We booked late for a holiday weekend, so our choices were a somewhat limited. We arrived late on Friday night, and the owners left our room open for us with a note at the desk that we could formally check-in in the morning. That was nice. Continuing with the positive, the Lodge is conveniently located, less than a mile to the main base lodge at Mt. Snow. In addition, the room was pretty quiet and the hot breakfast, which is included, is a nice plus.
Some negatives. The owner (female) is not really a people person. She pretty much runs the show while her husband works mainly in the background. I'd tell you her name, but in the course of our three night stay, she never introduced herself. She did make a number of off-hand comments to us, and to several other guests, that left us with the impression that she's been in the service industry too long.
There were ants in our room. I didn't think you could have ants in February in Vermont, but apparently you can. I saw one just as we got into the room, but, thinking it was a rogue ant, I quietly squished it so as not to turn off my wife or daughter. Unfortunately, there were quite a few ants. In fact, my daughter got up on our first morning there and came out of the bathroom to announce that there was an ant on the head of my wife's toothbrush. Nice. Other than the ants, the room appeared to be clean. The beds were okay. The TV was very old, had poor picture and no remote. Granted, we didn't pick the place for the TVs.
The BYOB bar is also a BYOG (bring your own glasses) bar. I can understand not having a liquor license, but if you invite people to gather at the bar with their own liquor, you might want to have some (any) glasses. We went back to our room and used the plastic cups provided in the bathroom.
The hot tub was small, old, and was enclosed in a tiny little room with poor ventilation. I guess they were trying to create a hot tub/suana dual purpose room, but unfortunately the room doesn't work for either purpose. It's hard to breath in the confined space when you're trying to relax in the hot tub, and the smell of hot tub chemicals and noise from hot tub jets would make it very unpleasant to try to use as a sauna. The hot tub is supposed to be open until 9pm, but my daughter and her friend went down at 8:30 to find that the owner was closing it early, and had just put cleaning chemicals in it, becuase there wasn't anyone in there. On the busiest weekend of the year she couldn't wait the extra 30 minutes??
In sum, for $220 a night you'd expect better. If the place wasn't right next to Mt. Snow, you'd be hard pressed to justify half that price. We love Mt. Snow, and will be returning soon. However, because of the ants, and becuase of what my wife and I thought was really sub-par attention to detail (even for a "budget") lodge, we won't stay at Big Bear's again.
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