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Turn of River Lodge
Ranked #10 of 14 Killington B&B and Inns
Suffolk, Virginia
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“Turn of River Lodge”
Reviewed 14 September 2011

Turn of River Lodge in VT is very comfortable. I stayed in the bunk house and saved a ton of money. The showers are hot, breakfast is cereal, danish, juice, coffee, warm and cozy. I enjoyed the company in the lobby where other guests gather and share stories of the day. Close to shops and gondola, it's the perfect place to stay. The staff is friendly and the rooms are very clean. I would rate this at about a 2 star but for the price it is an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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NYC, NY
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

Turn of River's been predictable for over 35 years-in that it has changed little over time. I first stayed here since 1977 and little has changed...but that's not saying anything negative about the place. It's a great deal and unless you demand four or five star comfort, you might just find the place quite pleasant.

The parking lot is flat and easy to get in and out of. There is the main lodge and two 'bunkhouses' off to the side. Most guests stay in the main lodge. You enter into the reception area with ski rack and front desk. Just beyond is the large living room with field stone fireplace. A crackling, warm fire is always lit on cold or chilly nights. A large family-style wooden table (seats about 20 people) is off to one side. A color TV is next to the fireplace. Comfortable couches are in front of the fireplace; about eight to twelve people can socialize here. Reading lamps scattered about provide warm, homey lighting. A few wing back chairs rest near the sofa; a few others border the room elsewhere. The place is a throw-back to the 1950s, like some kind of a summer cottage (a la "On Golden Pond"). Despite this, it's surprisingly warm and comfy, maintained quite clean, with a lived in but definitely not dirty or smelly or unpleasant. A mahogany glass-enclosed cabinet houses National Geographic magazines dating back to the 1950s! Board games and magazines and books are kept nearby. A small ski tuning bench stands off in a vestibule off the side.

The rooms vary from very basic hostel-style dorms in the basement to fully private rooms with private shower and toilet. In the basement dorm, 'roomettes' for up to four are grouped on your right as you walk down the passageway. Bunk beds line the passageway. You can be assigned a bunk bed almost anywhere downstairs, so check with management as to exactly where your bed will be. There is NO way to secure belongings in the dorms. The bathrooms downstairs are also hostel-like...small stall showers and common sink area near toilet booths. The dorms do NOT have private bathrooms.

The dorm experience can vary from decent to a few rare jerks who arrive at 1:00 am, turn on lights and make noise as they settle in. 95% of the time, it's quiet and folks who arrive late don't make much noise (if any) as they settle in. Mid week, the dorms are quiet. Once midnight rolls around, the dorms are mostly pretty quiet. The general mix are folks who SKI and who are looking for a cheap place to stay; they want to get to bed early so they wake up bright and early and go skiing the next morning.

On the second and third floors are the private and semi-private rooms. These differ only in one way...whether or not they have a private bathroom or shared bathroom. Either way, the upstairs is generally quiet and most guests here are not intrusive. The rooms are cozy, basic, pine-panelled woodsy affairs, fitted with either twin beds or a queen bed with or without extra twin beds. Some rooms are "family" style, meaning a queen bed plus a bunk bed (for a family with two parents and two kids). I have always found the bathrooms to be surprisingly clean and most guests are considerate of others. Worse case, you share a bathroom (via hallway entrance to the bathroom) and the bathroom is momentarily occupied. Woolen blankets, white sheets smell fresh and clean (again, professionally laundered off-site) smallish pillows and very basic (small-sized towels. Don't expect Ritz-Carlton touches like scented soaps, shampoo/conditioner, hair dryers, magnifying mirrors and there are NO phones in any of the rooms. No rooms have television. WiFi is a recent addition; check with management. The bathrooms feature toilet, stall shower and sink.

In the morning, a basic continental breakfast is served - toasted english muffins, juice, coffee/tea, toast, sliced oranges/grapefruits halves, butter, jam, etc. I believe you can toast your own bread or they may still do the toasting for you. Two small fridges are there for you to keep some food supplies. Remember, though, they're small refrigerators and other people's stuff is crammed in there.

If you ski alone, you CAN meet people here.

The ski shuttle stops across the street; check the schedule. The shuttle goes to both Bear Mountain, Gondola Base and Killington Base. In a real pinch, you can stay here without a car. The SkyeShip Gondola Base is about one mile down the road. Car-less folks COULD bum a ride. Some of the folks who stay at Tof R are quite often surprisingly friendly.

Nearby dining includes: Pasta Pot (1/4 mile), Hemingways ($$$$) (0.5 mile) , Kokopelli's (~1 mile), Back Behind (1.5 mile). Next to Hemingway's is "Water Wheel Trading Post" (Mobil gas, plus sandwiches/deli and cold beer, small market)(closes 9:30 PM?) for last-minutes supplies.

