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“This is a gem in the middle of nowhere” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hawks Nest State Park Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Sterling, Virginia, United States
Level Contributor
52 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“This is a gem in the middle of nowhere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

The lodge is a typical 1950's structure but is very well kept. The room (forest view) was nice size and the two queen beds very comfortable. The bathroom is tiny and has no counter but the shower was hot and strong. The staff is very pleasant. The free breakfast is mediocre but then we are spoiled by the free breakfasts at Hilton and Holiday Inn. You can order a large breakfast for $5.99. We did not try lunch or dinner but the menu looked good. There really is nothing to do in Ansted, but the surrounding areas a gorgeous and you are just a short drive away from lots of beauty and history. I would definitely return to the lodge as it is a good value and a nice base to explore the surrounding areas. One other thing, do not trust your GPS is you use the lodge address as it will take you down a dead end 2 mile dirt road.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lee T
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

It was a bit startling to drive up to the lodge, as the exterior of the building appeared to be covered in something black, and looked like it had not been tended to in many years. We went inside to have lunch, where we were told they had a buffet lunch for $15. Yikes. The server pointed out that this was a good price since it included both beverage and dessert. So we agreed. We ordered tea, only to learn that they were out of tea. I don't know why they couldn't make some, but perhaps that wasn't possible. So we asked if we could have coffee, and were told yes. Then the coffee appeared on our bill for several extra dollars. When we questioned this (since the big benefit of the buffet was that it included beverage), we were told that it doesn't usually include coffee. So you're out of tea, coffee isn't included; what drink is included with the $15 buffet lunch? "Pop" we were told. It was just a curious lunch experience.

Although the rooms appeared to have been updated recently with new cabinets to hold new flat screen TVs, we were disappointed that the state park we came to enjoy appeared to have fallen into disrepair. In the room itself, there was no stopper in the tub, so that the tub could not be used for a bath, and there was a problem with the shower. We commented to one another that we would much prefer to be able to bathe, than to have a new flat screen TV, and we wish the renovation dollars would have been spent on facility and park updates, instead of new TVs. We recognize this is a personal preference, and perhaps the decision makers knew that more people prefer new TVs to nice showers, attractive facilities, good meals and maintained hiking trails. For us, though, this was very disappointing, and left us wondering if the new TVs might have been in preparation for the Boy Scout Jamboree visitors, and the facility is going to be let go afterwards, since everything else appeared to be untended or in a state of disrepair.

We thought the room rate was very high for the quality, although breakfast was included, but was disappointing with very few healthy choices (sugared cereals, donuts, a beverage very reminiscent of tang. There was some oatmeal, but it was so watery that it was difficult to pull up actual oatmeal from the bin.), and all served on Styrofoam, even though it was in the full service restaurant that serves other meals on plates with silverware.

We tried to hike on two different trails, neither of which was well marked and both difficult to find, only to have to abandon each attempt when we realized the trails had not been maintained and were unsafe (wood steps crumbling, eroding, slippery, etc., and this is coming from hikers, not from folks unaccustomed to trails). AWe then tried to find a third trail that was advertised as the newest trail along a railroad bed, but we learned it was available only when the lift car was running, which was very limited hours, as this was the only way to reach the trail. Although we had intended to spend a couple of days hiking and exploring, we shortly realized there was nothing we could do in what was once a wonderful and inviting state park, so we checked out after one night and moved on, really disappointed.

Part of the disappointment for us is that we had just commented with other family that WV had the nicest state parks of any states we knew, and had reminisced about the wonderful parks we used to enjoy years ago. It was against this backdrop that we excitedly planned our visit, so seeing the current state of disrepair, and finding it not possible to enjoy the once inviting amenities was sad to us.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank I-75Traveler13
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Saint Augustine, Florida
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

My husband and I spent 3 nights at the lodge in a King Suite with a forest view. The room was spacious, the bed was very comfortable and the pillows were perfect. The towels were brand new. My only complaint is the restaurant. The food was lackluster to say the least. It is worth a drive into Fayetteville for some great dining.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank travelerer
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Wonderful place to visit the room was one queen and a balcony view everything was super clean the pillows were really flat mattress could stand to be replaced but its a state park I guess you will have that. very impressed with all the things to do at the park. If you hike or fish it would be great fun. The shower heads in shower need replaced. Though the bathroom was very clean as was the room the staff is great and helpful very beautiful hikes and cool tram to ride.. There was a wedding downstairs it was quiet and all cleaned up by ten. No problems there. Not so happy it was so expensive but we had a great time. With a few updates would be worth every penny they ask. I wonder if the suites are nicer? I love the retro look but could use a few updates the towels in bathrooms need replaced they were ragged . I would consider coming for a family trip, but I felt like there wasn't,t much privacy in the room for a quiet time.

Room Tip: Pick a room with a gourge view and a room on the end of the hall it was noisy being in the room in...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bbrogden
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culby
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154 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Our room overlooked the gorge, cable car, railroad, and river (the trains go very slowly and don't blow their horn so they don't disturb guests). The lodge is very clean and well-maintained; I would go back in a heartbeat. They have an outdoor pool and several hiking/biking trails. We truly enjoyed the cable car and jet boat. The restaurant overlooks the gorge and they have a basic menu...I had excellent whitefish with a tasty salsa and steamed vegetables. The drive to the lodge on Route 60 is beautiful; don't miss the overlook with views of the hydroelectric dam and river. The bike trail to Ansted is excellent and crosses a beautiful creek.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank culby
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Jeannette
Level Contributor
37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Our stay at Hawks Nest Lodge was wonderful. Yes, the lodge is dated, but it was comfortable and clean. The views from our room #435 was spectacular. The staff was super friendly and helpful. They could use a few more vending machines. We wanted bottled water at night and the 2 machines they had were empty and the gift shop closes at 4:30. Just a little helpful hint to the lodge. We did have a great time!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Janice N
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
Level Contributor
240 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at this wonderful state park lodge on a motorcycle trip with friends. The rooms were clean and mine had a terrific view of the gorge and the New River Bridge in the distance. The staff were very helpful. The surprising part was the excellent restaurant with delightful cooked to order selections. Best restaurant in all the WV State Parks.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hawks Nest State Park Lodge
Address: 49 Hawks Nest Park Road, Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, WV 25812
Location: United States > West Virginia > Ansted
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Ansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hawks Nest State Park Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hawks Nest State Park Lodge is a mountain lodge located in Hawks Nest State Park and offers breathtaking views of the New River and Hawks Nest Lake. The lodge offers three styles of accommodation. Standard rooms offer a choice of woodland or gorge views. Corner suites provide a seating area and balcony overlooking the canyon with a picture window facing the forest. The deluxe suite offers two rooms, two balconies facing the forest and front of the lodge and a fireplace for cozy relaxation. ... more   less 
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