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Inn At Deep Creek
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   19638 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Oakland
Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Wisp weekend at Inn at Deep Creek”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Deep Creek weekend:

My family ( wife and two daughters) planned a long weekend to ski at Wisp Resort in the Deep Creek Lake area of MD. My wife and I both have vacationed in Deep Creek over the years (in both summer and winter seasons), but this was the first time in many years and for our girls, ages eight and 11. Since this was a ski trip, I explored a few lodging options at Wisp, including some of the rental town homes on the mountain, but decided to keep the lodging cost for a three day/two night stay under $500. I settled on the Inn at Deep Creek which is about five miles from the ski resort. Its in a good location near the lake, restaurants, the state park, etc.

The Inn is rustic at first glance. In a different geography, the Inn is an average motel with a lakeside view. I'm sure the charm of the place most likely radiates better in the summer months with its proximity to the lake, but it's a little underwhelming when the sun goes down before 5pm as it does in winter The front desk is staffed by very friendly family members or in-laws ( I assumed they were related in some way when one of the staff said she lived in one of the rooms). There is a pleasant lounge area that runs the length of the first floor and within it are board games, books, a fireplace, comfy sofas and chairs, a computer desk and a snack table that is stocked with coffee and danishes in the morning. Other amenities include free wifi (nice) and loaner ipads(no fee). And I believe there's a small pool and outdoor amenities including grills and a boat dock that you would use in the summer.

As for the room, I have to start with the fact that it wasn't ready when we arrived. We drove up from three hours away that morning, spent a few hours at Wisp and arrived around 2:30pm. This appeared to be the time they started to make our room ready and the desk clerk said it would be an hour. We went to a nearby Pizzario Uno's and returned around 3:40 and still waited another 15-20 minutes. It was Saturday, but The Inn was hardly packed with people and considering most of their guests are driving in from another destination, the delay was a mild annoyance. Our room was on the first floor which meant we could walk right out into the lounge area; in a sense, access to the lounge expands your room size, but, of course, the space is shared with any other guests around. The room itself was as described on the web site. A king bed with a sleeper sofa, kitchenette with microwave, full size stove and refrigerator and a nice size table for eating which is good when traveling with kids. The room was a good size overall ( we usually try to stay in suites when traveling with the kids), but the our bathroom was too small and in need of some serious upgrading. I was surprised to read in their brochure that there had been a remodel in 2010; not in the bathroom apparently. The floors are also a bit thin, so be mindful of walking/stomping above you if on the ground floor. The Inn is also pet friendly, so random barking was part of our experience when its owners left the dog behind for the evening. Our kids loved the sleeper sofa's foam mattress, so that was a plus. The the furniture was in good shape and the room had plenty of lamps, but there was a dimness to our space; the room was not bright in the evenings. Finally, the heat/ac unit was right next to the bed and blew warm air directly onto/across the head of the bed. There did not appear to be a way to turn the vents in a different direction to avoid air blowing into your face while sleeping.

Mainly, the service at the Inn was satisfactory, but the appearance of not being prepared for our arrival was a gap. Another is that there is a prominently displayed envelope for tipping the maid in the room, but we never had any kind of cleaning happen in the room since the initial check-in; no one came to empty the trashcans over the two evenings there nor restock any kitchen and bath supplies. My wife stayed in the second day and asked for service twice with no results, though she did get extra towels. But they never took the used ones???

As a recommendation, I would say that if you are a low maintenance, self-sufficient traveler, the Inn is pleasant enough. But our rate of $223/night was an overpayment considering the service level. The Inn is a cheaper alternative to the mountain properties for a winter weekend, but that seems to be all it is. It reminded me of visiting an older aunt who keeps her home tidy, comfortable, and welcoming for all who cross her doorstep, but otherwise, what you see is what you get.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Elkridge, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

