North Star Lodge and Resort2.0 out of 5.0
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obviously not ski season - no matter - this place is really a gem - nicely appointed rooms - not far from anything - if your into biking several trails nearby - surrounded by plenty of restaurants in all price categories - wife and I just wanted a quiet and quick getaway - this met all of our needs -
Killington Vermont is fun all year long. Winter is wonderful to ski and enjoy the nightlife. But when the temperature rises the beautiful country side awakens. So many hiking trails, fishing spots, mountain biking trails and so much more for you or the family to do. Go to North Star and escape the city
We had a great stay. The Hot Tub / Pool is fantastic!!! Staff is very helpful. Very close to the ski resort and love the proximity to all restaurants and retail shops on the access road. We loved having a kitchen in our room and TVs in both rooms!
I actually like the North Star when I travel to Killington.. it is quiet and pleasant. Staff is very accommodating and they keep the place clean. I love the super warm outdoor pool after a day on the slopes. So what that the furnishings are dated; comfort is what counts.
I stayed for a week of skiing (3rd week of March) and was not disappointed. So here we go. Positives; • Check in was easy, gave my name and they gave me the key. • Distance to the mountain was maybe 3 mi. • Plenty of on-site parking • Nice layout of room. Flat panel tv’s, cooktop stove, full size refrigerator, microwave, whirlpool tub, and full set of dishes, pans etc. This was a timeshare room btw. • Plenty of hot water and decent linens. • Nice lobby with fireplace and tables for you to relax. • The heated pool was awesome. Don’t stay and not use it. Not so Positive; • The sofa bed/couch is USED/WORN and in need of serious replacement • The thermostat is old fashion (dial) and only goes to 75. There was a day where more than that was needed. While this may seem good, it’s just comfortable. And it seemed at night it went off. • Heaters are base boards and don’t seem to give off enough heat. Esp on the ground floor. • When it snowed, don’t look for them to clear the lot, not happening. • This is the biggie, it was mentioned in another review but I thought nawww. The floors are super thin!! I couldn’t believe how thin they were. I could hear every step from the folks above me. It sounded like they were walking/jumping/playing in their ski boots. I took this to the front desk twice. On the second request, the gentleman took care of it because it calmed down some for 2 days. But on my last day (Fri)… OMG, the circus was back in town. Normally it’s the walls not the ceiling. Unbelievable, don’t know how they can fix that. • No on-site shuttle. You have to walk across the street – yeah! You can drive by the time you do that; esp with ski gear in tow. • They do not serve breakfast. Just an evening lounge with the usual bar food and drinks, but they’re plenty of places to go. • There were other aesthetic things but too small to make a difference. Overall; • Everyone in and around the hotel and ski area and town are very friendly. • I would probably stay again, maybe, but I’d have to have a top floor room. • They serve breakfast at a lot of places on the mountain but if you have the time; I recommend Sugar and Spice… Yummmmm • The skiing, well, it was fantastic. • Lastly, I feel if RCI is attaching their brand to NorthStar, between the two they can and should look into upgrading some of the basic features. I think that would make this place stand out above the others on the mountain. • Because the positives and negatives were about the same, I cannot rate this place higher than a 5 of 10, Maybe a 6 no higher.
We stayed at the North Star Lodge over the March break. One of the main things going for North Star is its ideal location situated about 5-7 minutes from the K1 ski base. We booked this through RCI and received a two bedroom, two bathroom accommodation facing the ski hill on the 2nd floor. The unit looked like it did in the pictures on their website. Another redeeming quality was the staff, they were helpful and supplied items for the room that were lacking or that we ran out of. For example, there is no oven in the kitchen but they had a convection/microwave that needs a special pan to be able to bake things. Our unit didn't have the "special" pan and so we asked about it and they came right over with one, no problems. Our daughter enjoyed the outside pool, and our in-suite whirlpool tub and access to the free wifi with which we had no trouble connecting to. Now for the just average/ok points about this Lodge. It could use some money invested into how the place presents itself, a little would go a long way. The furniture in the living area really needs to be replaced, with sagging sofa's and worn chairs. The walls could use a good painting and the windows should really be replaced as well. We had to stuff the door out to the balcony with towels and tissue to keep the cold air from blowing in. We could actually see outside between the door and the frame. The noise from the hallway was really loud and having thicker sound proof doors would alleviate that. The hallways throughout the building need upkeep as well as the wallpaper was peeling off and the doors were pretty banged up. However, the bathrooms in the unit did look like they had been updated, so that was nice to have. So, if a modern and luxurious resort with many amenities is what you are looking for, this is not the place for you. But if you are mostly out enjoying the slopes or other adventures this area offers this may be the place, especially if you like to cook your own food to help keep the cost of a vacation down. All in all it served our needs for a week in Killington, but if we ski there again we would like to try another resort.
