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“Until Next Time” 5 of 5 stars
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Mountain Lake Lodge
115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA 24136 (Formerly Mountain Lake Hotel)   |  
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Madison, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Until Next Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I was impressed with this older hotel. My room was clean and inviting. My bed was wonderful and very comfortable. The views from this place are amazing!! My husband and I will revisit this beautiful place. The grounds are clean and you can watch the sunset from the porch of the lodge. All in all I had a wonderful time. I would recommend eating somewhere else besides the restaurant though for the reason they don't have a lot to choose from. My husband and I did eat at the Harvest, but next time we will eat before going to the lodge. The food isn't horrible, but its just okay. The lodge and the view is what gets my excellent rating.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Northern VA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The folks at Mountain Lake have made some great improvements to the property over the past year. The guest rooms in the hotel have been updated, as well as the common areas. The reception lobby, Stony Creek Tavern (bar/lounge), and dining room have been beautifully redesigned. Chef Michael provides wonderful fare in the dining room, and the hotel staff are all friendly and accommodating. The overall property has received a face lift. For example, the activities building has been moved to a more expansive space, and the original activities building has been made into a small museum honoring the property's connection to the "Dirty Dancing" legacy. The gift shop and fitness center have also received necessary updates that add greatly to the hotel's value. The mountain location of the hotel is beautiful and it is not hard to relax in such a setting. The property could still use some improvements (e.g., guest rooms may have older furniture, but the bedding has been updated...), but there is a healthy balance between the charm and history of the hotel, and modern conveniences. Flat screen TVs in the lounge, and a back corner sitting room, let guests get their "fix" if they need it, but there are so many activities on property, and local attractions to keep you busy, it should be difficult to justify sitting in front of a TV. A great place to spend a week or a weekend. And definitely go for the Sunday brunch!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

First time trying something like this. Fun,exciting,challenging,and safe. Our guides,Chris and
Ryan were very thorough,patient and knowledgeable. We had the whole place to ourselves,
which made it even better. No rush! As we were getting ready to leave we had the pleasure to meet Chris -the manager, a very pleasant young lady. Hats off to the staff and Tree Top Adventures!! If you have the chance, check it out!

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We have been going to Mt. Lake since 1984 and have always had a wonderful time. When we heard they were under new management and made a lot of changes (meals not included, very few games in the barn, no nightly activities, now charging for everything that used to be included in the room charge) we were hesitant about going. But we did and took the kids and grandkids with us to celebrate our 45th anniversary. We had a great time, although expensive. We did the Tree Top adventure zip line and obstacle course, played corn hole, hiked and relaxed. Was disappointed that housekeeping never brought clean sets of towels or tidied the cottage every third day as advertised, had to have maintenance in twice to fix the refrigerator and unplug the tub drains, and we had to ask for clean towels, tissue, soap, and kitchen trash bags.

Room Tip: Better service is in the main hotel, but the cottages on Blueberry Ridge are so much nicer, quiet, w...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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White House, TN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This was our 6th trip to Mountain Lake since 2008. We were a little concerned that the new management may change things up too much. The lobby, restaurant, bar areas were either upgraded or renovated. Also, the old laundry building is now the outfitter/equipment rental for all the outdoor activities at the lodge, The "Dirty Dancing" signs that showed where scenes were shot for the movie have been removed. The old equipment rental building near the parking lot was converted into a very nice dedication to the making of "Dirty Dancing". Many photos of the actors, memorabilia, along with audio/visual displays. The Treetops Adventure course near the barn and stables was exhilarating (as in white knuckles and shaky legs) and a pleasant addition.
Overall the atmosphere is the same, which is what brings us back year after year. As I have said in previous reviews, it is the peacefulness and serenity of Mountain Lake that we love so much. While we miss some of the old familiar faces, it was nice to meet the new staff. I believe the new management has made some great changes. They do need to bring back the movie scene signs though, because there are still many people, especially first-time visitors that are big fans of the movie. This would allow them to take in the beauty of the grounds instead of one little building. We look forward to many more vacations at Mountain Lake, with or without water in the lake.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Roanoke, VA
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Our group spent our annual Girls' Reunion weekend at Mountain Lake this year. We stayed in the Radford cabin. It was more than adequate-- clean, spacious and nicely furnished. The restaurant is reasonably priced with very good food. We found the portions to be generous, almost more than we could eat for dinner. Two of us did the Tree Top Adventure zip line course and had a great time. We're also glad to see the lake is coming back.

