First of all, Death Valley Junction is more ghost town than town. It is not orderly and it has not seen modern development in 85 years. To me, this is a good thing. Expect a clean but not modern room, friendly staff, beautiful murals and a show by Marta Becket, skylights, and an incomparable immersion into Death Valley history. This place is rich. The sky puts on a show every night... wake up for the sunrise, enjoy the sunset, count shooting stars. One of the coolest hotels I've stayed at. The hotel is only a portion of what was once an entire town in one single structure. I loved wandering around and peeking through the windows into the uninhabited parts of the building. Don't be spooked, there's great karma here. If you expect room service, television, a pool, Denny's nearby, and the bland sameness you find at most motels, this is not the right place for you. It's Death Valley, for Pete's sake, it's supposed to be an adventure. Some of the older reviews say there's no food here: no longer true. The cafe serves the best food in Death Valley Junction.
My family & I spent two nights here... the boys are 3 & 6 years old. We all loved it, and the boys didn't want to leave. We went in January, and brought extra fleece blankets, which was a good idea. The space heater worked fairly well, but DV is seriously cold in the winter. No cold water in the morning... some pipes were frozen somewhere. We were able to make do with hot water & filled up the trash can to flush the toilets. I did plenty of research before we went, so none of this came as a surprise or as a disappointment. The rooms are far less expensive than any other rooms in the area. The hotel is run by a non-profit, and they're doing a yeoman's work with a shoestring budget.
If you like adventure, history, art, and a unique experience, AND you know what you are getting into, you won't be disappointed.
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