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The Oasis at Death Valley
Reviewed January 26, 2010

We drove from Las Vegas an easy drive and Furnace Creek Ranch was easy to find, right on the main road. We loved this experience, as a family of five sometimes its difficult to find accommodation that will take that many but we had booked a deluxe room which had two queen beds and paid for a rollaway, room decor was lovely, modern with very comfortable beds, our room looked over a grassy area to a childrens playground and the pool which was lovely and warm. We ate Dinner and Breakfast at the 49ers cafe we found the menu catered for all tastes and we felt that the prices were reasonable given the location. Fantastic gift shop with friendly and helpful staff.

We loved our time in Death Valley and we wished we had stayed for two nights.

Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

Arrived later than we had anticipated but reception staff were very welcoming. Great room, very comfortable overlooking the golf course. Excellent meal in the restaurant and good service - very helpful waiter who gave times and directions for us best place to see the sunrise and other suggestions as to what we should try to see in our short time in the area. The ranch is very atmospheric and has a good museum worth spending some time in. Just wish we had been able to stay for more than one night and use all the facilities on offer.

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Reviewed January 24, 2010

Very simple hotel, but at the time we stayed in Death Valley also the only hotel available. Clean and tidy rooms, so sufficient for one overnight stay. Unfortunately, the prices at the only restaurants available were a bit above average. So we chose the store next to the restaurants.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2010

Arrived early afternoon after the drive from Las Vegas and having stopped off at Dante's View. What an amazing place Death Valley is and we would happily return as 1 night was not enough!. The ranch is excellent - really well located for the park and very well organised. The check in lady was very helpful and advised us of her personal favourites re the sunset and the routes round the valley. Our room overlooked the grassed area heading towards the pool. It was large with a well stocked bathroom and had large patio doors that opened onto the grassed area, complete with sun loungers. It was also very clean.
We had a late lunch at the 49ers whichw as very good as was the breakfast there the following morning. We also enjoyed a quick hour of sunbathing by the pool which was a fabulous warm temperature! We saw the sunset at Artists Palette about 20 mins along Badwaters Road - as the lady had suggested - and it was beautiful.
For dinner we ate at the Steakhouse and enjoyed a great steak - service was a bit slow which the staff apologised for and gave us a complimentary salad - this was due to a large coach party having arrived just before us.
Excellent nights sleep with a real feeling of being in the middle of nowhere! Great hotel, great location and my only regret was not staying another night!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

We stayed at the Furnace Creek Ranch and we loved it. I know there are mixed reviews including the price of the rooms but because of the location and accessibility to all the main sights in Death Valley, I wouldn't choose anywhere else. The rooms were spacious and clean. We were lucky enough to have a mountain facing room with a balcony which also looked out onto the stables. We enjoyed a sunrise horseback trek, which was very well organised, especially as I had never ridden before. The food was a little on the expensive side, esepcially the buffet, but considering the location and how far the food has to travel etc. it wasn't offensive. In fact the food and gifts in the General Stores were very well priced. We loved our time at the ranch and didn't regret a penny. I would definitely stay there again - a great base.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

We enjoyed "The Ranch" at Furnace Creek during our December trip to the Southwest and would particularly recommend it for families with pre-teen children. The "Ranch" is probably a better overall value than the nearby (not walking distance!) sister property - Furnace Creek Inn. If we ever return to Death Valley as a family, we will certainly try to stay at the Ranch again.

Given our last-minute planning for a visit during the December holiday season, it was not easy to get advance reservations for the nights we wanted. We did get one night, though, and learned that the place is popular for good reason.

The online reservation system was straightforward and the check-in process on arrival was pleasant, reception staff were fun and housekeeping was very responsive when we asked for extra coffee packets for our morning in-room wake up drill. Rooms were clean and comfy, ours had been recently repainted and had a newly remodeled bathroom and plenty of space with 2 queen beds.

We were assigned a room in the single-story section along the grassy open lawn area (building 5) with a nice patio facing toward the lawn and pool area beyond, a very open setting with good parking just outside your door, helpful for the luggage carry. We could walk out of the sliding glass patio doors, take a 2-minute stroll across the lawn and enjoy the huge, clean and warm springs-fed swimming pool or a short walk to dinner. Just what the family needed after a long day on the touring trail! We would recommend this section of the Ranch in favor of the two-story buildings located nearer to the horse stables (sniff, sniff) and golf course.

With limited time to see so much in such a vast and beautiful National Park, Furnace Creek generally puts you in a great, central location to see the main Park attractions. There are plenty of other things to do on site at the Ranch to keep people busy if the National Park itself doesn't provide entertainment.

The on-site horseback ride options (ages 6 and up, no riders over 200 lbs.) included a 1-hour or 2-hour ride in the desert and a haywagon ride for younger kids. Our daughter (age 9) went on a 1-hr. ride as an unaccompanied minor and had a safe and fun time, sufficient happiness to buy us major cooperation during the extensive hiking the rest of the day. The wranglers were all very helpful and warm. Their safety policy includes helmet use and a 'no trotting or cantering' policy, which we supported given the largely inexperienced nature of most their clientele.

The Ranch grounds also included tennis courts, a golf course, and a funky museum (free admission) honoring the history of borax mining within the Park. The restaurant choices onsite are good with a pub at the golf course clubhouse, a cafe offering reasonably priced, lighter fare (breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, etc.) and a pricier steakhouse. The onsite general store had a limited but adequate inventory of food, snacks and sundries as well as gifts and souvenirs.

To rate this hotel, we had to 'value adjust' our opinion because we generally believe you simply have to accept the 'monopoly effect' and overpriced nature of most National Park concession-operated hotels and restaurants. This facility was no different. We would not typically be happy about paying $200+/night including taxes for that room anywhere else. In reality it was probably more comparable to a $100 room in a chain hotel in Averagetown USA, but you simply can't put a value on the premium location, convenience and the overall National Park family experience.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

Very nice clean upstairs room in 900 building, bed was so comfortable! This resort is right in the middle of the park where you want to be. There's lots of nice green trees here and a beautiful pool. There's lots to do at the resort - horseback riding, golf, tennis, swimming, etc. plus of course there's all kinds of things to see near there. There's also a really nice little museum here that was super interesting (to me anyway). They also have a general store and several restaurants and a bar. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The only down side is the cost of the food in the restaurants, but you have to figure how far somebody has to go to bring the food in to this remote resort.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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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: $182 - $467 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Oasis at Death Valley 2.5*
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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