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“Beautiful Hotel and Surroundings” 4 of 5 stars
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Rocky Gap Casino Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   16701 Lakeview Road NE, Flintstone, MD 21530 (Formerly Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Flintstone
Lynchburg, VA
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Beautiful Hotel and Surroundings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2007

Having family from this area I had driven past the lodge many times and had always meant to book a stay, now I wish I had been able to stay more than one night.
For a family event my brother, my husband and I shared a lakefront view room with two queen beds. Upon arrival we decided to self park instead of valet, and depending on how many cars are already occupying the three level outdoor parking lot you may have perhaps a 50 yard walk to the lobby entrance. If you are parked in the two lower areas you will have to walk up a set of stairs, but they seemed to have ample handicapped parking available alleviating the need for a ramp on the lower levels. We were pleasantly greeted by the front desk attendant, and check in was quick and easy. The lobby was open & inviting and a nice escape from the still chilly weather in western Maryland in April. We were located on the fifth floor, and the rooms seemed to be properly insulated since we never had a problem with noise from others staying on the floor. The room was not unlike a regular room you might find through a chain hotel. Two queen size beds with a comfortable mattress, pillows and bedding, two arm chairs and one ottoman, a desk with chair, one end table between the two beds, an armoire with TV, and a minibar. There was no closet, and the armoire was rather small, but efficient for our needs for just one night. There was a coffee maker and minibar that states it is clearly a minibar, and not a mini refrigerator that would be sufficient enough to hold and store leftover food. The lodge offers mini refrigerators that can be brought to the room for an extra cost, but the minibar was fine for the couple of drinks that we had brought with us.
We ate dinner in the Lakeside Bar (the Signatures Bar and Grill was not open), and though the prices were on the high side the food and service were good. After leaving the hotel in the evening for our family event we returned to the bar later in the evening for a drink only to find that there was only 1 bartender on duty for the entire bar area and at least 40 people from a real estate conference that was being held at the lodge. I wouldn't expect it to be as busy on a regular Wednesday night, but it would have been nice to have a full staff available. The other patrons were loud and obnoxious so we had one drink and returned to our room for the evening. We were happily surprised that in the morning we were the only table in the large Lakeside Restaurant for breakfast. We were seated right by the window and though the food was also on the expensive side our breakfast was great. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the ducks and birds eat from the feeder outside our window while we ate. Even when we were finished there were still only two other tables that had joined the breakfast room.
We had a quick and easy check out, and took a walk around the lodge by the lake before leaving Rocky Gap. The weather was overcast and chilly for us, but I'm sure that when the weather is warmer the trails and activities are a great way to spend your time. Because of our stort stay we did not get a chance to experience the spa, golf course, pool or the exercise room. We would like to return another time for an extended period to take advantage of all that the lodge has to offer.

  • Liked — The Beautiful Surroundings
  • Disliked — Understaffed Restaurant & Bar
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2006

Nice for a getaway, but a little on the expensive side for the quality of the rooms. Actually, expensive for everything - food, drinks, lodging, spa. Lakeside rooms allow the best view. Room rates advertised online were somewhat lower than than what we actually paid. If you've got money to spare, stay here.

  • Liked — spa
  • Disliked — Price
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  • Stayed April 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newton, Massachusetts
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2006

The Rocky Gap Lodge is in an absolutely gorgeous location, overlooking a lake in rural Maryland. Driving in, I was impressed - and wished that I was able to stay for more than one night (unfortunately, my trip was for for business!).

My room, however, left a bit to be desired. While the bathroom appeared to have been renovated, the bedroom - while immaculate - could have used a facelift. The mattress was thin and uncomfortable, the comforter felt cheap, the fixtures seemed to have been bought in bulk from Home Depot and the chairs and ottoman in the little seating area were straight out of my grandmother's living room. The place didn't have the feel of a top-end resort.

Would I stay here again? Maybe. Looked like a great place to spend a few days away with the kids. But, unless they overhaul the rooms, not the best spot for a romantic weekend getaway.