Spent two nights on floor 1 - ground level. Only way to cool the hot room was to open an outside door. The sliding window wouldn't move nor truly lock. Adequate 2 dbl room but isn't $175 a bit much for that? Even in a ski area? Am I old fashioned? (No bkfst btw)
My wife and I spent a week in February at the North Star resort in Killington through a timeshare exchange. It was our second time staying at this resort. Our one bedroom unit was attractively laid out and reasonably modern. There's a full kitchen less a stove, a large kitchen island with built in electric burners, a moderately sized living room, a reasonably sized bedroom with a large jacuzzi tub and a fairly large bathroom. The bedroom housed a large king bed. The resort itself has limited amenities. There's a small exercise room, separate saunas in the men's and women's locker rooms, and a bar on the top floor which has a very limited selection of spirits and beers and does not seem to attract many customers. The highlight amenity of this resort is the large outdoor pool/hot tub which is always kept at a very warm temperature and serves as a great meeting place for resort vacationers who want to warm their bones while enjoying a cold beer and the company of their fellow guests. There are a number of excellent restaurants and bars/nightclubs within short driving distance from the North Star, and an excellent restaurant/tavern with live entertainment, The Foundry, is within easy walking distance. The mountain is also a short drive away. That said, we encountered a fair number of problems with the resort during our week long stay. Although mostly manageable, taken collectively they had a significant impact. One issue in particular, the type of wireless connection, is of major importance. There are baseboard heaters in the living room and bedroom only. There is a thermostat in the unit, but it doesn't work. Regardless of what temperature you set on the thermostat, the heat pours out non-stop from the bedroom baseboards while the living room baseboards produce no heat at all and remain ice cold. The heat emanating from the bedroom is sufficient to heat the entire unit, but since there is no way to regulate it or turn it off, it creates an oppressive amount of heat during the night in the sleeping area. We attempted to rectify that issue by opening the bedroom window at night, but during some very frigid nights we were awakened by the cold in the wee hours of the morning and had to search for extra blankets or else close the window and risk becoming subjected to overheated conditions again. Truly a bizarre arrangement, but we were able to cope with it through makeshift adjustments in the degree that we opened the window. The bedroom is a bit crowded with the king bed, but is made much more so by virtue of the selection of furniture pieces. An overly long dresser is butted up beside a rather limited function amour style piece of furniture. Despite the imposing size of the amour, it is designed in such a way that it only allows for ten items to be hung. Since that's its only purpose, as there are no drawers in the amour, it is a highly inefficient use of space. The result is that you have to squeeze through a tiny space between the bed and these two oversized pieces of furniture to pass from the bedroom to the jacuzzi and bathroom areas. The bathroom is large, but the enclosed shower area is very small and crowded. The water temperature is not constant and is subject to fluctuating between hot and cold. The shower head looks like a leftover from the 1980s that has long surpassed its useful life. The spray jets were mostly clogged from years of use, with the result that the water flow is greatly reduced. The bathroom ceiling fan is very noisy, probably from lack of ever being lubricated, and we were very conscious to limit it's use so as to avoid disturbing the neighbors above. The living room furniture appeared dingy and was rather uncomfortable to sit in. We placed a blanket over the chair for sanitary reasons. The two TVs are fairly small and are of the "Insignia" brand, which is probably one of the cheapest brands on the market. There is a very limited selection of channels, no premium channels at all and, remarkably, the cable signal is analog. That means not even digital, let alone high definition. It's arguably the worst tv entertainment package that we've seen in many years in a timeshare. The "fitness room" is basically dysfunctional for all but the most basic of exercises. We always look forward to keeping up with our workouts when we go away, but we both passed on using this tiny facility. There is one completely broken bowflex weight machine and some dumbbells. There are no treadmills or cardio machines of any type. There's a combination chin up and dip station. Not very inviting or useful. At no time during our week did we witness anyone using this facility. Overwhelmingly the most serious problem that we encountered is that this resort's offering of "free" wireless is actually nothing more than an unsecured "hotspot". As such, any guest using it is subject to being hacked. I am personally sensitized to this issue after having had my Ipad hacked at an unsecured wireless connection in a timeshare resort in North Conway in January of this year (for