The staff is very friendly. Especially Rich, Tim and Rebecca. If you forget your hat, Rebecca can knit you one in about a half an hour. :)That said, I'm here to give an honest review, the good and the bad.
The rates are good and you get what you pay for so don't expect the Ritz. The deck adjoining the rooms off the back was great for our large group and the view overlooking the river was awesome. The resident dog Bo was very friendly but if you don't like dogs, you might want to stay elsewhere as his place is on the couch in the lobby next to the fireplace, which was just fine with us. Mountaineer is conveniently located on the trolley route between the Village and the mountain. (it only runs every half hour so be prepared, it gets cold standing out there and there is no sidewalk or shoulder to speak of)The 20 person hot tub is great and fully surrounded by windows with great views. We had a lot of fun hanging out with bartendar Rich and some of the other guests at the small bar downstairs. It's more like staying over at someone's house.
The bad: The whole place could use some updating; (carpet, drapes, furniture, etc.) the bed was extremely uncomfortable but after a full day on the mountain you can probably sleep on a pile of rocks. Water pressure is bad but locals said that is true pretty much everywhere. Stick to the continental breakfast, the hot breakfast for $8 is not worth it. As I mentioned, the hot tub and pool are great but the enclosed nature of it makes the chlorine overwhelming at times. My eyes started burning as soon as I walked into the area and you can smell it most days all the way into the lobby. Luckily our rooms were on the opposite end. One of the things that aggravated me most was the fact that our remote for the TV didn't work and when I asked for new batteries, I was told "I don't think we have any more." And there was no offer to get any later either. I'm sorry, but I'm on vacation and I want to be able to lay in bed and watch TV at night and not have to keep getting up to change the channel. Another room in our group had trouble with their TV and remote as well and were told to pull the TV out and unplug it and plug it back in and it would work. The TV is up in the air in a box! She had to track down another employee, which turned out to be the cook, to help her with it. To me that was simply poor customer service.
Overall, we all had a great time but if they would do some updating, minor repairs, and up the customer service slightly, the Mountaineer would be a great place to stay. I'd probably stay elsewhere next time.
Outside the Mountaineer: The service we received at most restaurants was well below satisfactory. I couldn't believe how many different places got our check wrong. And there was never an apology from anyone. The Mexican restaurant Miguel's has the worst, blandest food ever, they charged $12 a shot for a round of Petrone, and when a nail in the chair I was sitting in ripped a giant hole in my jeans, there wasn't so much as an apology much less an offer to comp any portion of my bill. Hana's japanese steak house was good. The Dutch Pancake Cafe was excellent but the best food was the sushi at Matterhorn. One local said they get the fish in on Wed so the closer following Wed the better. (We went on Thur) Pizza at Pie in the Sky was awesome too.
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