We stayed at the Branches from 2/6-13/09. The resort does not have a check-in location, so you have to Real Estate, Resort, Rentals office for check in & out. We checked in & out off hours so they left the key in the box next to the door. There is a storage closet outside that locks for your skis & stuff and also a little bench to put your ski boots on. The décor is definitely 80’s and does not seem to have been updated. The 2 bedroom 2 bath unit was clean and spacious. The kitchen was a little tight for 2 people, but had plenty of dishes/pans and a place to put your food. The counter top was stained and the linoleum floor had seen a better day. The carpet in the living room had stains but still looked clean. The fireplace was easy to light (had directions close to it). The table with the TV looked pretty beat up but was functional. The view out on the sliding glass door was nice. You could sit on the chair or swing and look at the small creek or watch skiers/snowboarders go by on Easy Street slope on Sugar mountain.
Master bedroom has king size bed, TV, make up area, and bath. The Jacuzzi bath is a regular size tub with jets. We did not use it. The closet was huge. The bed was comfortable. The other bedroom had 2 twin beds in it and it shared a bath with the living room. It had a shower/bath and a small corner vanity.
I had a stackable washer dryer in the hallway. The dryer vented to the room (no external vent).
They do not provide any extra toilet paper, paper towels, or garbage bags. They did give me a roll of toilet paper, but they normally do not do that. The club house had wireless, but did not work. We went to another resort and sat in the parking lot.
There was about 2 to 3 story worth of steps down to get to the ski slopes. It was a little difficult with boots on. I drove my wife around when she went. But it was convenient being able to come back to the room without getting in the car. The was lit up at night.
Overall it was a nice resort and I recommend it. It needs some updating, but we really felt comfortable there.
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- The Branches Hotel Banner Elk