I am not sure exactly where to start with this review. I had very high hopes for this "inn" since it looked great on the website and the reviews here sung its high praises.
Sadly, I cannot concur with any of the positive reviews.
After a 3 hour drive we check into a room which had the thermostat set to a brisk 60 degrees. We raised the temperature to the mid 70s but it took over an hour to get the room warmed up. As a result, my girlfriend and I had to keep our jackets on for over an hour in order to avoid freezing. This is not the best or smartest way to welcome your guests, especially since they were expecting us at a certain time, and we were there at that time.
Next is the shower situation. The hot and cold water must be engaging in some sort of civil war at this inn. I'd preset the shower to a "warm" temperature and it would be fine for a few minutes. Then, at random, it would either become scolding hot or freezing cold. I am not joking either, it became extremely hot incredibly quickly and subsequently my arms, chest, and legs aquired a bad heat rash for over a day from it. My girlfriend was not using the sink/toilet at the time so I am not sure what caused these insane temperature fluxes. This happened every day.
On the surface, the room looks clean but it clearly is not cleaned properly. Along the corners of the room and the areas behind the backboard of the bed are incredibly disgusting. Behind the backboard of my bed I found; a bunch of different and moldy jelly beans, tissues, a couple of dead bugs (not sure which kind), dust, mold, a couple of crushed pretzels, and other stuff I didn't recognize. It's really not hard for the staff to get one of those vacuums with the nozzel and quickly vacuum behind the bed. It was so gross sleeping in those beds night after night.
The hotel has many different vending machines, but none of them seem to be stocked with any beverages and I tried them all. The ice machines do have ice though.
The bar seemed to be the only safe haven in this place. The drinks were a bit pricey; a beer and a cranberry vodka cost $19, but it was clean and well maintained. Also, the breakfast was pretty good and it felt quite cozy eating there in the morning.
The only thing this place seems to have going for itself is its location. It's about 5 minutes to the mountain and right down the road is a gas station which has plenty of sundries and food at good prices. We bought lots of snacks and drinks for the room. Also, about 10 minutes away is a sort of Main street with restaurants and shops.
The bottom line? Do yourself a favor and rent some one's vacation home. If you plan on going up to Hunter Mountain more than once, then it would be in your best interest to do this. A friend of mine rented a small, but cozy apartment for the entire season (December through March) for $1,500. In contrast, we paid over $500 for only 2 nights at this place. I recommend staying away from this place if I were you.
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