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Big Meadows Lodge
tello999 from: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Trip Type: Solo travel
Published Date: Feb, 5, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 3
Despite having a great view, my overall experience here was awful... Room was full of cobwebs - not the small cobwebs that pop up after a day or two, but the large ones that take weeks to appear. Heat unit in the room wasn't working, which was a bit of a problem since it was late October and dropped below freezing at night. Obviously, I wasn't expecting the Four Seasons, but for the price of these rooms, I was expecting a bit more. I had a much better experience at Skyland, so if you are looking to stay at lodging inside Shenandoah, try that first.
Ty F from: Baltimore, Maryland
Published Date: Dec, 9, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 4
Great views of the valley
Although we got there before the leaves changed colors, it was lovely to see the grand views from the stops along the way. The Lodge was comfortable, the restaurant was very good, with good service and the gift shop was inviting. You can order food to go from the restaurant and eat it on the veranda or in the central great room.
Although our room was one of the top floor rooms, the undergrowth had become overgrowth in the last 20 years and blocked our view. The little balcony was nice, but the view from the room or lodge was not as spectacular as it was from the outlooks along the way because of the smaller trees.
The room was a little worn, especially one of the leather upholstered chairs. Wall heaters and an in-room HVAC kept us quite comfortable. Not all rooms have HVAC.
This is a Pet Friendly venue. Our Wyatt, enjoyed being with us for an additional $25/night. We were going to take him on a walk on one of the trails, but a sign indicated, "No Pets." Probably a good idea. He might have made a nice snack for a bear.
Bridget L from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 24, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 1
Mold....Rude Staff....Beautiful Scenery
We stayed at this lodge after doing our fair share of research, we were aware of the issues mentioned by other travels but gave it a chance anyways. I have stayed in hotels all over the world and slept in just as many tents. I would have preferred a tent in 19 degree weather to this lodge. Upon arrival we were greeted by lackluster staff, not a huge concern. We grabbed our keys and headed for our room (RM 507). From the time we opened the door it was a disaster and disgusting. I have included photos for your view. Dust everywhere, possibly cob webs, an absolutely horrendous bathroom, and mold...lots of it! I took pictures and presented them to the front desk requesting to move rooms. The response by the woman at the front desk was options 1) stay in your room and housecleaning will take care of it the next day or 2) you can move tonight and check out a day early. I was appalled at the lack of response by the front desk, she was rude and disrespectful. We had driven a long way and decided to stay. After dealing with the wonderful front desk staff we were given the honor of having a terrible dinner in the dining room with the background conversation of the servers that were very pleased to be there. (Sarcasm) The housekeeping did not clean the mold up, I have dated pictures, and the next evening another couple stated to us that they had the WORST meal of their lives at the lodge dinning room. It was a surreal experience to pay a decent amount for a room and have one of the worst stays we have had with a hotel/lodge. I recommend you look at Skyland Lodge. They have a coffee shop and overall seemed much better. We will NEVER return to this lodge nor recommend it to anyone we know. - Side note: the lodge did give us $60 off our first night but only after being reminded when they presented us with the original bill.
almostfloridanative from: Orlando, Florida
Published Date: Nov, 18, 2018 Travel Date: May, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
A nice retreat
The big draw of this lodge, without doubt, is the setting. However, the designers have done a wonderful job of maximizing the views and enjoyment of this setting, with its cozy, window-lined common room and its sunset-view dining. I would return in a heartbeat. Our one dislike was that we stayed in the annex, not the lodge itself, and the walls were paper thin. Lights sleepers beware. I could hope that the main lodge is a little more solidly constructed; that's were I'd stay next time.
ankitg445 from: Vienna, Virginia
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 12, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 4
Nice property. Limited views
We loved the property. We had booked 2 queen bed room and it was a very big room. We were little disappointed as we thought there will be great views but the trees block the view of the valley and the mountains.
Parking is limited near the lodge so that could be a problem, especially if it is very cold. There are no microwaves in the rooms or in the common area, so you will have to depend on the restaurants in the premises for food.
But despite all this, it is a wonderful property and we loved it. A lot of people go to Shenandoah for day only trips. We will recommend that you stay here for a night or two as you will love it.
- Rooms: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 4