We were looking forward to a wonderful stay in the mountains at the package on the web site and were surprised when we arrived and they were absolutely clueless about the package. The person checking us in took 45 minutes and had no idea what we were talking about. We were supposed to stay in a lodge and were put in a cabin and at first were charged for the horse back ride. We were asked if WE knew what hike we were supposed to go on?! There was no wine or cheese in the room. NOTHING went right. It was rainy so the horseback ride was cancelled. We checked out the next day.
Unique Quality: I am sure the view would have been wonderful, but it was overcast and rainy and of course not their fault. But without the view...
I have not been to many national parks, but I have stayed in hotels in two of them. If you are not looking to stay in one of the more famous great lodges, the parks have comfortable accommodations. This is absolutely true of the Skyland Resort in the Shenandoah National Park.
The resort is named Skyland after the section of the park where the main road (an extension of the Blue Ridge Parkway) reaches it's highest elevation in the park. The rooms are housed in row houses so each room has a view of the Shenadoah Valley. From outward appearances it is clear the resort had been expanded over the years.
You enter your room from the parking lot side and immediately are confronted with the opposite wall which is large windows and a door to a private deck overlooking the valley to the west. The room was clearly decorated years earlier, but it just adds to the camp-like quality and reminds you you are in a national wildlife area.
The amenities include a television and a coffee maker. The bathroom shower is equipped with a soap and shampoo dispenser in lieu of the usual basket of complimentary soap, shampoo, and lotion.
After a day of hiking and dinner in the lodge's restaurant, it was very pleasurable to kick back on the deck and take in the view in the cool evening breeze.
My one disappointment was probably very predictable. The national park is along the ridge line of the Appalachian Mountains. The valley below is not a park at all but contains several thriving communities. At night, these communities light-up as much as any town might. As beautiful as such a sight may be, after being surrounded by nature all day it seemed anticlimactic. So I turned in early as is typical when spending a day hiking in the sun.
Unique Quality: The Skyland Resort is actually a complex of several cabins, row houses, a lodge, and a restaurant. The restaurant is basically where you will get all your meals in the area. The food is good and hearty and the restaurant, as with the hotel rooms, has great views of the Shenandoah Valley.
Directions: National Park and Wilderness area.
You can get a package that for example gives you 3 Days and 2 nights plus breakfast and dinner. You may order anything on the menu and its paid for!
Unique Quality: Great views of the Shenandoah Vally from your balcony.
Directions: The "Drive" starts in Front Royal, VA
Lodging in the Mountains
We stayed in Skyland Resort for 2 nights. We booked at standard room which was adequate for our stay since we hardly were in the room.
Unique Quality: The view from the balony was wonderful! It was a landscape of the hazy cascading mountains with distant city lights visible from afar.
The rooms have no TV, phone, or internet connection. We were aware of this in advance so we entertained ourselves with a couple of board games and a radio.
The walls in the rooms were paper thin so you were very likely to hear all events in your neighbor's room.
Directions: Located in the central region of the park, about 10 miles north of Big Meadows.
Nearby Skyland Resort
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Once Upon a Mountain 2.8 miles away
Big Meadows Campground 5.2 miles away
Cardinal Inn By Silver Star 6.1 miles away
Luray Caverns Motel West 6.2 miles away
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park and Resort 6.2 miles away
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Skyland Resort Virginia
- Skyland Virginia
- Skyland Resort Shenandoah
- Luray Skyland Resort
- Skyland Va
- Skyland Resort Luray
- Skyland Hotel Luray
Address: Mile 41.7 Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia, 22835, United States
Amenities at Skyland Resort
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Free Parking
- Pets Allowed
- Bar / Lounge
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