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“Great bargain for the tired hiker”
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Keene Valley Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Keene Valley
East coast, US
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Great bargain for the tired hiker”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This was our first time at Keene Valley Lodge, though we have visited most of the other B&Bs in the Keene area. We found this a comfortable, welcoming place, just like home! We were in Keene to hike, and Greg and staff were incredibly accomodating, leaving us breakfast for our pre-dawn start. My favorite parts of this inn are 1) a fire is set in the hearth ready to go when you want it, 2) Hot water, tea, and hot chocolate, a toaster and a refrigerator were available day and night (especially important when coming back from a late hike to find every place closed and desperate for a hot beverage), 3) Tons of space to spread out and sort your gear on the big wraparound porch and living room. And finally, when we booked it was $80 for a room with 2 twin beds and a shared bath across the hall. This includes breakfast for two people, making it one of the best bargains around! Keene Valley lodge is our new favorite hiking base camp in Keene, we'll be back!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Silver Spring, MD
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We just spent five really spectacular days hiking in the High Peaks and nestled in at the Keene Valley Lodge, a wonderfully comfortable Adirondack bed and breakfast with great character and soul. Located in the heart of the High Peaks, Keene Valley Lodge combines the homey feel of a bed and breakfast with the outdoorsy nature of a mountain lodge. This was our second stay at Keene Valley Lodge having visited for a week with our kids two years ago. Last time we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the two-bedroom Beede Suite just off the kitchen. Our more recent visit found us in Room 1 right off the front stairs leading to the upper floor. Highlights of this room are its entrance from the porch, a very spacious and comfortable outer living room area, a corner bedroom that catches a wonderful cross breeze, a smaller very useful inner room, a bathroom with a tub, and convenient access to the main living room area of the Lodge. The owners, George and Laurie, are warm, fun, wonderfully helpful, and interesting people with great tips for hikes, good places to eat, and just about anything else. Best of all they don't hover but instead entrust us with the use of this wonderful space. There is a piano in the front parlor, a chess game set up at a small table in the living room, lots of books (including a few different well-used trail guidebooks), a large fireplace where we had a fire almost every night, a guest frig in the dining room, and a tea kettle and bags available at all hours. Breakfast is a real treat with freshly scrambled eggs, fresh baked muffins, homemade bread, cold cereal, granola, hearty oatmeal (with added bonuses of two varieties of raisins, walnuts, and maple syrup), fresh fruit, and Greek-style yogurt. The dining room has a few different tables, but we especially love the long one next to the window. Sitting at this table for six allowed for meeting other lodgers. At the same time, we always had the option of spending time with just ourselves at one of the smaller tables Outside, there are several chairs on the front porch and seats here and there in the back yard. A short path leads from the backyard through a meadow to a brook further back. On warm days, we relaxed in the Adirondack chairs or the hammock listening to the sounds of the brook. Our last two nights at the lodge, we hung out around the fire with two other couples late into the evening. We shared stories, good drink, lots of laughs and even an impromptu birthday song. This is everything we were looking for in a mountain B&B, and we will be forever grateful that we found it two years ago.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rochester, NY
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We have just returned from the Keene Valley Lodge after having spent 2 wonderful days in the Adirondacks. This review is intended to be fact based and devoid emotional involvement.

There are certain hallmarks that set aside B&B's from hotels and the reason why we choose to stay at B&B's. The first is obvious: the breakfast. It should be of high quality and special. Not a breakfast you would prepare at home or what you would get at a hotel. Our breakfast for the 2 day stay was the same each day. The buffet style breakfast consisted of crock pot based scrambled eggs and oatmeal, warm muffins, bagels and bread for toasting, fresh fruit and cereals. The breakfast was more than adequate but not what we would call special. Breakfast was served at 8:00 AM with coffee available at 7:30. On the second day of our stay the lodge was filled to capacity and we found it odd that the last couple to come down to breakfast had no place to sit in the breakfast area.

The second feature of a B&B would cleanliness. You expect your place of rest to be impeccably clean. The cleanliness should be not be superficial but it should reflect the desire on the part of the innkeeper to showcase their property. Our room was neat but not clean. The bed was made and fresh towels were available. But that's where it ended. The dust on the surfaces was indicative of a lack of attention for quite some time. As stated earlier, facts will be the basis of this review. Hence, it's not an exaggeration to say that there were dead flies on the windowsill and in the bathroom ceiling light. The emphasis is on multiple flies. The bathroom fixture had many. We spoke to the innkeeper about the lack of cleanliness and were informed that there had been some complications with the housekeeper for a couple of days. Frankly, the dust and flies had been there for some time. With any business there are always issues with personnel but the responsibility of the business must be borne by the owner. Given the known circumstances, the innkeeper should have critiqued the housekeeping.

Another attribute we most appreciate at a B&B are the decorations and appointments. It's a pleasure to explore artistic abilities of the innkeepers. This innkeepers abilities to replicate a former life in the Adirondacks is well done. One will appreciate the skis, snowshoes, antique photos representative of a life in an era long past. The large fireplace in the common room seemed to be in working order but due to the warm temperatures was not utilized during our stay. Its obvious that attention was given to decorating the common areas. Other positive notes include our beds being quite comfortable, efficient WIFI and we appreciated the friendliness of the innkeeper.

