Hotel Reviews

Here’s Why You Don’t Want Room 255

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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 queen twin bed parking lot view

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.

blackwater falls lodge queen twin bed room

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.

blackwater falls lodge queen twin bed tv coffee maker

A very old bathroom that featured locally made soaps and shampoos. Decent hot water, though the water pressure left something to be desired.

blackwater falls lodge queen twin bathroom

blackwater falls lodge locally made soaps

And no keycards. Real keys (that get stuck in the locks)

blackwater falls lodge keys

But location is everything and if you’re visiting Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia, this is a great option.

blackwater falls lodge entrance

blackwater falls lodge canyon side

Canyon side of Blackwater Falls Lodge

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.

blackwater falls lodge canyon view

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.

blackwater falls lodge gameroom

And a large TV/lounge area.

blackwater falls lodge tv lounge

blackwater falls lodge lounge

And a very crowded indoor pool and an empty fitness center.

blackwater falls lodge fitness center

And lots of bird decals on all the windows.

blackwater falls lodge window decals

blackwater falls lodge decoration

patriotic decor throughout

I loved the outdoor seating and even opted for dinner on the porch at The Smokehouse, the hotel restaurant.

blackwater falls lodge outdoor seating

blackwater falls lodge smokehouse patio diningEverything was quite fresh and to be at a hotel and in a park, very reasonably priced with dinner entrees $10-25.

blackwater falls lodge smokehouse restaurant salad

blackwater falls lodge smokehouse restaurant pot pie

blackwater falls lodge smokehouse restaurant salmon

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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  1. bookaunt

    June 1, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Decals are often put on windows as a way of ‘warning’ birds that there is something there – to help prevent often fatal collisions between birds and glass that they do not recognize is there.

  2. Helen

    June 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Keri – enjoyed your review of the Blackwater- it brought back lots of memories. The Blackwater seems pretty typical west virginia to me – last summer we stayed with my in-laws and the kids at the Oglebay resort near Wheeling — a place renowned for its extensive drive through Christmas lights…except not in July. If there is a building in West Va that doesn’t have wood paneling I’d love to see it. Other amenities featured were a glass museum (great fun with kids), the worlds muddiest mini-golf course, and the ubiquitous game room. The food looks profoundly better at the Blackwater.We had a lot of fun on “Italian”night at the dinner buffet – which featured a mix your own italian soda bar — the kids made some incredibly vile concoctions of club soda and that odd syrup they put in coffee drinks. All and all West Virginia is a place to have really one-of-a-kind unexpected fun and sometimes get a view of the parking lot.

    • Keri Anderson

      June 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      That sounds like fun! I may have to check Oglebay out. I love West Virginia’s parks and, provided you have some view of the outdoors, dated accommodations can just add to experience.

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