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The Ranch At Death Valley
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 8, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Glad they are open
I am thankful this resort was open for our three night stay. We can all find things to pick at, but my reality is - the Ranch was open during the hottest time of year and during covid. Thank you for being available to host us! The store was great, the multitasking staff was great and Death Valley is amazing. Be thankful for the positives.
WeLove2Travel23 from: Los Angeles, California
Published Date: Sep, 7, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Wonderful stay in the heart of Death Valley
My family and I stayed here for one night and we absolutely loved it. We live in Southern Cal and have been wanting to visit Death Valley forever. We finally booked a one night stay at The Ranch at Death Valley. It is a motel-like resort where you park right outside your room, which worked great for us. This is a separate property than The Inn at Death Valley, although they are near each other. The Inn is closed until Oct and their room rates are more than double, so we opted to stay at The Ranch.
The Ranch at Death Valley has a front desk area, a general store (about half food/snacks for sale and the other half a nice souvenir shop), an ice cream/coffee shop area, and a restaurant/saloon. You're in the middle of nowhere so yes, your options are limited. But we had everything we needed, and we had it quickly. They let us check into our room early, and the room was nice. Not luxurious, but clean, large enough for our family, and most importantly, had an air conditioner that worked well. We headed to the large Olympic sized pool and had it literally to ourselves for hours. The pool water comes from a mineral spring and it's not overly chlorinated. It was very refreshing, as temps neared 117 outside.
We got a table outside and under the misters for dinner and service was excellent. It was not a busy weekend there at all, and we didn't have to wait for anything. The food was pricey but better than we expected. We ordered steak, a side of mashed potatoes, and a blue cheese wedge. All of it was great. The chocolate dessert was delicious!
We headed to see the sunset at Zabriskie Point, and it was still terribly hot. Death Valley feels like an oven door is open in your face. It's quite stark and beautiful and breathtakingly hot. We even went back to the pool and swam around 10 pm, when the temps are still over 100. What an experience! We plan on going back when it's not the triple heat of summer and do some hiking. I would return to the Ranch!
- Rooms: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
Kobuck1369 from: Washington DC, District of Columbia
Published Date: Sep, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 1
Horrible disorganized place
If its possible to give this place less than 1 star I would give them negative 5 stars ... do not .. and let me repeat myself clearly .. DO NOT STAY AT THIS PLACE ... the 2 women at the Front desk are the rudest people and should never be allowed to work in any kind of hospitality .. total disregard for people staying at the Ranch ... the place was jammed for Labor Day weekend .. the ONLY place to eat is at their restaurant which has 10 tables and forced everyone to do take out .. after waiting over an hours .. I finally had to go without food and got my money back ... Restaurant was suppose to stay open until 10 PM, but the kitchen shut down at 8:40 PM because they were so overwhelmed with orders they could not keep up .... I finally said fu** it and got my money back .... why close down the restaurant early if the alternative General Store closes at 8 PM? And the people at the restaurant could care less whether you got food or not .. the people that run this place have a total lack of care for any kind of hospitality ... Food for 2 people was easily $120 ... this place is not worth it .. rooms are run down too .. smelly ... do NOT stay at this place ... stay at Stove Pipe Inn .. much friendly place (and cheaper gas)
- Rooms: 1
- Location: 1
- Service: 1
Whoops27 from: Los Angeles, California
Published Date: Aug, 23, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Wonderful resort in the middle of nowhere. I want to thank the helpful, happy, positive and friendly staff at this resort. They made the hottest days in decades at Death Valley seem like paradise. It was. Paradise at this resort. I suggest you all go there. Just be warned - they like their water hot..it's from a natural spring. So you know when all the hot water is gone for your shower because all the other guests got to it first? Well, it won't happen here. If you are looking for cool water from the tap, look elsewhere. Get your cool water from the great general store or store it in the fridge in every room. HUGE swimming pool. It's all awesome. Relax and enjoy. It's hot out there in the summer. So relax and enjoy and remember, you are far away from it all.....
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 3, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Great place to explore Death Valley!
My wife and I loved our stay at The Ranch at Death Valley! Sure the accommodations are a little dated but the room was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was a good size and had a great shower. The air unit struggled a bit simply because we were in Death Valley in July! Our room (415) was a short walk to the fabulous swimming pool and a short walk to the restaurant. Each room has a mini fridge which is a necessity in Death Valley. The resort has a wonderful gift shop where you can also pick up any items that you might need during your stay including food items, toiletries and even wine/beer/liquor.
The Ranch is the perfect place to explore the park.
A 20 minute drive to Badwater Basin or The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.
The resort also has a gas station with gas available 24/7 with a credit card.