Keene Valley Lodge has a self check in policy. From our experience it's a bit unusual not to be welcomed by the innkeepers but apparently they don't live there and have responsibilities outside the property. Our single phone call regarding a hair dryer was not responded to until the next morning when we asked, at which point the hair dryer was provided. Our error was assuming there would be one in our room.

One of the property features that worth mentioning, especially for those with mobility issues, are the stairs. From the parking lot to the entrance one must navigate a number of steps, some of which have an inordinately high step. Yes, you could stop in the driveway to drop someone off but then there is no walkway to the entrance.

The Keene Valley lodge is located within the high peaks region and if are searching for a place to rest your head after hiking the peaks this lodge is for you. Though breakfast is part of the rate, the Keene Valley Lodge is a mountain lodge not a B&B. Therefore, if you are looking for a B&B as indicated on their website, perhaps you should search elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This is an excellent choice if you will be spending a few days in the Adirondacks. In the heart of the High Peaks region, it is a very comfortable, clean, and charming home base for all Adirondack activities. A great plus is the fantastic breakfast and hospitable owners. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: The Beede suite has two bedrooms and a private bath, with a small sitting area, and a convenient sec...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Owego, New York
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

The hospitality was great! Laurie and George had lots of hiking and dining advice. They prepared a wide selection of items for breakfast (oatmeal bar, scrambled eggs, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, home made muffins, breakfast breads and spreads, milk, oj, coffee, and a tea bag selection) and encouraged us to eat up to fortify ourselves for the trail. We were encouraged to help ourselves to extra towels from the laundry if we needed them. Had we wanted to hit the trail before breakfast was served, our hosts would have seen to it that we had bagels and such available earlier.

The guest refrigerator in the kitchen was helpful for storing our sandwich-making supplies. The common rooms were welcoming. The rooms were clean and neat, although a bit shabby. No a.c., but it wasn't needed during our July visit. Open windows and the pedestal fan kept the room sufficiently cool. There was plenty of hot water available. I found the pillowtop mattress comfortable, but my husband longed for our waterbed.

No t.v. (yea!), but the wifi worked fine. I recommend that you don't leave valuables in your room, since security is lax.

Room Tip: We enjoyed room 7, a corner room with extra seating space. It was on the back of the house, away fro...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Biddeford, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We have been going to Keene Valley for 5 years now. We meet up with friends and our group of about 20 people stay throughout town as there is family who reside in town. We have stayed in guests rooms, basements and other inns in the area but this year we went back for a second stay at the lodge (we stayed there last year and were spoiled by it and now we can not stay anywhere else:)) There is not enough good things I can say about the lodge, Seriously. Both years we stayed in room 7 which has its own bathroom and is just lovely! Since there are two beds we were able this year to invite our two nieces with us for a couple of nights and they also loved it! Breakfast in the morning is wonderful and the inn keepers are beyond helpful! There really is not enough good things I can say we love Keene Valley, and we love the Keene Valley Lodge.

Room Tip: Room 7 is in the back of the lodge and very quiet with its own bathroom
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Weaverville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2013

We stayed with family for a week in Phelps Cottage, the house next door to the Keene Valley Lodge. A delightful, cozy, cottage, just perfect for our family, two floors, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, big kitchen, living, dining, den, and porches, TV and wifi, washer and dryer, and outdoor grill. We never met the hosts during our stay, a key left in the main lodge - this is a self check accommodation. Almost like coming to visit an old friend, pictures and artwork, books and collectibles of the owners and a kitchen filled with a variety of everything you'd need.

A terrific location, close by to lots of hiking, walking, playground, library, restaurants and grocery. Phelps cottage is however, right on the main road, and traffic noise can sometimes be a factor in the evening or early morning. The humidity added to moisture in the baths and the toilets did sweat lots but that's only a slight inconvenience considering the joy of being in the Adirondacks, sharing time with family and creating lots of fun memories in this cozy cottage!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Keene Valley Lodge
Address: 1834 Route 73, Keene Valley, NY 12943
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Location: United States > New York > Keene Valley
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Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Keene Valley
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Keene Valley Lodge is located in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks, in the quaint hamlet of Keene Valley. It is the perfect starting point for all of your adventures in our pristine, wild mountains, whether it be hiking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, or simply enjoying the fresh mountain air. Relax by the fire or outside on the front porch after an invigorating day in the woods. We offer a wide choice of rooms, from small rooms perfect for the budget hiker, to large suites that can accommodate families or groups of friends. A full buffet breakfast is included with our rooms. We also offer the Phelps Cottage next door to the Lodge, a full house rental that sleeps up to 8 people. We have served our wonderful guests since 1999, a great many of whom have been returning for years. We are happy to share our knowledge of the surrounding mountains and trails, and can recommend the perfect day in the mountains for all levels of enjoyment. ... more   less 
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