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Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Barbara H from: Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Published Date: Dec, 13, 2019 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
OK Considering Location
So how do we rate a place like this?
We wanted to stay in the park while visiting Death Valley and there were 3 choices. Absurdly expensive, ridiculously expensive and just plain expensive, which was our choice. Obviously being inside a National Park truly in the middle of nowhere we would expect to pay considerably more than usual but $253 a night for a prepaid,nonrefundable, Super 8 type hotel room seems a bit excessive. That said......the room was fine and the place is extremely well located in the middle of the park. The staff was all friendly and the gas price was almost $.60 a gallon cheaper than Furnace Creek.
Ate dinner at the bar and it was very good but the $13.50 breakfast buffet the next morning not so much. All the food looked like it had been sitting out for hours so we passed.
All in all, putting price aside, and mainly because of the location we would stay again if we came back to Death Valley.
- Value: 3
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
ldepmom from: Ohio
Published Date: Dec, 2, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
As other reviews have stated, it is a great location.Very close to the Dunes so very easy to drive over in the morning and catch the sunrise, as we did. We did not use the pool as it was pretty cold when we were there. Our room was a 2 queen bed, kind of dark but did the trick. The shower was clogged and I had to walk all the way to the office to get someone to come look at it as there are no phones in the room. The shower was taken care of quickly but it smelled a bit like a sewer so some of us skipped the shower that day. The restaurant was ok. We had dinner and breakfast there. Breakfast at 15$ is just about right. Definitely not worth more. Dinner was ok. No Wifi except in the from office, not even in the restaurants. Employees told us they cut the wifi in the restaurant to keep the employees off their phones. yes, free parking right outside the room and free water in the room which we appreciated. we would stay again but hopefully would smell better next time.
onward-explorations from: Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 24, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Practical, Not Fancy. People, Saloon & Pool are Highlights
After 4 nights in campgrounds with no running water we broke down and paid the $250 per weeknight for a room. The hotel desk staff were kind to recommend a room with renovated restrooms and a view of the sand dunes. It worked, so if your expectations are realistic you can enjoy your time at this property.
Rooms are basic. Ours had 2 queens, a seating area with coffee maker, a vanity and recently updated restroom. Pictures are included in case you’d like to take a look. The air conditioner was under the window and was loud. The restroom looked quite nice, with a walk in shower designed with slate tiles. Water pressure in the shower was good, though the front desk mentioned their water pressure was increased that day to their surprise. Because of the pressure change the toilet began to leak. The leak was quickly repaired but other complications resulted from the fix and the toilet would not stop running for the rest of our stay. Not ideal, but it worked. We saw a handful of bugs in the room near the lights, though nothing like the reviews I was seeing at that time for the Ranch at Furnace Creek. I suspect they entered with us when we came in in the evening. Locusts also seemed to like to leap toward the outer door when we opened it in the evening - after a couple attempts of getting outside without letting them in I decided to forego stargazing. There are chairs and benches near the rooms/walkways to rest and enjoy the views, day or night.
There is no additional charge for parking and you can park close to your room. Handicap spots were also available throughout the property.
Saloon & Restaurant:
We enjoyed our meals at the saloon, which also served the restaurant menu on days that the hotel property was less than 50% full. The food was good and there was a variety of tap selections, including a rotating cider option. I was able to find gluten free options on the menu and we both enjoyed everything we tried. The staff was really cool, with people coming from all over the world to work on property. When you arrive, you are expected to seat yourself wherever you like, and there is seating available to watch various sporting events on a number of TVs. One side of the saloon is all windows, providing beautiful sunset views.
The pool was a nice, refreshing temperature and chairs and towels are provided poolside. There were areas in both sun and shade available.
The Gift Shop and General Store:
There are souvenirs available at the gift shop on property, as well as the General Store across the street. The General Store also provided refreshing food and drink options (including adult beverages) and a gas station. Gas was in the $4-$5 per gallon range at the time of our stay, but was cheaper in Stovepipe Wells than in Furnace Creek.
We found Stovepipe Wells Village to be pretty central to the areas of the park we were able to explore. It’s only a short drive to the sand dunes, and to the Mosaic Canyon trailhead. Furnace Creek, Panamint Springs, and Scotty’s Castle area attractions were all within an hour’s drive.
Death Valley is beautiful and we look forward to returning sometime. Hiking and 4x4 opportunities are abundant in the area. We may look at pricing hotel options near Beatty to be able to stay longer, as Other visitors mentioned hotel prices are much more reasonable outside the park.
I hope you enjoy your trip to Death Valley!
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Marilyn M from: Edwardsville, Illinois
Published Date: Nov, 23, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Great Stay at Stovepipe Wells
We had a Deluxe 2 Queen bed room. It was very nice. The hotel is located close to the dunes at Mesquite Flats. We found the hotel to be a convenient location in the park and would definitely stay here again.
- Rooms: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
ltbd1 from: McAllen, Texas
Published Date: Nov, 20, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Remember, VERY limited choices in Death Valley
Choices are limited in Death Valley & They KNOW IT. All prices are HIGH: lodging, gas, food etc. Rooms are Typical, small bathroom and sink space. Even had a sandtimer, to tell you "time is up" on shower time.
Two outlet plug had adaptor changing it to six. Wonder what the fire marshal thinks of this.
Staff was very friendly. We had reservation for two nights. However a sandstorm was predicted for the second night, so we cancelled and drove on.
The attached restaurant is overpriced for mediocre food. Again you are in Death Valley.
- Value: 2
- Sleep Quality: 2
- Service: 4