The Inn at Death Valley

Death Valley, Kings Canyon and Death Valley

The hotel

Forget everything you’ve imagined: if you think Death Valley is miles of nothingness, you’re in for a surprise. One of those rare ‘oases’ in the desert, this AAA 4 Diamond hotel started welcoming guests in the roaring twenties, and it’s kept its air of gracious hospitality ever since. Unlikely date palm gardens, unfeasibly lush golf fairways, and spring-fed pools filled with ice-age water, seem like mirages against the dry yet spellbinding National Park setting. Reminiscent of old Spanish Missions, its blonde stone walls are capped by deep red tiles. Its dining room hosts fine cuisine, afternoon tea and Sunday brunch and, by sharing services with its western-themed sister hotel, The Ranch, you get extra dining, shopping and entertainment, ideal whether you fancy ‘saloon’ snacks, a spot of stargazing, or a moonlit hay wagon ride.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Right in the depths of Death Valley, you’re surrounded by endless outdoor recreation, from rock climbing to hiking, horse riding and stargazing. It’s just a mile from its sister property, The Ranch, which sits next to the National Park Service Visitor Center, offering seasonal guided walks and talks. For days out, Amargosa Opera House is 30 minutes away and Scotty’s Castle is 60 minutes away. Las Vegas is 120 miles drive away.

Hotel information

66 rooms, suites, and bungalows. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, TV with satellite and movie channels, electric clock, complimentary WiFi, telephone (unlimited local and 800 calls), fridge, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and board, and bathrobes. A rollaway bed* or crib* is available on request in some rooms. Standard King Rooms are in the main tower or terrace above the pool, and have beautiful oasis garden or desert views, a full bath or ¾ bath with shower, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Inn Dining Room (fine dining including Continental, Southwestern, and Pacific-rim menu, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and Sunday Brunch, poolside dining. NB limited Jul-Aug to buffet dinners, with complimentary coffee in lobby and alternative dining at The Ranch sister hotel). Oasis Lounge (limited hours in Jul-Aug). Stargazers Deck (drinks). Room service* (except Jul-Aug). Swimming pool (spring-fed, naturally heated to 27.7˚C). Massage therapy (mid-Oct to mid-May, at The Inn). Sauna (exclusively for The Inn guests). Exercise room (exclusively for The Inn guests). 2 tennis courts. Farabee’s Jeep Rentals (mid-Sep to mid-May). Desert View Watchtower™ (fine gifts, in The Inn’s lobby, limited hours from Jul-Aug). Airport transfers (to Furnace Creek Airstrip). Complimentary WiFi.

Guests at The Inn can use facilities at the sister hotel, The Ranch, including: The Wrangler Steakhouse (full-service dinners). Forty Niner Café (western Americana menu, cocktails, breakfast, lunch and dinner). Corkscrew Saloon (snacks and light bites menu, local and premium international drinks, jukebox, sports TVs). The 19th Hole (American menu, bar and grill, golf cart drive up service, seasonal). Additional swimming pool (also spring-fed and naturally heated to 27.7˚C). Furnace Creek Golf Course (18 holes, world’s lowest golf course, Golf Pro Shop). Additional tennis court. Basketball. Volleyball. Bocce Ball. Putting green. Shuffleboard. Furnace Creek Stables (horse riding, carriage and hay wagon rides, occasional moonlight rides, Oct to mid-May). Bike rental* (except in summer). Ranch General Store (groceries, drinks, and souvenirs). Borax Museum (oldest structure in Death Valley, gifts associated with area). Fred Harvey Trading Company (gift shop). Playground. Service station (for fuel, at Furnace Creek Resort).

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: The Inn at Death Valley operates on a limited basis during the months of Jul-Aug.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Was expecting better…

Jul 17, 2021 steber135

While entering our room, the bad smell was enough for us to turn around immediately, and drive back to the front desk. Our second room, in a building even further back on the property smelled just as bad. We figured, “Let’s just go to the pool and cool off”. The bottom of the pool in the deep end was so gross looking. I don’t know if it was… Read more
While entering our room, the bad smell was enough for us to turn around immediately, and drive back to the front desk. Our second room, in a building even further back on the property smelled just as bad. We figured, “Let’s just go to the pool and cool off”. The bottom of the pool in the deep end was so gross looking. I don’t know if it was just dirt or many, many rust spots. It was just awful looking. The warmer pool temperature wasn’t a big deal, but the poor quality lounge chairs and lack of shade was ridiculous. They really can’t provide ANY umbrellas around the pool??? After my husband burned his hand on the ladder getting out of the pool and having no shaded area around the pool, we lasted about 10 min before we left. Others were just as irritated. We went to the general store and could not believe the prices. It was ridiculous. We grabbed a few soft drinks, and then after reviewing the menu at the hotel restaurant, we decided to drive over an hour away, for dinner. I really wish we would have made reservations at the Inn, instead of the ranch. The photos of their pool, alone, would have been well worth the $400 price tag. We really overpaid for the Ranch. Very outdated. We were glad to leave early the next morning. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Do not stay here

