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“Absolutely Horrible Experience Filled with False Advertising” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Front Royal RV Campground

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Front Royal RV Campground
340 S. Front Royal, Shenandoah National Park, VA (Formerly Front Royal KOA)   |  
Hotel amenities
Vienna, Maryland
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Absolutely Horrible Experience Filled with False Advertising”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

Our group rented 8 cabins (7 one room & 1 two room). All but the one 2 room cabin had to be bombed & or cleaned top to bottom for rodents and insects. The 7 cabins were filled with mouse droppings, roaches, mice, spiders and silverfish. We were planning on having a pleasant vacation with family and friends but the first 3 hours of our stay were spent removing mattresses and cleaning from top to bottom. There were boards underneath the mattresses that were covered in black mold (those were tossed outside and not brought back in). The picnic tables were literally falling apart and since there is no level area on the sites you always feel like you are falling forward, backward or to the side. At least two of the cabins had large burn holes inside of them.

The website advertises a pool, hot tub, fishing pond, mini golf, game/ TV room, and a waterslide but the only accessible recreation was the pool, which at initial appearance looked clean until you got in it. I took my family to the pool and once I got in I noticed the pool floor was dirty, the skimmers did not appear to be functioning and once I saw a "lugger" pass by I was done with that! The fishing pond is not accessible for anyone with children or with any type of disability or disease that affects walking (which we had two in our group that suffer with balance due to injury & disease).

The rest room facilities are dirty and run down. There is a sign that says restrooms cleaned from 11am-noon but even after the gentlemen went in to clean the women's bathhouse it was still dirty, so those in our group had to dump bleach all over the showers before using them. the sinks had the same dirt, bugs and grime in them on Sunday as they had on Friday when we arrived. There were no toilet seat covers even though the boxes were on the wall. The shower curtain looked as if it has been there for years and one of the restroom doors didn't even have a latch on it (leaving only 2 toilets to use).

I am seriously considering contacting a lawyer for false advertisement because this place was a complete waste of money and full of misleading advertisements, not to mention was the ruin of our once a year vacation.
Every year our family takes a camping trip as our vacation. Without a doubt this was the worst experience we have ever had and a huge disappoint to all of us.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Sterling, Virginia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

We booked a last second cabin reservation at the RV Park, and honestly chose them because no one else in the area had cabins opened that were pet friendly. We became concerned before we left because the reviews were not great - but we went anyways.

I can only speak for the cabin that we stayed in, but it was extremely clean and was maintained well - air conditioner also worked. There were no holes anywhere, however since we are in the woods bugs do get in when you open the door - but again this is the woods - so no insect problems that you wouldn't have anywhere else. The outside around the campsite was clean and they had wood gathered in our fire pit when we arrived. I cant speak for the mini golf, playground, or pool area because we did not use those facilities. I can say that the cabins were very clean, the RV/camper spots looked to be well maintained, and the bathrooms and showers were VERY clean. The couple that owns the place do have accents but definitely not hard to understand them - and they are very nice.

Now there is the "fishing pond" - We took our dogs down 3 times, definitely would not recommend the trail for anyone who actually needs a trail - because it is more of a ditch - but we liked it and the dogs had a great time in the water.

Anyways, we had a great time in the area - close to restaurants, vineyards, and the Skyline caverns. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Front Royal
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2010

Every thing that is said about this place is true. If I had read this first I would not have come. As it said KOA on my GPS I thought I was safe. Only one night so thats ok. Charge was $37.00 highest so far and not worth it. No picnic table and one next site was burnt. Ashes and tins on site.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Culpeper, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2010

We will never go back to this campground. A lot of false advertisements. They say they have two fishing ponds....don't bother to pack your rods and reels....it's a dangerous goat path to nowhere! It just sucked!!!

Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

We were in a water/electric site. Water leaked making mud so we kept it off when not needed. Nice tree canopy but NO grass and lots of dirt. Sites need gravel and alot of leveling. Missed having a lantern pole. Picnic table badly in need of repair - one bench loose on one end and popped up alot. Table top was uneven and caused spills. Cigarette butts all over the ground. Poison oak and ivy prevalent. Nice plantings in some places around the store area. Putt-putt needs paint, weeding and upgrading - wouldn't take much to make it nice. We thought the pool area was clean but chairs and tables very old and no lounge chairs. We thought it was a KOA but no, not nearly up to those standards. It was not crowded so facilities were adequate but with many more people that would have been a problem. Path to fish pond was steep with ruts and hard to negotiate for older people and small children. The couple operating the campground were friendly and nice to our grandkids. Will probably not repeat this visit unless some upgrades are made to the campground.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Staunton, Virginia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2010

the new owners speak broken english, we had no water for the first 2 hours, the pool was very dirty, the water slide did not work (full of dirt) the hot tub was cold and smelled, the grass was not cut there was nothing for our 3 year old to do. To sum it up they could not pay me enough to stay there again. They are the kings of FALSE ADVERTISEMENT! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. THEY WILL NOT REFUND IT.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Bay, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

This place is now run by carians that can barley speak english, and all there doing is taking your money! The pool is so filthy and smells like urine I don't think thay ever put chemicals in it as it is cloudy, There is no lounge chairs to lay on they have kitchen chairs out there. The slide is nothing but a snake habitate as it it so grown up around it. We were lucky enough to get a cabin (that we booked 2 weeks in advance) but it was the worst on in the place I guess the good cabins are for there family because thats about all that was there this memorial day weekend! That and we witnessed people of there culture taking wood from the owners house mind you they charged an arm and a leg for us to purchase it. There is no snack bar anymore that building is all boarded up! They have the nerve to charge you for put put golf! This place is so run down please take your time away from home someplace else and keep our american dollar in our own country!
We'll be going to Jellystone park next time thats in Lauray VA. American owned thank you!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 340 S. Front Royal, Shenandoah National Park, VA (Formerly Front Royal KOA)
Location: United States > Virginia > Shenandoah National Park
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 Specialty lodging in Shenandoah National Park
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private campground near the entrance to the park. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Front Royal Rv Campground Hotel Shenandoah National Park

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