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“Convenient Location. No Frills.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mountain Creek - The Appalachian & Black Creek Sanctuary

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Mountain Creek - The Appalachian & Black Creek Sanctuary
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462   |  
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Basking Ridge
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5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Convenient Location. No Frills.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We stayed for 3 days starting on Presidents day 2013. We rented directly from an owner for much less than what the hotel would have charged. We did not have internet or TV service which according to the hotel was a problem unrelated to them. We rented a 2nd floor 1 bedroom condo with a mini kitchenette. Our unit was clean and everything other than TV/internet was in working order. The front desk was friendly and helpful and loaned us some games and DVDs since we could not watch TV. We are a family of 5 so this condo provided much more room than the typical hotel room and we were able to make some simple breakfasts and lunches. There were no laundry facilities in the condo but the hotel has a few machines guests can use which work with quarters. Our kids enjoyed the pool and hot tub on a rainy February day. The pool is heated but it would be much better if it was indoors. The exercise room is tiny with only a few pieces of equipment. The location at the base of the ski slope was great for the convenience of going back and forth. Grand Cascades and Minerals require one to drive or take a shuttle in order to reach the ski lodge. The sound proofing in the hotel is not the best, We did hear a good deal of noise from the hallway and the heating system was noisy as well. The heated underground parking was a nice feature. You do not have access to the pools at Grand Cascades and Minerals when you stay here. We were told the fees to use those pools range from $50 to $100 per person per day if you are not staying at one of those hotels, so consider staying elsewhere if you want more than a basic outdoor pool. If we ski at Mountain Creek again we would consider staying at the Appalachian. With kids convenience is sometimes more valuable than amenities.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sayreville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Appalachian for the Presdients weekend. We had a great experience. The hotel looked brand new. It was very clean, cozy and comfortable. The entire staff was very friendly and always willing to go out their way to assist.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We went for one night with our son and another couple. We loved how the hotel was at the base of the mountain! We had a great view of the slope from both rooms. The fireplaces in the rooms were so cozy and helpful. The rooms seemed so big but that can just be because we came from nyc :) But most of all they were modern and clean!
You can walk to get your lift tickets and rentals. It's just so easy to have fun and when you are tired you are right by your room.
We will totally go back next year again!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vernon, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

First of all, there is no restaurant (however, the lodge is next door, but no room service). Parents allow their kids to run amok through the hallways at all hours. The channel selection is pathetic, and if the hotel is busy, internet is nearly non-existent. But if you like to ski on ice 45 minutes from NYC, it's great.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bloomfield, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We actually rented our 2 bedroom unit from Appalachianhotelnj.com so I can't speak about services as we rented direct from owner. Hotel was very nice overall. Very good location for Skiing Right at the base of the mountain. Our room had a full kitchen so we ate all our meals there. Be aware There are limited dining options if you're an overnight guest. Great for kids and a great place to learn to ski

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We stayed just overnight. Arrived about 7:30 pm. We had access to the beautiful indoor biosphere pool and other facilities. Lots of sports. Basketball court, gym, tennis etc.. We were to tired to go to the resturant kites, so they delivered to our room, pretty quickly, yes I agree with other reviews that the food is terrible. We stuck to an assortment of apps, wings, salad etc... Room was clean and comfortable. I went to the spa for a facial and pedicure. Excellent.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

My husband had an overnight visit at the Mountain Creek resort. We arrived late and were very tired and hungry. We were told upon arriving that all the resort restaurants were booked, so we would have to eat off the resort. No one ever mentioned having to book reservations ahead of time for the restaurants. Keep in mind this is fairly remote area, so there is not a lot to choose from.

These may seem like picky things, but when you have traveled 12 hours in a day all you want is a hot meal, shower, and bed. The hot water was broken, so we couldn't take a hot shower. The remote to the television was broken. The restaurants were booked, so we ordered a pizza that took an hour and a half to arrive . We tried to get a snack from the vending machine and it was broken. The bed was very uncomfortable and the sheets were scratchy.

I did call back and complain and the girl on the phone acted like she could have cared less and never even offered an apology. They are very overpriced for the service they provide.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mountain Creek - The Appalachian & Black Creek Sanctuary

Address: 200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
Location: United States > New Jersey > Vernon
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Vernon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mountain Creek offers luxury hotel and vacation condo rental lodging for your Appalachian Mountain vacation in Northern New Jersey. The surrounding Vernon Valley area offers fantastic dining, 12 golf courses, antiquing, wineries, horseback riding, apple orchards, quaint shops, stunning state parks, the Space Farms zoo, hiking and of course, world-class snowboarding, skiing and snow tubing in the winter. Your perfect family getaway or romantic weekend to remember awaits you. We'll exceed all your expectations at Mountain Creek Resort. ... more   less 
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