Stayed in Mountain Lodge over the weekend AFTER MLK week. That was key, as it wasn't all that crowded since there wasn't a holiday. You've probably all seen the reviews of Mountain Lodge, and most are quite accurate. I'd sum it up like many others - NOT a really, really nice place, but roomy with an awesome location. You can't beat hopping off the Ballhooter lift and into the back door for lunch, and you can't beat walking just a couple hundred feet to Starbucks or other Village stuff.
Here are some of my favorite and least-favorite things:
I liked the actual condo - A very roomy 2 bedroom.
I didn't like that the master bedroom had a window to the interior hallway. I had to hang up blankets (in addition to the drapery) to keep the hallway light out.
I liked the proximity to the slopes.
I didn't like my location in the building. Tip: Ask for one of the units with lower number to be on the wing of the building next to the slope (e.g. number x01-x39 or so). Your feet will thank you if you wear ski boots.
I liked the balcony. It's small, but it's a nice place to keep skis overnight and see how the weather really is before heading out.
The kids' play area was great. Mine are 6 and under, and the little playground was a welcome indoor distraction while it rained one morning.
Don't count on the exercise equipment that they show in all the pictures. There are two or three tired machines that aren't plugged in. Better idea - ski harder instead. :-)
I really liked the common areas. They have some cool areas in the corner of the main lobby with high-top tables surrounded by windows, overlooking the slopes. Good spot to have a cold one if you happen to come off the slopes a little early.
Overall, stay at ML if you want a ski-in/ski-out spot with easy access to the Village. But, don't expect the Ritz-Carlton.
Hope this helps!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Village Central adjacent to the Ballhooter lift with ski-in/ski-out convenience. Village shops, restaurants and the Split Rock Pool & Hot Tubs are nearby. Mountain Lodge features private adjacent parking lot, comfortable lobby with large fireplace and scenic overlooks. Complimentary building-wide Wi-Fi broadband internet access is provided. Also featured is a dedicated electronic game roomand indoors "Little Tykes" children's play area. All enclosed common areas and most condos are non-smoking. Auntie Pasta's restaurant and the Comedy Cellar share the Lower Level.Mountain Lodge offers one, two and (a few) three bedroom condos. Most have queen beds & queen sleeper sofas. All condos feature well stocked fully equipped kitchens and walkout balconies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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