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Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
RonnieSEUnitedStates from: Dunedin, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 20, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
It has the Good and the Bad and In Between
Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel/Death Valley Lodge/Lodging Company (Stay from March 10 to 16, 2019)
We reserved a DELUXE Dune View Room months in advance because there are limited lodging options in Death Valley National Park. Be forewarned, the dunes are pretty far away so it’s hard to see them from your deluxe room, but you can easily hike to them. We were glad to have this deluxe room because the less expensive options were very rustic, even lacking a “dresser” or comfortable seating (besides the bed). One person in our group even bemoaned that his room lacked proper door weatherstripping and several inches of sand piled up inside the door. Overall we found it a bit expensive for what we got with a deluxe room option. You are paying a premium for the location. The room/bed was comfortable and the room was quite clean, albeit “worn”. It’s a harsh environment & one has to temper expectations with reality. The place is a bit old and could stand some renovation and deep cleaning (i.e. Encrusted Sand/dirt in bathroom corners). The housekeeping staff is very friendly and works super hard to accommodate a guest’s requests. We especially loved the tasty fresh coffee in the lodge lobby starting at 6:00 am. There is also a small swimming pool on the premises. It was a bit chilly at night in mid-March and the heater worked well in the cabin. The front desk staff was very friendly, helpful and fun to talk to. As for restaurant menu and food offerings we were not impressed; the breakfast buffet was not very good in taste and presentation. Definitely too expensive for the offering. When we were there the Saloon restaurant also had a staffing problem with an overwrought waitress. The closest additional dining options are in Furnace Creek , quite a few miles up the road, and higher prices. It would be nice for the Stovepipe rooms to offer an “electric” kettle so guests can enjoy their own tea and bring their own coffee for longer stays. The Keurig systems are not very environmentally friendly and we would have liked hot water for tea. We would recommend the Stovepipe Lodge, but with a deluxe room selection. The surrounding vistas are priceless; and it’s an easy drive from the Las Vegas airport. You can also easily access the other sites of interest in this spectacular National Park.
Chuck C from: Laytonsville, Maryland
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Mar, 19, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Comfortable. friendly, great location.
When we arrived at Stovepipe Wells motel, it didn't look like much. But, the staff was friendly, the stores had anything we needed, from souvenirs to snacks, the restaurants were good, the bar well stocked, and the room was very comfortable. In particular the bed, which was great for my wife who has a bad back. PLUS, it is in a great location! Very close to the dunes. Not far from many beautiful places and great hikes. Thanks to everyone who made our trip great.
Phoenix_AZBeth from: Phoenix, AZ
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Everything you need in an amazing place
We stayed for two nights in a deluxe, double queen room. You are paying a premium to stay in the park, but this was a ‘middle way’ for us - not as expensive as Furnace Creek but more amenities than Panamint Springs. The central location of Stovepipe Wells is a plus as we came in from the south, all the way up the Badwater road from Shoshone. On day two we easily made it to Ubehebe Crater, the Racetrack, Ubehebe Lead Mine, Titus Canyon, and back to Stovepipe in one day. The room was nice and big, bathroom updated, beds decent, and heating unit worked fine. Coffee maker and fridge in the room a big plus. The surrounding views on the property are spectacular. Gas is available but the general store is really more of a souvenir shop. We had brought some food with us from home which was a good idea because there was not much available (an adequate selection of pre-made sandwiches and salads for lunch in our cooler though). Dinner at the saloon for two nights was expensive but satisfying. They had a great selection of local microbrews and service was decent. We did not eat in the main restaurant - it was crowded with families and the menu in the saloon is the same. Window tables have a nice view of the village stop and surrounding mountains. We didn’t visit the pool but it looked well-maintained. Rocking chairs, fire pit, scattered benches and tables were a nice touch. As noted by other reviewers, the tv reception in the room is awful (oddly, the TVs in the saloon worked great). I know you don’t come to Death Valley to watch tv, but after a long day outdoors, it’s nice sometimes to check in on the rest of the world. There was some limited cell phone reception - enough to text and post photos/ updates. They also offer WiFi and a small business center (thankfully, we had no need for it). In any case, we had a happy stay and the positives far outweighed any negatives. We saw enough of Death Valley to know we will return...I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
ken l from: Seattle, Washington
Trip Type: Solo travel
Published Date: Mar, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Nice place to stay while visiting this great national park
I had a nice clean room. Housekeeping was spot on. The front desk was superb for their help and attention. The cookies in the late afternoon were delicious. Internet is spotty, but you don’t go to Death Valley for the internet. I loved the outdoor patio to sit and read early in the morning or late at night.
The restaurant service was very good. The menu is limited, and the food is just OK. But, if you are still hungry, go across the street to the general store and get a cup of soft serve
- Value: 4
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
John D from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 8, 2019 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
The hotel room we had at Stovewell Pipes was just adequate. It was clean, safe, but nothing that you would want to pay more than $75 a night for if it wasn’t for the location. The beds were fine, firm. The shower was hot with plenty of water. The walls were a bit thin. We had an epic snorer next to us for a couple of nights.
The breakfast buffet was OK. There’s a variety of foods but at $13 per person it’s not cheap. The dinners were much better. I didn’t have one bad meal for dinner and we ate there for seven nights.
Again, you’re paying $200 a night for the location location location. Staying in the park itself is really the best way to see it. Furnace Creek is twice the price and Panamint Springs is too far away from most of the attractions.