I was looking for a unique place to stay during a tour of the area with a friend of mine from Australia.Not familiar with this part of the U.S. I discovered the Laughing Heart Lodge & Hostel on the internet & I'm glad I did. Everyone was very accommodating and welcoming , even our first night when we arrived 2 hours later than expected due to driving rain storms combined with narrow winding roads. (I had called).The Lodge itself is beautiful with lots of woodwork and the grounds are beautifully landscaped.The breakfast is somewhat simple;hardboiled eggs,cereals,granola,yogurt,fruit , juice coffee and the best biscuits I have tasted in a long time. It was especially relaxing to return there after a day of ziplining and whitewater rafting.Several rooms are available where for a slight additional cost the king beds can be divided into 2 separate beds and that's nice for people traveling together who don't want to sleep together.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Laughing Heart Lodge opened in August 2012 after extensive renovation. The lodge was built in 1892 and for over 50 years was a Jesuit Retreat Center. Today Laughing Heart Lodge offers accommodations for visitors and travelers in its 9 lovingly renovated rooms (7 with private baths) and most with exceptional mountain views. Laughing Heart also has a hostel which is at the trailhead of the Appalachian Trail and offers very affordable lodging for hikers and other visitors to Hot Springs. ... more less