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Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort
Brooklyn New York, USA
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30 reviews
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“Nice place. Good food.”
Reviewed 12 April 2012

I stayed at the Ranch for five days with family (spouse, brother, sister-in-law, nephew, Dad/Grandpa). We had a great time. It is a short drive to many hikes and sights.

The Ranch itself is a grassy oasis amid starkly arid surroundings. The rooms are clean and well kept. We lounged around some in the grassy field by the pool and courts on several afternoons. And the “warm-spring fed pool” is a must. It seemed to be un-chlorinated and my impression was that the water is constantly renewed. Plus it is warm. Prefect for mid-March days that were in the high 70’s. The food at all the restaurants is good, and pretty much the same even though the prices vary some from place to place.

Only one mild warning: the coffee provided in the room was so bad that even I could tell. So if you’re finicky about coffee, head straight to the café in the morning.

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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We stayed at the Furnace Creek Ranch since the Inn was full and far more expensive. The Ranch resort is a busy spot, buzzing with activity in the early evening on. Our room at the Ranch was $240 a night, I think, so hardly a bargain for something that is essentially a glorified motel. There were 4 of us (parents, and teens 13 and 17) so that was ok. Parking can be hard to come by in the evening but we were there during spring break so that was expected. The (mostly European) crowds tended to stay at the pool during the day so we had the park essentially to ourselves during the day! We stayed in a standard room with 2 queens in a two-story structure but there were other accommodations. In order to fit a rollaway bed for our 13-year-old son, we had to move some of the bedroom furniture out on the tiny balcony, at the suggestion of the housekeeping staff. Everything was clean and housekeeping did a very good job. My biggest fear is unclean bedcovers, but everything was changeable (and presumably changed) between guests. Also did not experience the dreadful closed-in smell of motels where you can't open the windows. Breakfast at the 49er Café was very good and plentiful and the fruit was surprisingly tasty and fresh for such an isolated location. Dinner was ok, with very long wait times (no reservations). Service was friendly and excellent, and they have takeout! We did not eat at the Steakhouse which seemed terribly overpriced. We were glad to be able to purchase sandwiches and some basic food from the shop, which seemed to stock a bit of everything (all overpriced but it all comes from so faraway...). Quality was uneven, with fresh fruit looked awful but prepared fruit salad bowls to die for, on those days when they had them. There was also a Frontier-themed outdoor option for brisket, beans, corn, etc, with music but at $28 per adult, that was a bit pricy for us. Of course eating at the same two places for 5 days got tedious and there was very little in the way of healthful dining. Great little museum onsite with very knowledgeable and fun docent inside. There is a small patio with seating and firepits near the restaurants but it would be nice to have a few more areas when people could gather, eat a picnic, etc. Other activities: basketball, shuffleboard, horseback-riding, wagon rides, playground, and I'm probably forgetting something! Pool needs sprucing up (no towels available either). Don't forget to send a postcard for that Death Valley postmark and chat with the post-mistress who is that tiny post office's only employee, and hand-cancels every postcard (or allows you/your children to do your own). If we go back to the area, we will definitely return because there are virtually no other options AND because it turned out to be very satisfying, in a wonderful location, close to gorgeous hikes. Tried to upload 6 pictures but photo uploader is not working :(

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Hastings
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We stayed in the Ranch part and had a chalet style room. It was very small but pleasant enough and clean. It has a pub, cafe and a restaurant on site. We ate in the pub and it was perfectly good with only slightly inflated prices. Their shop is very very expensive so stock up before you get there (there was a fridge in our room so we took everything with us). Staying in the valley itself was amazing so overall you get what you pay for - it's just in this case you're paying for the location.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed 11 April 2012 via mobile

Not sure why the poor reviews? First you are a 100 miles from anywhere?..In one of the most desolate places in America. The hotel is beautiful a gem in the desert. The staff was outstanding especially the valet/bellman. The rooms are very traditional ours was built in 1928 and had all the things you would need. Especially AC. Faucets were brass from the time period. We had room 107 with a great view. Lots to do and great location for all the main things to see. Plan your visit when there is no moon so you can see more stars than ou thought possible. Also visit the furnace Creek Ranch the food at the 49er Café was fantastic very quaint and enjoyable evening. we highly recommend the furnace Creek Ranch the place to stay in death valley.

