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“Desert fun” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel

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Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Hong Kong, China
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39 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Desert fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

This is all about location. You pay for the experience of solitude away from hoards of tourists and coaches. Hotel rooms are motel quality and the AC is loud however the rooms were very clean with plenty of towels and a refrigerator. Get up at dawn, grab a cup of free coffee from the rec room and marvel at nature.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Stovepipe is in the park which is the only reason to stay. You literally cannot check in until 4:00 p.m. We arrived at 3:58 and had to wait two minutes with other guest standing around waiting for 4:00 with the staff sitting around waiting for two minutes. Meals are serverd at specific times so we had to wait until 6:30 p.m. for the restaurant to open to eat. If you are from different time zones, waiting for pacific times may be an issue especially with kids. From the other reviews, we decided to stay on the safe side and ordered a cheeseburger which was amazingly terrible at the restraurant. It was undercooked and overly salted.

The rooms were fairly large and they do have AC and it is very loud, so not for light sleepers. The walls between the rooms are also very thin and you can hear everything; however, the AC does drown out most sounds when it is on. You can take a shower standing up right if you are very short. If you are taller than 5 feet you will have to duck down. The tub is very slippery and I almost hit my head from tryihng to bend down to wash my hair. There is no mat in the tub to prevent slipping, so you may want to bring one along.

Other than the fact that it is in a National Park, there is no other reason to stay here.

The service is OK but you do everything on the resorts time. The room was clean. Everything including the room is overpriced for what you get.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Northern California
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

We first started coming to Stovepipe Wells many years ago, and this is my second review of the motel. Sadly, I feel I have to report that the place is, like the title of my review, not worth the price but, unfortunately, the only game in town.

Our room was $130 per night. We stayed in the Panamints portion of the motel. No fridge. What? It is 101 degrees F out and no fridge in the room? Piles of sand on the window sill. Yes, I know this is the desert and there were minor sand storms while we were there, but how about sweeping it up while we are exploring for the day?

The first day we were out exploring, we came back at 3pm to find the room not yet made up. After exploring a little more, we came back a little later to find the beds made but (1) overflowing trash cans not emptied and (2) our wet towels still left sitting on the floor of the bathroom - left there because, at most motels/hotels, that signifies we'd like to have our towels replaced. The next day, again, a very late cleanup of the room and this time, the pile of sand my son unfortunately left when emptying his shoes after a trip to the sand dunes was still there - right by the front door.

I understand that we are out in the desert. Sand is everywhere. I am fine with a rustic experience - I've stayed here before. But the prices have gone up, and this room and its service is not worth $130 per night.

As for the air conditioning, it was so loud and would go on and off all night that we finally decided to sleep with the windows open. It was hot, but better than the noise of the air conditioner.

Unfortunately, there isn't any other option unless you head into Furnace Creek which is much busier so you trade in the quieter pace of Stovepipe Wells for which you pay $130 a night for a much more touristy experience in Furnace Creek.

I wouldn't let my review stop you from staying at Stovepipe Wells - the location is still stunning and I do prefer the quietness to Furnace Creek with it's tour busses and larger spread. Just know that you are paying a premium for these accommodations.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Anderson, Indiana
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

This place has that old west feel. It is definitely a desert landscape. The motel is old an quirky, which we enjoyed. We were in the Roadrunner building. Our room had had some updates but was still pretty basic. It was clean and comfortable. Our air conditioner looked newer and wasn't overly loud. We had no difficulty with having hot water. We ate dinner and breakfast in the restaurant. The food was fine but nothing special. The staff was helpful and friendly. The lounge was great for coffee and had a couple computers for guests to use. We enjoyed our stay and would stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

Even though I had read the reviews and knew not to expect much I was still a little disappointed. Our room was not charming, just a very small, basic room with no tv, telephone or refrigerator. Wifi only works sometimes and is very slow as it is satellite (netfix won't download). There are very few drawers to put things away. The beds were lumpy and seemed small too. Maybe they are full sized, not queen? I stayed three nights with my two kids, aged 5 and 8, and didn't get a lick of sleep. The air conditioner sounded like a disel truck starting up everytime it cycled on. If you choose to rely on the ceiling fan, your neighbor's ac will wake you up anyway. Or your neighbors will slam their sticky door and wake you! Wish I had brought ear plugs. It was not terrible and on the positive side, we were inside the park. I think if I had paid half the price, I would not have minded at all. We only ate at the restaurant for dinner but it was surprisingly decent and pricing was not bad. The three of us ate dinner there three nights for under $40 each time (no drinks or dessert). My kids really liked the quesadillas, mac-n-cheese (homemade not Kraft!) and chicken strips. My favorite was the tostada salad (no meat) and the cheeseburger. Other reviewers are right about the gas. Buy it across the street. It was $1 a gallon more at Furnace Creek.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank scigrl
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Additional Information about Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel

Property: Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
Address: Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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Region: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price range (per night): ₹ 12,436 - ₹ 19,440
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stovepipe Wells Village hotels, located in the heart of Death Valley National Park, is the ultimate destination for adventure traveler and families searching to explore all that Death Valley has to offer. Authentically western, rustic yet comfortable, Stovepipe Wells Village is a unique, full-service hotel featuring the Badwater Saloon and Tollhouse Restaurant. Our hotel is a full-service destination offering a variety of amenities including a gas station and a full-stocked General Store. After hiking around the badlands, sand dunes and canyons, Stovepipe Wells Village is more than a welcome sight with our friendly, knowledgeable staff, great food and cold drinks. It's a place where history is made and legends born. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel Death Valley National Park
Stovepipe Wells Village Resort

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