I just returned from staying at this hotel, we went with our car club for our annual fall meet. The location is scenic and has some very picturesque hotel buildings. You must read the history of the hotel on wiki to get an understanding of what this property has gone through recently. My only real complaint is that the parking lot was not paved, or level and had ruts in many places. I was told that is on the list of improvements scheduled that will be addressed soon and I sure it will be, as we saw evidence of several major repairs and reconstruction projects in progress at the property during our stay The hotel management team has just spent a ton of money on refurbishments and upgrades while trying to maintain its original charm. As you may have read that it was the site of some the filming of Dirty Dancing. There is a small building on the site that explains, and shows the making of the movie. Many people return to capture the excitement and vibe of the movie, and there have been several sellout conventions held at the site by fans of that film. I stayed in the original stone main building, there are four types of accommodations from the original hotel rooms in the main building, to a more modern hotel type room in a different building, plus historic individual cabins originally owned by private families. And in addition to those three types there are larger outlying homes within the boundaries of the property that are available. The main building has the bar and main dining room plus the front desk and several meeting rooms that are full equipped with sound and av systems and a large room that we held our final night banquets in. My room did not have TV or air but fast free high speed internet. The reason the room did not have AC because at over 4000 ft of elevation, with the building located in the mountains plus the 24” thick walls there is no real need for air even thought it was 85 outside. At night I had to close the window as it got so cool even in the third week of August. They have just added a five star chef to the staff and hold team meetings at 230 in the afternoon to discuss improvements or problems. I thought that alone was pretty neat and a direct reflection of what they are trying to do at this hotel. My room was freshly painted and although the bath was small it had very dated fully functional fixtures, I thought was a nice touch to retain those older fixtures as part of the charm of the room. I had a rather large closet several chairs with good reading lights, over head light and fan, window fan and a double bed. The window was toward the rear of the hotel and allowed the evening breezes descending off the mountain to enter. I closed the blinds first, then had to close the actual window when it became too cool in the room. Very quiet, I never heard any one next door and the thick antique wooden door prevented much of the hallway sounds from entering. I spoke to another club member who stayed in the front of the hotel and they stated that they too had to close their window when it became cool in the room at night. But they had a lovely view of the lake and outlying mountains. The lake is refilling due to a fracture in its base system several years ago that has been repaired and should be refilled completely within the upcoming year. My rate was 115 a night with an included free breakfast buffet. There is a spa, masseur, zumba classes all which require reservations. Lots of other outdoor activities, pool , tennis, archery, basket ball , hiking, ect. Great place off the beaten path, 7 miles up the side of the mountain. A great get a way location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated historic Mountain Lake Lodge features 43 Rooms in Main Stone Lodge, 16 in Chestnut Lodge, 9 Mountain Homes in Blueberry Ridge, 8 historic rustic cabins and 9 Front Lawn Cottages on 2,600 acres of preserved mountaintop property owned by the Mary Moody Northen Endowment. Mountain Lake Conservancy, a non-profit organization founded in 1989, serves to protect the land and wildlife resources on the property for future generations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain Lake Pembroke
- Hotel Mountain Lake