There are few options for lodging in Death Valley. We stayed at Furnace Creek Ranch. After the Senior Discount, our rate was $128 per night...a bit on the high side but given that there are two options at Furnace Creek, the over $300 per night Furnace Creek Inn and the Ranch, that price looked very good.
The rooms were adequate, two queen beds and a balcony with two chairs. Furnace Creek Ranch is a complex of accommodations, two restaurants, a bar, general store and post office. It is a short walk from the hotel rooms to the restaurants. Be prepared for long waits in either of the restaurants at normal meal times. We ate breakfast after 9:00 and a second meal around 3:00 to avoid waiting. The food was good but the place seemed understaffed. After a long wait at the steakhouse, there were a number of available tables when we were seated. Apparently, they simply couldn't handle the volume.
This is not a place for nightlife. There is a bar there but that's it. The most exciting night time option is the ranger led hike in the Mesquite Dunes when the moon is full. The good thing about that is that the place was quiet and afforded a good night's sleep. The Ranch does have an 18 hole, par 70 golf course for those interested in spending time on the links.
There were housekeeping issues in our room. When we arrived, we found that there was a big glob of hair on the side of the bathtub. I called it to the attention of the housekeeping staff and when we returned from our day out it was gone. When I turned on the water to take a shower, hair came up from the drain. It was disgusting. We stayed six nights at the Ranch. After three nights, we put the "Save the Planet" card on our bed. According to the card, doing so would cause our linens to be changed. When we returned to the room at the end of the day, the card was put away but the linens had not been changed. Another day, we returned to our room to find that it had not been made up. I called the front desk and they sent someone to remedy the problem.
Overall, we were satisfied with the Ranch. It was certainly convenient. It was quiet and we slept well. We adjusted to the waits at the restaurants and we learned to live with the poor housekeeping.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Furnace Creek Inn And Ranch Hotel Death Valley National Park
- Furnace Creek Resort
- Furnace Creek Hotel
- Furnace Creek Ranch
- Furnace Creek Inn Death Valley