Any hotel at any National Park is going to be pricey. That is a given! I chose the cheapest room knowing it was just to sleep and take a shower. The room was no frills, sans television and telephone. Since I did not have a deluxe room, I did not have a refrigerator. Except for what looked like a few dry noodles on the floor, the room appeared clean and the bed wasn't that bad. The bathroom had dispenser's with soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Complimentary water and coffee were also in the room. The room was small but didn't feel cramped but I was only one person.
Parking was ample and close by. Most rooms had parking right outside their door. There was an ice machine across from my room. In addition, I got a coupon while checking in for a free bag of ice from the general store across the street. A very pleasant surprise was that there is a security guy watching things and walking around. I never felt unsafe but it was still nice to know he was there. Right across from the restaurant was a "computer" room with two computers with internet to use for free. I was not far from the restaurant and saloon which were just steps away. If you wanted to order anything to-go, you order it from the saloon which is connected to the restaurant. The bartender was a bit overwhelmed (and not exactly that friendly) and when I came back for my food forgot my side salad. An appetizer of four chicken taquitos and a small side salad.....$14.00
There is a pool but I was too exhausted to go check it out. The only issue I had was that my keys did not work all the time. I'm not sure if sand is getting into the lock slots or what.
Based on all of the above, you cannot beat the location. You are in the middle of the park and right next to the Mesquite sand dunes which was perfect for getting up at 4:00AM to take sunrise photos. Check in and out was quick. Most of the staff I encountered were friendly.
I spent my first two nights in a hotel in Beatty which was only 30 miles outside of the park. After long days of hiking, driving, and photography through the park, those 30 miles felt like 100. To be inside of the park, especially Death Valley NP, is the only way to go!
On a side-note: Gas is available at the Stovepipe Wells General Store. It is a few cents cheaper then at Furnace Creek which I saw at $6.01 a gallon for premium. If you can hang on till you get to the Nevada side, it was averaging $3.80 or so a gallon over there.
Reserve your room as soon as you can! All three resorts in Death Valley fill up quick!
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