Lots of little things made it a bad experience. Normally, little things don't bug me, but when it keeps happening, over and over and over, it takes away from your experience. I also worked in hotels and spas, so I know how it goes, and I can let it go. But this was just not good.
Check in was fine, but front desk had a hard time signing up my husband for shuttle and neglected to mention the lift tickets were cheaper when purchase at the hotel front desk, so he paid more at the mountain. We were allowed to check in really early, and the upgraded us to a room with a fireplace for no charge, so that was really nice!
Our (first) room was nice, good amenities, comfy bed, shower layouts are a little odd and spray water outside of stall pretty heavily. However, we started to notice extremely heavy cigarette smoke coming from the room next to us. I called the front desk, which was routed to an off-site reservations center, to find out if we were in a smoking building. Turns out the whole property is smoke-free. They offered to move us, but not until the manager was there (because all the managers had left for the day) but we were already settled, assumed we could just jam some towels between the adjoining doors and deal with it. I called back later and it went to the off-site reservations center again. They said "Sorry we can't help, but maybe try back when they aren't busy." Great customer service there. Then we started to hear the family next door. The father was swearing at his children, threatening to beat them (I am not joking--"I'm going to light you up!" "Don't make me get the belt" and "Lay your g** d*** head on the pillow before I slap you"). This seemed like a classy place, so I was confused a trashy family would be staying there (yes, I realized that's probably socioeconomic profiling, but I don't care).
As it turns out, there was a military retreat for active-duty troops taking over most of the property. What for, you ask? Oh, relationship building with their family. Quoted from one soldier to my husband the following day "So we don't get all excited with our wives and girlfriends and get them pregnant before we are deployed, go away, and come back to a stressed out situation." Too late for angry pop-pop next to us (and yes, I realize that not all soldiers behave this way, we have lots of family who served in the military and they have class and manners and are not violent).
We called to complain about the yelling and the smoke wafting into our room, they offered to move us to a suite and within 10 minutes, the night manager (Jenny?) was at our door, helping us gather our stuff and go. The dad started yelling while she was there in our room, so she knew it was not just us being crazy. She was so helpful and accommodating and helping us fix the awkward experience we had thus far. They sent us to a upgraded 1 bedroom suite, which was very nice.
On to dinner, I left that review on the restaurant's Trip Advisor page.
Back to our place. Great sleep, comfy bed, we might have been the only people in our building. Again, the room was great.
Next morning, room service. Called to order, but they were confused that we were not with the military group and would not be attending the banquet and since they were busy setting up said banquet, they had to call us back to place our order. We ordered 10 minutes later, prompt delivery from a nice guy, and the food was average at best.
My husband said the shuttle arrangements were great to get to and from the Ski Bowl.
I checked in with the front desk to see if I needed to keep my charging privileges to the room open (since I had a spa credit), or if I needed to close out now, since it was noon and check out time. They told me to wait and close out when I was done and leaving the property. I told them I wanted to use a different card, they said no problem. Cool.
I go to the spa, really nice layout, you can tell the put good work into the feel of the place. Great relaxation lounge and the treatment rooms were very nice. The steam was working when I checked in, I was stoked. I went and worked out on the 1 elliptical they had (but they had 10+ weight machines--very odd). The front desk guy from the spa was very nice, but awkward (really that is the vibe I have gotten from everyone at this resort except the Jenny). After my workout the steam room had been turned off, so I had to go out in my robe to the front desk and ask to have it turned on. Weird. I wait for it to warm up, and it is a great temperature. But what is that toxic fume smell? They have plastic benches, yes plastic, in a steam room. We all know plastic gets warped by the heat. Seriously--this is why most steam rooms use tile or stone. I couldn't breathe without feeling like I was taking a PVC hit, so I left. The showers: 1 was a dark cave and the larger, accessible one was lit, so I used that one. The showers heads are strange. They attempt to be fancy and Swedish, but the overhead shower nozzle sprays water ALL OVER. And it's cold! And you cannot turn it on and warm it up without getting soaked with the cold first. Awkward. I figure out how to just use the regular portable shower head, adjust the temperature and I am good to go. Went to the bathroom, and there was grossness on the rim of the toilet and a black ring around the water level. And it stunk. So bad. I bed they hadn't scrubbed that toiled in over a month! There were also empty rolls of toilet paper laying in there. I was there for a couple hours. Nobody tended to the disgusting bathroom. It wasn't a fluke, they just don't care.
I had 2 great body treatments with Christine. She had a great touch, was very friendly. Had a fun, relaxing experience with her. I had a body scrub, after which I went back to the showers to rinse off before my next treatment. One of the spa employees was showing another guest around the spa, pointed out the shower next to me (empty and had the shower curtain wide open) and the also decided it would be just great to fling open my curtain as I was drying off and show the guest me naked in the shower (luckily, I don't care if people see me naked). I said very calmly "Excuse me?" and the spa attendant got very flustered and said to me "Oh you poor thing!" Um okay, that's an interesting response. Then she took my robe, threw it in the dirty linens with my key still in it, and a few minutes later when I was finished drying off, I dug through the dirty towels to find my key in my robe pocket. No luck. I went out to the lounge to wait for the second part of my treatment and asked Christine if she could find my key. And she did, because she is awesome. Checked out at the front desk at the spa, and they couldn't charge it to my room, because the front desk already checked me out and charged my credit card on file. Really?
I go back to straighten things out at the front desk. The main building has literally a bunch of troops sitting on the front stairs, smoking. I walked down the path to the front desk and 5 men were standing there blocking the path. I said "excuse me", they didn't bother to move (and I moved my body sideways between them to get by), but had no problem staring at me (I got this a lot from this group, even with my husband with me, and I am no supermodel and was wearing cozy sweaters and jeans). At the front desk, I requested an itemized receipt before handing over my debit card, and she waived off my request, and started to list off some of the charges, like room service and what not. Great, but why can't you print something out for me before I hand over my card, especially since you messed up once already? Whatever. I clarified I wanted all the charges on my debit card, she was short with me and said "no problem" in a sarcastic voice. Listening to the other employees at the front desk talk, there is apparently several maintenance issues going on, including everyone being locked out of the pool area. Nothing goes easy here. I hand them my card, I paid for my rooms charges for food, my overages at the spa, room tax (not included in the package, I guess), and a tax on the resort fee (is that normal--to tax a fee?). She then printed out my receipt and apparently thought I was 4, because with a hint of sass, explained to me what parentheses meant next to the word "Visa". Come on. If I had questions, I would have asked. But apparently me asking for an itemization of my receipt before I give you my debit card means gives you the impression that I need to be treated like a child.
If you go: rooms are nice, beds are comfy, but bring your own food if possible or plan to eat elsewhere. For your own good, make sure you don't go during a military retreat weekend.
But really, don't go.
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