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“my 11 year old thinks the ranch brings exceptional value” 4 of 5 stars
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Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Highway 190, PO Box 187, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328   |  
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“my 11 year old thinks the ranch brings exceptional value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Ranch? My 11year old couldn't hide his disappointment in his voice when we were on our way to the Death Valley. Well, he wasn't overly excited about going to THE DEATH VALLEY in the first place. But oh boy, he changed his mind quickly when we stopped by the Bad Water. Similarly, he totally turned around when the check-in desk told him that there is a pool, a tennis court, a golf place, etc. He suggested they renamed the place from ranch to resort!

The place is not luxurious. But it's clean and have everything we can think of. The little balcony with two rocking chairs is very inviting. Our toilet was clogged after 1st use. The facility sent someone in within 5 minutes and had the problem fixed in no time. We will be here for another two nights. If we have to be picky, the only complaint we have is that there is not enough parking spaces. Otherwise, my son's assessment is right on!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Stayed at Inn for one night, standard king with great views over desert. Staff very helpful, fairly expensive but you are a captive audience in Death Valley. Swimming pool was great for early morning laps as the sun came up behind the hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

There are so very few places to stay in Death Valley so we didnt expect much from this place as there is simply no competition. We were so wrong! The place is fantastic! Its a little oasis with great amenities. we stayed only for one night on the ranch - wish we had stayed longer!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I've stayed here 3 times and its a great hotel. stayed for 2 nights during our road trip and it is a great place to have a break from the rest of the world.
Great for families and couples who want to hide away and relax.

Its got a great pool, lovely and hot! It has a play area next to the pool which can get hot in the day. Also believe they have horse riding depending on the season you go and has a very beautiful golf course considering your in the dessert.

Great food although only one restaurant there, one bar and a shop, but great for a few nights!

Will defiantly be going back again!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Stayed here for a night on our way to Las Vegas, so wasn't expecting much!

So was very surprised when i arrived - stayed in a twin room (plenty of room), rooms were cleaned and well maintained with AC in the room. We were in a second floor apartment so had some stunning views across the desert.

Everything you need is onsite, shop, restaurant, bar etc oh and a very large pool and bathing area - just what you need with these temperatures. Whilst it was hot (40c) it was a dry heat and so pleasant to walk around in.

Would I stay here again - absolutely

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed at the ranch for 1 night on a road trip. The location is amazing. All the main Death Valley sights are within easy driving distance. When we arrived our room wasn't ready so we headed to Badwater Basin and Zabriskie point. Maybe not the best idea in the afternoon sun but the views were amazing. Both were about a 30 minute drive away. When we returned we checked into our cabin. Clean and basic with rocking chairs outside.

The shop at the resort is a bit expensive but the fact you've just driven 100 miles through the desert should give you a clue why. We ate in the corkscrew saloon. The pizza was enormous and good value for money. The local Badwater Ale tasted like the best beer in the world, possibly because it was ice cold and it was 108 degrees f outside.

This is a great place to stay to see the sights in Death Valley.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Stayed at the Ranch, March 2013. Rooms are perfectly nice, normal motel rooms, TV, wifi, big fluffy towels, minifridge in rooms. Patio doors on the first floor room opened onto a well-kept grassy lawn beyond the little porch. Ranch staff were very nice, happy to answer questions, deal with coffee or towels for the room, and so on.

The time we were there, there seemed to be some kind of parties, gathering or reunion going on, with a lot of people who had driven in, all knew each other, and were partying into the evening a bit, with no regard to being in a National Park. Not sure what they were doing there. Parking appears ample, but can fill up surprisingly quickly, especially if tour buses are around.

There are four (?) restaurants around the Ranch. The Cafe has a combination of very odd service and occasionally odd customers, which can be entertaining or annoying depending on your mood. Since the cafe is the only "real" restaurant around the Ranch, it can get very busy.

The bar next door to the cafe offers pizza and snacks, but it looked like bar food might have been coming from the cafe anyway?

The buffet was actually pretty tasty, but very expensive for what you got. The eating place at the golf course appears to be a simple snack bar--it closes early and appears to be very basic.

We did eat at the Inn as well, which was just fine (and in spite of being fancier than the buffet in theory, we ended up spending slightly less than the buffet). Service here was a little odd and stilted, but prompt and less chaotic than at the cafe at the Ranch. The first person we approached asked us if we had reservations and seemed flustered that we didn't have any--a manager intervened and seated us immediately anyway, there were plenty of tables. The scallops I had were very good.

If you're driving in to Death Valley and are staying at the Ranch, note that you can stock up in advance at a regular grocery (like the Albertsons in Pahrump, for example) and keep your hiking lunches in the room minifridge. The General Store has a variety of items to fill in the gaps if you've forgotten anything.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Furnace Creek Inn Death Valley
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort 3.5*
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