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4.0 out of 5

"We originally booked for 2 nights, but left early & only stayed for 1. We have very mixed feelings about our time at Big Meadows Lodge. I was fully aw ... " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 30 Aug 2021

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Hotel Description

3-star eco-friendly hotel near Dark Hollow Falls

In Luray

Within 3 miles (5 km) of this Luray hotel, you'll find Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls. Also within 9 miles (15 km) are Rapidan Camp and Wisteria Farm and Vineyard.

Restaurant, bar/lounge

A restaurant and a bar/lounge are featured at this hotel. Guests will appreciate free perks like free self parking and WiFi in public areas. A fireplace in the lobby and wedding services are also provided.

Room amenities

Guestrooms offer coffee/tea makers and showers.

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Big Meadows Lodge ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Big Meadows Lodge

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3 out of 5
We originally booked for 2 nights, but left early & only stayed for 1. We have very mixed feelings about our time at Big Meadows Lodge. I was fully aware of the rustic aesthetic when I booked the room, but the 3-star rating label is misleading. Also, charging over $350 for two nights in a room with no air conditioning, no TV, and such a general lack of amenities is highly unreasonable. When the temp reaches 91 during the day, and humidity is through the roof, a small fan isn’t going to diminish how gross the air feels in the room. My unworn clothes were literally damp from the humidity when I unpacked my bag at home Saturday night. The pizza at the taproom is not great, but the local beer offerings were good though. I would not describe this place as “dog friendly” either, since we had to provide our own water bowl for our dog. Dinner at the restaurant was great and the Shenandoah wine was excellent, however $6 for 3 shrimp is a tad steep especially when they aren’t locally sourced. The breakfast food was subpar to put it nicely, but the coffee was good. All of our waiters and waitresses were excellent and thankfully made up for the demonic hostess (yep, as in a demon from the underworld) who is extremely rude to patrons as they attempt to get a table at the restaurant. I am confident that this place would not get half of the business it does if there were other food options within a 1 hour drive. The restaurants were also without a/c. We will not stay here again.

Posted by on Aug 30, 2021

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4 out of 5
It was quiet, peaceful, beautiful views. The staff was very friendly and helpful

Posted by on Jul 23, 2021

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3 out of 5
Hotel was about what we expected, some of the dining and Tap Room staff were not what we expected. One waitress was nice but not very helpful, the soda was flat THREE times, but the employees in the Tap Room really ticked off our party of twelve. The waitress was “snotty” and not very helpful. We sensed that she didn’t care for some of our presence there, so we left without buying anything. When we asked what football game would be shown Saturday, the bartenders and manager acted like we asked them to explain nuclear physics to us. They “didn’t know” but they were controlling the game choice, even the snotty waitress gave us a costic comment, and she wasn’t even part of the conversation. We really felt like valued customers! After that treatment, we decided we were not ever going to patronize the Tap Room or Big Meadows Lodge. We did get to see our game. We brought our own TV and antenna. I understand that when you are a monopoly you don’t need to be as customer oriented as you do in a competive market, but our expience was horrible. As I’m sure you have guessed by now, and probably don’t care, we aren’t coming back. We do plan to share our experience with friends and everyone we come in contact with.

Posted by , from Pa. on Oct 1, 2018

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5 out of 5

Very clean and peaceful

We are planning to go back ASAP we ate in the dining room food and service was very good.

Posted by , from West Hempstead NY on Jun 23, 2015

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5 out of 5

Great Place to See Wildlife

Big Meadows Lodge is one of my familly's favorite stops on vacation. First and foremost, it's a great place to see wildlife. During our last trip we saw a family of skunks, groundhogs, plenty of deer, and other creatures. I think we are the only people who have not seen bear there. The naturalist said that the park has never had more black bear in it. There are also plenty of hiking trails. Our room had been recently redecorated -- a nice job, but we would have preferred not to have a TV. The dinning room is awesome -- the main lobby and dinning room has a spectacular view down to the valley. Our meal was first-rate, although a bit pricey. My only complaint is that our hardwood floor had a layer of grit and dirt on it. The staff was friendly and the naturalist programs are interesting. Another asset is that the park is so much cooler in the summer months, due to its high elevation. One reminder: driving on Skyline Drive is beautiful, but very slow going. It seemed to take forever to get to the lodge from the front gate. We'd definetly come here again. (We had someone tell us that the park is much less crowded during the week. We went during the week and did not think it was at all crowded.)

Posted by on Aug 2, 2007

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Renovations + Closures

The property is closed between November 7 and April 29.

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. Tour/ticket assistance, gift shops/newsstands, and a fireplace in the lobby are also featured at the eco-friendly Big Meadows Lodge. Self parking is free. This 3-star Luray hotel is smoke free.

  • 97 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 11 buildings
  • Built in 1939
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Gift shop
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • No smoking on site
  • Bar or lounge
  • 1 conference room
  • Dining venue


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Free RV, bus, truck parking


  • Parking: Free self parking and RV/bus/truck parking

Room Amenities

Big Meadows Lodge offers 97 accommodations with coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is offered daily and hair dryers can be requested.

  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.

Spottswood Dining Room - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available.

New Market Taproom - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Nearby Activities

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. The host will greet guests on arrival.

This property does not have a front desk. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. The host will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 11.0 per night.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 30 per pet, per night
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room
  • Service animals are exempt from fees


This property is managed by a professional host

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host.This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Property follows sanitization practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Host will greet you
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • No gap period between guest stays


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Destination fee: USD 1.00 per accommodation, per night
  • Utility surcharge: USD 5.00 per accommodation, per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 30 per person (approximately)
  • Pet fee: USD 30 per pet, per night
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 11.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Big Meadows Lodge Hotel
  • Big Meadows Lodge Hotel Luray
  • Big Meadows Lodge Luray
  • Big Meadows Luray
  • Big Meadows Lodge Hotel
  • Big Meadows Lodge Luray
  • Big Meadows Lodge Hotel Luray

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.