Our experience with the Xanterra operated facilities in the Grand Canyon is so awful that we expected the same at Furnace Creek. We were pleasantly surprised. At the same time as Xanterra does the low and middle end horribly, they do the high end quite well.
The Furnace Creek Inn is a tad expensive but no more so than a high end resort in a place like Laguna Beach. The rooms are really nice and worked really well for our stay which was to do long hikes each day and then clean up for an elegant dinner. We had a great shower, a large walk in closet for our gear, and comfortable beds.
The service overall is great. The food is very good in the dining room.
And the grounds are an amazing contrast to the stark environment that is Death Valley.
We had a couple of lunches at the Furnace Creek Ranch places (saloon and diner) and both were good.
To save money I would recommend the Ranch but it is worth a trip up the hill to the Inn for dinner. If money is not an issue, then the Inn is the place to be.
The Inn price included free golf. If we had done that, it would have been a very middle-range price.More
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