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Big Meadows Lodge
sladana from: Washington DC, District of Columbia
Published Date: Jan, 2, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
heat in room was oppressive
We had a very cute room on the ground floor terrace overlooking the mountains. The passersby who walked in front of our room made a fair bit of noise and detracted from the privacy. We had to have our windows open due to the heat. Despite a small portable fan in the room, the temperature was horribly oppressive in the evening at the end of September. The WIFI was very unreliable as we seemed to be shut out due to excess capacity - the demand of other users. There was no tv but a huge closet and decorative stone fireplace. The restaurant food was good but our server at breakfast went AWOL. The service at dinner was fine, however.
- Sleep Quality: 2
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 3
Published Date: Nov, 21, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
DARK SKIES! STARS!
We stayed at Skyland, but Big Meadows was recommended by Skyland to see good views of the stars. Come here for a great view of the Milky Way / the stars in the fall. We parked by the fire road, near the meadow. There is a small field there, and the view was spectacular.
We also saw a herd of deer in the Meadow during the day. They seemed used to humans and would walk nearby, just a few yards from everyone.
Published Date: Nov, 4, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Room Renovations and Maintenance
Traditional two double bed room but baseboard heat not working and circuit breaker reset but then must have gone out again within hours. Wall heat not working so used one small portable heater. One bulb in overhead light so bring your own but watch for the dead bugs in the fixture while changing it. Few room areas with dust, hair, rust, peeling paint.
Mostly room clean, beds comfortable, towels soft, shower curtain newish and hot water low pressure readily available. Room pluses include portable humidifier (guest left before?) and USB or 3 prong charging outlets as well as small coffee pot, blow dryer, if you need in summer large standing fan, iron and ironing board. Two albeit old chairs available and bathroom lighting bright which were both a plus.Guests around us must have been quiet because rarely heard them.
Staff all pleasant, check in and out smooth, food in dining room okay for the price.
- Location: 4
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 4
Mike B from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Semi-Rustic, Nostalgic, Back to Nature
Arrived during the fall peak. The views and hiking were spectacular. $250 per night for a two-queen bed room plus box lunches was worth it. The main lodge played 40's music to celebrate 80 years. The food was okay but understandably pricey. The night sky was magnificent. Fireplaces in cabins and main lodge. The interior and back door handles s tohould be upgraded or repaired. The water pressure was low but adequate for showers. Don't drink the water. Drink bottled water instead. The restaurant water tasted okay.
Barbara W from: Smithfield, Virginia
Published Date: Oct, 29, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Beautiful property, rooms need renovations
We have stayed in many lodges and I have to say this was the most disappointing.
"Preferable" room was in need of a LOT of maintenance. A half hour wait for lunch for ANYONE, including those staying at lodge. Long lines at dinner so we opted for the VERY brightly lit pub downstairs. Unfortunately, frozen pizzas and lots of junk food were the only choices but we weren't willing to get on the line that ran all the way out the front door for dinner. This place could be spectacular with a little bit of love and consideration for people staying at the inn. At $279. for the room, you expect something more than broken screens and a broken fireplace screen.
Won't be going back.