My wife and I recently stayed at Skytop Sat - Tues. I booked our room kind of late (2 weeks) through the Skytop website. The website only showed rooms available for Sun - Tues. I wanted a King room and online availability was for the Golf Inn. I booked the room even though the price seemed VERY high ($690 a night with American plan).
My e-mail confirmation told me we had received a 'free' upgrade to a stream cottage room.
For the next several days I attempted to call Skytop to see if I could arrive on Saturday. I was never able to reach a person at their reservation line even though I called different times of day over several days. The operator who directed my call warned me that I would probably not get a person on the line. Not a very good way to run a reservation desk if you ask me. Maybe OK for a $100 a night Holiday Inn, but not for $690 a night.
I got a call back after a couple of days and spoke with a woman about our reservation. She told me that our room was not available on Saturday, but that we could stay at the main Lodge on Saturday and then move to the cottage on Sunday. She also told me we could have the Lodge room for $425. I also asked about the Family Fun package, we would be golfing once and wanted to go shooting once. The package would cost us more than just paying for the golf ($150) and shooting ($100) so I skipped the package.
We arrived on Saturday about 2PM and our room was ready. The room in the Lodge was quite small. A single queen sized bed, a bath with just a shower stall (too small for a tub).
The next day we moved to the stream cottage and it was a vast improvement. This room was extremely nice, obviously a recent addition to the resort. We got a huge room with king size bed. A bath with a enormous tub ( my wifed loved it). A surround sound system with TV, VCR and DVD. And a gas fired fireplace. A porch with cushioned rockers, looking over the golf course. If you have the money, this is the room to stay in.
We enjoyed the meals at Skytop. The staff was friendly and helpful. All the food was good, the only exception was the Grouper fillet I had on the first evening. The fish was too salty and overcooked. I avoided fish after that and was very satisfied. At dinner you get an appetizer, soup, salad, entree, and dessert. Entree seelctions usually included a choice of fish, beef, chicken, other meat (like venison), and a vegetarian pasta. I had roast sirloin and a breast of chicken that were quite good.
For breakfast we kept to the buffet. Standard buffet fare with an omelet station. Plenty of fresh fruit.
We also had a light lunch at the buffet. The last day we golfed and grabbed food at the golf deli which was also on the meal plan. Got a couple hotdogs, chips, cookies and drink. Actually wish I had found this out earlier since I liked the lunch here.
We also enjoyed grabbing a lemonade and cookie at the afternoon tea service every day at 4PM.
An activities guide is printed for the week that lists any special activities. Each day has some kind of excersize class, a nature hike, maybe a kayaking class, and an evening music group, usually with dancing.
We went on a short nature hike with the resort's nature guy, John. John was very friendly and knowledgable about the local wildlife. Mostly he found frogs and salamanders on our hike.
On Monday it rained hard all day, so the scheduled events were cancelled. John did an indoor presentation on spiders, and they showed the movie 'Cars'. Overall the place ground to a halt when it rained.
Golf was very good, the course is not terribly challenging and was pretty quiet when we played. My wife loved the deer that kept roaming the course.
Shooting was great. The two guys who helped us were very patient and encouraging for a couple that never shot before.
Overall the resort was beautiful. It was not very busy while we were there, except for Saturday when they had a couple of weddings. There were a good number of children, but we still had an adult weekend. Don't be worried that this is a children's resort.
The staff was overall very good. The only place I felt pressure for a tip was at the golf course.
My only real complaint is the cost. I was asked by the staff how I felt about my stay and I mentioned the cost. His response was 'you'd pay that to go to DisneyWorld'. True, but this was no DisneyWorld.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Naturally InspiredExperience the ultimate retreat by visiting one of the most esteemed lodges in the country—Skytop. This grand historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation including the new Adventure Center at Skytop.You and your family can explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing—to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services. No matter your age, personality or desire, Skytop Lodge can make your next trip an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Skytop Resort All Inclusive
- Resort Skytop Lodge
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