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Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge
USA
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21 reviews
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“Nice Park, Fair Accomodations”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

A nice park with waterfall scenery and hiking trails. Not many local choices for lodging. This is a dated lodge with little soundproofing, but it is clean and in an excellent location. Beware of the restaurant- the reviews are correct about the HORRIBLE service. I would consider another stay at the lodge, but I will not visit the restaurant again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pacific Grove, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014

A week in a cabin at Blackwater Falls is worth two weeks in a lot of other places. The two-bedroom cabin we rented had a well-equipped kitchen, a real plus for folks who like to cook. The fireplace, with wood supplied, was a treat on rainy days in the mountains. The whole place was clean, with good linens for bed and bath. Porches on front and back provided nice places to sit, and there's even an outdoor barbecue available. We couldn't help but contrast this cabin with one we rented not so long ago at Yosemite -- Blackwater Falls wins hands down for cleanliness, spaciousness and supplies. Looks like West Virginia can show California a thing or two.

Room Tip: We recommend cabins 1-26, especially the ones on the uphill side of the road.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

We have stayed here before and knew what the place offered. It's clean, well cared for, but could use some updating. The rooms have large flat screens, but most everything else is older. Terrific views, ample parking, pool, and the staff was friendly. The restaurant is satisfactory, but nothing special.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Norfolk, Virginia
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648 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

At most hotels you are greeted. The front desk staff seemed annoyed that I had interrupted their conversation. They were not particularly helpful.

After staying at the newly renovated Canaan Valley Lodge, we had decided to stay in the more rustic Lodge at Blackwater this trip for a more homey experience. That was not going to be satisfied but the room was fine and the view terrific. At least after we asked to switch us to the other side of the building. Most rooms and the restaurant seemed to have few guests. Perhaps they have business rules to assign people to the parking lot view first. You will want to ask for a valley view.

The facilities were actually okay but tired and some great trails started near the Lodge. The pool was locked and the hot tub jets did not work. I had asked a staff member how to get to the pool and she did not volunteer that I would have to go to the main desk to get a key. Her directions sent me straight into some active meeting from a room she had just left. I learned there was an unobtrusive entry just beside it. She seemed not to care.

When I returned to the desk to ask for the key, the desk clerk did not seem interested but did warn me that the hot tub jets did not work. That is getting ahead of myself though. When I first followed the direction of the young woman, I arrived at the pool entrance and there was no sign on the door telling you you needed a key to gain access and I had waited there 15 minutes for an attendant to return. None ever came.

The pool did have fresh towels and clean space as well as a pleasant view.

The meal experience was varied. The dining room is large with many windows. First breakfast was poor. The wait staff seemed preoccupied. The potatoes were extremely salty. The omelette was dark from burning but tasted okay. The toast was forgotten but that was not a major offense. The senior menu items I looked at seemed the same price as the regular menu and she could not explain what was different.

The last day of the stay with a different waitress was very different. She was attentive and friendly. The omelette was terrific. She gave suggestions that were appreciated. The potatoes were not drenched in salt and this time there was butter with the toasts.

At least on 3 occasions I heard staff saying how guest requests were causing them extra work. Comments included "they will just have to wait" and "I can't wait to leave." I witnessed an argument between the hostess and a waitress because the hostess had seated a couple where they had asked to set instead of in her domain.

There seems to be a lack of hospitality and perhaps leadership.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Frederick, Maryland
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This place could use some updating, but that was part of the charm. Our room was very small--had a queen and twin bed and not much room to move around. It was dated but clean. We were right next to the stairs and overlooking the parking lot, so I was concerned about noise, but it ended up not being an issue. Staff was generally friendly. We enjoyed playing pinball and ping pong in the game room. Loved the big room where you could just hang out and play games, watch TV or just chat. It's also nice to walk from the hotel right down to the gorge overlook. The pool was small but nice.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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41 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Spent a wonderful weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge in one of their cabins. Cabin accommodation was great, even lit a fire in the fireplace one evening when it was cool. Lots of hiking trails, camping facilities, and many other things near by. It is in the Monongahela State Forest. A great place to take families and kids. Lodge has great food, swimming pool and recreation facilities.
Will make this trip again next year. Only two hours from Morgantown, WV.
Made this trip Mother's Day weekend.

Room Tip: Definitely a wilderness area. Lots of flora and fauna.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2014

This Memorial Day Weekend, we stayed in a 4-person cabin with my parents at Blackwater Falls State Park. I grew up visiting the falls often and always wanting to stay in a cabin. The idea of staying at Blackwater was a mixture of timely convenience, reasonable holiday-weekend pricing, and interest expressed by my parents because they had previously enjoyed a long-weekend in cabin at Lost River State Park last winter.

Reserving online was easy and we reserved the cabin about a month out, since we knew the park would sell-out very soon; we didn't get to choose the #16 online, but spoke with reservations about selecting the right cabin for our needs (which include no pets due to allergies). The total price for the 3-night holiday weekend stay came out to around $45 for each person, each night which was very reasonable. The cabin was in spectacular condition! It was clean and rather spacious - 2 bedrooms (1 with a queen, 1 with two twins which were comfortable), 1 bathroom (stand up shower), and combined kitchen and living room with wood-fireplace. The front porch had two lawn chairs and beautiful foliage around for natural privacy walls; the deer would often make their way through the yards, grazing about. The back yard had a small deck with stairs, hibachi grill for charcoal, picnic table, and clothes line; it was also lined with trees for privacy. The cabin set back quite a ways from the road and privacy/noise was not an issue. They provide your linens (bedroom and bath), as well as, kitchen cloths and kitchenware/cooking utensils -- all you gotta bring is clothes, food, and basic toiletries. Our first night, we did opt for the forced heat which kicked-in quickly. However, the next two nights, we opted for the wood-fireplace which easily (and without the usual overwhelming smoke) heated the rooms and we enjoyed making s'mores.

Location is nice as well. There is a "Balancing Rock" trail not too far from the cabin. Lindy Point (which is a MUST see just before sunset), the Lodge (which cabin folks can use - the breakfast buffet was really good) and the Falls are a short drive in opposite directions. And Canaan Valley/Timberline are a few miles out, but great places to explore along with the towns of Davis and Thomas.

All in all, this modern-day "roughin' it" type cabin-camping was a delight at Blackwater Falls State Park Cabin #16 and we will definitely do it again!

Room Tip: If you have allergies, request "no pets permitted" cabins.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge
Address: Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV 26260
Region: United States > West Virginia > Davis
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Davis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge is a mountain lodge located in historic Blackwater Falls State Park, named for the breathtaking waterfalls that plunge five stories and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge in West Virginia. Blackwater lodge, cabins and restaurant are open year-round. Each of the 54 guest rooms comes equipped with a private bath, phone and television. The lodge also features a game room, sitting room with a cozy fireplace and indoor swimming pool. Cozy cabin rentals are also available. The onsite Harr Conference Center can accommodate meetings and special events, up to 200 people. Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge is a relaxing retreat in a mountain setting. ... more   less 
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