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“Flat screen TV vs. State Park Amenities” 3 of 5 stars
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Hawks Nest State Park Lodge
49 Hawks Nest Park Road, Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, WV 25812   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Flat screen TV vs. State Park Amenities”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

It was a bit startling to drive up to the lodge, as the exterior of the building appeared to be covered in something black, and looked like it had not been tended to in many years. We went inside to have lunch, where we were told they had a buffet lunch for $15. Yikes. The server pointed out that this was a good price since it included both beverage and dessert. So we agreed. We ordered tea, only to learn that they were out of tea. I don't know why they couldn't make some, but perhaps that wasn't possible. So we asked if we could have coffee, and were told yes. Then the coffee appeared on our bill for several extra dollars. When we questioned this (since the big benefit of the buffet was that it included beverage), we were told that it doesn't usually include coffee. So you're out of tea, coffee isn't included; what drink is included with the $15 buffet lunch? "Pop" we were told. It was just a curious lunch experience.

Although the rooms appeared to have been updated recently with new cabinets to hold new flat screen TVs, we were disappointed that the state park we came to enjoy appeared to have fallen into disrepair. In the room itself, there was no stopper in the tub, so that the tub could not be used for a bath, and there was a problem with the shower. We commented to one another that we would much prefer to be able to bathe, than to have a new flat screen TV, and we wish the renovation dollars would have been spent on facility and park updates, instead of new TVs. We recognize this is a personal preference, and perhaps the decision makers knew that more people prefer new TVs to nice showers, attractive facilities, good meals and maintained hiking trails. For us, though, this was very disappointing, and left us wondering if the new TVs might have been in preparation for the Boy Scout Jamboree visitors, and the facility is going to be let go afterwards, since everything else appeared to be untended or in a state of disrepair.

We thought the room rate was very high for the quality, although breakfast was included, but was disappointing with very few healthy choices (sugared cereals, donuts, a beverage very reminiscent of tang. There was some oatmeal, but it was so watery that it was difficult to pull up actual oatmeal from the bin.), and all served on Styrofoam, even though it was in the full service restaurant that serves other meals on plates with silverware.

We tried to hike on two different trails, neither of which was well marked and both difficult to find, only to have to abandon each attempt when we realized the trails had not been maintained and were unsafe (wood steps crumbling, eroding, slippery, etc., and this is coming from hikers, not from folks unaccustomed to trails). AWe then tried to find a third trail that was advertised as the newest trail along a railroad bed, but we learned it was available only when the lift car was running, which was very limited hours, as this was the only way to reach the trail. Although we had intended to spend a couple of days hiking and exploring, we shortly realized there was nothing we could do in what was once a wonderful and inviting state park, so we checked out after one night and moved on, really disappointed.

Part of the disappointment for us is that we had just commented with other family that WV had the nicest state parks of any states we knew, and had reminisced about the wonderful parks we used to enjoy years ago. It was against this backdrop that we excitedly planned our visit, so seeing the current state of disrepair, and finding it not possible to enjoy the once inviting amenities was sad to us.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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11 hotel reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My husband and I spent 3 nights at the lodge in a King Suite with a forest view. The room was spacious, the bed was very comfortable and the pillows were perfect. The towels were brand new. My only complaint is the restaurant. The food was lackluster to say the least. It is worth a drive into Fayetteville for some great dining.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Wonderful place to visit the room was one queen and a balcony view everything was super clean the pillows were really flat mattress could stand to be replaced but its a state park I guess you will have that. very impressed with all the things to do at the park. If you hike or fish it would be great fun. The shower heads in shower need replaced. Though the bathroom was very clean as was the room the staff is great and helpful very beautiful hikes and cool tram to ride.. There was a wedding downstairs it was quiet and all cleaned up by ten. No problems there. Not so happy it was so expensive but we had a great time. With a few updates would be worth every penny they ask. I wonder if the suites are nicer? I love the retro look but could use a few updates the towels in bathrooms need replaced they were ragged . I would consider coming for a family trip, but I felt like there wasn't,t much privacy in the room for a quiet time.

Room Tip: Pick a room with a gourge view and a room on the end of the hall it was noisy being in the room in...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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culby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Our room overlooked the gorge, cable car, railroad, and river (the trains go very slowly and don't blow their horn so they don't disturb guests). The lodge is very clean and well-maintained; I would go back in a heartbeat. They have an outdoor pool and several hiking/biking trails. We truly enjoyed the cable car and jet boat. The restaurant overlooks the gorge and they have a basic menu...I had excellent whitefish with a tasty salsa and steamed vegetables. The drive to the lodge on Route 60 is beautiful; don't miss the overlook with views of the hydroelectric dam and river. The bike trail to Ansted is excellent and crosses a beautiful creek.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the gorge side!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Jeannette
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Our stay at Hawks Nest Lodge was wonderful. Yes, the lodge is dated, but it was comfortable and clean. The views from our room #435 was spectacular. The staff was super friendly and helpful. They could use a few more vending machines. We wanted bottled water at night and the 2 machines they had were empty and the gift shop closes at 4:30. Just a little helpful hint to the lodge. We did have a great time!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at this wonderful state park lodge on a motorcycle trip with friends. The rooms were clean and mine had a terrific view of the gorge and the New River Bridge in the distance. The staff were very helpful. The surprising part was the excellent restaurant with delightful cooked to order selections. Best restaurant in all the WV State Parks.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Bolivar, Ohio
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19 hotel reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We just spent the weekend at Hawk's Nest Lodge and had a wonderful experience. Our family is from that part of WV and we have since all scattered. I, along with 3 sisters, took our mother there for a "Girl's Weekend" and the lodge exceeded our expectations. Being in a state park, we did not expect to have a glamorous hotel. What we got was a very clean place to stay, very friendly staff and a view that would knock your socks off. Us sisters stayed in a canyon view suite which was on a corner and had two glass walls. One view was of the forest which was wonderful. The other view was on the gorge side and the view was stunning. The suite was spacious enough for all of us. We got Mama a single room with the gorge view. We sat on the balcony of either room and were entertained by Rocky Raccoon as he/she begged for us to throw food.
The tram took us to the gorge bottom. From there we took the boat ride to view the Hawk's Nest Dam and then to view the New River Bridge from the underside. A word of caution here - you cannot step directly onto the boat. You have to step on a seat and lower yourself into the boat. This concerned us for Mama who is a very young 89. Everyone on the boat was ready to grab her hand and offer help. She made it in and out safely.
We had one dinner at the lodge restaurant and again were pleasantly surprised. The menu is very limited, but the food was very good. And - was very reasonably priced. Five of us had dinner with a 20% tip and the account did not quite total $100.00.
Before I left, I checked a couple of weekend when I could go back with my husband. They are pretty well booked in the summer, so make your reservations early.
I highly recommend this lodge!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 49 Hawks Nest Park Road, Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, WV 25812
Location: United States > West Virginia > Ansted
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Ansted
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