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Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

Stove Pipe Wells Village is well worth a stop. I've stayed 3 times now and have always been delighted. The rooms are basic but clean and comfortable, the facilities - on site shops, saloon, and restaurant - are all good.

Swimming pool is excellent.

This is a real oasis in the middle of the desert.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Okay this place surprised me.

We booked it because it was the only place within 50 miles that was within our time/distance schedule on our road trip. So we booked over the internet without even looking at what was provided.

As we approched Stovepipe Wells, just after sunset, it was with some trepidaton; less than a mile away we could see no sign of lights or life!
However, on rounding the bend, and with great relief, we saw the hotel sign come into view.

The truth is Stovepipe Wells consists only of the hotel on one side of the highway and a gas station/convenience store on the other; plus an RV park and small landing strip; that's it.

The staff were very friendly and check-in easy, which includes a voucher for a free bag of ice from the gas station. Useful when it was 110F.
We had booked a basic motel room, which has two double beds bathroom and a/c. No tv, but we didn't want one.
On checking in we asked if we needed to make a reservation for dinner at the on site restaurant, but were told this was not required. However, they were very busy and clearly understaffed. We waited ten minutes for a table and a further twenty for a glass of water.
That said, the food we eventually got was very good; as was the beer; and the staff were apologetic for the delays which everyone seemed to be experiencing.
Breakfast buffet was less stressful and the choice and quality was good.

There is also a clean and spacious outdoor pool, which was lovely and refreshing for a morning swim.

All in all, we enjoyed our stay in Stovepipe Wells and would definately stop here again; not that you are spoiled for choice in this area!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

we overnighted at this hotel on the way to Vegas. Arriving in 106 degrees in the middle of July the temperature did not seem to drop at all. On arrival we were pleased to find our room was air conditioned but this was a very noisy machine, although we could not turn it off for fear of suffocating. Apart from a shop over the road and the bar, the pool was about the only other thing to do and was full of the residents. It was the hottest pool I have ever been in and not really refreshing. The advantage of the temperature meant that our swimming costumes dried in about 20 minutes and we didnt need towels. Dinner was served in the bar and restaurant and was basic but well cooked. We had a slightly unsettled night.and had breakfast which was basic but adequate before setting off through Death Valley towards Vegas.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This was a clean, basic oasis in Death Valley National Park. The rates were on the high side, but I would stay here again in a heartbeat just to be in the park, one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the room had everything we needed, and dinner in the bar (the restaurant was swamped) was very good - real food, well presented, perfect after watching the sun set over Artist's Palette (a highlight of the valley). I don't know how anyone can live in that heat (112 degrees the day we arrived) and kudos to them for also being able to work!!
I have to say that it was way better than what I expected after looking at their webpage. It's all good.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

A terraced hut in the middle of Death Valley. We had a 'deluxe' room which meant that we had a TV. Very basic but clean sheets and towels. Fridge and a token for free bag of ice....a useful touch for the onward journey. Ceiling fan. Air conditioner was extremely loud...like an aircraft taking off. We were on a pre booked self drive and would have preferred to travel through the valley and stay at the other side.We took advice from other reviewers and ate before entering and took food with us....a very good move! There is a well stocked general store but very expensive....$7.49 for a small sandwich. Food is available in the saloon but we didn't sample any. There was a petrol station and free internet here also.

Room Tip: Deluxe room has a TV
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We were staying in a deluxe room, which was clean but fairly basic. Air conditioning unit v.noisy! Like sleeping next to generator! Restaurant was appalling. The service was very slow, food tepid and distinctly average! Thought we would have a drink in the bar, but no bar tender present. Meal cost $60 for two main meals and 4 beers. All things considered v. Bad value for money.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Stayed here one night while visiting Death Valley. Check in staff were lovely. Room was clean and comfortable. We had dinner in the bad water basin and it was really good and the staff were lovely sorry cant remember the servers name. Got up early for sunrise which was amazing. Coffee in the common area whenever you want it.

Room Tip: We stayed near reception and the room was fine
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range: $192 - $285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stovepipe Wells Village hotels, located in the heart of Death Valley National Park, is the ultimate destination for adventure traveler and families searching to explore all that Death Valley has to offer. Authentically western, rustic yet comfortable, Stovepipe Wells Village is a unique, full-service hotel featuring the Badwater Saloon and Tollhouse Restaurant. Our hotel is a full-service destination offering a variety of amenities including a gas station and a full-stocked General Store. After hiking around the badlands, sand dunes and canyons, Stovepipe Wells Village 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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