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Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort
Palo Alto, California
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“Very nice people, lovely pool”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

I have stayed here twice - once in July when the temperature reached 118F and in March when I came to participate in a 100 mile Death Valley bike ride, which was blessed with perfect weather - cold morning, warm afternoon, low winds. The Ranch is the less expensive, less fancy hotel and it was fine for my purposes. The rooms are fairly large, almost all come with two queen beds, and a balcony or porch. All staff were very nice, helpful, polite and friendly. I love the pool - it's enormous and fed from an underground spring which keeps it at a constant 82F. The restaurants are surprisingly good - i say surprising because usually when there are few options in remote places, they don't bother to go out of their way to present good food. Some tasty vegetarian options and an expansive steak repertoire.There is also a store on the premises which not only sells trinkets, necessaries, etc., but also food, fresh fruit, etc. This property is a sprawling complex, so it doesn't feel cramped. One of these trips to Death Valley i will try the more expensive property, but i would be happy to return to the Ranch.

Room Tip: i liked the one story buildings closer to reception more than the two story buildings in the back.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

I am rating this a 5 comparing it to other National Park accomodations. This is among the best that we have experienced. We stayed at the ranch for two nights in early March and were extremely happy with our experience. We stayed in one of the ranch's cabins and were pleased with how the cabin has been kept up. We have stayed in other "renovated" rooms in National parks that were just re-painted and the upgrades were done poorly. The updates to this cabin were done right. Things that needed to be replaced at the Furnance Creek ranch have been. The cabin had a nice flat screen tv, clean comfortable beds and bed linens, a wall air conditioner and an electric baseboard heater. It was also steps away from the lodges dining establishments and a short walk to the pool (which is hot spring fed and a constant 85 degrees). The lodge also had a nice-looking golf course (we don't play, so we can't vouch for it's quality) that the people we talked to said was nice. We would definately stay here again if we come back to Death Valley.

The room was very clean as well, so a shout out to the housekeeping staff!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Deltaville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

Took the back roads bike trip and this inn was great.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

We wanted to see Death Valley on our trip, but there was very little choice of hotels in the area. Was rather sceptic prior to arrival and this turned out to be justified. Rather expensive for what it is -- in retrospect we should have spent the same money in Las Vegas and gotten a luxury suite.

On the positive side: the hotel has a nice large outdoor pool. We visited in February, and were looking for some sun and warmth (after having visited Grand Canyon, which was on the chilly side) - which we certainly got in Death Valley. Also, saw a coyote just outside our doorstep. That's about it I think.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Xanterra, General Manager at Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 6 March 2012
I'd like to thank you for taking the time to express your opinions regarding the Ranch at Furnace Creek on TripAdvisor. We routinely monitor both positive and negative comments to facilitate our efforts of providing outstanding guest services.

We recognize that our prices for accommodations are in some cases higher than what you might pay for similar accommodations located in metropolitan destinations. Las Vegas, for example, is able to provide high-end accommodations at low prices in part due to the gaming revenue the resorts receive from their guests. When guests stay in the park at one of our facilities, they are paying a higher rate mostly because of the added convenience of being inside the park, and the lack of supplemental income properties outside National Parks are able to receive.

I hope your last experience doesn't prevent you from returning to Furnace Creek and experiencing our usually high standards of in-park lodging. If you do return, please ask for me so I can personally ensure that you are satisfied with your accommodations.

Rich Jones
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Furnace Creek Resort
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

Our experience with the Xanterra operated facilities in the Grand Canyon is so awful that we expected the same at Furnace Creek. We were pleasantly surprised. At the same time as Xanterra does the low and middle end horribly, they do the high end quite well.

The Furnace Creek Inn is a tad expensive but no more so than a high end resort in a place like Laguna Beach. The rooms are really nice and worked really well for our stay which was to do long hikes each day and then clean up for an elegant dinner. We had a great shower, a large walk in closet for our gear, and comfortable beds.

The service overall is great. The food is very good in the dining room.

And the grounds are an amazing contrast to the stark environment that is Death Valley.

We had a couple of lunches at the Furnace Creek Ranch places (saloon and diner) and both were good.

To save money I would recommend the Ranch but it is worth a trip up the hill to the Inn for dinner. If money is not an issue, then the Inn is the place to be.

The Inn price included free golf. If we had done that, it would have been a very middle-range price.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

The pictures they show online are the only 3 nice pictures they have. The rest of the resort is hardly to par. I camped nearby and paid to use their showering facilities at a pretty hefty price. It was around $6.00. I paid for and received my shower ticket. They had a sign that said "no refunds". Which is understandable, after all how can you refund a shower? I left back to my camp to gather my clothes, when I huge storm came up and started blowing away our tents so I had to stay back. This was just prior to the showers closing, so the storm delayed me long enough that the showers has already closed. The next morning I went back to try to take a shower and they told me that ticket I had was only good for yesterday and I need to buy another ticket. I tried explaining my predicament and they didn't care. In fact, they are were very matter-of-fact about the whole situation and didn't even try to negotiate a discount or anything. I had to pay $12.00 for one shower and poor customer service to boot. And the grounds look like they are a relic from the 60's, very disappointing.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Xanterra, General Manager at Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 6 March 2012
Thank you for posting your sincere comments on TripAdvisor. We have considered whether to offer the resort showers and spring-fed pool facilities to campers who stay at NPS campgrounds for quite some time. We have made the swimming pool, which has been remodeled with new shade structures and lounge seating, and showers available to campers for many years as a convenience. If you would like personal assistance with resolving this issue, please contact me directly at your convenience. As with all guests, your satisfaction is my top priority.

Rich Jones
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Furnace Creek Resort
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Kirkland, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

There are two parts to this resort, the Ranch and the Resort. The Ranch is cheaper by half and has most of the restaurants, general store and the borax Museum. It is by far the better deal. While we didn't see the rooms in the Resort, there was only one small gift shop which closed before 5, a lobby bar with limited seating and a dining room that insists in a dress code. Fine if that's your style but not particularly complementary to travellers.

Both places charge above average rates for the level of facilities they offer. The Ranch is very neat but the buildings show their age inspite of attempts at modernization. There are no microwaves in the rooms so the frozen food offered by the general store is only targeted at the RV park.

The food is good but you'll pay a couple of bucks more than you would outside the park. The gas prices however are outrageous. Gas costs roughly $2 more per gallon than outside the park and $1 more than in Panamint Springs so fill up before you go to the park.

In spite of all this, if you really want to experience Death Valley (and you definitely should) you need to stay at this resort. It is pretty much in the middle of all the attractions. It is very easy to experience the main areas of the Valley in a couple of days if you home base from this resort.

So in spite of the pretty obvious price gouging going on the Death Valley experience makes it worth it. Just plan your advance purchases so you spend as little as possible at the resort. We easily made it into the park, the major attractions (except Scotty's Castle area) and back out over 3 days on one tank of gas.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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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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