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“Not as bad as I expected...” 3 of 5 stars
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Happy Bear Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1748 Killington Rd, Killington, VT 05751   |  
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Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Killington
Queensbury, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not as bad as I expected...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Listen. It was by far the cheapest in the area. It was freezing out and the rooms were toasty. Owners were friendly. Bathroom was clean. It did have a strong odor of cleaner when I checked in, but I aired out the room and it improved. Location is perfect for the drinker. Okay, the continental was lacking, but for Pete's sake, what do you expect for the price? I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Sorry, no restaurant or room service. But there are plenty of close places for food, store, bars.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Lowell, Massachusetts
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10 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We decided very spur of the moment to go to Killington for the weekend to ski. The last time we stayed in Killington we stayed pretty far away from the Access Road and the mountain, so we decided to stay a bit closer this time. We found the Happy Bear Motel, and seeing that it was right on the Access Road and not ridiculously expensive, decided to try it out.

The location is ideal. It's a three minute drive to the Ramshead Lodge and probably a five minute drive to the main lodge. You can walk to Jax, The Pickle Barrel, Sushi Yoshi, and many other places. The location is quiet and we had no trouble sleeping.

The rooms are clean enough. There were a couple of spots in the bathroom that could have used a scrub, but I felt very comfortable in the room. The bed was pretty soft and the room has a rack for your skis, a mini fridge, closet, dresser and TV with plenty of channels.

Management was very friendly. We had called them to let them know we'd be in a bit later, and I'm glad we did. The office closes at around 10 or 11, so if you're planning on coming in late, definitely call ahead.

My one complaint is that their continental breakfast is a joke. You have a choice of mini bagels, mini muffins or HoHos. It was better than nothing, but plan on eating at the mountain or going out somewhere for breakfast.

All in all, I would recommend the Happy Bear Motel for anyone heading up to Killington for the weekend looking for a good, clean place by the mountain. There's nothing super special about the motel, but there's also nothing wrong with it. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Secaucus, New Jersey, United States
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Stayed here on a Saturday night with a bunch of friends while skiing. The rooms had a strange odor when we first walked into the rooms but later on went away. This place is located across the street from Pickle Barrel and next to a great restaurant (Garlic). The so called "continental breakfast" at this place is a joke. Packaged bagels and toast with 2 choices of cereal. If you are on a budget and need a great location then stay here.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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Sao Paulo, SP
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We were on a white week right on new year's and decided to focus on location, therefore decided to go to the Happy Bear. It was a great surprise to find out that not only the location was really great (walking distance to many restaurants, bars and nightlife and less than 3 min drive to the mountain) but also the motel was extremly clean,had plenty of hot water, a good breakfast in the morning (muffin, bagels, bread, coffee, juice, cereal etc) and two great people in charge. The couple that is responsible for the reception and management is very pleasant, helpful and kind. They gave us good sugestions for dinner and were always available to help (specially with tips on how to deal with the ice over the car).
Would definitely go back anytime!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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USA
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I have to say from the reviews I was very worried about what we would find; however, it was a good surprise! The place is a classic old motel with old decor, small bathroom but the room was clean (we checked!!) and the location cannot be beat. It is located directly across from the bars and very close to the mountain. The manager/person who we dealt with was very nice everytime we called and on check in/out. We were two women who just wanted a place to sleep in between skiing and going out at night and for that this place was just fine. If you are planning on spending any real time in the room then this place isn't for you.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

It seems decent enough at first but the hospitality is awful. After a mix up about check up time, the owners moved all of my belongings without permission to their laundry room and threatened to call the cops because I was on the property without permission (I'm 22 and a girl). While I was l was waiting in the lobby, a couple came in saying they had found an unsanitary object in the cot - a dirty diaper. The owner told them they had to pay $25 for the cot since the couple had borrowed it from a friend's room. He never apologized for the diaper and he seemed shocked that he was expected to take any responsibility, instead focusing on the fact that the cot had been moved without his permission. Overall a disgusting experience - it's worth finding something else slightly more expensive to not support this business.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Edison, New Jersey
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

After this semester ended, myself and two buddies decided to take a spontaneous trip up to Killington, and when I say spontaneous.. I mean SPONTANEOUS. We weren't prepared what so ever, but we figured we'll figure it out. The three of us squeezed into a BMW coupe (dumb decision) and headed for VT. On the way up we googled motels, and found the Happy Bear. When we got up there, Happy Bear was in the perfect location (right in the center of town, around bars, laundry mats, places to eat etc.) The first night we got about 4 inches, which made the drive up the mountain impossible in the beamer. However, Sam (the owner of the Happy Bear) was there, prepared to help us reach the mountain and shred that day. Don't let the name, of the fact that its a motel stop you, the Happy Bear is the place to be.
HEY SAM! NEW JERSEY CONNECTION!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Happy Bear Motel

Address: 1748 Killington Rd, Killington, VT 05751
Location: United States > Vermont > Killington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Killington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Happy Bear Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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