There are only 2 places to stay inside Death Valley National Park, and this was the more affordable option. After reading many reviews on this site, I was a little nervous but willing to try it since we wanted to be IN the park as much as possible, not spending more time driving to and from. And Stovepipe Wells definitely helped us accomplish that goal.
But not much more than that.
We checked in after dark. It is an old fashioned layout where you park your car right in front of the door to your room. The room was small - we got a king bed and it had a mini-fridge which was helpful. There was a huge wet area of the carpet right outside the bathroom which we didn't discover until late at night when it was too late to ask for a different room. But it really bothered us. I reported it on checkout the next morning and the woman did say they'd send someone from Maintenance over, but didnt' apologize or show any concern.
We ate dinner at the restaurant on grounds, and while the appearance is incredibly tired and dated, the dinner was actually pretty good. Apparently a new company has won the contract to manage the facility (I think just the restaurant, not the hotel, but I am not sure) and everyone seemed a bit confused and in the middle of a transition. Hopefully in time, it will settle down.
We went to the General Store where things were expectedly overpriced and got sandwiches for the next day and other provisions.
Our room was next to a utility room and whatever machinery was in there made noises all night long. The bed was basic and not particularly comfortable.
BUT when we got up in the morning and drove 2 miles and were able to hike up Mosaic Canyon (which is beautiful), and had a long full day in the park, the room was forgotten and it was totally worth it!
So I would recommend, but for basic lodging only. If you go with that expectation, you will be fine.
And to conclude - Death Valley is an absolutely amazing place. We had a fantastic experience there. I would recommend to anyone.
Oh also - the WIFI was supposed to be in their little lobby area - I tried several times and it did not work AT ALL. Met other people who said they had tried also with no luck. So do not expect to be connected. No cell service also. Actually it was kind of freeing to be off the grid, once you got used to it!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel Death Valley National Park
- Stovepipe Wells Village Resort