Overall location is wonderful, nestled in the mountains close to West Virginia. We were a party of eight with three motorcycles and one car. Parking lot is gravel, so bikes beware! Check-in was accomplished through the General Store, which inconvenienced others waiting to checkout from either the store or co-located restaurant.
My girlfriend and I had the “Caboose”, an old caboose railcar that was converted into a room. Nostalgic…yes, overpriced...probably so. I thought it was a decent deal compared to the other rooms, until I saw that I paid the same as the Main Lodge Suite (which was HUGE by the way). The caboose had a tiny bathroom and tiny shower. One couple had the suite and as I mentioned it was huge, however no small refrigerator which could easily be accommodated. Two other couples had regular rooms in the main lodge. They were small and fortunately had their own bathrooms. All rooms have their own bathrooms but two of them you have to exit your room, cross the hall and that's where your bathroom is. Not very private. Plus the walls are thin from what I was told. We were told there was wireless Internet, but I couldn’t get a strong enough signal in the caboose. I did in the main lodge area, but it drifted in and out, frustrating as you’re trying to do something. There was no cell phone reception. A great getaway, but I like to keep in touch as well. The caboose had it's privacy, a plus for the cramped space it offered.
We had our first nights dinner at the Swinging Bridge restaurant. The restaurant was really hyped up during our short introduction to the Lodge. Buffalo raised down the street, fresh vegetables grown here, etc…home made food! I chose the ground Buffalo steak which was good. Others in the party didn’t have as much luck. Ribs came out cold, steaks were tough, etc. The second day we had both lunch and dinner there, nothing else in the area and rain had already spoiled a ride. We found chicken to be overcooked and dry, what they claimed to be fresh vegetables looked more like overcooked canned veggies. I think most items on the menu were slightly overpriced, especially after seeing the quality of the food. Our first two meals had slow service, especially trying to check out. They shut down the register in the restaurant and only had the general store register open. This is to serve store patrons as well as restaurant patrons…during the Labor Day weekend! Needless to say, lines were long and slow…On their defense, we were told that five servers decided not to show this entire weekend.
The property includes a mill where you can watch them spin yarn, a trout pond where you can feed the fish, and a buffalo farm about ½ mile down the road. There is also a gas station which had reasonable prices for being so isolated. Overall it was a relaxing weekend, but for the price I expected a little more for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy old-fashioned hospitality in our restored train depot in Paint Bank, Virginia...a tranquil, country village, tucked away in the heart of the Alleghany Mountains. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Depot Lodge Paint Bank, Virginia