Jul 11, 2021 KF1890 New York City, New York

Originally booked a day 1/2 here but left early. The hotel room was dirty as was the hallway. Multiple doors to empty unserviced rooms were left open. When I went to get something from the car I came back in & there were 2 bullfrogs in the hallways. Then when I went to turn down my bed for the night spiders crawled out. Not to mention the hotel… Read more
Originally booked a day 1/2 here but left early. The hotel room was dirty as was the hallway. Multiple doors to empty unserviced rooms were left open. When I went to get something from the car I came back in & there were 2 bullfrogs in the hallways. Then when I went to turn down my bed for the night spiders crawled out. Not to mention the hotel restaurant price gouges you- $150 for 2 sandals 2 beers & a thing if ribs. Save yourself stay at an air b&b. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Why have they let the pool fall into disrepair?

Jul 8, 2021 m_j_s_23563 Hoboken, New Jersey

This was our second time at the Ranch at Death Valley. The location is great, right in the middle of the park. The staff were friendly and the restaurant was pleasant and we ate there a few times. The shop was useful for gifts and for snacks/drinks throughout the day. Our room had a strange musky smell to it, so we changed as soon as we got it.… Read more
This was our second time at the Ranch at Death Valley. The location is great, right in the middle of the park. The staff were friendly and the restaurant was pleasant and we ate there a few times. The shop was useful for gifts and for snacks/drinks throughout the day. Our room had a strange musky smell to it, so we changed as soon as we got it. We wondered if it was just us but we were approach by someone else who had the same problem asking if our room smelled musky too. We recommended they ask to switch ASAP. The biggest disappointment was how the hotel had let the pool area fall into such disrepair. It seems like elsewhere the hotel is underground renovations and perhaps the pool is lined up to be done in the future. But as it stands it seemed to be a bad condition. There were many workers eating in the same restaurant as guests so clearly covid hasn't stopped that work from going ahead. The gates going into it often didn't work with your room key which might mean you can't get in unless someone else lets you (it seems like everyone understood to leave the security gates ajar?). All of the paint was coming off the dilapidated main building as it appeared to fall apart. All of the chair s and loungers seemed broken and stained. The bottom of the pool seemed dirty and wasn't being maintained and/or painted/repaired. Surrounding one end of the pool was a load of dirty and torn tarps which looked especially bad and easily fixable. The spring fed pool is the highlight of this hotel so, even allowing for covid, how the management had let it get into this state is a mystery. Fix the gate, give it a lick of paint, replace the broken gates, buy and secure a few new tarp - how hard could this possibly be? Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A pleasant surprise

Jul 2, 2021 Jackie A

This place was a pleasant surprise. Given that they seem to be the only operation in Death Valley, I didn’t have high expectations. Lovely property, decent rooms, beautiful and well-stocked general store. They just need to provide more directions for the reception, for there a few scattered properties, and no signs of which is which,nor where… Read more
This place was a pleasant surprise. Given that they seem to be the only operation in Death Valley, I didn’t have high expectations. Lovely property, decent rooms, beautiful and well-stocked general store. They just need to provide more directions for the reception, for there a few scattered properties, and no signs of which is which,nor where reception is. Good wifi! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Views with Expensive Meals

Jun 25, 2021 Lori I Owings, Maryland

The view was beautiful. The room was nice and clean. It was very comfortable for us. The pool was refreshing, but could use a good vacuuming. The food was very good, but expensive. We needed to eat three meals a day there which became quite costly. They are able to price gouge as it's the only restaurant around for miles. It would be nice to… Read more
The view was beautiful. The room was nice and clean. It was very comfortable for us. The pool was refreshing, but could use a good vacuuming. The food was very good, but expensive. We needed to eat three meals a day there which became quite costly. They are able to price gouge as it's the only restaurant around for miles. It would be nice to have some offerings that are half the size for considerably less. Every employee we came in contact with were accommodating and friendly. Read less