We booked this whilst we were travelling and believe we paid too much for too little. The room was basic with basic amenities. Without enough towels or coffee for our party although we were charged $10 each over two people. We asked for extra towels and these were brought. The air-conditioning unit battled loudly all night against the heater that wouldn't fully switch off. The bathroom door was a struggle to close. Which isn't helpful when you are sharing with others.
We wanted to call our friends to advise we weren't coming back that evening but had no signal on the mobile. There was public phone we were told. This was in a dark corner with no light so you couldn't see the numbers. We thought that because we were from a different country was the reason we couldn't manage to get it to work or accept the coins we were trying to feed it. But no when we eventually got a staff member to assist - they couldn't get it to work either. We eventually managed to make a collect call to put our friends minds at rest.
We tried the pool which isn't overly large but is nice and deep. But be warned it's not heated. Probably not an issue in the middle of summer but a cool March evening would have benefited from being a little less cool. But even so its probably the best feature here.
We ate in the restaurant as there was no other option. The food was plentiful if limited in choice and poorly executed. Except the bread pudding which was good. I think the rest was out of packets and reheated or fried. What the serving staff lost in expertise they made up for in enthusiasm. It was like the local women's club had decided to become waitresses for the night.
After dinner we thought we would try out the bar. There was hardly anyone in but us and shortly just us, the barman and a local I think. I could see why. Service was speedy but anonymous. We tried to strike up a conversation but it was a bit one sided. Shame as it was a nicely appointed bar with an interesting array of drinks including some strange sounding beers that my partner would quite easily have been encouraged to sample. In fact he was willing this to happen but we had the one drink and thought we could have a one way conversation admiring nature and had get more interaction.
It was a shame that such a glorious setting had this poor and uninspiring motel as the only room in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stovepipe Wells Village hotels, located right in Death Valley National Park is the ultimate destination for adventure travelers. Authentically western, rustic yet comfortable, Stovepipe Wells Village, with its unique hotel, Death Valley restaurant and Western saloon, has been at the end of the trail for vacationers since 1926. After hiking around the badlands, sand dunes and canyons, Stovepipe Wells hotels in Death Valley is more than a welcome sight with our friendly, knowledgeable staff, great food and cold drinks. It's a place where history is made and legends born. ... more less
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