Here’s Why You Don’t Want Room 255
Last minute booking on a holiday weekend at the Blackwater Falls state park. The website was showing sold out so I had to call for availability and wasn’t surprised my only option was a parking lot view. Fair enough. But I at least expected a view of the parking lot.
Blackwater Falls Lodge is great in its own way, but Room 255 is the worst. The only room with a completely obstructed view. Well, that might not be quite accurate since I could see a tiny patch of sky if I pressed my face to the glass at the far sides of the window.
The room was almost charmingly dated. Wood panel walls, well worn (but clean) bedspreads. One twin and a queen because you couldn’t fit much else. And a remarkably large, modern TV.
A very old bathroom that featured locally made soaps and shampoos. Decent hot water, though the water pressure left something to be desired.
And no keycards. Real keys (that get stuck in the locks)
But location is everything and if you’re visiting Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia, this is a great option.
Located at the edge of the canyon and right next to Elakala Falls, the hotel offers amazing views a few minutes walk from your room. And its in-park location means you can roll out of bed, grab some complimentary coffee in the lobby and catch the sunrise from any of the park’s overlooks with minimum effort.
The rest of the hotel is straight out of Dirty Dancing. Kept expecting to see Patrick Swazey come walking out of the game room. Cause yep, there’s a game room.
And a large TV/lounge area.
And a very crowded indoor pool and an empty fitness center.
And lots of bird decals on all the windows.
I loved the outdoor seating and even opted for dinner on the porch at The Smokehouse, the hotel restaurant.
Everything was quite fresh and to be at a hotel and in a park, very reasonably priced with dinner entrees $10-25.
So if you need a nature getaway, I highly recommend Blackwater Falls Lodge. Just get a canyon view or insist on any other room except 255. 😛
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