If you like B&B's that have paper thin walls, dogs barking through the night, a do-it-yourself breakfast, and a curmudgeon for a host -- all for the exalted price of $137 a night -- welcome to your dream lodge.
When my wife and I entered the (alleged) B&B it appeared empty save for an elderly guest lying on the sofa watching FOX News. We walked around looking for the host and finally called out with "Hello." Up popped the gentlemen from the couch -- he was the owner. He didn't appear happy to see us except to demand payment in full not too long after a cursory hello. He was also not happy or helpful in providing requested information on restaurants. In fact, he gave misinformation about the nearest town, which, if accurate, would have improved our dinner that night.
The room was clean and the view was beautiful, but the walls were made of cardboard and we could clearly hear quiet conversations from the adjoining rooms while trying to sleep. Note that I wear a hearing aid, but not to bed. I guess I should be thankful for the persistent barking of one of the owner's dogs through the night, protecting the bikes in our car, but I was not. (Note that we have 3 dogs and we'd take corrective steps if this happened at our home.)
Bent Mountain really should be renamed either Motel or Bed & Snack. Breakfast consisted of toast which you make yourself and assorted breakfast bars. You want butter on that toast? Walk over to the refrigerator and get it yourself. Check out the cheap yogurt and fruit cup in heavy syrup while you're there. Did I tell you the coffee was undrinkable? If the owners read this be aware that the second B in the title means a full, sit down breakfast.
Worst lodging experience I've ever had. We felt ripped off. Worse is that it appears from reviews elsewhere that this is the de rigeur from Bent Mountain and they apparently don't wish to make changes.
Save. Your. Money. Caveat emptor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are celebrating our TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND 3500 RESERVATIONS. As you enter the grounds of BENT MOUNTAIN LODGE BED AND BREAKFAST,INC. you will begin an experience you won't soon forget. Climbing the mountain to the Lodge, you will gaze at the spectacular views that are unparalleled on the Parkway. Just stepping onto the grounds you will begin to realize that you are as close as you can get to natural, majestic beauty. Visitors here have said it's the closest place they have been to "heaven on earth". The 15,000 square foot lodge sits atop the mountain with a view overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway. In every direction you are awed by the majesty of the mountains that appear never ending. As you relax and take in the view from one of the decks or sunrooms, you come to realize that earth's tapestry is simply unmatched! As you enter the lodge you will notice the beautiful pond and the amazing rock and woodwork. Inside the lodge we offer a choice of six suites and 4 suites in our cabin and all show warmth, elegance and convenience. All of our suites have been designed for comfort and relaxation. Each suite has a wonderful view of mountains and/or grounds. All suites have their own baths. Some suites provide private deck entrances and five suites inside the main lodge have Jacuzzi Tubs. The lodge offers hi-speed internet use (wireless internet available). All suites have TV's. The large 22 ft. handicapped ramped gazebo, 12x15 ft. (600 SQ, Ft) Sunroom and 900 sq. ft. adjoining deck and 1500 sq. ft. covered gazebo pavilion and grounds themselves are a perfect wedding location, bridal luncheons, family reunions, birthday parties, quilting retreats, scrapbooking retreats, the possibilities are endless. Lodge is conveniently located between Floyd, Va. and Roanoke and Salem, Va. and approx. a half hour drive to the Christiansburg / Blacksburg, Va. area. If you are looking for an alternative to a hotel or motel the accomodations here are for you. ... more less