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Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
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Basic room
User: JDS8888 from: United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: May, 13, 2019
Travel Date: May, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
There is not much choice of rooms inside Death Valley, so prices reflect this. This is really an expensive motel. The room was clean but the thin walls meant we could hear next door.The best thing was the outdoor pool. The staff weren't that helpful at check in/check out and nor in the restaurant, which was a shame as the food was very good. A place just to stopover.
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Desert stopover - nice bar, basic room, noisy aircon
User: TobyA574 from: Guildford, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: May, 7, 2019
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2018
Rating: 3
We stopped here as part of our road trip to break up the journey from Vegas to Yosemite - it's nowhere near halfway but we thought it would be an experience to stay in the desert. I'm not sure what type of room we had but it was small and basic but clean. We were glad we were only there for an overnight to sleep and have a shower before getting on the road again. The air conditioning was extremely noisy and did not make for a good night's sleep, although it did mean we were up nice and early for the long drive to Yosemite! The bar was nice with good service and we ate in there rather than the restaurant. Across the road is a petrol station with a shop where we picked up snacks for breakfast and supplies for the journey. It was definitely an experience coming from the luxury of Vegas!
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Good location in Death Valley, ok rooms
User: BradJill from: Hong Kong, China
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: May, 6, 2019
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
We recently visited Death Valley and spent two nights at the Stovepipe Wells Hotel along Highway 190. This is a the only hotel option in the Stovepipe Wells Village so you take what you can get. Room reservation was made around 4 months in advance directly on the hotel website. Email confirmations were received immediately and we were well received and allowed to check-in half an hour early upon arrival at the front desk. One night deposit was charged upon making our reservation. Final payment was made upon check-out. Lobby is simple and attached to a small gift shop called Golden Nugget. There is a general market store across the street for basic snacks, drinks and petrol. The hotel includes a pretty good restaurant (Toll House) and saloon style bar. There is free parking just outside the rooms. You'll find ice-machine, a large swimming pool and fire pit seating area which is nice in the evenings. Rooms are basic and a bit pricey for what you get. They include enough space for luggage, beds were ok. Not the most comfortable but after a tiring day of hiking, we were able to sleep just fine. Room includes a small desk and flat screen TV. Bathroom is simple, no bar space for toiletries. Shower water pressure in our room was quite weak as well. The room have no wifi nor safe. A/C is loud and unfortunately turns on and off throughout the night. This woke us up quite a few times. Do bring and wear ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. Lighting in the room was just fine. Housekeeping brought us new water bottles but didn't clean room or take out trash. In the end, the Stovepipe Wells hotel is ok if you want a relatively affordable place in the middle of the park. Not the greatest rooms in the world but good enough if you simply need a place to sleep in the evenings after long and hot days at Death Valley.
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Make sure you're given a renovated room - they aren't all updated!
User: CandidCanucks from: Toronto, Canada
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: May, 1, 2019
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
We had a bit of a journey here. Stovepipe Wells was the first stop on our desert journey. We got a room based on our reservation that generally fit the criteria we had asked for (two double queen beds), but when we saw the room itself, we were quite disappointed. The block they assigned us to was NOT the renovated photos that they showed online. It was like a motel; it was stuffy, so small and cramped we couldn't open a suitcase with enough clearance, the bathroom was outdated and we had to do a quick clean to wipe down the place from all the dust. With little kids who touch everything, we tend to prioritize a clean environment and bring Lysol wipes - note these came away pretty dirty with a wipe down. The block closest to the main road, room #9. Our friends were travelling with us and were given a much bigger, better room for a lesser price in a block that was completely renovated, with a porch and view of the desert (furthest block in the south east corner - room 36 we think). We went to the front desk to complain. We were told that the reason our friends got the bigger and better room was that they were upgrading a few rooms, so they were placed there due to a lack of capacity. After an hour or so of talking to front desk staff and then the manager (who was very pleasant and understanding, it should be said). In the end we were upgraded to a much larger (wheelchair accessible) and more comfortable room at no charge that had one king bed (originally before hotel management involvement they tried to charge us $50 extra for the "upgrade"). This upgrade was a "special situation", we were told. The pool is fun, even though it was not heated. It is deep but be careful not to get scraped if you're jumping around: the bottom is rough and hard. Also, the irony is not lost on us that one could drown in the desert (there's no lifeguards). A visit is worth it for the surreal feeling of looking at the desert and swimming around in beautiful, clear water at the same time. Also the Mesquite dunes are easily accessible; less than a mile from the hotel. Breakfast was NOT included here. The Toll Road restaurant in the hotel complex seemed to be the only place around for breakfast. It had a decent selection but we found the value not great for $36 (2 adults, 1 child - children 2 and under are free). The next day, we had a different issue: the door lock would not open at all, despite the best efforts of the front desk to code and recode our room keycard. Several maintenance people came, and it was only the last person who was able to open the room. Fortunately, we were checking out. So, if you choose to stay here, be sure to check that your room key works before you unload all your luggage, or leave a room window unlocked in case you need to get back in (this is not a high-crime area, so far as we could tell). As we drove around the rest of Death Valley, we found the other story as far as accommodation: Furnace Creek Resort (The Ranch)! Wow. Compared to Stovepipe, it's a paradise, albeit a more expensive one. It feels like an actual oasis whereas Stovepipe is more of an outpost to water the horses. Overall: good people, very kind manager, but they really need to update all the facilities and make it clear on their website and confirmation the type of room you pay for, before we'd consider staying again here again. They managed our situation but it did take some advocacy on our part and almost an hour and a half of our time.
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It's still just okay....
User: Tina B from: Nottingham, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Apr, 30, 2019
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
Second experience of Stovepipe Wells and again left feeling a little 'meh'. Rooms are fine as time in the room is minimal, bed was reasonably comfortable. Location is good. Check in was quick and pleasant. Restaurant was awful. All three of us ordered the chilli and it arrived cold. Complained and they were replaced - served said that they should now be really hot as they had microwaved them. Really??? They were still only just lukewarm anyway. Was offered a soft drink refill. 10 minutes later no sign of it so we had to remind the server. It wasn't even as if the restaurant was busy - it was a Sunday night and there were no more than 6 /7 tables in. Worst restaurant experience in our whole 2 week road trip and, because they have a captive audience, they didn't seem to really care all that much....
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