This was a last minute getaway I planned for my son's spring break. I did a lot of research online the weekend before, and decided on Soaring Eagle because it seemed to be one of the newest resorts and has great access to the lift. We were not disappointed!
The lodge is beautiful and our room (a 1 BR) was perfect for the three of us. The kitchen was nicely stocked with all the dishes & cooking gear that you need. Check-in is next door -- we arrived right before advertised check-in time (5:00 p.m.) and only had to wait about ten minutes. We booked through the resort, so everything was handled at the same check-in, including our lift tickets. The basement parking is nice and convenient to the elevators. The room was clean and well-maintained. The first night we had a problem with the fireplace lighting, but they fixed that in the time it took for us to have dinner.
Because we had a long trip up the mountain in the snow, we didn't feel like cooking or going to the Village the first night. We had dinner in the resort's restaurant, and the food was great. I will say that the chef liked to err to the rare side on both my filet and my husband's duck, but it was so good we didn't want to send it back for fear they would then overcook it, which is worse. Service was excellent.
As we planned on having a few meals in our condo, the lack of being in the Village proper was not a problem for us at all. Get groceries before you head up the mountain! We had lunch everyday in our condo and that saved a lot of money. As we had nice snow, we were able to literally ski off the Soaring Eagle lift and to the door of the heated ski locker room - very convenient!
They had three outside hot tubs, which were well maintained. Their fitness center is right inside the door from the hot tubs, so we used the sauna as a "people warmer" after our time outside.
The main room in the lodge is a beautiful place to gather before dinner, with great views and a bar that was open on certain nights (we were there Saturday).
I had only two negatives for this resort -- they could have used better soundproofing. We didn't hear our direct neighbors, but it sounded like a heard of elephants were above us at times. Word to the wise - ask for the top floor. The second is the bathroom lighting -- not quite bright enough and not at a flattering angle.
Another word of advice -- if you are coming in the snow from I-64, do not take the advertised exit off of I-64 East at highway 219. Instead, take the White Sulphur Springs exit, follow the signs to Highway 92N (you'll pass the beautiful Greenbrier resort as well as a Food Lion that sells a limited selection of wine) to WV-39 West to Marlinton, then take 219N to Snowshoe. We did this on our way up and then took 219 on the way down, and this is definitely a less treacherous route.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Soaring Eagle offers the most spacious luxury condos atop Snowshoe Mountain. The facility offers rental condominiums, all with full sized kitchens, gas fireplaces, balconies with spectacular mountain views, and private access to all building amenities. Amenities include underground heated parking garage, ski locker room, fitness room, sauna, outdoor hot tubs, and the Hearth Room. Ski-in/ski-out via the Soaring Eagle Express a high-speed quad lift, located steps from the locker room. The lodge has a Concierge and Bellman service team during the winter months for your assistance. The on-site restaurant, South Mountain Grille, offers contemporary American fare combined with warm and polished service. A scratch kitchen, extensive wine list, and premium spirits contribute to an exceptional dining experience. Elk River Snowboard & Ski Rental Shop is also in the building, and very conveniently located near the ski locker room. Soaring Eagle Lodge is also available as a destination wedding venue during the Summer months. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Soaring Eagle Hotel Snowshoe