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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Expensive but with truly amazing views of the surrounding mountains!

May 16, 2019 ktnivek Chandler, Arizona

Liked the fact that the rooms were clean and the staff were friendly. The downside is that the rooms are kind of dated for the prices being in the luxury range. Still the amenities are nice to have considering you are staying at a hotel in the middle of a desert named Death Valley. We took advantage of the "natural spring-fed pool" and the… Read more
Liked the fact that the rooms were clean and the staff were friendly. The downside is that the rooms are kind of dated for the prices being in the luxury range. Still the amenities are nice to have considering you are staying at a hotel in the middle of a desert named Death Valley. We took advantage of the "natural spring-fed pool" and the water was surprisingly warm despite it being incredibly windy while we stayed within the park. The colorful views of the surrounding mountains were quite spectacular especially during sunrise and sunset. One downside to being in the middle of nowhere is that everything within the park in terms of food and supplies needs to be trucked in from elsewhere and so prices tend to be on the expensive end. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating It Was Just Okay.....

May 12, 2019 cogaha Apex, NC

One thing about Death Valley National Park is that if you are going to have any time at all exploring, you really have to stay in the park, and there are just a few options, so in many ways, you have to take what you can. This hotel provided us a place to stay in a really convenient area of the park, and that is the best thing about it. We were… Read more
One thing about Death Valley National Park is that if you are going to have any time at all exploring, you really have to stay in the park, and there are just a few options, so in many ways, you have to take what you can. This hotel provided us a place to stay in a really convenient area of the park, and that is the best thing about it. We were in the 900 building, which is located at the back of the property and adjacent to a golf course. Things we liked about the room were the little porch outside with rocking chairs and the beds were really comfortable, which is crucial. The bedding seemed new, and the bathroom was updated with new tile and fixtures. So the room was fine -- on the good side of average. The hallway leading to the rooms was dark with really low ceilings and it smelled really gross -- the carpet looked like it had not been replaced in a number of years. The walkway to get into the building had an area where the pavement was missing, and this was covered with a piece of steel that was slippery when it was wet. So the room was okay but the area outside the room was definitely not. The food situation here was really problematic for us. There is a really nice restaurant that charged more than we were willing to pay (when we were there the first menu item was a steak for over $100). The staff there explained that there is a buffet sometimes, but it was not open that night (it was open the next night when we found out that it was around $30 per person, which was crazy). They directed us to the ice cream shop where we could order pizza or a hot dog. We got a pizza, two salads, and three soft drinks - and it was over $60. When we got back to our room with the food, the salads were mostly just lettuce (very few toppings) and I really think the pizza was a frozen pizza that they heated up -- it was NOT good. The next day we found out that the general store on the property has a wide variety of sandwiches and salads, and compared to everything else here, the food was reasonable in price and good. For the rest of our trip, all our meals came from the general store. You can take in your own coffee cup and fill it up. They have ice cream and fresh fruit and all kinds of snacks, so for us, this was the way to go! I think that this property has a lot of potential -- there is a golf course, pool, post office, and a lovely outdoor area with a fountain. They seem to be doing some updates, so maybe all the buildings will get new carpet, etc. I think that would help, but most of all, there needs to be some better food options -- a restaurant with mid-priced entrees that is family-oriented would be a welcome addition. With limited options in the park, we would stay here again -- but we would wish for an overall experience that reflects the prices charged for lodging. Read less
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May 10, 2019 Richard S

Nice place, but stop at a grocery store on the way to bring stuff for breakfast, and preferably lunch. The Ranch restaurant menu has essentially the same price points as the Inn. Oh, and unlike the Inn, you have to ask for bread at the Ranch. Otherwise they’ll place bread plates on the table, but never offer bread.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Way Overpriced and Mediocre

May 8, 2019 Kevin C Las Vegas, Nevada

We were quite disappointed with this location on a recent visit. The hotel room was barely adequate - there were screw holes in the walls, and the heat lamp in the bathroom would not turn off. We had dinner at the Last Kind Word Saloon. The food was bland, not very well prepared, and very expensive. Our bill with tip was $82.00, for a loaded… Read more
We were quite disappointed with this location on a recent visit. The hotel room was barely adequate - there were screw holes in the walls, and the heat lamp in the bathroom would not turn off. We had dinner at the Last Kind Word Saloon. The food was bland, not very well prepared, and very expensive. Our bill with tip was $82.00, for a loaded potato, chicken Alfredo pasta, and two drinks - a beer and a Manhattan Cocktail ($17.!) The bottom line: not a good value. Read less
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May 7, 2019 michaelQ90FJ Suwanee

Resort was fine with reasonable accommodations for a short stay. Nice western style saloon for food and drinks. Had a great time golfing on the adjacent golf course which has the lowest elevation of any course in the world.