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Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We spent three nights here and other than an extremely noisy air-conditioner, it was comfortable, clean, quiet and most importantly, in a great location. It's not luxury. The rooms are a nice size, with two queen beds, and plenty of space to spread out your photo gear. There is no internet or cellphone service in your room. There is one payphone in the 'village'. The village consists of a general store, saloon, restaurant, pool, and guest lounge (where there is very spotty and slow internet). My cellphone would text message in the saloon but I couldn't make calls. I was forced to disconnect and hey, that wasn't so bad at all! Loved the pool - it was refreshing and after returning from sunrise hikes or drives, and as the temperatures went above 100 degrees, the pool was great and not crowded at all in the early afternoon. Breakfast was a little expensive but they had fresh fruit! Staff were pleasant and accommodating. We drove down to Furnace Creek, which is a much larger village, but also much busier and noisier (although I can't speak for the nights). I was happy where we were. And Death Valley is awesome (and desolate for the most part). The Lobotomy beer hit the spot after a dusty, hot day in the desert.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

This was a great location right in the heart of Death Valley and close to the sand dunes. The room was large, very clean with a nice bathroom and the staff were really helpful and friendly. It looks great with the whole Gold Rush image and has plenty of amenities. The two downsides I would say would be not great wi-fi and the breakfast was quite expensive for what it was.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

My friend and I stayed at Stovepipe Wells around Xmas. It could benefit from some competition.

SERVICE: The staff were courteous and answered my questions about the area. Lack of reliable internet access anywhere in the hotel is an inconvenience.

VALUE: Of the few hotels in Death Valley National Park, this one was the most affordable, but there's very little to use as a frame of reference.

SLEEP QUALITY: The beds were not especially comfortable, but more-or-less what you would expect in a remote area where delicate linens are probably impractical.

CLEANLINESS: The rooms were a little musty, but clean.

LOCATION: Fairly well placed if you plan on exploring DVNP in all directions. The remoteness is great for stargazing.

ROOMS: Rooms could use an update and are a bit sparse.

RESTAURANT: The adjacent restaurant is your only real option. It is a little disappointing - prices are high and the food is on the bland side.

I would like to advise travellers to consider other options well visiting this part of DVNP. However, since none exist, I would have to advise them to stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Location is absolutely stunning, in the real center of the Death Valley. We spent just one night and we got to the spot without any reservation. We were offered a deluxe room which revealed to be quite expensive and pretty old. Recommended to those who want to live the experience of sleeping in such an iconic place. Making a reservation will probably result in better rates.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

Pros: peaceful, near sand dunes, food at hotel is tasty, cheapest place for gas in DV, room is basic but clean, rooms facing sand dunes are best.

Cons: not many eatery choices, lack of wi-fi services, expensive, no phone in room, A/C is loud.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This place is nothing spectacular. It has all of the necessary amenities but the restaurant had a scary disclaimer on the outside menu. I have a very severe peanut allergy. Here is something like what the disclaimer said. "WARNING: Our food may contain nuts and/or nut oils as we use these to cook our other food. BE ADVISED!" I had to eat snacks two nights for dinner and we just happened to be near Furnace Creek after hiking, so we got to eat at a SAFE place for once. The general store had pretty much one shelf of food and 2 small refrigerators. The rest was souvenirs and clothing. The pool was small and there was only one picnic table where we were. A magnet in the room said no cooking, but the general store sold ramen noodles that needed to be cooked (no microwaves in rooms). The maids didn't do laundry -- an 18-wheeler came at night and picked up the carts of dirty sheets and towels and replaced those with pre-folded towels! If you don't mind a kind of dirty and dinky place stay here. If you can afford Furnace Creek, STAY THERE!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Pro: It's better than camping. The outside of the hotel was pleasant and kept up well. We stayed three nights. Would have stayed four, but had to sleep in the back of a jeep trailer for Friday night since it was booked. Wednesday and Thursday nights we were in the Panamint building fronting on the highway. At first I thought that location might be noisy, but there was not much traffic on the highway. I never heard my neighbors, so that was another plus. We came back on Saturday night and ended up on the end unit of the Cottonwood building, last unit near the restaurant. The plus about this unit was its location under the shade of the large tree. It too was quiet. Some people have complained in the past about the height of the shower nozzles. I had no problems with them and there was plenty of water pressure and hot water. Another plus was that the housekeeping and maintenance staff members were very friendly and pleasant. I liked the window coverings that allowed one to see out during the day, but outsiders could not see in. Just be aware that at night those same window coverings provide no privacy, so use the curtains!

Cons: One front desk staff member in particular is, in my opinion, a terrible representative of National Parks to both United States guests and even worse, out of the country guests. He had all the passion of a DMV employee. He made the customer feel like they were a bother. Very disappointing. He was a rather large man with food stains all over the front of his shirt. The other front counter staff were better customer service representatives and at least they were friendly, engaging and inquisitive. The air conditioners were noisy, but a necessity. The first room had mismatched blankets -- one bed had a white quilted type blanket and the other bed had a worn fuzzy type blanket. The second room had a stain on the top side of the white blanket that was clearly visible upon entering the room. I can't believe housekeeping would lay down such a blanket for the guest, make the bed and fail to notice or care about the stain.

I would rate this establishment higher if the front counter staff were all consistently friendly and customer service oriented and if housekeeping was meticulous about the rooms.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range: £148 - £213 (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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