most of the better reviewed hotels in Bishop were full. The Bishop Village Motel had OK reviews and a room available with two queen-size beds and a kitchenette for $90, so we decided to take it. It was an OK place to stay for a night, overpriced, but as I mentioned that’s true of all hotels in the eastern Sierras.
Our room had a small kitchenette, with all the needed appliances as well as plates and silverware (I didn’t look for cooking utensils). There was a small, tall table with two chairs – too small and in too small a space for the four of us to be able to eat together (we got take out). The room itself was in an L shape and featured a double bed and a Queen size bed, each with night tables. There was a dresser with an old-style TV, a closet with extra pillows and not much else. The small bathroom was small, but the towels were fine. They had soap and shampoo, but no conditioner. The beds were comfortable enough.
Even though the room is definitely dated and tired, my girls really liked it. Its major problem was that the wireless internet didn’t reach it, and the wired internet didn’t work. Again, not a big deal for one night.
The motel itself is pretty humble, but it does have a swimming pool, which we didn’t use but looked quite clean. The managers have a friendly dog and a cat, and my kids were super happy with them. The only problem was that they weren’t there at 8:30 AM or so when we were ready to leave, so we couldn’t leave the keys with them (and the motel has real keys, not the key-card type). We gave them to a woman waiting for them who said worked there and appeared to be the cleaning lady – I’m hoping she was 🙂
All in all, it was a fine place to stay for a night.
Bishop Village Motel
286 West Elm Street