By now I should probably understand that when other reviewers write "quaint" or "rustic", I should run in the other direction. I had read mixed reviews about this hotel before booking but persevered; I should have chosen another option.
Let's start with the positives: The location of the hotel is good in the sense that it is very close to one of the main entrances to Death Valley National Park. Death Valley Junction is indeed a "junction", of two state highways. Towns where one can purchase gas and food are 30-35 miles in any direction, north, south, east and west. So, the hotel is very quiet, and the setting is beautiful in a desert-y way (I live in the desert, so I like deserts). Another plus is the very nice people who run the hotel. I met three different women, when I checked in, had questions, and checked out the next morning, and each one was extremely kind and pleasant. They told us where we could have dinner, the café on the property being closed the day we arrived, and the restaurant where they sent us was a real find (reviewed separately). Another plus is that the rates are fairly low for the area - we paid half of what it would have cost to stay at a hotel or ranch INSIDE the national park. So, those are the plus factors.
But... this is a very old property whose owners clearly do not have the capital to upgrade it or even keep it in reasonable repair. And the rates are high for the kind of facility that it is. This stay was part of a 6-day budget trip from AZ to CA, and it was the most expensive and most run-down place we stayed. The shower stall in my room was missing tiles and the sink faucet had a continuous drip, which also discolored the sink. See attached photos. The beds were adequate, not terrifically comfortable. My traveling companion wanted to re-charge her camera and said she had to unplug the light in her room to use the single outlet available. The hotel does offer WiFi, but it worked primarily in the lounge area of the hotel, not in the rooms, and I was told that there was normally a charge for the WiFi but that they would accept a donation in lieu of the charge, since they are a non-profit outfit. One's heart goes out to the managers, who are trying so hard to make the hotel succeed, but I think the task is beyond them. The facility needs a huge investment of funds, I think, to bring it up to adequate, and this money is clearly not available. So, would I stay there again? No. It was just too basic for me. I know that other reviewers have loved it, and that is great; it's just not my kind of place.
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