I normally don't post to ask for help choosing a place to stay, as I've planned several trips with help from the TA forums and know it can be annoying to just ask someone else to do the leg work for you.
However this is our first time planning a trip like this (not at a hotel, staying in a cabin, etc) and I have spent HOURS over the past several days researching on TA, reading reviews, going to websites, etc. and I am overwhelmed with the choices. I was hoping for some personal experience staying in specific cabins.
Here are our must-haves:
-mountain view. This is non-negotiable
-1 BR or 2 BR (it's just my husband and me)
-hot tub outside
-CLEAN! So many promising places worried me because the reviews on here said they were dirty
-driveable in a non 4WD vehicle, which we don't have. I know the roads are steep as it's in the mountains. Is it any worse that the steep streets in San Fran? We were able to drive those in a sedan.
-We would like some seclusion and privacy. We don't mind if other cabins are somewhat nearby but would like to not be on top of someone and not have them restrict our views
Budget: no more than $180/night preferably (staying in high season-July) but could go up to $200/night
Has anyone stayed in a cabin that fit these guidelines? We would also prefer a cabin that has all wood on the inside, a pool table, and doesn't look terribly dated, but those are preferences, not must-haves.