After reading many of the reviews for the Black Bear Lodge, I started my stay there with low expectations. The lodge is very close to the mountain. Parking was crowded and not atypical for a ski lodge...people jamming their vehicles into any available space. Upon arrival to the inside, I was happy to find a relatively spacious king room with room for a portable crib for our son. The bathroom was updated, though we had to adjust to how long it took for the lights to slowly come on in there (assuming energy efficient). The room was clean, and generally basic. No fridge, two basic chairs and table. My in-laws were across the hall in a very spacious queen room (one bed). The other member of our party was given a room on an entirely different wing, and floor. It was extremely busy during our stay, as it was school vacation week. We slept well the first night. Shower was great, very hot water right away, with decent pressure.
The next morning, we enjoyed a large self-serve breakfast that included scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage patties, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt in a large bowl, cereal, bread basket with toaster, juice and coffee. It was good, and very filling.
The lodge is certainly older, and though the rooms are generally more updated, the rest of the property is not. The hallways seemed a bit tired, and the doors needed paint. The fire doors, true to many other reviewers' point, slammed as they closed shut. This seems like something management could fix relatively easily.
There is a hot tub that's essentially in a hallway connecting wings, on a slightly lower level. We never went in, and it was shut down for repairs on the second day. The amount of chlorine used was more suggestive of a pool, but they don't have one.
The second night, the late-night door slamming woke me. And by the third night, at 1:45am the partying seemed to carry over from wherever, with boisterousness and loudness that was just plain rude. They did stop after we made them aware of the fact that we had a two year old, and were all trying to sleep. This noise next door came through despite the bathroom fan on, the heater's fan on, and a white noise app turned on from our phone.
First night, 4 out of 5, second night 3 out of 5, and third night gets a 2 out of 5.
The shuttle to the village ran frequently and efficiently, and the village and base are only away. The staff were helpful and pleasant, as well.
The parking lot was plowed well, but not iced, and walking to the car became treacherous.
Would I recommend this? If you're looking for a room at this price level, yes, as there's little else available with such great proximity to the mountain. The pricing is high, however, and given their rates, I would expect a better experience.
Request a top floor room facing the back, away from the parking lot, for the least amount of noise.
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