We stayed for a night over the recent Thanksgiving break at Stove pipe wells village in death valley. We were greatly impressed with what death valley itself had to offer. The desert scenery was great and my wife being an avid photographer, found a number of spots and location to take some memorable shots. Death valley itself has a number of spots such the badwater basin, the rhyloite ghost town, the zabrinski point, among others which kept us busy visiting the whole day.
Stove pipe wells otoh was a huge disappointment. The only saving grace were the sand dunes. We did go on an early morning hike on the sand dunes and took some wonderful shots of the rising sun.
Other than that, most other visitor points of interest are way closer to furnace creek than here. The stove pipe wells village itself has a Saloon, a restaurant and a general store to go with the hotel accommodations. Those are the only good points I can score for them.
For the Bad: The hotels rooms were like ordinary motels and nothing much better than what you would find at a Motel 6 or something like that. But you may find yourself paying 3-4 times more! Also, everything here like in the general store or gas station or even the restaurant was way more expensive than what we could find at furnace creek village area.
Now for the Worse: The bed in our room had springs that poked our backs. They seriously need to replace those beds as we found sleeping on it almost impossible. Also the water available there in their taps (water fountains) has an odd taste and can easily upset ones tummy. I would stay away from that water. They claim it is from a nearby spring and they purify it with some reverse osmosis process. I would stick to bottled water. Surprisingly, we found the water at furnace creek village area did not taste like this at all. Maybe they had a better purification process. Incidentally we found that the furnace creek was run by Xanterra who run most of the other national park lodges we had been to.
So in summary, I would visit stove pipe wells village for the Sand dunes but stay at furnace creek the next time around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stovepipe Wells Village hotels, located in the heart of Death Valley National Park, is the ultimate destination for adventure traveler and families searching to explore all that Death Valley has to offer. Authentically western, rustic yet comfortable, Stovepipe Wells Village is a unique, full-service hotel featuring the Badwater Saloon and Tollhouse Restaurant. Our hotel is a full-service destination offering a variety of amenities including a gas station and a full-stocked General Store. After hiking around the badlands, sand dunes and canyons, Stovepipe Wells Village is more than a welcome sight with our friendly, knowledgeable staff, great food and cold drinks. It's a place where history is made and legends born. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel Death Valley National Park
- Stovepipe Wells Village Resort