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The Oasis at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Resort)
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Spent one night here in early April in a quiet room located close to the golf course. The building (number 8) had an ice and a soda machine. The room had a small patio with two plastic chairs and a small table which was nice for sitting outside as the temperature cooled down. Inside were two queen beds with plenty of pillows. A flat screen TV with many channels faced the beds. There was an overhead fan that was a little low for my height (6'3"). The bathroom shower was strong. The toilet is in the room with the shower. Outside of that area is a sink with mirror. Attached to the shower wall and also to the vanity area were dispensers with soap and body lotion. All of the staff was friendly.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed at the Furnace Creek Ranch for our visit to Death Valley National Park. The rooms were clean and well kept. Our little balcony was great and overlooked a lawn but there were hills in the distance. The moon was beautiful. Maybe I was there the same time as leo28 - there were people taking photos of the moon. One mild thing - there was a plastic cup with red wine sitting in the corner of the balcony. It was obvious the housekeeping staff doesn't do anything on the balcony, not even sweep, and they should. We left it there to see what would happen and it was there when we checked out. The resort is large and a good place to be to visit the park. It is expensive, but not so much as the Inn - we couldn't even consider staying there. Stovepipe Wells is more reasonably priced, but the resort at Furnace Creek has more amenities. One caveat. Don't expect to eat at 8:00 pm in the cafe (reviewed separately). Maybe it is because it was spring break, but we had to deal with sandwiches from the general store (not freshly made but not horrible).

Room Tip: Ask for a view - or ask if there is a family reunion that you want to avoid.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed for two nites at the Ranch, one mile down the road from the Lodge. The Ranch actually has better amenities, although simpler rooms. Its pool is larger, you can walked to the National Park Visitors Center, and it has a little village, including a store and post office. The rooms, all cabins, are well designed in that the flat screen TVs don't butt up against the neighbor's wall, so it's relatively quiet, and the windows open so on the cooler nights, you're not stuck with air conditioning. The bed is superb, although what they described as a queen seemed a lot like a double, but we didn't measure. I would have given this 5 stars except for one thing: The prices. Yes, Death Valley is off the beaten track and it costs more to get supplies---but it shouldn't cost more than the prices in Alaska or Hawaii. Corn Flakes shouldn't cost $7.50 at the store, when you can buy the same size for half that price anywhere else in the lower 48. And gas shouldn't cost $5.50 a gallon when 60 miles up the road it's $3.75. And it's not as if it's at a dead end of a dirt road; it's right on a state highway. The rooms cost $200 a night including tax, which I suppose is OK considering April is part of the high season, but if the same room was outside the park boundary, it would go for $100 a night. If I pay $200, I at least want the dust vacuumed from where the carpet meets the wall (although it was otherwise clean).

Still, the location can't be beat, the pool is large and magnificent, and there really aren't alternatives if you want to spend two or three days in the park. There's also a neat little Borax Museum in the Ranch.

We ate at the sit-down restaurants in both the Ranch and the Lodge. Both places had great service, but the Lodge especially didn't have the kind of superlative food that you'd expect for the price.

Advice: Rent a gas-efficient car if you go to the park, and fill it up in Pahrump. We were able to avoid the park's gas station while traveling up and down the park for two days.

Room Tip: Ask for a cabin away from the pool/tennis court area for a quieter experience.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed one night because I had stopped here on another trip and wanted to bring my wife for a stay. It is kind of a romantic hotel and we had a lovely dinner in their small but elegant dinning room. It is on the pricey side for a hotel but it is the best hotel for about 100 miles around. We had a better room with a view over the valley and with rocking chairs outside on a porch. It is a good place to relax.

Room Tip: We had a room on the first floor and being an old hotel the floors squeaked. The people above us de...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed 1 night at the lesser expensive Furnace Creek Ranch (as opposed to the Furnace Creek Inn) while in Death Valley National Park. The rooms are within walking distance from the restaurants and general store. Basically, there aren't too many options for lodging (it was still too hot to camp). The rooms were ok, but the decision to stay here was all about location.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed at the Ranch. Never thought to check but it was the last week of CA spring break so the place was overrun with kids. Most parents, however, respected others and had their offspring follow suit.
Very clean rooms and ready on time. Excellent staff which really helps.
Only "bewares" were the claimed wifi service. It was available very early in the morning at less than a dial-up speed and as the day went on became basically useless. Staff laughed it off as being 'death valley', so they apparently had the issue before. Granted, you go there to get away but there may be situations that require this service that you pay for in a 'resort fee' and frankly, it just wasn't functional.
Be aware that nearly everything...food & beverage especially is priced extremely high and can cause sticker shock. Buy your gas before you enter the park. It was $5.54 @ furnace creek chevron.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

When you come to Death alley, there really aren't very many options for places to stay. The Furnace Creek Ranch was where we stayed and while the rooms were clean, they really weren't anything special. We were reasonably comfortable and the room was cool enough, though the outside temperatures only reached 95 during our visit so I can't say whether or not it would be too hot in mid-summer.

The Ranch resort is nothing special, but I loved our visit to Death Valley and would probably stay here again if and when we return.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Oasis at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Resort)

Address: Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328 (Formerly Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort)
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 #2 of 3 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range: $285 - $569 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Oasis at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Resort) 3.5*
Number of rooms: 290
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oasis at Death, 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 Death Valley and the more family oriented 224 room Ranch at Death Valley. The Inn at Death Valley 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 Death Valley has been welcoming guests since 1933 and offers a casual, family-like setting - the perfect complement to the classic elegance of the Inn at Death Valley. ... more   less 
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Furnace Creek Inn And Ranch Hotel Death Valley National Park
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