the frightening details, please see my January review of the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway, New Hampshire). To this day, we are still dealing with picking up the pieces of that identity theft. Hackers are known to have turned their attention from the large corporations like Home Depot and Target to the easy pickings at facilities like timeshare resorts. Here there are literally thousands of customers rotating through continuously thinking that they are safe to enjoy their vacations while utilizing the advertised "free" wireless services that the facility offers. Most concerning is that I both called in advance of our trip and also questioned the front desk staff upon arrival, and none I spoke with even knew if their system was secure. I then asked to speak with the general manager and he acknowledged that the free wireless connection that they offer is simply an unprotected connection similar to what one would expect at a Starbucks. I think that it's reasonable to believe that when a customer hears or reads that a facility such as North Star offers free wireless that they assume that the connection is safe. That's certainly true if they are not told otherwise by the staff of the facility. I shared my knowledge and experiences with the general manager who appeared concerned and said that he would look into it and see how other facilities are responding to this threat. In the final analysis, it's not entirely clear that guests can be fully protected. Even with password protection, all other guests also know the password. At the end of each week, unless the password is changed for the incoming guests, all departing guests will still be in possession of the password. But still I believe that a facility has to at least try to protect their guest's privacy to the best of their ability. At the very least, if they chose to continue to offer an unsecured hotspot connection, they need to assure that all guests are aware of the risks involved. To begin with, that means making certain that front desk staff themselves are aware. They then should actively inform all current and prospective guests that the connection is unsecured by posting it clearly at the front desk and in the website, and also by verbally conveying that information to each guest upon check-in. I am concerned that by the time that we checked out there was still the same sign at the front desk as when we arrived that said merely that the wireless was free and no password was required. If they were not aware before, North Star is certainly now aware of the extent of the risks that they are exposing their guests to by not providing a secure wireless connection. In my opinion there should be no hesitation in taking immediate action to inform guests of the reality of those risks. All of the above taken into account, we found the staff at the resort to be very friendly. The location in relation to the mountain itself and local activities is excellent. Our unit was attractive, and the many problems that we encountered were not physically insurmountable, but rather merely reflections of negligent maintenance on the one hand (how about squirting a little lube into that bathroom fan and replacing the thermostat) and an apparent unwillingness to crack open the pursestrings just a little bit on the other (how much could it cost to invest in a decent shower head for example). Also, a bit more attention to selecting appropriate furniture that maximizes both function and available space would help a great deal to take advantage of the overall attractiveness of these units. This is a facility where a little TLC would go a long way, but we nonetheless enjoyed our stay there.
Location of the hotel is very convenient to Killington mountain and there is a lot of good restaurants around it (The Garlic and Birch Ridge Inn restaurants for dinner; Back Country Cafe for breakfast). The unit was plain but clean except for some dirt under the pull out couch. The room was not sound proof at all. Heard every conversation from the room next door very clearly. A lot of cursing and my kids were exposed to that :(. The fireplace in the lobby was very nice to sit by and read a book.
Would not recommend. Mattress should be thrown out. No chair or table in room. Very noisy hallway action into the wee hours. Doubles not queens so not good for 2 in one bed. I have stayed in upgraded rooms here so if you must stay here insist on one of those.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
Located within 2 miles (3 km) of Gifford Woods State Park, North Star Lodge and Resort is within 3 miles (5 km) of Killington Golf Course. This hotel has 47 rooms and welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's in the mountains and also close to Killington Resort and Pico Mountain at Killington Ski Resort.
Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.
All 47 air-conditioned rooms provide microwaves and refrigerators. Guests can enjoy cable TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries.
At North Star Lodge and Resort, guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Other amenities at this ski hotel include free WiFi in public areas, coffee/tea in a common area, and an arcade/game room.
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