Stayed at the Furnace Creek Ranch, which should not be confused with the Furnace Creek Inn which is about a mile away and considerably more upscale (we pulled into the Inn by mistake on our way into town and became very jealous).
The Ranch is a quaint motor lodge type of resort with the schtick of a western town. There is a museum with an old steam locomotive and 20 mule team wagon. We paid ~$225/night for a ground floor room with two queen size beds. The room was clean and had a small fridge. Our room had a small patio with stunning views of the mountains and magnificent trees. There are gas-fired fire pits where people gather at night to chat and drink.
The pool is very nice and fed by a hot spring, but it is unattended and you must bring your own towels.
There is a gift shop / general store on the property and is well stocked with items that you might want to cook if you have such accommodations. The beer in the general store was the only thing that was reasonably priced. The town is pretty far from everything. There is only one gas station and they know it... gas was over $2/gal more than what it should have been!!! Make sure that you get a full tank in Nevada if you are coming from there.
There are some restaurants and a bar on the premises. We ate at the 49'er; I had the fried chicken and was unimpressed; it lacked flavor and was overpriced. Service was adequate.
The property is reasonably located in the heart of Death Valley. Badwater and Zabriskie Point are a short drive, but Scottie's Castle is much farther.
All in all, a good time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Furnace Creek Inn And Ranch Hotel Death Valley National Park
- Furnace Creek Resort
- Furnace Creek Hotel
- Furnace Creek Ranch
- Furnace Creek Inn Death Valley