by Candyce H. Stapen
Situated at 3,680 feet, at mile (41.7), Skyland offers 177 lodging units. These include standard rooms, traditional rooms (some have televisions), one- and two-bedroom suites with living rooms and fireplaces plus mini-fridges (no televisions), as well as family cabins that have one or two bedrooms, a kitchenette and microwave. Some of these come with fireplaces and porches. The resort is open from early April to late November.
The property has a restaurant and there’s free entertainment on some nights. In addition, Skyland offers an activity, such as making S’mores, listening to stories or creating crafts for children 3 to 10 years at selected times during the week. Some activities are free and some require a minimal fee. Rollaways cost $11 per night.
Our Editor Loves
- Family cabins with kitchenette
- Nighttime entertainment
- Stories and crafts for children
by Ran D
I like the place very much. The staff are very nice and always helpful. Things generally worked very well and when there was a glitch they rallied and got things corrected quickly. Bear in mind that staffing is pretty much fixed for the day and so when things get busy they get overwhelmed and there is no other staff to draw upon.
Beware that the wifi is not really functional in the room but works well in the lodge which is blessed with great views, rocking chairs, a roaring fireplace when temps drop, and a tap room down stairs. This made the shortcomings in the room a small matter.
I would recommend to the Delaware company that has the concession that they invest a bit in modernizing the plumbing fixtures in the rooms as well as improving room lighting -- which could be easily improved with high lumina LED bulbs instead of yellowish CFL.
I am definitely going back.
This was our 9th stay at Skyland Lodge in the past 12 years. The room updates they have done there in recent years are nice and if you can get a room with a valley view, the cost is a little easier to swallow. The rates have more than doubled since our first visit in 2008. I don't mind paying for a room like that if the accommodations and the service justifies the price. However; the Polluck Dining Room here has really gone downhill in terms of service in the past 6 years or so. Since it is the ONLY option when you stay here, service is important! We were told there would be a 25 minute wait to be seated for breakfast the first morning. When we were finally seated, more than HALF the tables were empty! The following 2 mornings, after another wait, we could not order from a menu and were forced to pay for their breakfast buffet due to "staff shortages". It was not like this when this place was run by Aramark. Also, the walls in the rooms are very thin with no insulation in the walls, so you WILL hear your neighbor's conversations. While the area is quaint and we love staying within Shenandoah National Park...we are seriously re-thinking our yearly visit here, sadly. It just isn't as charming as it used to be with the skyrocketing prices and the sub-par restaurant options. I would recommend the Tap Room for drinks and lighter fare for dinner. Service was decent there at least.