I've been to Mountain Lake many times before. It's great to see it renovated and updated. If you want air conditioning, night life and constant entertainment, this is not the place for you. If you want to spend time in a beautiful part of the planet and enjoy nature and good friends, this is a perfect choice. I'll be coming again.

Room Tip: The Blueberry Ridge Cabins are great for larger groups. I haven't seen how the Lodge rooms have...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heidi S, Director of Sales at Mountain Lake Lodge, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
CarlaRoanoke_VA,

Thanks so much for letting us know how thrilled you were with the Radford Home in Blueberry Ridge, Treetop Adventures, and HARVEST! It is great to know that you and your girlfriends appreciated the many new changes at Mountain Lake Lodge! We are so pleased to hear that we will be seeing you again!

We are looking forward to it!

Warmest Regards,
Heidi Stone
Director of Sales and Marketing
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Terre Haute, IN
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stayed one night in the Lodge and overall we enjoyed the stay. The rooms were nice, recently remodeled but still had a touch of character (like the bathrooms). I'm giving this place a very good review because of the view, the pop culture history (Dirty Dancing) and the room, but there are some issues that need to be addressed. For example, why in the world would you close the pool and hot tub at 6pm (sign by pool says 8pm, but lodge info says 6pm)?! That gives your guests very little time after check in to enjoy it and we pay a considerable amount to be there,not to mention the drive we have to make to get there. Who wouldn't want to sit in the hot tub in the evening and check out the starry night? We could have made it but we were hungry and decided to eat at Harvest, their only real restaurant on site, and we waited FOREVER to get a table, after being told it would only be 10 mins,so by the time we got out of there it was 8:30pm. I will address the issues with the restaurant under Harvest. It would also be nice if the rooms could come with a refrigerator. Especially with the issues of the restaurant plus not everyone wants to pay $18+++ for a meal, so if there was a refrigerator people could brings some snacks. It was AWESOME that they had ceiling fans and box fans in the rooms and the room was very pleasant over night. The lake is expected to make a comeback next summer so it was sad to see that it was barely there, but they had a geologist at the bar and he was explaining what was going on with it and it was fascinating. If you are able, the pool looked very nice and the hot tub too but since it closed so early, we did not get a chance to see it. Overall a nice experience, but it could be better.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Heidi S, Director of Sales at Mountain Lake Lodge, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear Fademist,

We sincerely thank you for your feedback. Next season we will evaluate the pool schedule to best accommodate our guests. We regret to hear of your untimely wait in our restaurant. I am happy to report that we have a new Executive Chef, Michael Rork, and he is personally ensuring that our guests are properly being taken care of. Thank you for your constructive feedback regarding the restaurant. Since Chef Michael's arrival we also have a new menu available in our tavern that provides a different dining option for guests.

I will note that our lake really has been fixed (as of March of this year). It is going to take 400+ million gallons of water to fill the lake. Currently, the deepest part has been filled and we have about a million gallons of water each day naturally flowing into the lake. Thank you for your patience with our ever filling lake! We do project that by next summer we will have our water activities back on Mountain Lake! We hope to see you back!

Kindest Regards,

Heidi Stone
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Address: 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA 24136 (Formerly Mountain Lake Hotel)
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Location: United States > Virginia > Pembroke
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pembroke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 101
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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