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Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
PamF602 from: Holly, Michigan
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jan, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
We stayed 2 nights in a patio room with 1 double and 1 twin bed. The room is super small but it was ok. It had a fridge and was close to the fire pit and our car. The room had a strange odor but they were fully booked. It’s the location that makes it worth while. The general store across the street has a good variety of items including food.
Beth Hampton J from: Asheville, North Carolina
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jan, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
A trip to Death Valley
We love staying in the National Parks, and we know there's a little "roughing it" involved. That's part of the charm of staying in the parks. However, this trip I was disappointed in the customer service a bit. There was a lot of "I don't know," "Nobody's told me about that," "we are out of that," and "that's not functioning right now." While a few employees were very helpful, some seemed bothered to make the effort. That was disappointing.
Otherwise, the room was typical for a national park. Somewhat outdated, but with charm. It was comfortable and clean-ish. It was very convenient to the sand dunes. For some reason, at the only restaurant, they were seating about half the tables. To get a table without an hour wait, we had to be waiting 15 minutes before the doors opened to be seated. Just a warning!
The value of staying in the National Park outweighs the negatives, but I wish they could do a little better.
Published Date: Jan, 4, 2020 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Best hotel in Death Valley
The hotel really worths the price if you compare it with the other two. Room was clean and bottled ice water in the refrigerator. The only downside is the water came out from the shower head is too small.
I'd give this hotel four stars before I stayed another night at The Ranch at Death Valley with twice the room rate and much worse experience.
- Value: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 3
Published Date: Dec, 31, 2019 Travel Date: May, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Great "Base" to explore the Valley
Stovepipe Wells is centrally located and offers an excellent spot to explore Death Valley. The Village has a fine and comfortable Hotel, General Store, Gift Shop and Restaurant. Many of the primary attractions are within a comfortable drive and some are just outside of the village limits. I have stayed here several times and would highly recommend it.
Published Date: Dec, 30, 2019 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Serves basic needs in great location
Our stay was marred by the power outage. The power outage was not their fault but management appeared to be overwhelmed or unprepared for the power outage despite being in the middle of the desert where some mishap like this could happen. For example, there were no flashlights in the room nor were any offered by the front desk. Also, there were no suggestions on how to manage the outage (i.e., letting people hang out in the restaurant, which did have power and heat)
That being said, the rooms were clean, spacious and the hotel itself is good for visiting the sand dunes and mosaic canyon. I agree with the other poster that the blankets were pretty flimsy. The food at the restaurant was much better and more affordable than at the Ranch, which is 30 minutes away and where we also spent some of our nights. I would recommend entering Death Valley from the west, staying here for one night to view the dunes and mosaic canyon (and to get a decent meal at a decent price) and then moving on to the Ranch, which is closer to the Visitor Center and other popular points of interest.
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 3