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.

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Dec 6, 2020 Mike B Newport Beach, California

1. If you are a vet you are entitled to a discount, but you have to ask at time of booking. If booking on line, phone Ranch directly and they will adjust your cost. 2. Protest the "Resort Fees." Yes, you can use the pool till 11:00PM, but it's usually filled with kids playing Marco Polo.................unless you have kids and you want them out… Read more
1. If you are a vet you are entitled to a discount, but you have to ask at time of booking. If booking on line, phone Ranch directly and they will adjust your cost. 2. Protest the "Resort Fees." Yes, you can use the pool till 11:00PM, but it's usually filled with kids playing Marco Polo.................unless you have kids and you want them out of your hair. 3. Dinner is expensive here. Consider getting a pizza at the ice cream place next to the General Store and eating it out by the fountain. Bring your own beverage. 4. They have an electric charge station for electric cars. 5. Make sure you see one of only two twenty Mule Team Borax wagons combinations ever made. It's slowly rotting away in the outdoor museum. 6. Consider coming here between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The weather is perfect, the crowds lite and sometimes the price is reasonable. 7. If you feel the price here is too high, with those pesky "Resort Fees" consider staying in Beatty Nevada at the El Portal. Decent and MUCH less expensive. It's about an hour away but the drive is beautiful. Read less
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Nov 29, 2020 Y891QFjoshuag

This hotel is only able to charge these prices due to complete lack of competition. Whoafully overpriced—for accommodation, sundries and restaurants. They lack pride in their service. The public areas are decent, the website looks good, but the rooms are old, minimally cleaned, poorly stocked (we had no toiletries at all). This place may have been… Read more
This hotel is only able to charge these prices due to complete lack of competition. Whoafully overpriced—for accommodation, sundries and restaurants. They lack pride in their service. The public areas are decent, the website looks good, but the rooms are old, minimally cleaned, poorly stocked (we had no toiletries at all). This place may have been lovely once but it is on the back nine now. It’s really too bad because it has serious opportunity to be a first-class destination in a remarkable locale. Read less
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Nov 27, 2020 rudysnapple

I'll start with a disclaimer: it takes a lot for me to be disappointed on vacation, but this place managed to do it. Management/Hospitality: - To start off, The Ranch at Furnace Creek has a sister hotel a couple minutes down the road called The Oasis. In an incredibly inconvenient business model, the hotel registration/concierge desk for both… Read more
I'll start with a disclaimer: it takes a lot for me to be disappointed on vacation, but this place managed to do it. Management/Hospitality: - To start off, The Ranch at Furnace Creek has a sister hotel a couple minutes down the road called The Oasis. In an incredibly inconvenient business model, the hotel registration/concierge desk for both hotels was at the Oasis. Therefore, you have to drive to a separate hotel in order to check-in or communicate with staff regarding your stay the The Ranch. - In what was an absolute logistical nightmare, check-in consisted of a 60-minute wait in a mob of people. I'm not sure if staff was just not prepared or if this is the norm, but guests were forced to create our own lines and order while we waited for an hour to check-in (see photos). - We booked 3 nights at The Ranch, however after night 1 our room key cards no longer worked. We had to contact customer service only to be told to return to the check-in lobby so our cards could be correctly coded. I had the pleasure of waiting in another 45-min line to resolve a mistake I did not cause. Location - The Ranch is located right in the middle of the park, which is convenient when wanting to visit various different sites. Room - As other guests have stated, walls are paper thin. No exaggeration when I say that a conversation in the room next door sounds like it is happening within your room. Very significant lack of privacy. - Room seemed pretty dated and stale. Food - Very limited food options within the hotel area. You have the choice of 2 very expensive restaurants and an expensive deli. The Last Kind Words Saloon had a very cool theme and decorations (see photo), just be prepared to eat standard food for $40+ per plate. - If you plan on staying several days, I recommend driving over to Stovepipe Wells area where they have more options at reasonable prices. Miscellaneous - There is a horseback riding experience located onsite of The Ranch that I definitely recommend! Great prices and was well worth it. Check The Ranch's website for info. - There is also a little outdoor museum worth looking at that is located onsite. Summary - As you'll read in several other reviews, The Ranch falls very short in terms of expectations at the price range this hotel falls in. Being that they are one of the few hotel "resorts" in the Park, it seems like they lack the motivation from other competitors. Due to my experience, I recommend taking your business elsewhere in the Park. Read less
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Nov 22, 2020 howardkIII

Does what you need it to. Reasonable rooms at a decent price. All the services you would want and the food was pretty good. Actually preferred the meals at the ranch vs the more expensive, upscale “inn”. Save your money and eat here
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Nov 19, 2020 KatyD12345 Los Angeles, California

I received a marketing email about road tripping to Death Valley National Park and the Oasis at Death Valley was the recommended lodging. So I had to add this to my recent road trip through Eastern California. This hotel has some pluses and minuses, but overall I was comfortable staying here. There are two properties owned by this company - The… Read more
I received a marketing email about road tripping to Death Valley National Park and the Oasis at Death Valley was the recommended lodging. So I had to add this to my recent road trip through Eastern California. This hotel has some pluses and minuses, but overall I was comfortable staying here. There are two properties owned by this company - The Ranch at Death Valley and The Inn at Death Valley. The Inn is their higher end location. I stayed at the Ranch. The grounds of the hotel is beautiful and well kept. There’s a general store and restaurant on-site. However, you should make reservations for dinner because the restaurant gets booked fast and the next location to get a bite to eat is about a 45 minute drive away. There is also a pool onsite. The staff was friendly and very helpful! We discussed our plans for the day and they gave suggestions that helped me save some time. They also gave tips on navigating the desert safely. With that said, the hotel is a bit dated and there is visible wear and tear in the lodging buildings such as worn and/or torn carpeting. However, the rooms are clean. Overall, I would consider staying here again. Read less