Turn of River can be a wonderful economic alternative to many other lodgings, especially if you are single OR just a couple. During the high season, when other hotel rooms are $200-plus per night, T of R can still be a deal for a family looking for basic accommodations. This is two-stars because it is rather basic.

What it is NOT is a dump, or some place that smells, or is overly noisy, etc. The owner, Dick is very decisive about any guests who are inappropriate, excessively noisy or disruptive. He does NOT tolerate any of these latter types.

The cabins that adjoin the main lodge is for overflow, or church/school groups that want to keep their charges separate from the main lodge. Many times, these cabins are left empty.

I've stayed here for over 35 years and I've never been disappointed. If you stay in the dorm, remember that T of R is just about the last of its breed in this capacity.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

I first stayed at Turn of River Lodge back in March of 2010 and have since returned twice with friends met back the first time round. After beautiful days out skiing it's really nice to relax on couches in the big lounge with the TV and large fireplace, also meeting a lot of friendly folks over a beer or over cards in the evening or in the following morning over breakfast. I'm disappointed to come across some harsh reviews from people who don't like a social atmosphere or who should have booked at a five star luxury hotel, especially for what you pay I've always found TORL to be kept clean and nice, three times round I've slept there just fine. A lot of repeat visitors love it here and I'll miss it until next winter!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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new jersey
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Reviewed 30 March 2011

Most people who stay here are young males thrown in with some male die hard skiers and adventure junkies. Only a few young females seem to stay here that are on a tight budget. The guests seem nice but they cater to guys as there are no hair dryers or shampoo in rooms. Breakfast is Ok - nothing great. However it is kept clean. The walls are very thin as I could hear the man in the next room snore all night and anyone above me taking a shower (at 2:30 AM!)

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Boylston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 March 2011

This lodge was perfect for us attending a festival and skiing at Killington. We didn't need to spend a lot of time in a hotel room, we were exploring most of the time...but it was a clean bed and shower for a great price. The people working here know the area and can provide great insight into things to do and directions. We also enjoyed socializing with the other people staying, very nice clientele. Free breakfast and internet was a nice bonus.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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NYC
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Reviewed 15 March 2011

I should preface this review by saying that my wife and I have stayed in our share of hostels and don't mind "roughing it", in general. However, we were not at all impressed with Turn of River lodge.

In retrospect, our mistake was booking a private room here through a Killington package deal, and for $90 per night, we expected something approximating a decent hotel. That's not what this is; instead, the Turn of River Lodge is sort of a glorified climber lodge with uncomfortable beds, paper-thin walls, and drunk ski bums (and bummettes) stumbling in and out at 3am in the morning. On the positive side, the staff was friendly (if a little brusque), the parking was plentiful, and the place seemed reasonably well-maintained.

If you prefer to spend money on lift tickets and just need a bed to pass out on for the night, than this may fit the bill. Otherwise, there are undoubtedly much better hotel-like options for your dollar.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hertford, North Carolina
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Reviewed 8 March 2011

I have made my Vermont home away from home at Turn of River each year for the past 8 years....wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.... a cozy neat environment where you feel at home from the get-go. AND the most reasonable lodging anywhere near Killington. It is NOT luxury....but it is authentic mountain lodge style with a big stone fireplace, and nice continental breakfast each morning. I usually stay for 5 days. Don't forget to ask for a discount on lift tickets.

There are limited restaruant choices near the lodge, but its a short drive to the access road or a bit longer to drive into Rutland for evening meals.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
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Property: Turn of River Lodge
Address: 5672 US Route 4, Killington, VT 05751
Region: United States > Vermont > Killington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Killington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Turn of River Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For over 50 years, Turn of River Lodge has been welcoming guests to the Killington area. We have rooms with private or shared bath as well as bunk beds. Great fit for large family or group of friends, as well as for budget cautious singles. We are a family-owned and operated traditional Vermont ski or bike lodge/B&B with a warm, friendly, congenial atmosphere, providing affordable accommodations to skiers, snowboarders, bikers and all sport enthusiasts. We are conveniently located 2 minutes from the Killington Skyeship Base and 5 minutes from Bear Mountain, both of which provide easy parking and access to the entire Killington Ski Area. One of the most loved aspects of Turn of River Lodge is the Great Room and its huge stone hearth where our winter lodgers share their mountain experiences. As our guests come not only from all over the United States, but also from all over the world, the apres ski social gatherings make for lively conversations and fun times. We have ski/snowboard tuning room for those who prefer to work on their own equipment. A family style continental breakfast is served in the Great Room where guests partake at the large refectory table. A refrigerator is available for shared usage, as well as a microwave for guests who would like to heat up their own meals. ... more   less 
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