We stayed in a studio condo in Expedition Station in River Run Village over New Year's. Generally I was more than pleased with the room and the resort, though - as the review title suggests - there were some minor issues.
- Walk to shops, restaurants, etc. in River Run
- Walk to the slopes, including Keystone's main gondola
- Room size was perfectly comfortable for two people
- Bed and bedding were comfortable (though it *was* a Murphy bed, which I wasn't expecting
- Considering we stayed for an entire week, having the full kitchen (oven, stove top, microwave, coffee maker, full size fridge) was great
- Loved the gas fireplace as well!
- Room and lodge buildings were very clean.
- If you arrive after 11 PM, you have to check in at either the lodge or the Inn, neither of which is 'walking distance' from River Run
- On that note, there is no real 'front desk' for the condos - there is an office that is open from 8 AM until 11 PM, but it's in the Buffalo Lodge, and at times that's not an easy walk (i.e. when it's ridiculously cold out and they haven't shoveled the sidewalks or used salt anywhere)
- Kitchen in our condo was very small/awkward - the fridge door opened the wrong way, you couldn't open one of the cupboard doors under the sink all the way because the dishwasher was in the way, counter space was severely limited and made cooking a bit rough. It also wasn't the best stocked kitchen, in terms of cooking (no large knives for chopping veggies, no kitchen scissors
- Our coffee maker didn't work properly. I believe it was because it was just a really cheap coffee maker, but we had to microwave our coffee every morning after it was made because it just wasn't hot enough.
- We checked in late on a Saturday night and checked out the following Friday morning. Maid service came once during the week - I think it was Tuesday (which is to be expected for a condo stay). The main problem with this was that our maid left us only two towels, though when we'd checked in there were four. Considering we were there for three nights after she cleaned the room, I'm pretty sure that should have meant more than one towel per person for such a stretch of time.
As for River Run/Keystone as a whole, it was disappointing that *everything* closed around 10 PM, especially during a holiday week. Sometimes a bar would be open until 10:30 or so, but the hot tub/pool/steam room/etc. were locked right at 10 every night, the outdoor gas fires went out at 10:30, etc. Considering the lifts were open until 8:30 for night skiing, this left literally no time to wind down if you wanted to enjoy the night skiing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- River Run Village is located at the base of the gondola at the Keystone Ski Area. River Run is the most sought after lodging destination in the Keystone area not only for its location but also because of all the shops, restaurants and nightlife located just steps from the condominium front door! Enjoy the ease to get to and from the ski area during the winter months and all of the Keystone events that occur all summer long. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- River Run Village Hotel Keystone