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The Oasis at Death Valley
Reviewed 8 May 2014

As someone here has said, these two hotels need to be seen separately. The 1927 gem that is the Inn is luxury personified. The Ranch down the hill is pretty ordinary downhome cowpoke stuff with a saloon and joints selling burgers.

Up here on the hill the dining and rooms are first class. You feel the ghosts of bygone greats. Was Scott Fitzgerald ever here. I'll bet he was. There are many original fitments in the rooms yet much more sympathetically improved. We stayed on the 4th floor of the main old building and had almost exclusive access to the forty square foot terrace to gaze at the night sky. Our view was across Death Valley to the Panamint Mountains opposite where we watched the sun set as he scoffed magnificent steaks. Our waiter intoned rhapsodies over our choice of wine in a deep baritone as rich as the Merlot.

We shall miss this place. It ain't cheap, but worth it for the luxury and the memories that will stay with us.

Room Tip: 4th Floor, main building.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

I have ridden through Death Valley several times on my motorcycle but never with an overnight stay until now. We stayed at the Furnace Creek Ranch (not the Inn) in a cabin as opposed to the hotel. The cabin was at the end of the drive and I was able to park my motorcycle directly in front of the cabin. The facilities are old, somewhat worn and could use a facelift and some maintenance. I wasn't expecting much more. The cabin was generally clean but lacked some extra effort by the staff. We did enjoy sitting on the porch with a cold adult beverage. Would I do it again? Not likely as the prices are excessively high for everything in the park, but enjoyed the one night stay nonetheless.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

We stayed at the Ranch for one night on our way from Las Vegas to Yosemite. Our check in experience was a little disappointing. A man and a woman behind the counter seemed to ignore us initially but eventually we were dealt with. The welcome was rather non existent and I felt a little concerned about our stay as a result. The weather was hot and we had experienced quite a long drive so a nice friendly welcome would have been much appreciated. However I put this aside and we made out way to our room. It was a lovely room on the ground floor with a view of the golf course. We had two rocking chairs on the patio and it was lovely to sit here the following morning and have breakfast. A memory I will never forget. We ate in the café that evening and found it very good. The food and the décor were nothing special but the staff were really lovely. There was a lovely atmosphere (due to the lovely staff) so much nicer than our reception experience. Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Furnace Creek Ranch. It was very difference and very quaint but please try to give your quests a warm welcome. It really can make such a difference!

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the golf course which was lovely and was also quiet.
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

This resort is clearly two hotels and should be evaluated separatedly, the Furnace Creek Inn and the Furnace Creek Ranch.
The Ranch, where we stayed, was perfectly in accordance to our expectations: somewhat rustic, but with aircon, fridge, good bathroom, kind of small groundfloor only rooms opening to lawns, almost very clean, and with the spirit of the place. Price would be high for the standard in a "normal" place, maybe justifiable for being a National Park far from any town.
If one is going to Death Valley expecting to enjoy the espectacular National Park and have a great time in a resort, will have only the first part. But for an adequate place to stay, my view is that the Furnace Creek Ranch offers enough, a good room, three simple restaurants, one shop, swimming pool, silence, a clear night sky.
The Inn, which we only visited, is more upscale, expensive, but more confined than the Ranch, the Ranch being about 1 km down the road and more central to the Park Headquarters, post office and gas station.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Having left the full-on bright lights of Las Vegas, which I absolutely love, this was a total contrast and an unexpected oasis in the middle of Death Valley. Just 2.5 hours out of Vegas and you're in another world. You feel like you've stepped back in time to a wild western and it's brilliant fun.
We stayed at the ranch for 1 night as our stop between Las Vegas and PCH and weren't really expecting much, but there's loads to do on site. There's a museum, which we didn't venture into as we were enjoying the pool, a couple of restaurants, a bar, a shop and even a post office. It's a whole town in the desert.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, though slightly dated; however, the bathrooms are much nicer. And as an added bonus, this is part of an ecological chain, using amazing products in the shower and promoting recycling, by not having small individually packaged shower gel, shampoo, soaps etc.
We had lunch in the bar - just a hot dog, but it was delish; dinner in the restaurant serving steak and not much else (but it was an amazing steak, cooked to perfection) and breakfast in the diner, which had a good selection. All were excellent value - we were anticipating paying much higher prices simply due to the location (literally the only place for miles).
I went for a walk around the ranch early in the morning while most things were shut and it has a magical feeling. Great time to get pictures of the sun rising high over the artifacts in the museum garden and out the front of the ranch.
Perfect for an unusual break in a beautiful valley.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We stated at the Ranch. It is a good location to reach Zabriskie Point, Badwater, Dante's View, Artist's Drive and the Devil's golf course.

Rooms at the Ranch come with 2 queen beds. If you are looking for a king size bed go to the Inn. The rooms are air conditioned, have free Wifi, and mini refrigerator. Rooms are very clean.and are a comfortable place to rest at the end of the day. The rooms are very basic, no frills.

The restaurants over charge but you have a variety to choose from.

Our check in took about a half hour as we came at check in time, along with many others and the front desk is under staffed.

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1  Thank oc_bear
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Really surprised how good this place was. Comfortable rooms that were a class above other National Park hotels we have stayed in.
There was eating choice too, with a great atmosphere in the bar and good food too. Why did everyone disappear at 9 though?

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Oasis at Death Valley

Address: Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328 (Formerly Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort)
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: £192 - £424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Oasis at Death Valley 3.5*
Number of rooms: 290
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ranch at Death Valley, situated in Death Valley National Park, is just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. The Ranch at Death Valley offers accommodations in a casual, family-like setting — the perfect complement to the classic elegance of the Inn at Death Valley. As you wander around the expansive grounds, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to when this site was established as a working ranch. Yet, you’ll enjoy the amenities of modern civilization, like quiet, clean rooms, a spring-fed swimming pool, large grass lawns, sports courts, a children’s playground and the National Park Service Visitor’s Center – which is just a stone’s throw away. So is the 18-hole golf course – the lowest elevation course in the world – and Golf Pro Shop. The Ranch at Death Valley is the ideal place to stay when visiting Death Valley National Park. ... more   less 
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Furnace Creek Inn And Ranch Hotel Death Valley National Park
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