The Smoketree Lodge hotel is situated between Banner Elk, NC, and Boone, NC. I happened to book this hotel because I was skiing at nearby Sugar Mountain (which was a 5 minute drive away) and also for the fact that this hotel was the only one I was able to find that could fit my party together (6 people). One note about this booking; however, is that you cannot book reservations for this hotel online. You must call the hotel office to arrange a stay.
I was able to book a 2 bedroom unit for the 4 days I was in town. Check-in time was 4pm but I arrived a few minutes early. The staff greeted my professionally and I was able to check-in without any hassle.
After checking in, I took a quick tour of the hotel. Next to the lobby is a "gameroom" which is composed of 2 video game consoles from the late '90s (Leaderboard '97, and Samiri 3) and a pool table which cost about $1 per game.
On the bottom floor is the fitness area. The swimming pool and jacuzzi were decent and the gym some cardio equipment and a small nautilus machine. I peeked in to the locker room and saw a sauna, but didn't try it. The locker room was a bit nasty so I didn't stay long. NOTE: the hotel gives out towels for the pool/jaccuzi; however, you must go to the front desk to get the towel. They don't leave them by the pool like most other hotels do. Also, they seem to run out of towels late into the evening so it's possible that there may not be any towels available to you.
My initial impression of the hotel was that it was very old. The floors creaked with every step, the wallpaper was extremely dated, and the walls were in need of a new paint job. My hotel suite was a 2 bedroom unit with a kitchenette and bathroom. One bedroom had a queen bed, and the other had 2 twin beds. A pull-out couch was in the living room. A small dinette set was next to the kitchen.
The bathroom was well worn and needed a total make-over. Maid service was basically non-existent during our stay. The only thing they did was swap out towels each day. They didn't clean the bathroom once during our stay. I think extra maid service had to be requested at the front desk but I didn't bother.
As for the kitchen, it had a small stove/oven, a microwave, fridge, and plenty of pots, pans, dishes, and silverware. No problems were noticed with the kitchen.
Overall, the staff was friendly, and the room served its purpose. It's evident that the hotel management does not put profits back into the hotel, however. If this hotel were to get a major renovation, it could really look nice.
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