If you are staying @ Laughing Heart, and want a clean, warm, well-kept room, make sure to stay in the Lodge, NOT in the cabin. We (good friends visiting the mineral baths) elected to stay in the cabin so that we could each have our own sleeping quarters. There is a loft bed upstairs, and a sleeper sofa downstairs---sounds comfy, right? The cabin is old and rustic, but we should have been warned that it is also FREEZING, with very few heat sources, and mildew abounds---especially in the mattress of the pullout sofa. The sofa was a bumpy experience--you can feel every spring, and the sheets were full of holes and stains. The only blankets were 2 thin, threadbare comforters. Seating in the living room was made of 2nd hand, shabby & uncomfortable chairs, and the sofa was too scary to even sit on! My friend wanted a night-light so she could navigate down the steep stairs of the loft and we did find one in the bathroom, however the light bulb was burned out! Spider webs & dust abounds everywhere. Wind whistles through the cracks of the cabin walls (built in the 1800's).
The small kitchen backs up to the exit off the Appalachian trail, and entrance of the hostel---which is fine, but there are NO curtains on the windows, and trail-men sitting right outside the window, smoking and having late-night conversation, lend to an uncomfortable lack of privacy. Also, there is no heat source in the kitchen other than the stove, which we did not use. Stay here if you don't mind the weather seeping thru the walls and 3rd rate linens. Our tour of the main Lodge made us wish we had chosen to stay there, however there is no elevator if you have creaky knees like mine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Laughing Heart Lodge opened in August 2012 after extensive renovation. The lodge was built in 1892 and for over 50 years was a Jesuit Retreat Center. Today Laughing Heart Lodge offers accommodations for visitors and travelers in its 9 lovingly renovated rooms (7 with private baths) and most with exceptional mountain views. Laughing Heart also has a hostel which is at the trailhead of the Appalachian Trail and offers very affordable lodging for hikers and other visitors to Hot Springs. ... more less