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“Both Ranch and Inn were great” 4 of 5 stars
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Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Highway 190, PO Box 187, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328   |  
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Both Ranch and Inn were great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We spent two nights at the Furnace Creek Ranch and one night at the Furnace Creek Inn. They are very different from each other but both have their charm. We stayed in a cabin at the Ranch. There are two cabins next to each other with a shared wall, but I never heard our neighbors. Parking is right next to the cabin so loading and unloading is a breeze. Within the same general complex are a couple of resturants (see my reviews under their names). The cabins were clean and well kept. The Inn room was very nice. The room amenities, linens and layout were great. The atmosphere created made me feel very pampered. We didn't eat at the Inn (although I had planned to) as the recent reviews warned against it. As the Ranch and the Inn are only a few miles apart, I wanted to make sure I had a nice dinner at a reasonable price even if it meant I had to drive back to the Inn. Loved Death Valley - a lot more to do there than I would have ever guessed...althought it does take a long time in some cases to get to the spot you want to see.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at this RV resort, a very efficient check in process & luckily they had a spot for us as we hadn't booked & it was a lot busier than anywhere else we had stayed. The sites were quite close to each other but nice to have lots of trees for shade & privacy. There is a great gift shop with lots of provisions too & a couple of bars & eateries. Showers were great although there weren't that many for a big site & I had to queue in the morning. Otherwise a good resort.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We stayed here in Sept 2012 as part of a road trip, we only stayed for 2 nights, the rooms are very basic but in a location like this you just do not want to be in the room. The grounds are stunning and the location is just amazing from a visual perspective. There are a couple of restaurants to choose from, 1 diner type and a more expensive steakhouse, there is also a basic shop and a bar, all you need really. But seeing as this place is in the middle of nowhere and you are a captive audience they do take advantage of this by hiking up the prices for food and drink as you cant really go anywhere else, but this is a small thing. If you are exploring death valley national park then this is the perfect base to do it from, very clean rooms and helpful staff, very knowledgeable about the local area, The temp here was 104 in sept, roastin!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Furnace Creek Inn is a very special historical place. We stayed 3 nights in February, when the weather is perfect for exploring Death Valley. The Inn itself has lovely common areas, inside and out. There is a hot springs pool (nice and long for lap swimming and open til 11pm), sauna, tennis courts (didn't see anyone playing), restaurant (overpriced...but then you figure there are not a lot of choices of places to eat in the Valley. Our room #221 was on OK location, but a bit noisy as near the cleaning supplies area. Air conditioning was not yet "on" (central heat or air per entire Inn) so we had to open our deck doors wide to get any air inside our small room. Nice (shared) deck overlooking beautiful gardens. Rooms a bit dated, but not spening much time in them. Staff VERY accomodating. Pretty pricey...but again, the hotel choices are very limited. Inn restaurant food so-so....not impressed with food and quite expensive. We had just 1 breakfast and 1 dinner. Bring a good bottle of wine and pay the $15 corkage. We took a humidifier as it is VERY VERY DRY in Death Valley. No dvd or cd player. Recommend rooms in building furthest north (124-133 and 224-233) for best views. Definately get to Deck on 4th floor (darkest to see sky at night) and Deck over Marquez Room for very comfy loungers to view night sky. Next time we'll either time to go for new moon for maximum sky-gazing or full moon when ranger leads evening walks on dunes. We brought some breakfast and lunch foods to save on $$ and to be able to explore entire day without having to find a place to eat. (We did eat at one of the "Resort" restaurants (the 49er); food mediocre.) Bring everything including water; General Store prices VERY high! Paid $4 for 2 (yes 2!) Advil!!!!!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We stayed at the Ranch Resort for 3 nights. I have stayed in many national parks in the west. The Ranch Resort is less rustic than many other national park lodges. We stayed in a deluxe room facing the pool. The room was fairly large and modern with flat screen TV and a redone bathroom. Compared to cabins or lodges at Zion, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, etc, you don't get the national park "feel" in the room. However, the rooms were nice and clean. The pool was large and crystal clear - I have seen people say it is kept at 84 degrees but I was cold in the pool at night (maybe it feels warmer in the sun).

We one dinner at the restaurant - it was fine but certainly nothing special. They push the chocolate cake as house made - it sucked. For breakfast we had the buffet each day. Again, fine but nothing special. We had pizza for dinner twice from the salon. It was pretty good pizza. Additionally, we had the brunch at the Inn on Sunday. The meat at the carving station was dry and inedible. French Toast was spectacular, omelette was fine with many choices. Meals were all pretty expensive but it's like that in all the parks. Just wait until you have to buy gas.

Overall, not a lot of choices of places to stay at Death Valley, the Ranch was good and there are lots of things to do on the grounds.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This was my 2nd trip to Death Valley and definitely Feb is a great time to visit. Loved the Inn! I had stayed at the ranch many years ago, but this time we stayed at the Furnace Creek Inn. The Inn is the epitome of the 1930's hospitality. Room was nicely appointed, wonderful bathroom space and walk-in closet. The staff were all very welcoming and made us feel like treasured guests. Rates are not inexpensive, but the vibe was one of relaxed elegance, as if you were visiting a private home vs a park facility. At night, you can sit on the balcony with an after dinner drink and watch the sky crammed full of stars--magical!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, CA
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This is about the Inn. It's a love letter to Death Valley and a warning to wayfarers. We have been coming to Death Valley over the past 46 years before our wedding. We've stayed in tents, the Ranch, and countless times the Furnace Creek Inn. It has always been on the high end of affordability--rooms are now pushing $500 with taxes--but we stretch ourselves annually because we love Death Valley with its eternal hiking and the Inn has an unmatched pool, huge and hot-springs fed and kept at a constant 84 degrees. Of course the property is old, but adequately maintained; if it's luxe, it is certainly not luxury at the contemporary standard. But the rooms are spaceous, moderately quiet, and have good beds. If it weren't for the kitchen/dining room experience, the Inn would be worth its cost.

The dining at the Inn changes over the years--apparently with regeimes of chefs. It's always been expensive, but the physical room is pleasant and the service is typically very attentive. They had a pretty good chef for the last two years--Chef Mike. She oversaw meals that had a flair, even though I felt she tended to be too partial to salt and fats/oils. Chef Mike is gone this season and in her place is a named Chef who should be nameless: This was the worst food in recent memory at Funace Creek Inn. We had dinner there three nights in a row, and basically, nothing was particularly good (FrenchToast in the morning and Flat Bread Pizza at noon made the grade). Indulge my rant a tad more, while I give you the low down: the menu itself is uninspiring; but the worst is that the food is served as if the kitchen staff doesn't care and/or is untrained. I was shocked that vegetables and rice sides were almost room temperature by the time they were served (one night the rice was lumpy as well, see unappetizing picture, attached). I could go on with my complaints, but let me make my point with a shocker: order a glass of wine each, and dinner for two--not much better than a good coffee shop--will cost you over $125. And this happens to be the first year they have eliminated the traditional date bread from the dinner bread plate. Quelle dommage!

To close on the positive side: Go take a hike. Glorious! Today we did the loop from Golden Canyon up towards Zabrinski Point, and out Gower Gulch. It took exactly 3 hours and was strenuous at a low intensity. Out of this world!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort

Address: Highway 190, PO Box 187, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Location: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 290
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