My wife and I decided to go to Sugarloaf this weekend since we both had monday off and we both enjoy skiing/snowboarding. First lets start with the hotel. Granted we went with the Sugarloaf Inn, since it was cheaper. The Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel looked a lot nicer, but was also a lot more expensive per night. Let me be clear, this is by far not the worst hotel I have stayed in, but it certainly wasn't the best, it was simply, average.
For a place that boasts "the best ski resort in the northeast" the Sugarloaf Inn leaves a lot to be desired. There is no elevator, and most of the rooms are on the second or third floor, so we had to lug our suitcases and ski/snowboard equipment up three flights of stairs just to get to the room. The entire interior of the hotel with the exception of the Brewhaus (ill get to that in a sec) looked like it was from the 1960's and hasn't been updated since. The hallways are narrow, the doors still open with a key (not a big deal) and the carpet could use a steam clean. The room was clean, and keeping in consideration that its a ski resort, and they're gonna overcharge you for everything, was ok size wise for what we paid ($600 for three nights and one day lift ticket for two). The room felt for lack of a better word "cheap" the floor creaked underfoot, the curtain didn't cover all of the sliding glass window, when you pulled it to one side, it uncovered the other side, the cabinet in the bathroom was falling off the hinges. The biggest problem was that the walls are PAPER thin. We could hear the guy next to us snoring all night. Not to mention that there were a bunch of college kids there saying up all night, and being loud. Let me clarify, we are not some rich snobs that expect four star treatment everywhere we go, these are just things I noticed. Which brings me to the Brehaus pub.
Shipyard brewing has a partnership with Sugarloaf, and they operate a Brewpub in the Sugarloaf Inn. It has good food, and great beers on tap. I am a beer aficionado, so it was nice to see a real good variety of craft brews represented. The problem with the Brewhaus is that is where all the college kids stay late and party to the wee hours of the morning and since the wall in the Inn are so thin, you can hear everything....all night. And there really isn't anything that Sugarloaf can do about that, it is what it is, just something you should be aware of if you value your sleep or have children.
The skiing was first rate for the northeast, they constantly have the snow guns going, and the ski on/ski off part of the Sugarloaf Inn was pretty cool and VERY nice, we didn't have to worry about parking or driving anywhere if we had a few to drink.
The staff were very friendly, and everyone we met or dealt with had a smile on their face. Everyone was professional and did their job well, so kudos for that. Overall, the title of this review says it all, we would go back, but we would either stay at one of the cabins that are on the mountain, or at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Sugarloaf Inn Maine/Kingfield