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“OK, but not great value” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mammoth Cave Woodland Cottages

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Mammoth Cave Woodland Cottages
Maryland
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“OK, but not great value”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2009

Pretty expensive (~$85/night) for cabins without any table or surface, so it was really hard to prepare or eat any kind of meal. No picnic tables within 100 yards. Housekeeping came only once, but there was no broom or cleaning materials in the cabin. Hotel lobby wireless didn't work. Location is great.

Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Silver City, New Mexico
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2009

These cottages are just fine. They are not intended to be 5 star luxury rooms, but a chance to live in a rustic manner (but complete with bathrooms and fans, beds and fridge). We found them very comfortable and relaxing in their wooded setting, complete with fireflies and deer outside, and huge wild turkeys down the road. Short walk across the parking lot to the visitor center, from whence all tours begin and end. A little further beyond, connected by a cement walkway, is the regular hotel and an excellent restaurant (Travertine). We lacked for nothing and had a great time. Younger daughter prefers baths and had to be convinced to rough it with a shower, but that was the only "complaint". cell phones worked, 3G verizon worked, so when we needed connection with the outside world we had it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ohio
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183 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2009

Before we went to Mammoth Cave, we read the review written here and also the Woodland Cottages entries under the Mammoth Cave Hotel. We thought that it prepared us fairly well. The sheets are still not fitted and instead of wrestling with them, we opted to bring our sleeping bags and slept on top. I would also suggest bringing your own pillows. The ones we had were very flat.

When I read that they were two bedroom cottages, I had imagined that there was going to be a common area and the bedrooms would be off of that. There isn't. It's literally two bedrooms with a bathroom between them. Eating together was a little awkward, as there is no table to sit at, only a small shelf. Though, we did appreciate that the shower and toilet are in their own separate little rooms while we got ready for the day.

There's no AC, nor heat, but there are ceiling fans. There isn't any insulation either, so when the sun hits the cabin, it can really warm it up. On the other hand, it cooled down quickly at night. If you choose these cabins, be aware of how hot or cold the weather is going to be. It will be roughly the same inside the cabin.

Like other people, we did have a mouse in the cabin on the first night, but he must have been more scared than us because he didn't come back.

Save a fridge and a coffee maker, there's no electronics like a clock, TV, radio, etc., so bring them if they are important to you. The cabin was nicely stocked with soap, mouthwash and towels.

We've stayed at rustic cabins before (no electricity or inside plumbing), so we found this to be an adequate step up and would stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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South Bend, Indiana
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72 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2008

We stayed here with our 3 daughters while on a very tight budget and found we got what we paid for- which isn't bad by any means-just not super fancy. We thought it was literally in the woods. I suppose you could call it a wooded area but our cottage was right off the huge blacktop parking lot. There were trees around but you had pretty close neighbors. No air or heat but they do have shade from the trees, windows that will open and ceiling fans. The floors are wood. Bathrooms are small but everything was very clean. They are very rustic but comfortable and pretty roomy. You are very close to the hotel with a restaurant and to the cave itself. That was the best part of our trip, the cave. Lots of walking trails and wildlife too.

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Additional Information about Mammoth Cave Woodland Cottages

Property: Mammoth Cave Woodland Cottages
Address: P.O. Box 27, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY 42259
Location: United States > Kentucky > Mammoth Cave National Park
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Mammoth Cave National Park
Number of rooms: 20
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