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Natural Bridge Historic Hotel & Conference Center
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Natural Bridge
Stafford, Virginia
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10 reviews
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“Great deal!!!. The Hotel meets most reasonable expectations”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Is this a 5 star hotel? Nope. Is it a great deal? Yes. My wife and I stayed here in April and used the escape package. For $99 we got a room, breakfast for two, tickets to the bridge, wax museum, caverns, butterfly garden, basically all the things we came here to see and do. The breakfast was worth $20, the attraction tickets would have cost $58. So basically the room was $22. The location could not be better. It's right across from most all the attractions, except for the caverns and the zoo (zoo not included and we did not go) which are both a short drive away. We also took in all the sites of nearby Lexington VA.

We had a room with a balcony facing the lovely parking lot, but it was still nice to sit outside after dinner. There was a TV, and refrigerator. The room was spacious, but very dated and could use a good deep cleaning, particularly the bathroom. Old bedspread, old carpet, noisy air conditioner/heater. If you're inclined to be easily skeeved out by something like a lot of dust and a some stains, you maybe want to spend the money to stay somewhere else. It wasn't so bad we couldn't deal with it. Oddly, no vent fan or window in the bathroom.

Dinner in the dining room was about a 3 out of 5 and was a little pricey for what was served, but it was right there in the hotel. Dinner was much better than say Applebee's, TGI Fridays, etc... The price was worth it to us for the convenience since we like to have a few drinks before and during dinner.

Breakfast was served ala carte, not buffet and everything was good. Service at the restaurant and bar were both good.

If you're going to Natural Bridge to see the attractions, this is a very good value and budget friendly way to go. The Hotel itself is not worth the three star rating I gave it, but location and value is why I put the mark there. I would go give four stars if they'd do a good cleaning of their rooms.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

The current hotel will turn 50 next year. It may have been updated 25 years ago. Overall it is not bad, but is due for an update. The staff are nice, the food has been good. They are trying, but the owner is up in years and just recently announced another effort to sell the place.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

This was my second visit to Natural Bridge. The first stay was in the main hotel.. Which was nice! And although the decor was dated it was clean. This stay was in the wing.. On the first floor.. Right beside the ice machine. Eeek! It was a trying experience! The decor is also dated however, the rooms odor was a mix of basement and cat. The sheets and bathroom were clean but the carpet, chairs and furniture could all use a good washing. The bathtub drained extremely slow and the toilet sounded like it could shoot off the floor at each flush! The wallpaper is bubbled and the closet was like a crypt... Lol. So, aside for the room being less than nice we did have many pluses! The staff at the hotel is wonderful (generally) and the meals are all wonderful! There are a few grumps that work around the estate but overall they are happy to guide or answer questions. The boys, grandma and I enjoyed the new game room and climbing area! The butterfly room is nice..although it is very warm. The depiction of creation started at 9:30.. And was also a "must do once" event. Natural Bridge itself is always beautiful and the trails are maintained. One thing you must keep in mind constantly ... This is not a government run location. The owner is in his 80's a devout Christian and I'm sure the upkeep of the "Natural Bridge" itself is the main focus as far as monies being dispersed. We will go back again I'm sure.. Only being more particular on our room selection.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Virginia Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Convenient to Natural Bridge and THAT IS IT!!! Rude, non-supportive staff! Not worth it at all!! I now know why the cancellation policy is so strict - once you see the place you want to cancel right away. I will never return to this dismal place. Go there as a last resort. They lack many of the amenities that you would hope to find in other hotels. Old television, limited cable service, no refrigerator in the room, and they say wireless internet available in the rooms - not really. STAY AWAY!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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asheville,nc
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2013

My daughter and I went to the Natural Bridge just to take a break. We bought the escape package, I think the price was right.(room, breakfast,tix for the bridge, museum and caverns x2 for $110)The hotel left me with ambivalent feelings, in one side the beds were excellent, the food was very good and the drinks decent, good towels and decent amenities; in the other side the refrigerator was dirty, the fabric in furniture was stained, the tub wasnt the cleanest,,the balcony was not worth the extra money, the lobby has this historic furniture and nothing else(needs a couple of comfy lounge chairs).In short, this hotel was a grand hotel 20 years ago, today is still very decent but needs some scrubbinng and some renovations

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Richmond, VA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 9, 2013

My husband and I and our children came here for an overnight visit. We thought we were getting a good deal with the "escape package." The only advantage was that we didn't have to drive after the Natural Bridge light show. For the same amount of money, we could have stayed at a much higher quality hotel in a local town. I didn't like that in order to cancel my reservation, I would have to do it by 3 pm the day before arrival. That makes no sense! It's an old hotel. The hotel staff are unfriendly. The balcony with the mountain view is not anything that l thought it would be. There are two chairs on the patio that have no cushions, and it's not private. The guests in the next room can step right over the rail onto your patio. Also, the wallpaper was peeling, the floors were dirty, and the hairdryer didn't work. WE WERE TOLD THIS WAS ONE OF THEIR BEST ROOMS. All in all, VERY DISAPPOINTING. We won't be going back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Churchville, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2013

The lobby is very nice but the rooms are old and tired. There were stains all over the cloth chair in the room, the wall paper was ripped, the carpet is worn, the tv remote didn't work and the worst thing was the constant squeak/rattle from the ceiling air conditioning fan. We did like that it had a sink and vanity outside the bathroom. It was a very good deal as far as it included $10 breakfast vouchers and the combo ticket to the Bridge, Cavern, Wax Museum & Butterflies. It was also extremely convenient to getting to the attractions. The shuttle bus was also a nice feature to take you to and from the bridge.

Room Tip: We got the cheapest room and our "view' was the air conditioning unit.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Natural Bridge Historic Hotel & Conference Center
Address: 15 Appledore Ln, Natural Bridge, VA 24578-3602
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Location: United States > Virginia > Natural Bridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Natural Bridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Natural Bridge Historic Hotel & Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay on-site of The Natural Bridge of Virginia. Visit the monumental National Historic Landmark & discover why photos don't do it justice, nor words describe it, and why the awe-struck Thomas Jefferson bought it. Packages starting at $129 for 2 people, $169 for a family of 4, offer a great value on attractions, overnight accommodation & breakfast. Just 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway; off I-81, exits 175 & 180. ... more   less 
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