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“Basic but great” 4 of 5 stars
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Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328   |  
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Basic but great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We arrived after a long day seeing the sights in Death Valley and had a friendly greeting at reception. We had a dune view room which was quite large and sparse, drinks facilities, fridge, tv, separate shower/sink area.

When we arrived the weather took a turn for the worse as winds whipped the area into a sandstorm. The restaurant was good, welcoming staff and a decent selection. The gift shop was handy with some reasonably priced items for gifts, fuel wasn't extortionate (unlike nearby Furnace Creek).

Overall it was a great stay for one night, the sandstorm threatened to take the power out but it died down in the end. The AC units are really noisy, but turn it down a little and its fine. Phone signal vanishes completely and the wi-fi only works if you hold your phone high up by the window :) but you've got Death Valley to look at so focus on that.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

After a long drive through the uncompromising beauty of a desert landscape we received a warm welcome at Stovepipe Wells Village. Our room was spacious, well maintained and scrupulously clean. It faced out onto undulating golden dunes in the distance and ancient folded mountains warmed by the setting sun. The accommodationn is unpretentious with hairdryer and coffee maker, a small refrigerator, a television ( which we did not turn on!) and very good shower for quick showering in fossil water. We experienced a high standard of service by the friendly and very accommodating staff. Food in the restaurant is excellent – great selection of dishes and fresh salads and vegetables despite the logistics of getting fresh produce across long distances and the remote location of the village. The village shop is well stocked with reasonably priced souvenirs and a small selection of food and beverages, and the staff on duty are friendly and helpful. Stamps can be bought and letters and post cards posted - another thoughtful gesture. An enormous pool offers refreshment after a long drive. Due to the remote location, mobile reception and wi fi are not good – but we managed without our addictions to instant availability and it felt so good to be literally “out of touch” and “unavailable”. The owners have made modifications to the exiting lighting, but we would have preferred to see the velvety starry skies with ground level lighting perhaps concealed in fibre glass rocks to minimise light pollution. The air conditioners rattle and grown all night long from neighbouring bedrooms which makes sleeping with windows open at night very noisy – high energy consumption in this environmentally delicate area – perhaps guests could minimise their use of the air conditioners in the cooler weather. We liked the attempt at recycling human waste and noted that the well-sealed bins were regularly emptied and cleaned to deter hardy desert rodents.
Highly recommended for a stop over or a longer stay. Good value for money and a fabulous place to experience the fragile beauty of the desert in great comfort.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

I was pretty impressed with Stovepipe. Often when there aren't many choices in a destination, places can get sloppy. I didn't find that here. The basic room I got was small but clearly updated and clean. It was no nonsense but definitely did not feel worn or dingy in any way, it was perfect for me. No tv or closet but for a one night stay it did what I needed it to. they had some cool decor also with great death valley photographs and pages from old publications.

The restaurant is decent and although service was a little slow, I went on a shoulder season on a Monday and they were clearly slammed, probably not expecting the big crowd that night. Service was still polite, they got me what I needed, and the food was decent.

The Badwater Saloon has a pretty impressive beer selection for such an outpost. The bartender was friendly, helpful, and did a great job. They also seemed to have a lot of tequilas.

There are also gift shops and helpful folks at the front desk.

If you're looking for a clean crash pad to get some food and clean up after a day of hiking around in the heat, I think you'll like this spot. I was Travelling alone and had a very full day rolling in there, so I found it to be a prefect spot before taking off early the next morning.

Also a travel note... They said it would be loud at night because a sand storm was raging, however I usually sleep with ear plugs so it didn't bother me a bit.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mannheim, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We did not have that many choices for lodging in Death Valley NP and as we did not want to camp and Furnace Creek was too expensive for us, we decided to stay at Stovepipe Wells Village. You get a simple room (bed, table, bathroom) in a motel-style complex with a shop, a restaurant, a bar and a pool. The rooms seem to be pretty old and they do not do much to really keep it up-to-date. Besides that it is not very clean either. For the money we paid, you would normally expect more, but as you are in the middle of nowhere you have to take what you can get. Very nice for us was the terrace you have in front of each room (a table and some chairs). You can sit there in the evening, enjoy the evening sun and see the great sunset in the desert.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose
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20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Basic motel with friendly staff. You're paying for the location. Better value than the ranch at Furnace Creek. The room was clean, etc. We liked the timer in the shower to encourage you to take shorter showers! The restaurant was ok: food was fine, service variable.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Campinas, SP
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59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stayed there 2 nights, end of march/begining of april.
The thing to know is that the rooms are pretty simple. But I found our comfortable, clean and quiet at night. Well, after all you're in the desert!
The location is fine to discover the Vallley and all the interesting viewpoints.
The pool is really a good ideia to refresh after a hot day! So is the bar, well, the saloon (very funny for a stranger like me).
At night the restaurant serves one of the best burger I've ever had. And for dessert, the hot cookies with a vanilla ice-cream was a pure delight. Big breakfast to start well the day
I liked it. Unpretencious, nice service, good location. Would recomend it!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel

Address: Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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Location: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 83
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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