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Over Ranch at Furnace Creek
Kleurrijke rotspartijen worden afgewisseld door enkele afgelegen groene oases, terwijl de lucht in de zomermaanden trilt van de hitte in Death Valley, een desolate, maar vooral mooie en imponerende woestijnvallei. Midden in de vallei ligt de Furnace Creek Ranch. De kamers hier zijn comfortabel ingericht en beschikken over airco en een badkamer met bad/douche. De accommodatie beschikt over diverse faciliteiten, waaronder een zwembad, tennisbaan, een speeltuin, enkele restaurants en een 18-holes golfcourse. U kunt tevens (tegen betaling) paardrijden. Aangezien er niet veel accommodaties in Death Valley zijn is de Furnace Creek Ranch snel volgeboekt, wees er dus vroeg bij!
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: Deze kamers zijn voorzien van airco, televisie, telefoon, koelkastje en compleet ingerichte badkamer.
• Gift shop
• Pilates en yoga lessen
Death Valley, in de staat Californië, maakt deel uit van de Great Basin en de Mojavewoestijn. In het Death Valley National Park zijn naast woestijn ook zoutvlakten, rotsformaties, canyons, zandduinen en bergen te bezoeken.
"Nice, only game in town pretty much, though"
Located centrally in the Furnace Creek area, this is a nice location to spend the night. We stayed at the Ranch. It was comfortable and pretty. A golf course is on site, and this place is near a basic auto repair shop and the Visitor Center. The Harmony Borax Works is nearby as well. Rooms are nice and parking is fairly easy to find. A general store and 3 restaurants are nearby. There is also the nearby Inn, but it is very expensive. We did not try it, but there is a Native American community with a restaurant that sells Indian tacos- good, I am told. In general, food options here are limited, though the food is pretty good. They will not make your bed it you leave anything on it, so keep that in mind. Overall, we would stay there again.
We stayed three nights at the inn. While the bellman was helpful and friendly, the registration staff were dour. Our room, overlooking the garden, was a good size, with a large closet and bathtub. We did not have outdoor seating in our area, but In the multi-story unit alongside our low structure, guests could sit outside and talk and play guitar. Our room had an adjoining door to another guest room, with a large crack underneath, which meant that any talking and movement on in that room could be heard clearly in our room, which was intrusive. During our stay, there were two very large groups, one after the other, staying at the inn. We encountered the first on the fourth floor balcony, a private party that kindly offered us drinks and interesting conversation. The second large group two days later included a lot of children. We encountered about 20 of the group at the pool. Boisterous partying dominated what we had anticipated should be a peaceful and restful amenity of the resort. It was anything but! As we were leaving after a brief dip in the pool, we heard some of the children telling one man that his kids were splashing in the pond on the property, and sure enough, walking back to the room, we saw three young unsupervised boys carousing loudly in the lush landscaping, and no one seeing after them. Later we hoped to escape for some star-gazing to the fourth floor balcony, but this same group was loudly partying up there in the evening. Members of their party could also be heard hollering in the halls and from room to path. So, any sense of enjoying the serene and beautifully situated indulgence of the Furnace Creek Inn, which we'd looked forward to for months, was demolished by this gathering of celebrants. I know other reviews mention the refined atmosphere of this tony property, but this isn't what we experienced at all! Maybe our experience was anomalous... We brought our own food for breakfast and picnic lunches. During our stay, we ate one dinner at the ranch cafe, which offered friendly service and standard diner food. Another night at the saloon at Stovepipe Wells village, a black bean burger and taco salad were a little more palatable as cuisine goes. On our last night, we ate at the restaurant at the Inn, since it was our anniversary. Although we'd reserved our table weeks in advance and called twice subsequently to confirm (and see if we could dine earlier, which we couldn't), when we arrived, there was no record of our reservation. We had to wait while others were seated ahead of us and tables were cleared and set. So the meal started in a bad mood, but our friendly waitress and some drinks cheered us up. The beverages and salads were not too pricey, but the entrees were exorbitant, especially considering the quality. We shared a duck main course, which we paid extra to have the kitchen split, and we paid even more for second servings of mashed potato and vegetable, both of which were reasonable in taste. The duck was over cooked, bland and unpalatable. The date nut bread and date butter were delicious but very, very sweet, like dessert. Years ago, I promised myself that the next time I went to Death Valley, we would treat ourselves to a stay at the Inn. Now that I've done it, I won't ever do so again. It wasn't at all what I imagined, despite its great potential.
"Truly an Oasis in DV"
Yes, we found this property - the Ranch - as good as the reviews, especially compared to other options in the area. The reservation process is easy, the check-in fast and friendly, the accommodation very nice considering it's THE DESERT! and we were grateful for having a choice of restaurants on the complex. The room was spacious, clean and the bed comfy. Plus, there's WiFi! What more can you want, we were happy. There's also a mineral water outdoor pool, which was nice but since it was uber-windy, it was difficult to enjoy, but still worth a swim. Yes, it was more than we wanted to spend on a room but since the property is so centrally located, well-maintained and comprehensive, we didn't mind overall.
"Furnace Creek - 2Hrs from Vegas but a world away "
Great place -super unique ! Horses , pools, restaurants, general store etc.. lots of hiking and unusual things to see in the area . You can stay at the Inn , the ranch , or the camp/RV area. Good things to say about each place - just different
Second stay at the ranch and little has changed in the ten years between stays save that the grounds were greener and the golf course was in far better shape. Rooms are pretty basic, two double beds in ours, but each building has an ice machine, the AC worked, and the bathroom was clean and we had plenty of hot water. We were on the second floor and had a view of part of the golf course. Despite the place being fairly full we were able to park close to our building and of course parking is free. At $150 per night at a senior rate it is about three times what you would pay were you not in the middle of death Valley. Of course you are in Death Valley and unless you want to camp, or stay at the Inn about a mile away that is the rate. You would pay that much in Santa Monica for a similar place near the ocean. We selected the ranch as oppose to the Inn because it is next to the stable, the golf course and the museum and because it is less than half the price of the Inn. I do recommend your having dinner at the Inn as it's no more expensive that the steakhouse at the ranch and much nicer and with a few additional items on the menu. During our two day stay we had lunch and dinner at the Inn. If you're going to Death Valley the ranch is a good place to stay, close to more than half the must see places in this very large park, and with many of the recreation facilities right on your door step - pool, golf, stable, museum and tennis courts. Not fancy but things work and the young staff is nice.
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