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“Basic lodging, great location” 3 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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Elkton, Maryland
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“Basic lodging, great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2011

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!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

Not a full service resort just yet but trying very hard. The rooms are in desperate need of upgrading as the bathroom fixtures are battered and worn. The overall cleanliness is above average and the beds slightly comfortable. The biggest problem with the rooms would be the other guests. Many foreign nationals with a very low level of respect for others. We had to threaten a group of Chinese 20-somethings as they were very noisy and slammed doors and remained loud until threatened with a call to the ranger. The restaurant is truly a surprise. The food was above average to excellent and the staff about as friendly as a four star restaurant. Apparently a new management company has taken over the property and changes are at hand. So far the menu changes are excellent. Delicious and average priced for the location in the park. If the rest of the property gets the same attention as the restaurant this place will be booked solid. They claim to have internet access but not so much. I was told they will be offering free wifi soon along with a new cell phone tower sometime this year. Overall, this was a gem in the desert. Would definitely recommend this to friends and family.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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Location: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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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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