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“Beautiful View & Nice Rooms - but pack a lunch!” 3 of 5 stars
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Hawks Nest State Park Lodge
2.5 of 5 Lodge   |   49 Hawks Nest Park Road, Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, WV 25812   |  
Hotel amenities
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC/ Nothern VA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful View & Nice Rooms - but pack a lunch!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2009

We stayed in August 2009. Even though it was raining and misty for most of our stay (only stayed one night), the view was gorgeous and our room was lovely. We loved being on the lower level and sitting outside under the balcony. Unfortunely, the tram was closed when we were theere but we drove to the overlooks and hiked around and just enjoyed the quiet. When we came back, we decided to brave the lodge restaurant. It was the only time my husband has ever complained about his food. It was simply horrible and way overproced. It was basically microwave diiners. My husbands chicken was as hard as a hockey puck. Simply awful food and no apologies from the waiitress.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank mrsjjd
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Baltimore
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

The lodge has great views of the gourge, the rooms a little dated but were clean, the resturante was nice and prices were moderate. The hic-cups were as follows: from the balcony, each room has a great view unitl your try and sit in a chair. Then all you see is top 10 inch wide railing, the ironey of this has us laughing for several times during the trip. The second issue is the non-smoking policy. The entire lodge (including the room balconies) is non-smoking not just rooms. This fact is not well publicised. No liquore licence at the lodge so BYOB

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank clyde21222
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Mineralwells WV
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2009

We absolutely loved the area, not much to do but enjoy the outdoors. It was very peaceful, none of the workers at the lodge were bothering us. The View from our upper room was spectacular!! Had some rain, but still had a wonderful time. However, only one complaint about the lodge was, it had no water pressure for the showers...probaly because the place was a little outdated.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank wvjeffro
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Fairfax, Va.
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70 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

After spending a noisy night at Pipestem State Park (McKeever Lodge), we headed to Eagles Nest, which overlooks a 600’ gorge on the New River. The lodge is smallish (only around 35 rooms) and the amenities few (wifi, outdoor pool and tennis are about it). But what it lacks in amenities, it makes up in solitude. We were amazed on our August Friday night stay that the place was sold out – it was so quiet and peaceful. Unlike the noisy lodge at Pipestem, the staff at Eagles Nest “enforces” a 10 PM quiet time, but it had been so quiet all day that we hardly noticed. The dining room offers reasonable fare for dinner and a free continental breakfast. For $25,you can take a tramway down to the river and a boat ride to view the famous Route 19 New River Bridge, which is the “tallest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere.” The park itself is kinda scattered along the highway, so don’t miss the Eagles Nest overlook ¾ mile west of the lodge and the beautiful Cathedral waterfall about 6 miles west, just as you enter the town of Gauley Bridge.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank kr51
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chicago
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

Do not get a room on the 2 lower floors if you want to see the gorge from your room. The views are blocked by brush and there is no elevator to those floors.The restaurant had prices of a 4 star restaurant but the food was bland and thrown together.The staff was going through the motions of service but showed no real concern to help. The room was very nice and the surrounding area was beautiful. I wish that the state park department would sell it to some big name hotel chain that could make this diamond in the rough the hotel it could be.
Cons
No elevator to lower 2 floors. Wireless Internet was not working, Restaurant was overpriced for TV diner quality food, View of canyon view was blocked by overgrowth. Front desk personnel were polite but not helpful.
Pros
Location. Nice pool. Quality rooms

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank tpcbear
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Arcadia, CA
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130 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2009

Our two families (total of 7 young boys) just spent two (mid-week) magical days at this fine and unpretentious resort nestled (!) in the cliffs overlooking the New River Gorge. Our two quiet AAA-discounted modest-sized rooms (#217 and #218) had very thick walls and a lawn backyard that ends in a sturdy picket fence that looks right down on the gorge, There is also a tram that runs to the bottom of the gorge where you can visit a small nature center, buy snacks, and take speed boats rides up the river, hike across a train tressle bridge, or explore a small cave and splash in waterfalls along the Mill Creek trail. The hotel also has a nice pool and a tennis court (rackets available for free at the desk), and a few other great trails that lead out from the lodge. Their food there is generally quite good (outstanding except for the pork tenderloin), the snack shop at the bottom of the gorge is not a rip-off (e.g., only 65 cents for a can of soda), and there are a few great vista overlook points, all there on the property. We really enjoyed climbing down the stairs to Lover's Leap overlook after sunset and enjoy an owl's eye view of the fireflies come to life in the darkness of the Mill Creek and river banks a few hundred feet below us. You can also hike from the lodge to the river and have a friend drive a car to bring you back up. On Route 60 there are decent restaurants and the funky Mystery Hole optical illusion fun house (we missed it as they are closed on Tuesday). Sam's Market nearby has good laundry facilities and a few whitewater rafting companies are only 20 minutes away in nearby Hico (pronounced (HYE-ko) at State Route 19.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
1 Thank SteveLicata
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USA
Level Contributor
38 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2008

We chose this place for its proximity to the whitewater rafting trip we booked for the following morning. It's in a really pretty natural setting, high above the river. The room was just OK; nothing special. Like a motel. We used our private balcony to prepare and eat our dinner, since the restaurant's menu looked overpriced and uninteresting. A nearby ice machine made a fair bit of noise in our room. The price was pretty reasonable. Not a bad place to stay for rafting, but perhaps there are more interesting options elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank flex_nc
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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 Restaurant 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
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