The Lodge is a very strange place. It reminded me so much of one of the faded places in the Catskills, struggling to stay alive without much maintenance or thought by the owners. At 9am, 5:30pm and 10am on different days of our stay, there was NO staff in the Lodge. When we were ready to check out no one was around either and I ended up leaving the key with a note at the front desk. Each time we needed to speak to a staff member I searched the entire 3-story bldg. for someone. Most of the lights in the lobby and common areas were turned off as well. What was unsettling was that we were never informed of the limited staff hours and in my ramblings I never saw any notice that gave an emergency number to call in case of things like stopped toilets, locked out guests, fire, a murderer roaming the halls, etc. The service even when the Lodge was staffed was pretty sketchy as well. The day we arrived, the coffee maker still had old grounds in it and another guest in our wedding group said it was the same in her room. The following day we noticed that my husband had gotten a fresh bath towel, but I hadn’t. They did give me a new washcloth and several new hand towels (altho all the old ones remained). Even tho’ the room had a kitchenette, there were absolutely no utensils, plates, or other items to render it serviceable. Most of the surfaces had a kind of sticky feeling to them. But I must say that despite all this strangeness, we were happy to stay at the Lodge since the wedding we were attending was held there. The view from our 3rd story corner room (#301) was absolutely magnificent. The lake and the forest provided an incredible panorama of scenery as far as you could see. We were able to view sunrise directly from one of the windows. Of course, the very best part of staying at the Lodge was being able to walk up the stairs to our room after the wedding reception ended--instead of having to drive out into the storm-lashed night as other guests had to do if they were staying elsewhere.
We thoroughly enjoyed their Sun. brunch, the only meal we ate at the Lodge. There was a nice array of selections and all that I sampled were quite good. The service was quick and friendly as well and we certainly enjoyed the whole experience. The limited hours for the Lodge's dining room made finding a decent breakfast a very high priority for us each morning. Trying to locate food of any type in the area was an adventure in itself--it's pretty much a minimum of 20 mi. in any direction before you can locate even the most meager provisions. Each day we would spend a good amount of time out foraging for food and certainly got to see a lot of the area while we were doing that!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 700 feet above Beaver Lake. We offer the Central United States' best lake view from our recently remodeled guest rooms and events facilities. Able to accommodate 300+ within our Lodge (or on the grounds) for events and offering a stunning outdoor wedding venue. We have 16 rooms for those guests seeking a getaway or the convenience of staying on the property for a special event. Ten of our rooms have beautiful balconies with excellent lake views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whitney Mountain Hotel Garfield
- Hotel On Whitney Mountain