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Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Reviewed 5 January 2014

We picked Stovepipe Wells as the base for our two-day family trip to Death Valley over New Year because of its location, price and (we hoped) relative distance from the busier, more touristy Furnace Creek.
Two adjoining deluxe queen rooms fitted the bill exactly - in fact they were much bigger and more comfortable than we expected - and from start to finish we received excellent, helpful and professional service from all the staff working at the hotel.
The dining room could have made a killing with a captive audience on New Year's Eve but instead delivered a high quality three course fixed menu for a reasonable price. Our meals were delicious.
The $12 buffet breakfast was the only area in which we felt the hotel might have performed better - it was average and we skipped the second morning.
Proximity wise, we were exactly where we wanted to be for the likes of the Mesquite Dunes, Mosaic Canyon and back-roading up Saline Valley, and when we stopped at Furnace Creek on the way out we were really pleased we had chosen not to stay there.
All in all, Stovepipe met and at times exceeded our expectations, and we would return again if we ever get the opportunity to spend more time in Death Valley, which we loved.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

This motel is a great location for exploring and was great for an early morning rise to go photo the dunes at sunrise. Good dark skies across the road at the airport too. But don't pay extra for the pricier rooms unless you really need to spread out. Saloon fun and cozy, nice bartender who poured generously and we were glad we had dinner in these cozy surroundings although the choices were limited. Breakfast was their downfall. We popped for the full vs the continental buffet but muffins were half baked, eggs cold and picked through and we had to hunt down a cranky guy to get silverware. Otherwise staff was friendly and it's dog friendly, too.

Room Tip: Any, none are outstanding
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Its got a decent restaurant with breakfast buffet, a saloon, small market, gas, and is perfectly situated for you to venture North to Titus Canyon, Scotty's Castle and go South to Badwater, Furnace Creek, Dante's View, etc.

There is plenty of hotel rooms and camping available for you. Be aware the winds are strong, our tent has been destroyed here!

Room Tip: The Ranger Station is less than 1/2 mile from the village, so you can get all your touristy question...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

I have been some years ago in Death Valley and slept in Furnace Creek Ranch, and I was not impressed (but it was absolutely ok at that time), so I thought I'll give it this time here a try.
One additional thought: you're close to the Sand Dunes, and it is easy to watch Sunset or Sunrise in the Dunes, and this idea was good. We arrived in the evening after sunset, and enjoyed the morning in the Dunes.
Motel quality: I would say a bit above average. Very friendly and very helpful staff, room is average. Keep fingers away from the rooms with "Dune view", this is not worth any dollar - the Dunes are visible but Stovepipe Wells is too far away from the dunes to see a lot, so don't expect them to be in front of your door. And also remember your neighbours will pass along at your window, so you'll probably keep the curtain in front of the window.
Rooms were clean, all was working well.
Dinner: We went to the "Saloon" - and I can highly recommend this. This is a great atmosphere, friendly staff, and good solid food as you expect it, a big recommendation.
We also had breakfast (you can choose continental or complete and we had continental), and the price was great (I think 5.99), but the quality was average, making this a good choice. If I would go there again I would still take the breakfast, this is convenient.
So, in total rooms are probably from a rating a 3*, but friendly staff, good Saloon and easy simple option for breakfast making this an experience that I rate 4* in total, I recommend for Death Valley to stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

There's only one reason to stay at Stovepipe Wells - its stunning location. And it is amazing, with the quiet, magic desert all round the hotel, the light ever-changing. Last time we stayed was in the hot summer when, the waiter told me with a smile, "only Europeans and Japanese visit this time of year - Americans know not to come." This time, it was November, and it was a shock to me to discover that nights can be be very cold. But, I went for a walk at 6am (when, normally, only Americans are awake) and I cannot find the words to describe the beauty of the environment in which the hotel is situated.

Having said all that, the hotel is average. Our motel room was standard, rather old though updated since my last stay, the walls were thin and the conversations from adjacent rooms were overheard. The restaurant was average, and the breakfast really poor. The price wasn't average, but I accept that in the middle of a desert it's an expensive place to run.

Would I return? You bet I would!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Stovepipe Wells Village's hotel was all that we could ask for - a clean, comfortable room to sleep in at night. Our intent was NOT to lounge around the hotel room or the village area. I guess if you wanted to lounge during the day or feel like you are staying at a Hyatt or Marriott, the other option is to pay 2-3 times more at the other hotel at FC (Furnance Creek).

Location: Very close to the Sand Dunes, about a 5 minute drive. So waking up to catch the sunrise was easy and well worth staying here. It was one of our highlights of the trip. Also, we are a little athletic and adventurous. So we jogged up to Mosaic Canyon (2.4 miles one-way to the start of the Canyon). But we could not have done this had we not stayed at Stovepipe which is 100 ft from the driveway of Mosaic Canyon.

Check-in: Simple, quick, and straightforward. Bonus, the front desk representatives were super knowledgeable and helpful with our questions.

Room: We stayed in a standard room in the Cottonwood section (Room 66 - corner room). Thus, we had no TV or refrigerator. Very, very clean, a little above basic, and modern. Plenty of room lights (modern fixtures). Nice touch to have complimentary water bottles along with the basic dry-coffee supplies. Most motels will just give you bar of soap and shampoo. However, Stovepipe provides shampoo, conditioners, body wash, lotion, and liquid soap in dispensers. Hairdryer in the bathroom, too. Queen bed was comfortable (not firm or too soft). Room service was great. I noticed that the housekeepers vacuumed each morning - might because of all the dust or sand accumulated from outdoors. Things seem to quiet down quickly after 9:00pm. However, bring EARPLUGS if you are a light sleeper. Not only did we hear the neighbors causal conversations and movements, but we heard the bathroom and front doors open and close. We heard the light traffic whizzing by on Hwy 190 (our room was close to the road) and the cars pulling up to park (doors opening and closing). Also, heard people walking along the pathways.

Off the Grid: There is wifi, but only at the hotel's reception building and it's slow as molasses. The are two desktop computers, which is a little faster than using your smartphones, but it is excruciating slow. We didn't care. We wanted to be unplugged. We did find it humorous upon check out the several teenage/college-aged girls standing outside the reception office holding their smartphones near a box. We suspect that is where the wifi is the strongest.

On-site restaurant, General Store, Gift Shop: Yes, food is a little pricey, but that's the cost of being 100's of miles from the nearest city/town. We ate early (at the opening of 5:30pm) because we were on east coast time. That may have helped us get quick service. I did noticed that as the room got busier, the service may have slowed. If that's the case, bring in a copy of the DV newsletter and map and plan your next day. Dinner was fine and filling. Not gourmet, but does not matter after walking/hiking all day. We did not buy anything from the General Store, but walked in. It's like a well-stocked convenience store found at gas stations. Some souvenirs here, but can find more at the Gift Shop next to registration.

Gas station: Get gas here. Cheaper than FC. We filled up before left DV.

Length of stay: Two nights, End of December 2013. Weather perfect around low to mid-60 F.

Room Tip: As for a corner room (to deal with only one set of neighbors) that is not near the highway.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for three night, better view of the mountains than Furnace creek up the road but a more primitive set up. Internet very slow and no cell phone coverage, restaurant was good but there is just the one, no laundry facilities. The general store had no fruit or veg and not much in the way off food (unless microwave noodles and Mac and cheese is your thing!) but the general store at furnace creek was good and we restocked there. is a great setting but you need to make your own entertainment.

Stayed: December 2013
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Address: Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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Region: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range: £148 - £219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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 
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