Worst: Days Inn in Allentown, PA. The hotel is far away from the slopes located at a truck depot in an ugly part of Allentown just off the highway. The rooms are old and isolated. About the only thing I can say is that it is a very cheap way to enjoy Blue Mountain--about 10 miles away.
My worst: My condo at Snowshoe the day I bought it. The acrid smell of cigarette smoke was so overpowering that I had to open the windows with the temp at 5 degrees F. I don't think smokers realize the extent of the stink once the nicotine and tar have soaked through. It has taken me a year, three carpet steam cleanings (it will be replaced Spring), cleaning the baseboard heaters and washing the walls to get rid of the odor. I threw away all the ashtrays and put no-smoking signs everywhere. And having taken it off the Snowshoe rental program was also a great thing. The Snowshoe rental program is an assembly line. Old Spruce allows me to state that the place is strictly non-smoking.
If Europe counts in this discussion, my best experience was at the Hotel Grand in Jasna, Slovakia. We stayed there off season for $45 bucks a night including a wonderful buffet. The Grand offered great views of the Tatras mountains and was just minutes from the main lift at Jasna. Since it was the summer, we used the lift as a means too access some of the most stunning alpine hiking terrain I have ever experienced.
If you go, plan to hike or hike and ski to Chata Stephanika--the highest restaurant in Slovakia. This restaurant, run by the very cool young men and women of Slovakia's elite mountain rescue service (your waiter may be the one pulling you off the mountain if you fall), serves great goulash, and tasty Slovak beer.
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My second best was a friend of a friends condo at Breckenridge. It was on the mountain opposite the slopes. The balcony had gorgeous views of Peaks 9 and 10.
My worst would have to be the hotel at Snowshoe. I travel for a living and I'm used to staying in decent hotels (Holiday Inn, Marriotts. In fact, I'm in a Marriott in LA now). At the shoe, we paid $130 for one night in what was a little more than a hostel bedroom. I got up at 6am and there's no coffee (how can you start a day without coffee?). As a traveler, it was a ridiculous price for the room. As a ski bum (which we all truly are at heart), it was a cool place to stay to hit the slopes first thing in the morning.
Who did you rent it from and how much was it?
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The best places to go are El Tarter or Soldeu. For accomodation try the Hotel Del Clos. Its a really nice family run hotel about 10 minutes walk from the lift. Breakfast and Dinner buffet is included in your stay and the selection is quite good.
Another important note, its tax free so it is absolutely dirt cheap. Soldeu ad El Tarter share the same range so you can use your lift ticket in either one and you can ski or ride across the mountain between them.
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