Stayed at Furnace Creek Inn two weeks ago and found it to be EXTREMELY expense for what was offered. The rooms were very clean and adequate, but outdated and needed to modernize the bathroom. For the $400.00 they are charging per night, the rooms should have been much nicer. The food was mediocre and again, extremely expensive. Be sure to buy food at a grocery store before you arrive. The General Store was charging $10.00 for a six pack of coke 12 oz. cans....unbelievable!!
I loved this place because it has a certain anti snob appeal. It reminds me of a little village where everyone is friendly and says hi, and you can be very ultra casual. The grounds are simple and don't waste water having a lot of non desert plants. The 82 degree pool is large, uncrowded, no chlorine (natural hot spring) and fantastic at night under the stars. The rooms are basic, small fridge, coffee maker, cable tv, etc. Lots of wide, open spaces to walk around in and relax. I loved its quiet, peacefulness & will go back.
If however, you like a fancy kind of resort, this place would probably not suit you. You could go to the Inn which is more upscale, but I thought kind of boring feeling. You have to dress for dinner there, here you have casual, relaxed dining with 2 resturants, bar, and market to choose food from. So if you like a peaceful, quiet, kind of funkyish (in the nicest sense of the word), then you will love Furnace Creek Ranch.
Obviously its a beautiful place. The food is really good - we were surprised at the prices at the Steak House ( a little expensive) but the food was amazing!!!! It was worth every penny. Cafe is good too. Our biggest complaint was hearing our upstairs neighbor's every footstep. We couldnt sleep. Request an upstairs room or a room in the single story section.
I think the ranch has improved since some of the earlier reviews. We stayed in one of the two story units overlooking the golf course. It was roomy , clean and had a nice private balcony. Some of the units closer to the pool were being totally renovated while we were there. We LOVED the spring fed, large swimming pool ( 85 degrees F.) The breakfast buffet was definitely a better value than the cafe - but not cheap - $11.00 per person.All of the restaurants were fairly pricey. After all, you are a captive audience.All in all however we were pleasantly surprised by our visit to Death Valley.
Rooms little better better than a cheap motel, in deperate need of updating. The owners don't need to do this because there is nowhere else to go: We visited in August when the Inn was closed 'for the season' Likewise Stovepipe Wells [same owners?] closes its restaurant in the summer. Beyond my comprehension to close hotels and restaurants at such a busy time. Having said that, the food is good if a bit pricey and the breakfast buffet is excellent value. And you simply can't stay in more stunning place.
My co-worker and I stayed here for a construction job. The room was not real clean and the beds were hard as rock with worn out pillows. It's tough to put in a hard days work with such a poor nights sleep. The trash truck showed up about 5:30am and it sounded like he hit the building!
Have made several trips to Death Valley over the years and have never left without regret. So much to see, so much to offer. Each time we have been there it has been a new adventure if you just open your eyes and take in it's beauty.
We have stayed at most all the facilities that they offer at one time or another and all have been top notch in our book. Just sit back and listen to the desert and enjoy. We'll be back, you can bet on it.
This was a neat place. The views are fantastic. Centrally located in Death Valley so easy to go exploring and be able to come back. The food is great and the staff are very friendly. We really enjoyed our stay here. The pool is huge and the museum is very interesting.
Death Valley National Park is three million acres of stone wilderness, which includes sand dunes, snow capped mountains, multicolored rock
layers, water fluted canyons, and the Timbisha Shoshone.