I read many of the recent reviews and was a bit concerned about so much negativity, but my recent 2-night June getaway to the Canaan Valley Resort was quite pleasant and enjoyable, a great value, and I would consider returning in the future.
I'll get this out of the way up front - no, it is not a 5-star resort comparable to some all-inclusive luxury places you might have stayed at elsewhere, but look at what you pay - I adjusted my expectations ahead of time based on the cost and these reviews. I got a special $59/night rate, but would have been just as satisfied paying more. With tax and resort fee it came to about $72/night. About the best deal you'll find anywhere at a full-service resort.
It's a nice drive into the resort past the golf course and open meadows with grazing deer. The 5 separate "lodges" were unobtrusive 2-story motel-type buildings that for some reason reminded me of the Brady Bunch Goes to the Grand Canyon episode. Charming in it's own rustic way, but appropriate for the setting. Yes, there was a little bit of peeling exterior paint, but it didn't bother me. Lobby was spacious, rustic and attractive. There was no chlorine smell and no heat from the adjacent deli and pizza oven (that I read in some other review). Check-in person was nice, but didn't know the process. She checked me into a smoking room though my reservation clearly stated non-smoking. I had to trek back to the lobby. She told me the resort was full and that she mistakenly charged my credit card $225 for the "hospitality service" for incidentals and didn't know how to reverse the mistake. She was nice enough to admit it up front and turned it over to the manager who quickly corrected it and gave me a nice non-smoking room closer to the lobby and common areas (I guess it wasn't full after all). I thought the room was just fine - very clean, I looked around for wear-and-tear and saw very little. Size was just fine - it was like your average nice budget hotel room. I wanted a room with a valley view but they said they didn't have any available. Seems that very few of the rooms in the 5 lodges actually have a view, but it really didn't matter anyway since you are not going to keep your shades wide open due to privacy, and you walk out your door and the valley is right there to see. Rooms have free wireless internet and many cable TV channels including a few free moving channels. My cell phone reception only worked out back near the pool area. I never heard any noise through walls and bed was very comfortable.
I used both the indoor and outdoor pools - indoor is kind of small and shallow, but was ok, and had the large adjacent hottub all to myself - very relaxing. Outdoor pool was large and heated just right and was in a great setting overlooking the valley and golf course - I could have stayed in all day. I saw the tennis courts and paintball area, but never saw anyone using them. The hill between the lodge and pool is a nice area to sit in the evening - the deer come up out of the woods to graze and seem to have no fear. I ate at both the main lodge restaurant (Hickory) and the deli. Prices were so low for a main dining room resort that you can order anything you want without breaking your budget. Very few other diners so got a table by the window with the great view of the valley and the little boy chasing the grazing deer in the evening. Steak dinner and buffet breakfast were very good - not the best ever, but very good, and service was adequate.
There are a few off-site restaurants on the way to Davis (which is 10 miles) and a few in Davis as well. I didn't go to any during my quick stay because the onsite dining was fine and priced well. There's a big grocery store and Family Dollar for necessities in Davis. Blackwater Falls is worth a trip - 2 miles past Davis. Stop in the Blackwater Falls lodge for awesome valley views behind the building. There was a swimming lake near the Blackwater Falls lodge, but appeared to be closed due to weather when I drove by.
There are a number of good quick hikes with marked trails from the resort - meadows, streams, mountainside, deep woods - easy to take advantage of it and no planning or driving involved. You'll most likely see deer and groundhogs. I didn't have time for a round of golf but the course looked nice.
- 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