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Audrey M from: Baltimore, Maryland
Published Date: Nov, 30, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 2
Good location and view. But bathroom was never cleaned upon arrival. Cleaned it and moved on. Who wants to spend time awaiting for housekeeping to get back to you. Also lock to room door did not work well. Explained this in my review and was told that I would receive a discount that never materialized.
SeattleDoc2010 from: Seattle, Washington
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 21, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 3
Beautiful view, rustic rooms
As always for national park lodges, you are paying a premium to stay in the park, not for the room. Location is great, view from the room was gorgeous. Bathroom had been updated, as had the room. But, room smelled musty, hair left in the bathtub from prior guest. I would come back, but as others have noted, price seems high for what it is.
dtpesca from: London, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 18, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Nice feel about place
We stayed down the road at Big Meadows but drove here twice to eat. Both times the food was definitely better than the offering at our hotel. The gift shop is better with everything you might want to buy. It was dark once when we visited and foggy the other so did not explore the grounds. If I go back to Shenandoah I would opt to stay here
Sukibot from: Arlington, VA
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 12, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Great location for exploring and hiking
We enjoyed our stay at Skyland. Our lodge room was spacious with 2 double beds and a deep closet. Beds were firm and comfortable. Sheets were clean. The view out our balcony was great! Skyland was convenient to the trailheads we needed to take.
The restaurant was good if you ordered right. From my experience, don't order the Southern bowl for breakfast (a bunch of mush) or the trout (tasted freeze-dried). We endorse the pot roast (amazing mountain of meat), burgers, falafel, blackberry cobbler, and French toast and bacon.
There were a few negatives. The bathroom had the worst paint job ever. It's as if somebody didn't bother to scrape the previous stuff off and just painted over it. Even the window was painted shut. The heater controls were completely wiped off (see photo), buttons were missing so you didn't know what controlled what except trial and error. I was worried that I'd get electrocuted pushing on the metal thing instead of the missing buttons, but I'm alive. The heater itself worked fine. Although the windows were clean, the door leading to balcony was grimy. In the screen door there was a dead fly at eye level. These are minor issues that did not impact my enjoyment.
- Value: 3
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
BJRACT from: Washington DC, District of Columbia
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 7, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 1
Just drive past, do not stop here
If you value comfort, if you value peace, if you value money well spent, then drive on. This place is convenient when driving through. That's it. We paid top dollar and got paper thin walls (seriously, it is like people were IN our room talking). The bed is like a rock. With a plastic mattress protector. The air conditioning system is noisy enough to wake the dead and smells weird. The exhaust fan in the bathroom is filthy. The coffee machine jug has a broken handle, which resulted in a burnt hand and water all over the floor. All this after we changed rooms. It smells OLD, which it is, but a bit of air freshener wouldn't go astray. Not enough pillows either. Cold air is coming through around the door. I just looked up the nearest hotel which is 35 minutes away. So tempting to bail on this dump and drive there....but we've sunk $230 into this 'recently renovated room'. What garbage. Oh and now the guests next door are talking again, and their TV is back on. Save yourselves, save your money, save your sanity, DO NOT STAY HERE.
PS there's a barking dog nearby that's been locked in the room alone.