Whispering Sands: "Oasis in Hanksville" Hanksville Hotel Tip by goodfish
Hanksville Hotels: 3 reviews and 5 photos
This isn't exactly the only place to stay in Hanksville but, well, it's really the only option given the alternative. And as I mentioned in my intro page, it's one damn fine place, too. Whispering Sands turned out to be much better than I'd expected for the middle of nowhere: a little oasis in the desert. It may look a little austere from the road but the rooms are big, modern and very clean, and they come with all the stuff you need to be comfortable: coffeemaker, mini fridge, microwave, hair dryer, air conditioning, satellite TV and free wifi that worked like a charm. There's also a guest washer/dryer on site for dirty hiking clothes - a plus after one wet and filthy trek at Little Wild Horse - and they even provide rags for cleaning up muddy boots and equipment. Nice!
A very decent continental breakfast is served at Stan's burger Shack in the Chevron next door: oatmeal, cold cereal, muffins and pastries, toast and bagels, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. And you can get 10% off lunch or dinner there just by flashing your room key.
The staff is great - very friendly and helpful - and there's a huge parking area for folks driving big RVs, hauling boats, etc. The place was totally booked all three nights we were there so I guess the secret is out; reserve (by internet or phone) EARLY to hold your spot. They proudly display the "Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence" in the office window and I'll go along with that: great spot to hang your hat.
Note: do be aware that the office doesn't open until 3:00 PM so you'll have to kill some time if you show up early. And the coin washer can be a little temperamental but someone from the office will beat it into submission if you kindly ask them to. I'm listing price as per room and not per person.
Address: 90 So. Highway 95
Directions: It's not possible to get lost in Hanksville - trust me on this one.