Recently stayed in one of Canaan Valley Resort's lodge rooms for a long weekend to attend a festival that was being held on the resort grounds. I wasn't expecting the most positive experience given all of the negative reviews, but I try to experience something firsthand before I completely rule it out. While a lot of the reviewers are correct in saying the rooms need renovated, I expected an outdated room because that is what you get with most state parks. The rooms are on the small side, but it was just fine for myself, my boyfriend, and our dog. There was construction going on, but that's a given when trying to improve the facilities. Our room was very clean and had the amenities that most budget hotels offer. The best part is by far the view. It simply cannot be beat, and if you're vacationing in this area, I'm assuming it's because you need to get away from the hustle and bustle and/or you enjoy the great outdoors. Everywhere you look is a beautiful valley!
I'd say the only real negatives for us were the fact that our bathtub was semi-clogged and didn't drain normally during a shower, and our key cards both expired a day prematurely, prompting a trek to the front desk. Yes, you have to walk outside to get to the main lodge, which houses the restaurants, pool, gift shop, laundry, etc. It looks like when the 2 new buildings are completed, they will be connected to the main lodge. Otherwise, the existing buildings where the guest rooms are located require a short walk to get to the main lodge. I can easily see where this would be inconvenient, especially during colder months. The length of the walk depends on which building you're staying in. We stayed in Beaver Lodge, which I believe is the furthest away from the main lodge, and it was maybe a 5 minute walk at most. Parking isn't conveniently located right next to each building, especially with Beaver Lodge. If you packed a lot of belongings, you'll have to make the trips from your vehicle to your room up and down an incline.
We ate at Caffe Siena and Hickory Dining Room, and none of the food we ordered was anything to write home about. It was mediocre at best. Highly suggest driving to Davis or Thomas (Flying Pigs is delicious!!) for way better restaurant options.
I also have to commend the resort because they accomodated us bringing our dog when they didn't have any "pet-friendly" rooms left. It was a last minute change, and they didn't give us any problems at all. The front desk staff were very friendly throughout our stay!
One more thing, cell phone service is almost non-existent, which I found to be refreshing, but if you aren't of the same mentality, have a back-up plan, stay somewhere else, or don't come to the mountains period. We all need a break from cell phones from time to time anyway :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in one of the most scenic and tranquil settings in the Mid-Atlantic, with unlimited recreation and family-focused activities, Canaan Valley Resort is a four-season mountain destination providing the perfect escape from daily life. Fifteen miles long by three miles wide, Canaan Valley is the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. Canaan Valley Resort is nestled on a plateau overlooking the valley, offering sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. Our NEW 160 guest rooms and suites are perfect for a quiet getaway. Whether you're here for work or play, we offer an amazing West Virginia vacation experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Canaan Valley Hotel Davis
- Canaan Valley Davis
- Canaan Valley Resort Wv