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“Where are the pool towels?” 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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McFarland, Wisconsin, United States
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“Where are the pool towels?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We stayed at The Ranch in a cabin for 5 nights. These accommodations are in a great location as it is centrally located to many of the Park sites, including the Furnace Creek Visitors Center which is essentially next door. As you might expect, food (groceries or in the restaurants) and gas are expensive and once you are in the park you are pretty much a captive audience. The cabin was clean, comfortable, (pretty good size with plenty of room for two people) and reasonably priced. Having the mini-fridge was really handy and an ice machine was close by. We grilled out in their designated picnic area (three tables and charcoal grills) a couple times and that worked fine but was not as convenient as if we could have cooked outside our cabin on our portable gas grill or with a microwave (they don't have them in the cabins). The swimming pool was very relaxing and the water temp was perfect. Perhaps the most annoying thing is you pay a "resort fee" yet they don't even have towels at the pool. I'm not sure what our resort fee was for. I guess it is for those who want to play bocci ball or something.

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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying 3 nights at the Furnace Creek Ranch in February. It was a very comfortable motel-type accomodation with comfortable beds, plenty of space, good shower, etc. I believe the whole place had been recently updated. There were old fashioned rocking chairs on the patios which made for an enjoyable place to sit out and enjoy the surrounding scenery. The only negative would be the buffet which had the same menu every night. It was okay, but I don't think I would have wanted to eat there another night.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Stayed in a ranch cabin. It was smallish, but clean and tidy. The pool was liked by all the family. We had a reasonable meal at the cafe. All the sights were in close proximity. The children liked the museum. Had no trouble with nearby guests. We had a peaceful sleep.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Watsonville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I was greeted promptly and professionally. Then, the staff gave me a free upgrade to a better room with a view. Anyway, I stayed for two comfortable nights. You basically have a fancy hotel in the middle of the desert.
This is a good location for getting to Zabriske and Dante for those early morning shots.

The only complaint I have is: the rubber flapper in the toilet needs to be cleaned or replaced because there is not a complete seal so there is a slow but constant leak. (room 221)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Renton, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Furnace Creek Ranch was great but nearly $20.00 for a 6 pack of beer? Stock up on food and needs before you hit Death Valley as there isn't any choices besides the ranch for supplies. Staff was friendly and helpful. Enjoyed the onsite museum and the oldest building in Death Valley.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Of the three places to stay in Death Valley, the Furnace Creek Ranch is the best option, unless you truly have money to burn at the Inn. (The Inn is nicer, but not $400 a night nicer.) The Ranch is comfortable and has everything you need, which is saying a lot when in Death Valley. There are a couple of restaurants, a bar, the ONLY general store in the park and a gas station across the street. The Ranch also has an ideal location in the center of the park next to the Visitor Center. That all being said, for $200 a night do not get excited. The rooms are adequate and all have a nice balcony/patio, but they're tired and the bathrooms are motel quality. The hallways aren't insulated and are noisy. As for the eating options, I ate my meals in the cafe, passing on the $30 buffet. The service was decent, but the food options and actual food was just terrible, esp. considering the price. I'd stick with the burger, although don't expect to be asked how you want it cooked. I wasn't. I considered eating at the Inn, but after looking over the uninspired menu decided it probably wasn't worth the money. The General Store was a blessing, of course, but everything was beyond overpriced. A bottle of wine that I can buy in LA for $8 was $24. The rooms have fridges and I recommend bringing food with you - esp. lunch items since there is nowhere to eat while exploring the park. Death Valley is an amazing place that I would highly recommend anyone with an interest in the outdoors or geology visit and, while not perfect, the Ranch is a nice place to come home to after a long day of exploring.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 April 28, 2013

Our trip included a very long drive from LA to Vegas via Death Valley.
Sadly, we only got a chance to stay one night but from what we saw we wished we had stayed for a few more days.

The rooms are standard motel type places, they are tired and worn out (like us when we arrived) and they could do with a massive injection of paint, interior design and a deep thorough clean. The air con is really noisy and I imagine not too effective when the heat really cranks up.

BUT - the actual resort has enough to keep you occupied for a few days and we actually just enjoyed sitting on the balcony rocking chairs overlooking the landscape and soaking up the stillness.

The place has a general store which stocks a lot of stuff and there are places to eat, swimming pool, horse rides and tours.

I have read some reviews and most points I can understand or agree with. But be realistic, do your research and ask questions. The resort is essentially in the most stark, harsh and hottest environments in the world. Please don't expect to walk into something that you can compare to Claridges.

Enjoy your stay - pack your sunscreen.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service 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*
Number of rooms: 290
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Furnace Creek Resort, situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California is just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. This property hosts two hotels - the historic, 4-diamond, 66 room Inn at Furnace Creek and the more family oriented 224 room Ranch at Furnace Creek. The Inn at Furnace Creek offers guests elegant accommodations in the heart of Death Valley. This 4-diamond resort has operated for more than 86 years, and still pampers every guest. The Ranch at Furnace Creek has been welcoming guests since 1933 and offers a casual, family-like setting - the perfect complement to the classic elegance of the Inn at Furnace Creek. ... more   less 
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