My wife I spent the night here after a snow day over a Wisp. We were originally going to stay at the Wisp Resort but they were all sold out. In looking for alternate accommodations, we found this very nice place. The room was very clean and comfortable. It was also conveniently just a very short drive from the mountain.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Ft. Lauderdale
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This place is amazing. Rustic but modern updated rooms with fireplace in scenic mountains, the perfect overnight romantic getaway. Sherri the Innkeeper was above and beyond helpful for great breakfast recommendation and expressed concerned for my arrival as we were driving through a storm. When we got there they had a log and matches for the fireplace. It was right next to the grocery store an the room had all the amenities, fridge, freezer, microwave and kuerig. The bed was amazing. We were given the executive king suite with a fireplace. My advice splurge. The soaps were even amazing philosophy. I could not even express how amazed I am at how wonderful and relaxing this stay was. I will definitely be coming back. Soon hopefully

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We brought the family up for a ski weekend at Wisp (I'm the faculty advisor for a local collegiate ski team), including our family dog, a 4 month old Newfoundland. The Inn was a good value. We stayed in a double queen room with fireplace. It was a bit cramped for all of us and ski gear (2 adults, a HS senior, and 2 grade schoolers), but the room itself was quite spacious compared to the average hotel room. The kitchenette has a large emphasis on the "ette" part, but did include a fridge, sink and microwave, which was enough to store/prepare the picnic lunches for the ski lodge, and the duraflame only fireplace was a nice touch to the chilly mornings. There was a group of younger folks partying next door one night, but overall, it was OK. The pet friendly policy was really nice, and overall, we'd stay again on a trip to Deep Creek from DC.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Annapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

I think we started a new family tradition, to go to Deep Creek Lake for Christmas.
The location of the Inn at Deep Creek was perfect.
Very good restaurants in very close proximity, an excellent 24hr convenience store next door, closest hotel to Deep Creek State Park.
The requirement for us was that they accepted dogs. Most of the rooms have exterior access, and one of the 3 rooms we had was with a fireplace.
It was perfect for our needs. Not fancy, but perfectly practical and clean.
Great stay, nice staff.
Will recommend with great pricing, and excellent location.
We had a small group of family and friends.
Comfortable beds. I have sciatica, and the beds were excellent.
We didn't seek any fitness center nor need any room service so we didn't know it existed.
Wisp Ski resort nearby, beautiful lake with lots of access and boat rental nearby. and wonderful mountain hiking
The phones for the rooms didn't work, but then we all have cell phones.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Alexandria, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

But I just didn't. We booked this stay after reading the reviews here. For those thinking of booking, both the positive and negative reviews are accurate, if that makes sense. To further explain, let me give you details.

In fairness, we did stay here two nights over the holiday, Dec. 23 & Dec. 24, so they likely had part-time people on duty.

The good news: we stayed in the king studio and were very impressed with the size of the room and the cleanliness. We also loved the public areas, beautifully decorated with trees and leather chairs and couches.

Personally, we found the breakfast sandwiches, coffee and juices plentiful and a nice treat. This is NOT a B&b, so we were pleased with the perk.

The resort was also fairly quiet though there were a good number of young families there.

The bad news. We booked a room with a full kitchen and while everything was well stocked, we were disappointed several basics (an extra dish towel, a kitchen trash can, oven mitts) were missing.

We don't want to get anyone in trouble, but we were also disappointed to be gone all day and not have the room refreshed when we returned. We alerted the housekeeper (this was about 4 pm or so) and she did come over. We left for a bit and returned to find the room refreshed but our door open/unlocked.

This just seemed like a place that needed some TLC, especially on a holiday.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I was at the inn for a conference that lasted 3 days. The staff at the Inn were very accomodating in all our needs for our meetings. Sheri went out of her way to make sure all the attendees needs were taken care of. I had a large suite on the second floor that was very comfortable. It was so relaxing taking a break and sitting by the lake right behind the property. The little town/village had a very cozy feel to it. It is definitely a relaxing place to go in the winter, but i am sure the summer months get lively with lots of lake activities. The lobby of the property is wonderful, infact that is where we had our meetings. There are fireplaces, lots of sitting area and a few flat screen tvs, to catch up on sports or news.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Address: 19638 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550
Location: United States > Maryland > Garrett County > Oakland
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Oakland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn At Deep Creek 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Other hotel features include a large lakeside grilling area with picnic tables and grills, a large outdoor heated pool (available May through September), a private beach with boat slip (seasonal day use), and a 2nd-floor community balcony with gorgeous views. ... more   less 
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