Re: advice on lodging in Death Valley

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Posted by Your Mileage May Vary on January 14, 2004 at 23:45:32:

In Reply to: advice on lodging in Death Valley posted by Janel on January 14, 2004 at 21:01:18:

In August '03 I stayed at both the Panamint Springs and at Furnace Creek Ranch. One was a pleasant stay and the other much less so.

Furnace Creek Ranch, which does have rooms available in May, was well kept, the rooms in fine condition, the AC worked, and they know how to take and keep reservations. Furnace Creek Ranch meet all expectations with no unexpected surprises. Recommended.

Panamint Springs was quite funky. The rooms were in very worn condition, the cooling essentially non functional (in room, after dark, 90+ temps), and sitting outside in front by the room there was a noticable odor of sewage.

On top of all that, we had reserverations for three rooms made well in advance secured with credit card. When we arrived they were only able to provide two rooms. 5 Adults ended up sharing one of the rooms. When dealing with the situation the "manager" was unpleasant to work with. I requested to speak with the owner and she emphatically stated that she was the owner. I've never met the owner but I always thought the owner was a man named Jerry. She suggested since I didn't like having to squeeze a bunch of people into two rooms, that we leave and stay elsewhere. Unfortunately for us, Stovepipe and Furnace Creek were fully booked for that night. We had already checked those alternative as soon as we were told the reservations were fouled up.

In case you think we are overly fussy, we prefer to camp in the remote parts of Death Valley without any amenities other than what we bring ourselves, but in this case we had guests that prefered a roof. I was personally embarassed to have brought my guests to Panamint Springs.

I have read a lot about how friendly and personable the staff at Panamint Spring are. They put on free eat all you want Thanksgiving dinners open to guests and visitors alike. With respect to our experience there must have been a full moon or something the night we visited.

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