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Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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“Vintage and Central”
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

We spent three nights at the Inn, exploring DVNP. Awesome location close to everything you will want to see. A historic hotel, so somewhat funky, but well-kept, clean and a gorgeous pool. We don't even like swimming but after hiking in the heat, we headed right for the pool. Not crowded at all in mid-April, so very refreshing. The other lodging choices in the valley didn't have much appeal in comparison.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Arroyo Grande, California
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

My husband and I stayed at this resort in the middle of Death Valley many years ago in the middle of summer. We decided to go back this week when it was much cooler weather. We loved it! The front desk staff was very accommodating and changed our room to a ground floor as I had recently had knee surgery. I had called ahead, but the message had not been delivered, I guess. Here are our Pros and Cons of the Resort:

Pro: Rooms are spacious, clean, well appointed. Beds very nice with abundant pillows. A nice feature are the mounted toiletry dispensers at the sink and in the shower. Nice, large screen TV with lots of stations. There are patios off every room with rocking chairs to relax in. You have your choice of cabins, single level rooms or two story rooms (no elevator). Our recommendation is rooms in the 400-500 area as they are single level and open onto a spacious lawn across from the huge pool. As other reviewers have stated, Death Valley is remote and prices do reflect that. Visiting in the spring you will see the gorgeous wildflowers and have pleasant temperatures.

There are three places to eat, and prices do reflect the remoteness of resort. A Café, a Bar and for breakfast and lunch, a buffet. Our recommendation is the Café where service is excellent and the food pretty good. The general store has a wide variety of gift, sundry and snack items. There is a Borax museum on the grounds and fun activities for the whole family including the swimming pool, playground, and golf course. Be sure to go to the adjacent Visitor's Center and see the movie of Death Valley and get the maps and information. Lots to see and do! There is also an adjacent camp ground that our son has used for his Boy Scouts.

Hint: Gas is also very expensive. If possible, visit the Rhyolite Ghost town your first day and then go into Beatty, Nev. and gas up. Gas is $2 cheaper)

Con: Rooms in the two story units that are on the ground floor like #60l, #80l are under stairs and next to the outside door and ice machine are very noisy. In fact, ground floor in the two stories are more noisy as you can hear people walking overhead and people in hallway. That is the only reason I did not give an excellent rating.

The breakfast buffet was a huge disappointment. Food was cold and bacon was dripping in grease. Store bought pastries, also cold. A good cook could really make a difference.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

We stayed 3 nights at the Ranch. The room was clean and a reasonable size. We liked the french doors and balcony with the rockers. We were in the 600 building which was the closest two-story building (standard rooms) to the pool/playground area. We enjoyed the warm spring-fed pool and the recreation area/equipment (tennis, basketball, volleyball, putting green, shuffleboard, bocce ball). The 49er Cafe, General Store, and other restaurants (saloon and buffet) are within easy walking distance on the property.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

This is a national park, so everything is pricey. We paid 159 a night for two queens at Ranch. It was much nicer than I expected, decent soundproofing, nice size room, very good mattresses and pillows. Very, very clean, each room had tiny deck with rockers. Pool looked great and grounds are lovely. The whole Death Valley trip was fantastic.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We stayed one night in a cabin in the ranch. Comfortable cabin, food in the restaurant good. Went to the hotel for drinks. Will stay in the hotel next time just to see how that compares. Really a good stopover in the middle of Death Valley, in itself a worthwhile 'must do' experience.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

We really enjoyed it. We stayed at the Inn (the Ranch looks like a very different story) and it is what the it promises (being a very expensive location): very beautiful, a wonderful swimming poll and garden, a very good restaurant. It is in the center of Death Valley. Death Valley is beautiful,and staying at this hotel really makes it wonderful.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed for one night with kids. Very rustic, clean accommodation. Will never forget swimming in the gloriously warm pool with fab views. Food good and v reasonable despite being in middle of nowhere and having the monopoly! Good facilities including that essential road trip staple, the launderette. Death Valley is breathtaking.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort

Property: Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort
Address: Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Region: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 290
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Furnace Creek Resort, situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California is just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. This property hosts two hotels - the historic, 4-diamond, 66 room Inn at Furnace Creek and the more family oriented 224 room Ranch at Furnace Creek. The Inn at Furnace Creek offers guests elegant accommodations in the heart of Death Valley. This 4-diamond resort has operated for more than 86 years, and still pampers every guest. The Ranch at Furnace Creek has been welcoming guests since 1933 and offers a casual, family-like setting - the perfect complement to the classic elegance of the Inn at Furnace Creek. ... more   less 
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