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Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort
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“A glance back in time at a beautiful hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

This hotel is stunning - driving up to the hotel brought me back for just a moment in time - everything about the hotel is first class. The service was excellent. The room was beautiful with a breathtaking view of the valley at night. Comfortable bed. Excellent location. If I had one suggestion it would be to perhaps expand the menu - both the restaurant and room service. I didn't want a heavy steak dinner but there was no real alternative - the menu is a little limited but the food was good. All in all my hubby and I keep looking at each other since we've been home and say "let's go back to Room 130"

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2013

We stayed at the Inn for two nights at the end of November whilst visiting Death Valley. This is a Xanterra resort and all these resorts have a certain degree of similarity. The rooms at Furnace Inn are very similar to those at North Rim (Grand Canyon).
The resort is in a spectacular setting, you really can't beat it, but it is all rather surreal. You are in the middle of the desert and this is an oasis of palm trees, swimming pool and tennis courts. It is odd, but in a good way. The rooms aren't cheap, but you are paying for the location and effort it takes to maintain good rooms and services in the middle of no-where, so are in my opinion perfectly reasonable.
We had a room with two queen beds, with dressing/storage room and bathroom off the bedroom. All very clean and tidy. The coffeee maker (yes I know I always mention coffee) is great, very handy, as is the small fridge. The free water is a nice touch (take note Las Vegas hotels at $5 a bottle).
We didn't eat at the Inn, to be honest we couldn't be bothered making reservations and dressing up, and were there for the hiking rather than the food. As other people have mentioned the patio is a great location for sitting and watching the sunset and then the stars.
Would we stay here again? Oh yes, this is a great place.

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Woodland Hills, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

We stayed at the Ranch, not the fancy Inn. It is a motel with extras well located in Death Valley National Park. All rooms have 2 queen sized beds and have patios or a balcony with rocking chairs. There is a coffee pot and a small refrigerator so you can keep some food in your room. We take breakfasts and hiking lunches along. There is a cafe and buffet on the property but they are expensive. The views are wonderful. The hot springs swimming pool is great. It is always 82 degrees and has no chlorine. Fresh spring water constantly runs through the pool. If you want to go on a holiday weekend, make your reservations early.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that faces the golf course. That will give you an unabstructed view.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Inn for one night during our drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas. Whilst the room was very clean and comfortable, it was a little dated and it was a bit like stepping back in time - I expected to see Poirot on the terrace! Our room was adjacent a viewing deck which was a great vantage point for star gazers. The food in the restaurant was limited, but there was a free shuttle service to the ranch if people wanted a change.

Best to keep your tank filled driving across the desert and make sure you have a reliable car since you don't always have a phone signal. We took a trip to Scotty's Castle which is about 50 miles away, and going off the main road it was quite a time before we saw other passing cars! Also had we seen the castle after rather than before Hearst Castle we would have been a little disappointed to say the least!

Overall, however, a good desert experience.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

We had two rooms at the inn. It was a bit costly, but not surprising given the location and the holiday. The views were spectacular and the rooms quite nice. The staff were all helpful and very friendly. I'm always pleased when a hotel is kid-friendly...we were there with our grandchildren and everyone treated them as if they were special guests. The hotel grounds were lovely. We enjoyed the pool which has spring-fed warm water and there were fireplaces on either side of the pool with wood fires in the evening. It was a great place to be at sunset. My only complaints have to do with housekeeping. I'm not sure that the bathroom had a good cleaning since I found hairs in the bathtub on our arrival...the rest of the room seemed clean though, and on the second day the bathroom appeared clean. Outside of my daughter's room, housekeeping left carts with towels, robes, etc. parked in the hallway permanently. This was unsightly and should have been removed when room cleaning was not underway. On our last day there, we came back to our room and found the door left open with cleaning apparently underway as if we had already checked out. We had taken our luggage to the car earlier, but they should not have assumed we were gone. I complained about this at checkout, and did not get any show of concern. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Inn and would go there again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Leicestershire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

The hotel is situated in the heart of Death Valley, giving convenient access for all major attractions.

The room price includes access to amenities on site, which include: pool, fed with spring water, which was a real treat to soak in at the end of the day. A games area. A museum. Kids play area. Lovely spacious grounds.

Our double queen room was spacious and we had a balcony to relax on. (room had a fridge, coffee maker, TV and hairdryer).

There are a selection of restaurants on site, which given the location are not too expensive and the food is nice, if nothing special.

The only minor downside was some noise from adjoining rooms and the corridor.

This was my second visit to the hotel and I wish I'd planned the trip differently to stay here for longer. We tried to save a few $$ by staying outside the park (Tecops, Beatty and Panamint Springs), although we saved some cash the hotels were so much inferior that we wished we'd just spent a bit more to enjoy ourselves fully - it's not like we get to spend our life on holiday!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

We just spent our 4th Thanksgiving in Death Valley, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2013. We have always had a great stay at the Ranch lodgings and enjoyed swimming in the hot springs pool there. This year, they had improved that facility! On our first 3 visits, Thanksgiving Dinner at the Inn was fabulous, so good we usually went back another night. The chef, who was a woman, was fabulous. She's gone. The food at the Inn is not as good -- rather ordinary, even though the wait staff is wonderful, and the dining room a lovely place to be. Death Valley itself is a wonderful place, and I cannot praise too highly the Astronomy programs by a volunteer astronomer for the National Parks!

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the golf course and the mountains.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort

Property: Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort
Address: Highway 190, 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 #2 of 3 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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