Inn at Holiday Valley
What We Love
- A ski-in, ski-out hotel with a year-round outdoor pool - includes continental breakfast
- Noshing down on a daily continental breakfast, completely gratis
- Adventuring, biking and teeing away when the weather’s nice and warm
- Going skiing in the winter – the property didn’t get Snow Country magazine accolades for less-than-impressive slopes
- Taking a dip in the year-round, heated outdoor pool
Spend your next holiday at TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning
Holiday Valley, and one thing is assured: You’ll have plenty of room to
roam. The resort houses 12 different residential and recreational
buildings – and that’s just this hillside property’s base area. Once you
climb the hill, or step outside at all, you’ll find much, much more, no
matter the weather.
Let’s say you come in the warmer seasons. If
you’re a golfer, you’ll be able to tee your way off through the woods
and around the ponds where the Double Black Diamond course twists and
turns. If you’re adventurer, you can take your pick of 13 aerial
courses, a climbing forest and even a mountain coaster. And if you’re a
biker? You can pedal over 30 miles of trails.
you’re more of a cold-weather traveler. It just so happens not only that
a slopeside location is one of this ski-in, ski-out property’s proudest
features – Snow Country magazine called it a top hotel in the
Ski Area Design Awards – but that the slopes in question contain a
whopping 58 trails and five terrain parks. And if you get worn out
stretching your legs, there’s always the winter-perfect dedicated
board-game cupboard, so you can stretch your mind instead.
The Inn houses 95 rooms and seven suites, all comfortable and Wi-Fi-equipped. You’ll have two queen beds in yours.
have lots of culinary choice at Holiday Valley, from the cafeteria in
your base lodge – there’s one in each – to picnic services to several
more formal eateries. Order breakfast at Mountainside Grille on
weekends, pick an ale or lager at John Harvard’s Brew House, shop for
soups and sandwiches at Yodeler Lodge’s Marketplace Cafe, or grab a
pastry and Starbucks coffee at McCarty Cafe, to name just a few of your
on-site dining options. Also consider heading into surrounding
Ellicottville and checking out such restaurants as The Armor Inn Tap
Room and Cadillac Jack’s.
Falling Waters Spa is
in Holiday Valley’s Tamarack Club building and prides itself on its
calming ambience. Here, you’ll find a lobby with, appropriately, a
waterfall, plus seven treatment rooms, including two double suites and
three wet rooms. You can opt for a mani or pedi, but if you’d like a
massage, facial or body treatment, there’s plenty in the way of that –
check out a menu that includes such offerings as the Exhilarating Ginger
Whether you come when
temperatures are high or low, you’ll find there’s tons to do throughout
Holiday Valley, which contains a golf course, an adventure park with a
mountain coaster and 13 aerial courses, 30 miles of mountain-biking
trails, 58 ski trails and five terrain parks. You can also shop
year-round, both on the mountain and in the area, or dine in downtown
Ellicottville. If you’re up for a day trip, head out to the Griffis
Outdoor Sculpture Park or Niagara Falls.
How to Get There
We stayed mid-week late March and took advantage of their lodging ski pass package. Combining two adult passes (valid from noon till 4:30 the next day) with the nights lodging was a really good value. The room itself is motel style, with doors opening to the parking lot. With the temperatures spring-like traipsing outside to breakfast, the hot tub, or even the ice machine, was less bothersome than if we stayed during colder temperatures. The room was clean and adequately furnished. Breakfast was carb heavy (waffles/cereal/bagels) with no hot egg option. In general the room would earn a 3 star, but for the low cost of the package getting it to my 4 star rating.
Their suites feature a "kitchenette" area with a mini fridge, microwave and kitchen sink. We weren't able to figure out what the kitchen sink was really for since there is no cutlery, tableware, etc.; just empty cupboards. After being chilly the first night we asked for some more duvets and were told only one duvet per room, eventually they acquiesced. Ran into a regular visitor who wasn't surprised and said "Oh, yeah. They give you nothing here. Because we come so often we have an Ellicottville tote with all the stuff we know we'll need." There were numerous issues with key card entry at the ski locker (a key card and a physical key were required for entry). For being an on-resort lodging they knew surprisingly little about the hill such as when lifts opened and closed for the day. The hot tub, sauna and pool areas were nice although a quick sweep in the morning to remove debris and cigarette butts would be worth the effort. The breakfast was good albeit with the only variety of eggs being hard boiled. The foyer coffee bar was cleared off with breakfast so if you were hoping for a coffee to take the chill off on your way in from the slopes you'll be disappointed. The property has so much potential, it just fell a bit short of it.
Location of the Inn is excellent. For rooms that are slope side, the ski slope and lift are right in front of your room. Room was adequate, not huge but big enough and clean. I probably expected a little more for the price point, but it was good. All rooms also have a locked equipment closet for your skis or really whatever else you want to stack in there.
Indoor-Outdoor pool and outdoor hot tub was fun, this hotel also has a small bar and good sized sitting areas with a fire place, plenty of books and games to play. Breakfast was a little more then continental as it included french toast, sausage, oatmeal. Again not huge but adequate and it was advertised as continental. There is also a fairly nice restaurant/bar right across the street that is an easy walk.
If you have your equipment and just need lift tickets you can buy them at the front desk, otherwise you need to go to the lodge. It is up hill and probably a good mile walk, however they do offer shuttle service back and forth. The restaurants on premise I found to be good and reasonably priced. The mountain grill is grab and go, burgers, pizza, salad, etc. and is perfect for lunch, I spent an average of $16.50/person there. The restaurant inside of Tamarack, John Harvard's, is a sit down restaurant, is very nice atmosphere with great views of the slopes. Again pricing was not ridiculous, I paid under $25/person including tip but we also were with kids and didn't drink.
Staff was exceptional. None of us had ever skied before and they were very patient and helpful and answered all of our questions. We took ski lessons and had an excellent instructor.
The rooms are really nice and big with a mini fridge. Every room has a ski locker outside the room for with a private key so you skiis are secure. There is a lift right behind the hotel. An indoor/ outdoor pool and hot tub. A nice bar across the street. Everything yippy could ask for with friendly service and clean rooms. Enjoy
Inn at Holiday Valley is a 3.5-star inn at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville featuring 102 guest rooms (95 of the rooms feature two queen beds). It is situated at the base of the Sunrise Chairlift offering great ski-in/ski-out access. Rooms (one king, two queens, or two doubles) have exterior entrances and feature air conditioning, a balcony/patio, a refrigerator, a bath/shower combination, a television, a tea/coffee maker, a telephone, housekeeping, free toiletries, a hairdryer, an iron with ironing board, and a private storage locker (outdoors). Rollaway beds are available for a fee. Prices range from $229 to $394 a night for a standard room. Breakfast (oatmeal, bagels, bacon, sausage, eggs, fruit, waffles, juice, etc.) is included (7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.). Facility amenities include a pool (indoor and outdoor), free parking, free WiFi, a bar/lounge, meeting rooms, shuttle service, self-service laundry, and a hot tub (outdoor). Shuttle pick-up is ten minutes after the hour. Note that the pool and hot tub are open year-round (8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.). Check-in starts at 4:00 in the afternoon. Check-out is at 11:00 in the morning. Inn at Holiday Valley is a non-smoking hotel. Guests can purchase discounted lift tickets at the front desk.