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Skyland
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Vienna, VA
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Room - Disappointing”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

We did not expect much after reading the TA reviews and we were still disappointed. In a National Park, we would expect maybe rustic and a bit worn, but what we found was more like old and run down. Our room was very dark and poorly lighted, with very outdated furniture and a bed mattress that had seen better days probably a few years ago. The bathroom was always very damp, with things that could rust rusty, a ceiling that was falling apart over the bath, extremely poor lighting, a sink height closer to knee height than waist height, and a magnet for millipedes. Millipedes are like Centipedes but larger – about the size of your little finger. Over two days, I flushed seven found in the bathroom and tossed an additional four found on either the ceiling or floor of the bedroom. Walking around at night barefoot was a sporting proposition. Also, lots of spiders, crickets, flies, and assorted unknowns. I would expect to coexist with a fair number of insects in such a wooded setting, but the sheer number and variety was a bit too much. I guess you are paying more for the view and the location than the quality of the accommodations. In our case, my wife had booked the place six months ago as a spring-hiking Christmas present and had gone to great pains to get a room with a view. They booked us in the Shenandoah building. We had a great view…of a tree. The better view, unfortunately, was on the other side of the tree. If you stepped out of our ground floor room and looked about 60 degrees to the right, the view was indeed lovely, but if you then looked down, you would notice that you were standing in a rather deep puddle of muddy water that threatened to flow into the room under the gap beneath the door. You get the idea. This place needs lots of TLC and a serious management upgrade. Outside the park, this is definitely a one-star place. I gave it two stars because of the location inside the park. But, hey, we absolutely loved the restaurant!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

My husband and I made a planned 2 day, 1 night trip to Shenandoah National Park (SNP), but left most of the details, including lodging, unplanned. When we arrived at the south entrance to the park I was surprised to see a sign indicating that Skyland had vacancies. The person at the entrance post told us that two hours ago there were 12 rooms. I immediately called for a reservation and was told there were only "preferred" rooms remaining for $175/night - we booked a room. (Before that we thought we would have to leave the park for a nearby hotel and then re-enter the next day.)
A preferred room is one with a ceiling fan, AC and TV. Check in was swift; the staff courteous. At first our room was a bit off-putting by appearing dingy and old, but then I realized that this is not your typical $175 room; location, location, location - a National Park. As many of the reviewers will tell you, the rooms are adequate, but in need of an upgrade, especially the bathrooms. Lighting was poor, but sufficient and the room and bathroom were nearly spotless. Bed sheets were soft and the towels were also soft and absorbent. Except for two carpenter ants early on, we had no issues. We had a preferred "white noise" fan in our room and had a restful sleep.
We ate the Skyland restaurant for dinner. It was crowded and the staff was busy, but our waiter was pleasant. The main course food was more like diner food and a bit over priced. I ate the turkey dinner plate and my husband had the featured fried chicken dinner. For dessert we split the house special blackberry ice cream pie; it was delicious. A generous portion of ice cream on a crunchy graham cracker crust topped with a fluffy meringue.
I persuaded my husband to attend the nightly entertainment at the bar restaurant (8:30-10.) The performer could not have been better suited to our taste, a solo acoustic guitarist who entertained the crowd with lesser know hits from the sixties and seventies. We did not order any food or drinks as we sat at the table and listened to the music, but our waitress could not have been more pleasant and accommodating by getting us each a glass of water and then coming back on several occasions to check on us.
The hotel is under renovation in the main lounge, restaurant and a few (not sure all) rooms. A sign indicating "Pardon our Appearance" suggested that they had planned to get a lot of the work completed over last winter, but the weather hindered their efforts. WiFi is currently only available in the hotel lounge near the restaurant, not the rooms.
Overall a pleasant stay.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Long Island, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2014

I stayed in a cabin which was actually one cabin split in half. You can hear everything from the other half. Views were wonderful. At night the place is too lit up, had lights shinning in cabin windows.Food and bar are nice with good food and service. No TV in cabin and no cell service, at least for ATT. Wifi at office and dinning building. Many renovations appear to be going on.

Room Tip: The rooms seem to have a better view than most of the cabins
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Brea, California
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2014

I Stay at Slyland Resort every year and enjoy it. Staff is friendly and the food is great! The rooms are a little old but clean and do not smell. Gift shop prices are high but the restaurant prices make up for that as they are very reasonable.

Room Tip: Ask for the Pinnacle rooms as they are being remodeled. Should be done by June 2014.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We spent two nights here at the end of November. I guess it was the last weekend before the seasonal closing.
The room was stilish, with wood on the walls and green moquette.
From our room there was an incredible view of the shenandoah valley.
The resort in the center of the park so it makes possible reaching any part in a short time.
The room was very well heated even if the outside temperature was low (-10°C).

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Toulouse, France
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Our cabin was comfortable and had an incredible view of the valley from a balcony. Food in the main building was good, company pleasant. A bonus was live entertainment on all three nights of our stay: music on two nights, clog-dancing on one. One day there was even tasting of local wines. Great local hikes. We will try to come back to Skylands. Thanks.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cornwall On Hudson
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We loved visiting and hiking in Shenendoah Nat'l Park. Our agin was small, but clean, but on our next visit we will stay in a bigger cabin or the Lodge. The staff at the restaurant and Taproom were very friendly and gave us good advise for hiking in the time we had in the Park. We checked in on a Sunday, went for a hike, and when we arrived at the Taproom, it was understaffed and we had to wait a long time for service. The bartender was friendly and apologetic, but could have used assistance since there was a large crowd in the restaurant and Taproom, and he needed to wait on tables, too. Perhaps, they underestimated the crowd or someone did not show up for their shift. These things happen. All in all we enjoyed our stay and would definitely visit again!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Skyland
Address: Skyline Dr Mile 41.7, Shenandoah National Park, VA 22835
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Region: United States > Virginia > Shenandoah National Park
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shenandoah National Park
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Hotel Class:2 star — Skyland 2*
Number of rooms: 177
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