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211 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA 93526-1700
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#2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Independence
Built in 1927, the historic Winnedumah Hotel is nestled at the foot of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains situated within the Inyo National Forest. Our hotel is perfect for enjoying all that the Eastern Sierra's have to offer. Independence, California sits at the base of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Range between Lone Pine and Bishop, an hour & half south of Mammoth and June Lake Ski Mountains. A wealth of outdoor activities including hiking, climbing, cycling, camping, fishing, exploring historic sites and more awaits. Sitting at an elevation of about 3,900 feet, we experience a high desert environment with hot days during the summer months, cooling off in the evenings and temperate fall days. During the winter season, skiing is a short drive away and the hotel makes a perfect base camp during your days off and giving you a break from the snow.
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B S wrote a review Jul 2020
Georgetown, California8 contributions13 helpful votes
Property's Favourite Review
We had a girls weekend adventure and stayed at the Historic Minnedumah Hotel. The hotel staff was friendly and efficient. The lobby is cozy and perfect for socializing, playing a board game, or sitting in front of the fireplace with a book. It is a historic building, so the amenities are as such, but thats what makes it so unique. The location is perfect for weekend adventures in the Alabama Hills, Mount Whitney Portal, Death Valley, and the Ancient Bristle Cone Forest and more. I hope to revisit this place again soon.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Room Tip: Downstairs is cooler
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2 Helpful votes
Response from General Manager, General Manager at Winnedumah Hotel
Responded 10 Jul 2020
Hi from the Winnedumah Hotel! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your recent stay. We appreciate all of your kind words and look forward to when you stay with us again. In the meantime, we wish you happy travels!
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N&M wrote a review Dec 2019
36 contributions6 helpful votes
Wow! What an amazing treasure we found in the Winnedumah! The impressive stone fireplace in the cozy lobby started our visit off perfectly as we set to explore this quaint hotel in the small town of Independence. It’s gracious hosts regaled us with tales of famous guests of by-gone eras & truly brought the historic property to life as they shared with us their hospitality. After enjoying a fresh cup of tea by the fire in the evening, we were impressed by how clean our Jack & Jill suite rooms were! Given the age of the property, we were pleasantly surprised to find the rooms immaculate, the linens crisp & fresh scented, and incredibly comfortable beds! To top off our wonderful, although short, stay, breakfast the next morning was also a pleasant discovery! Fresh baked blueberry muffins, scrambled eggs, assorted breads & pastries, & honestly the BEST homemade granola we’ve ever had. We’re looking forward to a return visit as the period-honoring restorations are completed over the next few years. A definite gem in this adorable town nestled at the base of the Eastern Sierras.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
1 Helpful vote
Response from General M, General Manager at Winnedumah Hotel
Responded 1 Jan 2020
Hi from the Winnedumah Hotel, Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for leaving a review. We appreciate all of your kind comments. We are working hard to restore this rustically charming historic hotel and it is a true delight to read that the effort is appreciated. We are also happy you enjoyed our homemade granola and look forward to your next visit so we can serve up another batch for you. In the meantime, we wish you happy travels. Warm regards, Cindy and Derek, General Managers
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Brian_in_Reno wrote a review Dec 2019
Reno, Nevada223 contributions54 helpful votes
New owners are restoring this historic property to the 1920s and '30s time period when it was a favorite of the movie stars and production crews in the nearby Alabama Hills film locations. Most of the furnishings date back to that era and add immensely to the charm of the building. The property managers are very friendly and welcoming. They are knowledgeable of the importance of the Winnedumah to the local area and the activities and attractions in the Owens Valley area. The hotel fronts Highway 395 (Edwards Street) and sits across from the Inyo County Courthouse. The room rate includes a breakfast bag filled with juice, yogurt, fruit, granola, hard boiled egg and a freshly baked muffin delivered to your room door by 7 am. Coffee and tea are serviced in the spacious and cozy lobby. Keeping with the historic times there are no TVs in the rooms but secured WiFi is provided. Convenient parking adjacent to the hotel is along Center Street and in the back. Most rooms have views of the picturesque mountains to the west. Nearby is the Eastern California Museum, the historic Commander's House and the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Just further south is the WWII Manzanar Site and the Lone Pine Film History Museum. The rooms and hotel public areas are very clean, with plenty of hot water and quality towels. The bed was very comfortable and I got a good night's sleep. The clothes hanging bars in each room could use some coat hangers. Good value for a classic hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: Ask for the John Wayne Room
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2 Helpful votes
Response from General Manager, General Manager at Winnedumah Hotel
Responded 12 Aug 2020
Hi from the Winnedumah, Wow are we embarrassed we realize we never replied to your kind review. So, thank you for choosing to stay with us and for writing a review that we are sure will help many future guests to learn about us and perhaps decide to come and stay with us and get to know us. We hope you are having happy travels!
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Grover1098 wrote a review Oct 2019
Prescott Valley, Arizona62 contributions18 helpful votes
I gave this an average rating because it's good but odd. This hotel was built in 1927 and it looks like a time capsule. If you need A/C, a television and charging ports, this place is not for you. The lobby is amazing, large and looks like it from an earlier time. The room has old creaky floors small bathroom and old fixtures. Normally this would be a turn off, but in this place it's just right! Small breakfast in the lobby. I really liked it, but be prepared!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from General M, General Manager at Winnedumah Hotel
Responded 31 Oct 2019
Hi from the Winnedumah Hotel, Thank you for leaving a review about your stay and we are very happy to read that you enjoyed the "odd" nature of our historic hotel. We do want to let guests know that over the next year or so some of the things you mention will be changing, you won't find televisions but we will be adding individual climate control and plenty of ways to charge up to stay connected via our free WiFi. We hope you will visit us in the future. In the meantime, we wish you happy travels.
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Raven Herd wrote a review Oct 2019
Grangeville, Idaho1 contribution2 helpful votes
Absolutely horrible discrimination against me with my service dog. Actually refused us which is totally against the law. My husband and I were so looking forward to this place. He talked to the new owner and thought he had a good repor when booking. Treated me like I didn't know the laws and was rudely forceful. I ended up in tears and really felt the pain against me having a disability. Be aware to feel shamed to have a disability. Besides this I will be reporting to the ADA and maybe a lawsuit. Awful experience.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from General M, General Manager at Winnedumah Hotel
Responded 29 Oct 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Winnedumah Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Winnedumah Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Eastern California Museum (0.4 km) and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (4.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Winnedumah Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Winnedumah Hotel?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a fireplace, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Winnedumah Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Winnedumah Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Winnedumah Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Still Life Cafe, Tacos Jalisco, and Owens Valley Growers Cooperative.
Is Winnedumah Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.02 km away from the centre of Independence.
Are there any historical sites close to Winnedumah Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (4.9 km).