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“Great stay in a wonderful lodge, but terrible food” 4 of 5 stars
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Pipestem Resort State Park Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pipestem
Wilmington, NC
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great stay in a wonderful lodge, but terrible food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Stayed in September. Great lodge and many activities.
However, we had three of the worst meals ever, and poor food service.

You may want to visit, but take your own food or eat out of the park.

You can enjoy hiking, golf, swimming, and other activities. Rooms are clean and comfortable.

Front is friendly and helpful. Nature park ranger gave us an excellent overview of the park, its history and wildlife.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We had a very brief but lovely stay at the Pipestem Resort. We chose to stay in one of the cottages for the extra space (they have 2-4 bedrooms plus a kitchen). The cottages are certainly nothing pretty to look at and are dated, but are also very cozy, clean, and affordable. It appears that they do allow smoking in the cottages, if that might be a concern for you. The cottage includes an outdoor picnic table, charcoal grill, back deck, and firewood for the fireplace. We were very impressed by the staff who were very kind, helpful, and accommodating when we had to leave earlier than expected. The grounds were well maintained and clean.

The scenery is beautiful and deer roam around the park freely. There are several activities and sights on the grounds to keep everyone busy.

If you are looking for a secluded getaway surrounded by nature, this place is for you! Don't expect anything fancy or modern, but for the price and the available activities you'll have a great time!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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30 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

When making reservations, make sure you pick Mountain Creek Lodge and not McKeever. Mountain Creek is at the bottom of the Bluestone River Gorge and can only be reached by the 3600 foot long aerial tram. The rooms are nothing to write home about but you can't get much more remote. Plan on deer watching everywhere you look. Cell phone reception is "iffy"... my wife was able to text but not talk on her Verizon network. The restaurant at Mountain Creek seems a bit high priced for what they were offering so we elected to eat at the McKeever one located on the 7th floor of the facility. It was okay but next time I think we'll try something outside the park. We only stayed one night but look forward to bring the grandchildren next time for a longer stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maryland
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284 reviews
58 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We make regular pilgrimages to this restaurant.

Ok, we didn't get married here, but we did have our rehearsal and wedding dinner here, at a few tables in the restaurant. The chef, at that time was amazing - very accommodating. 'Heard he used to work at the Greenbrier....wouldn't be surprised! The food was excellent...this place is a little gem in the area. We all stayed at the lower lodge, and you could see guests arriving on the aerial tram - how groovy is that?

What an idyllic place - peaceful and beautiful. To enjoy an intimate and warm (and delicious) meal with good friends or family - who could ask for more?

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gainesville, Florida
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We understand this is a State property and funds are not always available for improvements. We stayed at the McKeever Lodge. They have made some nice updates since our last visit several years ago (tile floor in bathroom and new carpet in room, some of the furniture appears to be of the same set). The sink in the bathroom is attached to the wall with very little space to place your toiletries. We couldn't seem to get enough light to see well in the room, despite at least four lamps (perhaps low wattage bulbs to save money?). Overall, the room was average - they could lose the quilted bedspreads. We stayed two nights and were quite surprised that housekeeping did not make our bed when they serviced our room after the first night. Leeann at check-in was a surly person who got us off to a bad start with her nastiness and lack of knowledge (among other things, she prints the weather forecast and places it on the counter for guests to see - but she commented that she doesn't even look at it). Nathan - one of the Park Rangers was a delight, making recommendations and checking on the safety of crossing the river. The paddleboat was a nice change of pace and provided nice solitude.

Room Tip: If you want a King bed (but do not want the suite), you will have a view of the parking lot. Accord...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Milford, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

An amazing, secret gem! We stayed in the lodge for 2 days and the prices are so reasonable that we rented the suite so we and our 4 children each had a bed! Very rustic, but clean; made the mountain experience come to life for us. Microwave and fridge in the room made the stay simple and affordable (no continental breakfast offered) . Staff is wonderful. Unexpected activities included a game room and nature center with programs for the kids to enjoy. Lodge restaurant and cafe food is average and overpriced. My husband and I had a delightful afternoon date taking the air tram to the gourmet Mountain Creek restaurant (amazing food!) and let the kids (18,16,13, and 11) order food, enjoy the lodge game room and swimming pool. Another plus - 10 minute drive from the Bluestone State Park marina where we rented a pontoon boat. What a blast!

Room Tip: Large families will love the suite with sliding door opening to a balcony with mountain views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Ginette B
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Second Creek, WV
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Just returned from staying at the Lodge (at the bottom of the gorge) - not fancy, but still a wonderful place to stay. You get a fantastic tram ride with your stay - great walks along the river, lots of nature all around. It's our "go-to" place when we need a break. A wonderful place - very helpful staff. We also REALLY like the restaurant - TERRIFIC view out the windows, very good food. We asked for low-sodium, and got it. Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Do try to get a room away from the end closest to the tram, and also on the second floor (unless you...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pipestem Resort State Park Lodge
Address: 3405 Pipestem Drive, Pipestem, WV 25979
Location: United States > West Virginia > Pipestem
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pipestem
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Number of rooms: 169
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