I had planned a trip through the Blue Ridge Parkway. For my trip, I booked a lodge on the parkway, however do t the government shutdown, I had to find alternate lodging. I saw Bent Mountain Lodge, but was a little concerned because some of the negative comments I saw on tripadvisor. I don't know who those people were or what their expectations were. The lodge sits on the top of Bent Mountain. About 4 miles from the parkway. photos of the lodge give you a good indication of the lounge area and also the kitchen. The view is breath taking. You should expect about 1 mile of gravel roadway to get to the lodge. My van did the climb with no problem.
While in the lodge, I felt like i was in my own home. There was a guest fridge that had items that guests could help themselves too. Every morning there is coffee, fresh fruit (great local apples), muffins, which can be toasted. We run in the mornings, but the owners left the food out for us to serve ourselves.
We arrived late and the owner waited for us to insure that we got to our room. The lodge has rooms in the main building and additional rooms outside the main lodge. We stayed in the main lodge. Again, it felt like I was staying in my own home.
The owners left us on our own, which is the way we wanted things and acommondated a few requests that we had. They also helped us find local places including a running area.
Our room was $120 per night, which is about $40 less than what it would have cost on the parkway. I found the cost of the room very reasonable and the most inexpensive of our trip.
During our 7 day trip we stayed at the Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. as well as Kiawah Island Resort in SC. I mention this only to say that I have stayed in a number of hotels. I would certainly return to the Bent Mountain Lodge. It is different than these other two hotels, but just as good.
Any concerns I had because of comments,were certainly dispelled.
- 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