We spent the weekend at the edelweiss lodge as part of a race weekend my son was participating in at the two awesome ski mountains in ellicotville. As a race parent, you are looking for lower priced accommodations. At the edelweiss, they have a annex behind the main lodge that was less than a room at the main lodge, so we took it. The location of the edelweiss lodge is so good that it almost made up for all the failings. You are right downtown, less than a mile from both mountains, and a short stroll to all the restaurants, bars and shops. This was a huge perk as parking downtown is impossible. But unfortunately, the lodge uses their location as a way to keep their prices high and their maintenance and amenities quite low.
The annex room itself as fine. Beds were comfortable and the room was clean. But the lack of upkeep of the room and the building itself was ridiculous. Lamp shades were cracked, the bathroom has probably not had a paint job in 30 years, and the fiberglass of the shower area was separated from the wall. Items that clearly say, "we really don't care a hoot about this annex, but we'll gladly take your money if you want to stay there".
Ammenities and service at the lodge as a whole were very poor. There was no shampoo or hair dryer in the room, so we had to walk downtown with wet hair in single-digit temps. The free breakfast included in your rate was pathetic. First, they do not open breakfast until 8am, so we couldn't even eat there, because my son had to be in the mountains by 7:45. They have big signs all over that say 'no takeout allowed' so they have no options for you to take some breakfast with you if you are on the run. Lastly, the bread, frozen bagels, three boring cereal options, were so unappetizing that you didn't want to take it with you anyway.
Bottom line: the owners of this lodge send the message that they are not Interested in hospitality, just in saving pennies and making money. The result is you feel unwelcomed and ripped off. They just don't get it, and it is a shame.
Stay in the main lodge.
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