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Baltimore, MD
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

The Ranch at Furnace Creek is well-maintained, lively and fun with a friendly sort of vibe to it. It has a variety of places to eat, a gift/sundries shop, and lots of activities to keep everyone busy. It even has a cool museum right in the middle of it. We rented one of the cabin rooms which are located on a tree-lined street at the front of the resort. We expected the location to be noisy but we were pleasantly surprised that almost all the resort traffic was on the other side of the registration building, closer to the restaurants. In retrospect, though, we probably should have spent a few more dollars and stayed in a larger room. The cabin room would have been fine for two but was just a little too cozy for three of us. The centralized location of the Ranch is great for visiting Death Valley NP. We could have happily spent a week visiting the park and relaxing at the Ranch.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Pleasanton, CA
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

You have two choices in Death Valley - the Inn or the Ranch. The Inn is obviously very nice, and much more expensive. I think it was $199 for the Ranch vs. $350 for the Inn. I didn't see the rooms at the Inn, but we had dinner there. The food was actually very good at the Inn - definitely worth the one mile trip, and have a drink on the deck overlooking the valley too. But for value, stay at the Ranch. We had a lovely room overlooking the golf course. Not all rooms have such a great view - some look over at the other buildings, but if you can, get a room overlooking the golf course. Rooms have a balcony with french doors, table and chairs. Quite lovely to sit out there was a glass of something. Room had two double beds, very comfortable. Staff was friendly. Overall, the Ranch has more amenities - stables, museum, two restaurants plus a bar, general store, pool, playground etc. The Inn has lovely grounds but seems a bit stodgy and boring.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Concord, CA
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2012

We decided to splurge and stay at this expensive hotel because of its reputation and because we wanted a lovely evening in Death Valley. Unfortunately, the mechanism for the draining the bath tub broke before we got there and the tub would not drain. We discovered it at night when we tried to wash our feet before going to bed. At first the hotel was unable to commit to finding someone to fix it. When they did, the first one they sent was unable to fix it, so he called for a maintenance person who came quickly, but was unable to fix it. Though the problem was not difficult to fix, his problem was that he did not have a big enough screwdriver to open the cover and free up the stopper. We would have to wait until the morning, after 8 to get someone in to fix the drain, so we could take showers. This put our whole next day on hold and instead of a nice picnic breakfast somewhere in Death Valley, we had to wait around for them to figure it out. As compensation, we were only offered 20% off of our bill. When I asked for more, they gave half off, but in retrospect, we got a better value at a Comfort Suites the next night for 1/4 the price.

It's a beautiful spot, though, and you are paying for the privilege of staying there. On the other hand, the management of the hotel should take into account that guests are paying a lot and have a better maintenance staff on hand for moments like this.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Xanterra, Manager at Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort, responded to this review, 16 April 2012
Thank you for your feedback on the Furnace Creek Inn.

I sincerely apologize for the drain issue you experienced in your room. After reading your comments I was frustrated by the though of this problem and the inconvenience it likely caused you. Your room should have been in 100% functioning condition upon arrival. And since our maintenance crew wasn't able to fix it immediately, you should have been offered to relocate to another room. I apologize if this option was not offered. I am, however, relieved that a staff member was able to secure a 50% discount for you to hopefully make up for the inconvenience.

I hope this maintenance issue doesn't prevent you from returning to Furnace Creek and staying at this lodge again. Should you decide to return, please contact me so I can make sure you are fully satisfied with your accommodations.

Rich Jones
General Manager
Furnace Creek Resort
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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:2.5 star — Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort 2.5*
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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