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Lovely cabin in the woods!
User: TXMARTINS from: Atlanta, Georgia
Published Date: Oct, 26, 2020
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
Loved this resort as we tucked back into a cabin with a separate bedroom and enjoyed a fire by night as the kids slept. The staff came & started a fire & we curled up to read with vents open to allow in some cooler air. Easy parking, bathrooms recently updated & dining room with great COVID precautions in place. Overall a fantastic place to stay in the heart of Shenandoah.

AWFUL! Dirty old and gross
User: BRfromSoCal from: Rancho Santa Fe, California
Published Date: Oct, 25, 2020
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020
Rating: 1
Was sold a cabin with fireplace when talking to 800#, received cheapest cabin with moldy smell and 3 beds in 1 room. Gross. Complained and was moved to a room with a ceiling FULL of ladybugs. ICK. Third room was ok but they wouldn’t let us have it for 2nd night. Moved us to “premier room” at Big Meadow Resort 10 miles down the road. Moldy bathroom walls, cockroaches and moldy ac. So disappointed. I read all these great online reviews and I can’t figure out how this resort is still open. Needs MAJOR overhaul. I’d suggest you come for the day hikes then stay elsewhere. Disgusting.
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A perfectly fine home during fall foliage escape
User: RiverSpirit from: Wash., DC
Published Date: Oct, 25, 2020
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
OK, there's a pandemic, and many people want to escape city or home for some mountain hiking, and we went on a weekday in peak of fall foliage. We were lucky to get 1 night in Laurel section of rooms (wanted 2 nights). Plusses: They were open! The take-out cafe was operating and coffee good. The taproom was open. And dining room open, but with limited seating and not open past 8pm I think. Staff there were very very nice. The room was like a standard motel room, not Marriott level. But the shower tub was good, the TV worked, there was icemaker nearby, and the view on private balcony was just grrrrreat at sunset. If you don't have misplaced expectations and do appreciate having any lodging smack in middle of Skyline Drive, you'll be OK. Two improvements I would suggest: the beds could be updated to be more comfortable and more quiet. And the gift store oddly had no books or guides on exploring Skyline Drive trails. If you do go and hike, bring a mask for the trails: can be narrow and popular, esp. on a weekend. Quite a few parking lots (not overlooks) were very full by noon. But you have many choices of hike types.
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Truly Disgusting
User: KKP95 from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 24, 2020
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020
Rating: 1
This place was so disgusting that we literally couldn’t stay. We got in pretty late around 11:00pm, and we were exhausted. We were disappointed to see that the room wasn’t swept and there were bugs and debris all in the floor, but we put up with it. We opened the shower to find that there were hairs all in the bathroom. Since we were tired, we tried to overlook it and just skip showering. The final straw was when we pulled back the covers and there were hairs in the bed. We went to the front desk and got a refund and left. Unfortunately we didn’t get a different hotel until around 2:00am so it kind of ruined our time in the park the next day (we are roadtrippers so we were just there for one day and had to leave for our next destination). I just don’t understand how they can claim that they are cleaning properly during a pandemic when they literally can’t even do the bare minimum of providing clean sheets and sweeping. I have stayed in several National Park lodgings across the country, so I am used to the more rustic style; however, there is a big difference between rustic and downright dirty. Just do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.

About Location, Views could be so much better
User: Lydia F from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 24, 2020
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
The number one reason to stay here is location. You can hit the trails early before they get crowded. The staff were also warm and welcoming. The food was okay, I wish they had more options for their to go menu. The alcoholic beverages in the gift shop were surprisingly reasonably priced. The room had been recently renovated and was nice and spacious with a table to sit and eat at. There was also spotty WiFi which was actually a nice surprise as I had been expecting none. The floor is thin, so if you have people above you or probably next to you you will hear them. My one big gripe is that there is a lot of young scrub growth that has been allowed recently to grow up between the unit yards and the overlook. This completely obscures for many units what was once obviously an amazing view of the valley and could be again. Obviously nobody is asking for forests to be cut or complaining about trees off in the distance, we are talking about new junk scrub growing up in areas near rooms where it clearly used to be trimmed that completely defeats the purpose of building units facing the valley that were designed to have a view. I paid extra for a premium room with a Mountain View and it could have been amazing if regular ground maintenance that clearly used to be performed was resumed. I would definitely stay again but I would not pay extra for a “Mountain View” again unless they at some point resume ground maintenance.

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