Big Meadows Lodge

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Property Location When you stay at Big Meadows Lodge in Luray (Thorton Gap Entrance Shenandoah), you'll be within the region of Luray Caverns.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 29 guestrooms. Conveniences include coffee/tea makers, and both cribs/infant beds (complimentary) and rollaway/extra...

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Property Location When you stay at Big Meadows Lodge in Luray (Thorton Gap Entrance Shenandoah), you'll be within the region of Luray Caverns.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 29 guestrooms. Conveniences include coffee/tea makers, and both cribs/infant beds (complimentary) and rollaway/extra beds are available on request.Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Make use of convenient amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services. This hotel also features a fireplace in the lobby, tour/ticket assistance, and a picnic area.Dining Enjoy a satisfy...

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A charming stay.

Reviewed 14 november, 2021

We had a wonderful stay. The lodge while rustic has kept his 1940’s charm. It has a big welcoming fire in the lobby, the home style dining was delicious. Staff was pleasant and polite. Our room was in a separate unit with a balcony and beautiful view of the sunsets. Beds were comfortable. We liked to lodge themed furniture and bedding. The bathroom was small, functional, clean and retro. Heating worked perfectly (temperatures went down to the upper 20s).

laurenced136

Back porch and fireplace set it apart

Reviewed 2 november, 2021

Big Meadows offers a wide variety of rooms so please take into consideration that our room had two queen beds, a fireplace and a back porch overlooking woods. And note that Shenandoah is not one of the national parks with a great lodge. Our stay was in one of the rooms in the 70's, the farthest (but just a block or two) from the main resort building. The room was a bit dirty, which I found out when I dropped something under the couch. The couch itself, and a light to read by, were a nice change from a standard setup. Floors were linoleum, so cold to walk on. The fireplace was a nice touch, with one bundle of wood provided with the room, but it did add a bit of mess carrying in twigs and moving the grate. The back porch was another nicety, providing a place to eat or read in the sunlight and maybe meet your neighbors on their porch. Also a good spot to dry clothes and put your hiking shoes and equipment. The property needs a scraping and painting, not that it is decrepit but you would notice if it were your own property. Parking ample and traffic or road noise minimal. We did have a neighbor with a dog that insisted on barking for hours, but we left for dinner when it became too much. No help from the management. Pillows provided were either lumpy or wimpy, so you either managed lumps or piled up wimpy. The dining area and main building where ranger programs and a gift shop are located, are within easy walking distance. The Wayside area is a hike or short drive. Big Meadows is a good location for seeing the center portion of Shenandoah.

SeniorTravelerTF

Convenient location in the center of Shenandoah NP; some limitations

Reviewed 31 october, 2021

When you book a room at a National Park lodge, it usually comes with some compromises. Those most often involve isolation (which is likely part of the reason you came here) and also limited dining choices. Shenandoah NP's layout is such that once you are in the park, it isn't trivial to venture out for, say, dinner. There are only 4 access points, and those are at roughly 35-mile increments. Big Meadow Lodge is almost exactly at the midpoint of the park's north-south axial road (Skyline Drive). The area is a sprawling complex of buildings, fanning out from the main lodge to a number of cabin/motel-type buildings. The lodge is about a mile from Skyline Drive. Parking is in a long 2-lane lot in the midst of most of the lodgings. It seemed close to filling up on Friday night, but wasn't too bad earlier in our stay. The lodge itself has a main restaurant, a smaller pizza-and-wings pub on the lower floor, and a gift shop. There is a common ('great') room which is the primary source of internet connectivity in the area. It was often crowded (other than very early in the morning). Masks were required in all indoor spaces when we visited in October of 2021. The main lodge has 24 rooms. Most of these are on the ground and lower floor and most face west (with nice views). Maybe 3 or 4 face east and the only view is where people drive up to check in. There are also 3 rooms wedged into odd spaces. Two of these are disconnected from the rest of the rooms and are above the gift shop. Then there was our room, #22. It is on the 2nd floor sort of between the 'great room' and the dining hall. This had one benefit - you could sort of access the marginal WiFi that was normally only available in the great room. On the flipside, it could be noisy when meals were being served in the dining hall, but that died down after 9 p.m. Our room may not be representative of all rooms in all aspects. I think they all have dark rough wood interiors. There was no TV or refrigerator (not an issue, just saying). The only windows faced west with a great view of the Shenandoah valley, plus good sunset views. You could open the windows for ventilation as needed. The bathroom in room #22 was somewhat claustrophobic; everything seemed down-sized. Toilet was small, there was a tiny counter over the sink, and the shower was a sort of half-tub with 2 curtains. It was very important to pull the curtains as step 1 as, given the size of the unit, water was prone to spray out easily. Also, the mechanism to control/activate the shower was quite odd. It involved a circular knob under the tub spigot. You had to rotate and pull this down. We had never seen this before, and could not initially operate it (and we are both engineers...). We had to ask at the front desk. As was standard with most hotels at the time, there was no housekeeping offered during your stay (probably under 5 days). Another pro tip: the main restaurant does not take reservations. People begin queuing up outside by around 4:15 p.m. for its 5 p.m. opening. If you do not get a table initially, they hand you a pager. No one had informed us of it in advance either (we found out by stopping by to ask if they did reservations just after 4 p.m.). This came as a surprise to some people - one large party including parents, kids, and a set of grandparents was told that they might have to wait an hour, to which grandma loudly responded "Holy s**t!" (way to set an example for the fam!) Given the likely spacing of the tables for distancing, potential staff shortages, and the number of guests who almost have to eat here, I think they handled it fairly well overall. But be aware and plan accordingly. There are a couple of other dining options without leaving the park: there is a snack-bar that serves burgers, etc. about a mile away at Skyline Drive, and there is another smaller lodge complex (Skyland) about 10 miles up the road. However it also has a queue for dining, so you face the same challenge there. There are some trails close to the lodge area that can be reached without having to drive to the trailhead, which is nice. I would consider staying here again, since even with some of the limitations of the lodge, it would be even more burdensome to try staying outside the park and driving in each day to hike, etc.

JustPeachy3

Bathroom Very Dirty

Reviewed 28 october, 2021

Checked in to Room 101 on October 20, 2021 that cost approximately $300 and found the bathroom to be very dirty, much of the grout had a substantial amount of mold and mildew. The water valve handles were also covered with mold and mildew. The floor was filthy. The bathroom needs to be updated as the walls and ceiling are cracked. A complaint to the front desk the next morning yielded a response of I will “Let housekeeping know”. Delaware North (concessionaire) should be ashamed.

johnmQ1439UQ

Run down and dirty......

Reviewed 28 october, 2021

We have stayed many years at the lodges on Skyline Drive, mostly at Skyland, so it has been several years since we stayed at Big Meadows. What a mistake! The whole lodge area is run down, dirty, and the interior of the lodge reception and dining room were also run down and dirty looking. You could not even see out of the dining room windows! The Taproom down stairs had blaring lights and it too look run down and dirty. We rented a Preferred Room for $300 for the night. Our room was dirty, the floors looked like they had not been cleaned in months especially the bathroom. The shower/tub was full of mold and the tub had clearly not been cleaned in months by the amount of scum on it. When we reported this to the manager of the property, her only response was she would let housekeeping know and put her head back down signaling she was done with the conversation. Delaware North needs to address this as well as the NPS whom they represent. We stayed at 3 other NPS lodges this month and they all were well kept, clean and the property was well maintained. Stay somewhere else!

Pamela M