My wife and I and two children recently stayed 3 nights at the Viking Lodge (this past weekend). We paid $130/ night for the Alpine loft and had a certain expectation. Wow, were we underwhelmed!
This facility is the biggest rip-off in the business. Their rates are not commensurate with the facility and the claims on their website border on false advertising. The main bed needed to be replaced 10 years ago. It was lumpy and tilted towards the floor on both sides. The ladder to the loft was downright dangerous and not recommended for small children. No way would it pass today's building codes. There was no table or chairs in the room and the electric would probably not pass a fire inspection. There were broken wall plates and broken sconces on the wall. Some switches did not work with anything.
The cable TV was a joke (5 channels) and the "continental" breakfast of coffee with oatmeal packets (no milk) and pop tarts was laughable. Breakfast does not even open until 7:30 am.
Overall, the place was cramped and the walls paper thin. You could hear everything said in the adjoining room. Priced at $59/night we could forgive a lot but at $130 it needed to be a whole lot more.
Two thumbs down!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You get what you pay for… Located in downtown Winter Park, the Viking Lodge and Ski Shop is an icon in Winter Park. Since 1953 we have been providing affordable lodging to guests who just want to ski and have a great time. At The Viking Lodge you get what you pay for. The carpets are old, the walls are thin, and the TV’s are not flat screen. But we won’t break your budget; we offer cheap accommodations in an old ski lodge at a great location in downtown Winter Park. We have 21 rooms; from VERY small to apartments. All rooms have private baths and color televisions; box style televisions, yes they are old TV’s, but you should be outside not sitting in your room watching TV. Pool, gym, ice sculptures, room service, robes, bell boys, 24 hour front desk, spa – this is a list of stuff we don’t have. We do have clean rooms, a great downtown location, game room, friendly staff and the best dirt parking lot in Winter Park. We don’t do daily maid service or mints on pillows, but if you ask we will clean your room and find a mint somewhere. If you’d rather be surfing the web than skiing, riding, biking, hiking, reading, chatting with friends or meeting new ones, you’ll be pleased to know that we have Wi-Fi in the lobby. I suppose some have to work anyway. You can make use of our luggage room before check-in and after check-out. Our reception is not open all day (heck we would rather be outside skiing, riding, biking or hiking too) but no fear, we will leave directions for check-in; usually at the Ski Shop or T-shirt shop. If you will be arriving after hours (like 6PM) please call. Coming soon The Viking Lodge is a work in progress; despite all attempts to the contrary we are becoming more impressive on a daily basis. Some rooms even have tile in the bathrooms, new sinks and fancy bedspreads and curtains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viking Lodge And Management Hotel Winter Park