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Skyland Resort
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   Mile 41.7 Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah National Park, VA 22835   |  
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Danville, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great get away!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Skyland is not for everybody. It is like a step back in time. I will admit my first time there caught me unprepared for what I found. No phone in the room, no TV, no air conditioner. That was more than 25 years ago. Skyland is treasure sitting right there on the top of the mountain, overlooking the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Now days if you go there, you might find a few rooms with a TV, there is a good chance your cell phone will not work, and your lap top will not get an internet signal. In my book, that is wonderful. If you are addicted to internet or texting or your cell phone, you will not be happy. On the other hand, if you are like me and have enough independence to be able to put your cell phone away for a few days, you will love Skyland. It is historic, and beautiful. Oh, and I have stayed there many many times, and always slept under a blanket, even with no A/C, in July and August. The elevation of this place keeps it nice and cool.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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153 reviews 153 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

While the word resort can mean many things this fits into the typical national park definition of somewhat Spartan. The area and views afforded are resort quality but the amenities are Spartan. That said it is nice to have somewhere to stay that has less luxury but more great natural beauty. The room we stayed in had a great view of the Shenandoah valley which we loved. The room was clean and austere. The beds were comfortable but the bath room needed some updating and repair but was very clean. The restaurant has two areas for dining which offer different menus. One is closer to fine dining(is very good) and one more casual brew pub style. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were very good. We would recommend this location for a great quiet getaway and great hiking and viewing opportunities. We did the Dark Hollow Falls and Hawksbill trails and both offered great views and photo ops.

Room Tip: We chose well in the New Market room building as the view was great and easy to get luggage in and o...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

My husband & I stayed at Skyland for our late-spring honeymoon trip. Although we loved our room, the Main Office and Dining Services will probably prevent us from returning to Skyland.

We loved our room (Raven's Nest) which seemed clean & felt both comfy and spacious, even if overpriced. (Of course, we also loved the Park; so many trails!)

Unfortunately, our dining experience left us with a very bad taste in our mouths. The food was ridiculously overpriced (even for a restaurant located within a National Park). And despite the menu's pretentious claims of serving 'locally grown,' 'organic,' and 'fresh' food, most of what we were served was clearly frozen, or not even in season. They should feel ashamed for making such false claims. Waitstaff service was simply: bad. We typically did not see any waitstaff from the time that our food was served, until the bill came.
(After finding a bug in our food one dinner, & reacting very reasonably about it-it happens--we had to wait over a half hour to get our re-do---and it wasn't even comped!)

The Main-Office staff seemed equally as incompetent--and worse--just-plain-rude. We typically had to wait about 15 minutes to just ask for a trail map (It's a National Park?!) & interestingly, were not met with the same hospitality as were the older customers in front of us, daily. Staff also had zero knowledge about the park & its trails--not at all helpful.

During our checkout, not one staff asked us how our stay was. NOT ONE TIME did one staff ask us how are stay was; how are room was; if we needed anything; if we were enjoying ourselves. (the exception: The horse-stable staff, who were pleasant and courteous.) We stopped at a Cracker Barrel on the way home & laughed at how much better their staff treated us during a packed lunch service, over the staff at Skyland during a slow period.

I highly recommend taking a cooler & packing food for lunches & snacks--we saved hundreds of dollars for our four-day trip by doing this. (They offer a super simple 'hiker's lunch for $15 each.)

I believe that we will visit Shenandoah again--it was gorgeous & worth the drive from Pennsylvania--but we will try different lodging next time.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the Raven's Nest. We slept like babies in the peace & quiet, and also soaked up t...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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North Shore, MA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Keep in mind that the reason you've come is for the breathtaking scenery, access to exceptional recreational activities and countless wildlife viewing opportunities - don't be fooled by the word "resort." Skyland is rustic, no frills lodging with limited amenities and the occasional spider and millipede! You may or may not have a tv in your room (we did - an "old school" set, but our friends did not). Paint was peeling on our friend's bathroom ceiling. Decor is dated. While we found the dining room food to be very good (order breakfast off the menu - buffet is lackluster), the service was horrendous. One morning we waited a half-hour before anyone took our order, at which point we summoned the manager. Carolyn, a waitress from another station, came to our rescue and was excellent. Another night in the Taproom the waiter was visibly shaken by our large party (and a bit rude) - not a good sign with Memorial Day weekend approaching! Our housekeeper, Carol was excellent - pleasant and accommodating - always remembering our extra packet of in-room coffee (which was excellent, by the way). All in all, the Skyland is a good value, especially if you are able to take advantage of a mid-week special. The views are spectacular and it is a wonderful place to relax. We were there to bicycle Skyline Drive with friends and it was a perfect place to stay for this purpose. We may try Great Meadows next trip.

Room Tip: Upper rooms afford the best views, but in warmer weather they may be hotter than the lower levels as...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Tiffin, Ohio
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I enjoyed my stay at the Skyland Resort. We were in the lodge and the view from our balcony was fantastic. It is rustic with their panelled walls, but the room was clean and the beds comfy. Also, we were treated to a buffet for both dinner and breakfast and both were yummy. The pina colada at dinner was delicious.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Parsippany, New Jersey, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Since, there are very few choices of food in Shenandoah valley and this is the first dining place when you enter the Skyline drive after visiting the Luray Caverns, this is the most obvious choice for people to replenish themselves during the lunch time, and that's exactly what we did. First of all there was a huge anaconda snake like queue of people waiting to be seated, there were very few people to serve (but those few, particularly one smiling lady were really busy and I seriously think the management should consider hiring more people for serving and taking hours). We waited for almost 30 mins in the queue and when our turn had finally come, we seated ourselves (Pls note that we had to seat ourselves as there was no one free to offer us a table), The table had not been cleaned and still had the dirty dishes from the previous lunch. We still waited for another 30 mins, we were starving and needed something atleast to fill our stomachs. However, there was no one to attend us. We, very embarrassingly tried attracting the attention of some of them to take our orders but each time we were told "we would be with you in few seconds". Those few seconds never came and we just walked away from the place. Angry and Starving, we stopped at the Big Meadows Dining hall where the service was much better and we could finally have something to eat. A terrible experience in the otherwise pleasant Skyline drive!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had a recent stay at the resort for a family wedding. Basically you're a captive audience for the one dining room in the resort. We had a large party (12) and had to wait over 2 hours for our food! Then the food was marginal and actually bad in some cases to the point of sending items back. Supposedly they are under new management. Management- note to be attentive to your customers and get your kitchen service up to speed. We did not return to the dining room again.

Room Tip: Rooms are dated and pricey but the views are very pretty.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mile 41.7 Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah National Park, VA 22835
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Location: United States > Virginia > Shenandoah National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shenandoah National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Skyland Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 177
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Also Known As:
Skyland Resort Luray
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Skyland Resort Virginia
Skyland Virginia
Skyland Resort Shenandoah
Luray Skyland Resort
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