  • Stayed June 2005, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Washington, DC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2006

Rocky Gap is a beautifully scenic hotel convenient to the DC Metro area (less than 2 hour drive, depending on traffic). VERY family friendly-- seems like everyone had kids. Great, supervised activities for kids 5 and up. Hotel offers many activities through its affiliation with the Rocky Gap state park-- canoeing, kayaking, fishing, etc.

The hotel touts itself for its 4 diamond accrediation. The rooms are comfortable, but this is not a *luxury* resort. It's a 4 diamond....barely. Spa and pool seem to have been afterthoughts-- my theory is that these amenities were needed to get the 4 diamond accrediation, so the hotel obliged. Spa looks like it was converted from the hotel's administative offices. The pool is small in a greenhouse indoor/outdoor configuration, which is probably nice in the fall and winter. But for the summer season, the hotel would benefit from a large, resort-like swimming pool.

Downtown Cumberland is a let-down. A few restaurants, a few shops, a few tourist sites, but disappointing. It has a lot of potential, but you won't find any small-town charming scenery like you would on the Cape, New Hope or the like.

The hotel's greatest asset is the natural beauty of its surroundings. Overall, we are pleased with the weekend trip we made. Staying more than 2 nights would be pushing it.

Stayed July 2006
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2006

We just got back from what was supposed to be a three-day stay at Rocky Gap. We only stayed two nights because contrary to what the reservation clerk told us when I made the reservation, there were absolutely no activities going on during the week until season starts in April. We were led to believe there was a campfire every night and an aviary animal feeding and kites every day, things we were looking forward to doing with our 3 year old. Unfortunately, those only took place on the weekends until April.

Only one restaurant was open during our stay, and while the service was good, the food was hit or miss. One thing on your plate would be perfect, but another ice cold or completely unseasoned. And while they had a wonderfully bland menu for kids, the peanut butter and jelly was one of those frozen Smuckers kind.

On the bright side, we had almost the entire place to ourselves. We swam in the indoor heated pool several times a day and only twice did we see anyone else there. The hiking trails near the resort were well marked and several were easy enough for preschooler to go on without wearing himself out.

The room was huge, but there was no place to store milk or medication, and the bed was terrible.

I'm not sure if we'll go back. Maybe after reading other people's reviews of their seasonal stays we might give it another try.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Harford County, Maryland, USA
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2006

Despite little minor things. Our whole stay there was quite an experience! My husband and I definately got the royal treament and met some very nice people. We are planning on going again!

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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150 reviews 150 reviews
72 hotel reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2006

Our group of four women spent two nights in adjoining, lakeview rooms. This was our second visit and, once again, we found the rooms very comfortable and quiet. The lake view is beautiful--ever-changing clouds, refections, birds, sunlight on hills. Our spa treatments were excellent. We had an unusually good yoga class, too.

Now, about the food and drink. My companions said their Bloody Marys were superior, but my Cosmo was disgusting. After that experience, I confined myself to gin and tonic. The restaurant has a spectacular view, but the food is inconsistant. My Caesar salad was very good, but my hamburger dry and overcooked at lunch. At dinner, the soup was excellent but the crabcakes tasted like balls of mashed potatoes. Even the mustard sauce failed to add any zing. The creme brulee was adequate. Our waiter tried to please, but lacked polish. He repeatedly interrupted our conversations with loud questions.

The buffet breakfast was also disappointing. Last year it was very good but this year the eggs were tasteless and the waffles limp. The bacon was very good, as were the fruit and pastries.

We will probably return to the restful atmosphere of Rocky Gap, but we will either order food more carefully or find someplace else to dine.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 16701 Lakeview Road NE, Flintstone, MD 21530 (Formerly Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort)
Location: United States > Maryland > Flintstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Flintstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Rocky Gap Casino Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A popular resort that promises cozy comfort in the woods - it is situated in the heart of Rocky Gap State Park. ... more   less 
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Rocky Gap Lodge And Golf Hotel Flintstone
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