Where to Sleep and Eat in Death Valley National Park – Stovepipe Wells Review

After a hot day exploring Death Valley National Park, Stovepipe Wells was a huge relief! Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel offers authentic western hospitality in the middle of the desert with a comfortable hotel, general store, restaurant, saloon, pool, gift shop, and gasoline. The 83 room hotel provides comfortable, first-floor lodging with scenic views of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and mountain ranges.

We received a discount to facilitate this post.

After miles and miles and miles of nothing but dessert and mountains, Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel is a welcomed destination to retreat to the evening.

We brought plenty of snacks and water with us to Death Valley but we were famished once we checked into Stovepipe Wells. We were happy to enjoy a hearty meal and ice-cold drinks at the saloon for dinner.

The service was friendly and fast – I think they could tell how hot and hungry we were! The decor is 100% western adding to the charm of Stovepipe Wells.

As soon as our tummies were full, we headed to the heated outdoor pool to finally cool off and relax after a full day in the desert. There is nothing more exhilarating than swimming in 120° weather. There was plenty of shaded lounge chairs to relax and jump on wi-fi after a dip in the pool. The one thing that it still confusing to me is how you can get out of a heated pool in the middle of 120° day and still be chilled. With no humility, the air sucks the water right off of your skin, providing an unnatural chill that I’ve only ever experienced in the desert.

We stayed in a double queen room with a view of the sand dunes. There was plenty of room for my family of 4, even when we added a roll-away so our kids didn’t have to share a bed.

The large countertop and sink is on the outside of the bathroom, making it easier to get ready in the morning.

I love the oversized walk-in shower. We are remodeling our master bedroom and bathroom this summer and plan to do something similar to this.

As evening fell (and the temperature), Stovepipe Wells is just as beautiful. Once it was completely dark, we drove to the sand dunes to star gaze. There is nothing as spectacular as star gazing with no light pollution – just an utterly dark sky with the brightest moon I’ve ever seen and thousands of twinkling stars. This is where family memories are made!

At the General Store at Stovepipe Wells, you can stock up on plenty of cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks, and high quality gifts.

The general store has a great selection of Death Valley Gifts as does the gift shop.

We were told that our room as an amazing view of the sunrise at 5am…we had a long day of traveling through Death Valley so we weren’t sure if we’d make it that early but we did…and it sure was worth it!

Many people get up early to explore Death Valley because it is the coolest time of the day, if you plan to spend several days here, I suggest staying at Stovepipe Wells and venturing out in the early mornings and retreating to the hotel during the heat of the day. Unfortunately, we only had time for one night at Stovepipe Wells.


Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
51880 Highway 190
Death Valley, CA 92328

(760) 786-2387


This is part of our Kidifornia Family Adventure Series. Follow us live June 17-28th on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and this Blog! We started our adventure in Nevada because of the new direct flights from Akron Canton Airport to Las Vegas on Spirit Airlines!

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