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“Nice lodge with a spectacular view”
Review of Skyland

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Owner description: Highest altitude in the park.
Reviewed April 15, 2008

Spent a night here in April '08, unfortunately too early in the season since there were no leaves on the trees and the outside temperatures were a bit chilly. I would like to spend more time here in the summer.

Our stay at Skyland began with us being told we were getting the last room available, and we were quite relieved to hear that. I wasn't expecting a crowd at this time of year so I was surprised. We were given a room in the Canyon building, a bit expensive at $135 but the price is understandable since you are paying for the view and the location.

We checked into the room at 6pm and found the beds had been slept in and the trash cans full. We left our luggage there and stopped at the front desk on the way to dinner, and the manager apologized and said they would clean the room while we dined. Upon completion of our dinner (in the lodge restaurant), the manager told us they were putting us in a different room and the bellboy would move our bags for us.

We decided to spend an hour dodging deer on the Skyline Drive before heading back to the room. Upon our return to the room, I was shocked to find one of our bags containing a computer missing. I drove back to the front desk and they had the bag there - no explanation at all, and I was so relieved to have it returned that I didn't give them a hard time about it. I suppose they must have left it in our original room and the new guests to that room found and returned it. Thank you to them!

The first room we had was on the second floor which I would prefer - you can leave the door open, and since there is no A/C in the room you would definately want to do that. On the first floor, our room was very warm at night and even though the outside temperatures were cool, we couldn't cool the room off any other way than by opening the door which pretty much leaves you exposed to any neighbors who might want to venture out onto their patios.

Another problem we had was trying to find a working soda machine! Not one of the half a dozen that we found were working, and the gift shop sold only water. I'm guessing they will have this taken care of once the season is in full swing, but it was pretty annoying.

The room itself was nice looking, though the bathroom is a disaster and we were not given bars of soap. They have a soap and cream dispenser at the sink and a shampoo+conditioner+body wash dispenser in the shower, though the cartridge for the body wash was missing in our room so we had to clean with shampoo in the shower.

Despite all this complaining, we did enjoy ourselves at Skyland and would definately return. I'd just be more careful and prepared next time!

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Reviewed February 8, 2008

Skyland is awesome because almost every room has a view! Always check when reserving. You're in one of the most scenic mountain parks you'll find anywhere, and you can get a room at the top of it, with a window and porch view of these majestic old mountains and valleys.

This is an old, rustic place to be. It's not a Hilton. If you want the Hilton, they're some in D.C. and Arlington minus the mountains. Think of Skyland as a cabin style hotel. It's mostly humble 8 to 10 unit buildings with basic rooms. The room interiors have natural wood trim and furnishings. If you're a back to basics, earthy type, you'll be in your Mecca. You'll be surprised there's no air conditioning in the rooms. At this high altitude it tends to be cool enough that the ceiling fan was all we ever needed.

The hotel lobby is cozy and charming with a huge window to take in the amazing view. The hotel restaurant is elegant for a humble cabin hotel. It's entire back wall is glass to take in the breathtaking view during your meal. The menu has some basic as well as many upscale choices here. It can actually get quite spendy to eat here all the time. They also have a bar-lounge connected with more sandwich-type options. There's not many places to eat atop the mountain, so you'll spiral down the mountain for 30 minutes or more to find even basic alternatives. FYI: Be sure to have a full tank of fuel before driving up the mountain in the first place, since there's no stations for very long stretches. Also, all of Skyline drive closes for the winter because plowing and driving are suicidal undertakings.

We love Skyland because you become part of nature, have unlimited hiking, and great views everywhere you go. We find it romantic to have that view right there in our room with us. For the price of the place, it's a really nice alternative to the usual vacation hotel options.

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Reviewed September 11, 2013
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