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After several years of thinking about it, we went to Staved Rock State Park Lodge. Accommodations consist of lodge rooms, individual cabins, and campsites. Our room was small but clean and comfortable. It is very pretty there. They have about a dozen hiking trails totaling about 13 miles into scenic canyons. Lots of trees and scenic overlooks in the back. The lodge dates back to the 1930's so it is rustic but well maintained. Art is all over the place inside and out. They have a huge restaurant, bars, a gift shop, a cafe, a visitor center, trolley tours and boat rides. The staff is very friendly. There is a huge indoor heated pool and a whirlpool and a sauna. There is entertainment on the weekends. There is a lock and dam run by the US Army Corps of Engineers that has a visitor center, too, just across the river. All on the bank of the Illinois River and just 90 miles from Chicago. It is five minutes from downtown Utica which has a history museum and a couple of wineries, bars, and antique shops but the town was kind of empty right after Labor Day. We got a package deal for seniors, they have several different packages. And yes you can bring your dog, just not into the lodge. Dogs are permitted in the cabins and at the campground. My only issues are that if you are not into hiking, there is not a lot to do. My wife walks with a cane and cannot do stairs, and all of the hiking trails into the canyons have stairs. Other than the trolley tour, boat ride, and pool are, there is no horseback riding, no bicycle rentals, no tennis courts, no shuffleboard, no movie theater, just eat, shop, take a tour, swim and hike. Oh you can get married or have a meeting, too ( I did neither). You can rent kayaks outside the lodge from a private contractor, and there is a water park outside the park run by a different lodge. They could make more money if they had more activities. Also, we were on a senior package that included breakfast vouchers. We wanted to take the land and water trolley tour, and it includes lunch. Lunch is served at 11:00 am for this tour, So one day, we had breakfast at 8:00 am when the restaurant opened, and we had lunch three hours later at 11:00 am. Whoever puts this together needs to rethink the timing. Also, when we booked the trolley tour over the phone, we were told that it had no narration, that it was just a shuttle to the boat. That is in conflict with the description on their web site. The web site was correct, the phone rep was incorrect, there was plenty of narration. It also made stops at various places, and you can drive back on your own later to spend more time if you wish. One last thing, I could not figure out how to make the room warmer at night, maybe it was me.
This was our third visit to the beautiful Starved Rock Lodge. We have hiked in the past and also attended Eagle Weekend (fantastic!) The young lady checking us in Friday night was very professional and kind. Our Saturday lunch was delicious. Our room comfortable and the maid did a good job. We hiked and that was great also. We requested a late checkout of 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning and we checked out shortly before then. The lady at the desk was horribly rude, very short with us, never said thank you or please come again. I kept speaking to her giving her opportunities to say thank you for staying with us. This is why I only gave a 3 rating. I guess she doesn't like her job. She needs training in customer service; how to treat patrons to the lodge. I doubt if we'll be coming back.
I took a bus tour group here for the lunch, trolley ride and boat ride. Everything was excellent. The food was amazing with great choices. Our trolley driver was very knowledgeable about the park. Our boat ride was beautiful and so informative.
We received a gift certificate for a stay overnight here. I’m glad we did because I wouldn’t have chose it myself and it was a nice experience. It’s very old and musty smelling which is why I wasn’t too thrilled to stay. I think it goes with the log cabin type of experience they try to give you. The restaurant was fine. Outdoor area was so crowded and the bar because there was a wedding going on. All and all I probably wouldn’t come back for a stay. But I’m sure others would appreciate the trails to walk on and the ambiance of the place. Just not my cup of tea.
Rooms lack conveniences, such as towel racks. TV in my room did not work and remotes were not a match for the set--any old remote was provided; at one point I couldn't turn it off...all I wanted to do was check the news...heaven forbid if I actually wanted to watch any of the channels listed...they were not available. Tolietries were skimpy and of poor quality. No real espresso drinks, only a machine made formula available. Convenience store with snacks did not have fruit...only high calorie pastries, candy, chips, etc. Does not live up to the price point! Would not choose to stay there again.
Great accommodations at the Lodge. Good sized pool and spa for relaxing. Have dinner/drinks outside and enjoy the view. Dinner was a treat. No wonder this restaurant has won awards from the chicken breast stuffed with Asiago cheese and spinach to the salted caramel cheese cake and oh, yeah, the lavender margarita. Divine. A hearty breakfast in the morning to get you going for more sightseeing.
We stayed in # 315 and it was very roomy, the bathroom was roomy also. The Pool, hot tub and sauna was great after a day of hiking Starved Rock. I would stay here again. The restaurant was excellent also.
This was our first time to Starved Rock and I have to say it was a great visit and I will definitely be going back. We arrived a little early so we had lunch at the cafe and the food was good, it was your average fast food quality. After that we did some hiking for a few hours and then around 3pm we went to the front desk to see if our room happened to be ready. Check in time is 4pm, it was not ready so we ran to the store to pick up a few things, came back and our room was ready. That night we made reservations for the main dining room and the food was amazing and the service was great!! The room was small but that’s to be expected with the age of the building but it was very clean and the decor was very rustic which I loved. They also have shows at the lodge but we were unable to attend, adorable gift store and a large area that would be perfect for a wedding reception or just a large family gathering!
This lodge is on par with the one at Yosemite in California...beautiful! Decor is rustic and relaxing, pool and hot tubs are nice, rooms clean. Offers packages for stays so check them out. We will probably return but will book a Friday-Monday stay and a different season when more activities are running. Things we would have liked to do (trolley tours, hike & lunch) are not available every day .. especially before busy season so plan accordingly. You can go to the neighboring towns to dine, tour historic sites but we really wanted to see the park and spouse does not hike any distances. Dining at the Lodge is good and dinner portions are HUGE...ask to split a meal with your companion if you aren’t into large meals. The Lodge rooms do not have microwaves or fridges so bring a small cooler. They do have some pet friendly cabins but no pets in the Lodge.
We stayed at the Lodge over the Memorial Day weekend. Our first two nights were excellent, staying in one of the few king bed rooms. Noise was at a minimum even though there were weddings (with music) each night. Unfortunately, our third and final night was ruined because of the excessively loud music coming from the reception room which lasted until 11pm. We had to change rooms for this final night and were moved closer to the reception room, practically next to it. I called down to the front desk to find out when the wedding reception was supposed to finish and was told 11pm. Thankfully, at 11pm the music did stop and we were finally able to fall asleep. (The lodge provides earplugs for guests but even those did no good with the loud bass from the wedding.) At checkout, I mentioned to the front desk staff about the loud music but wasn't really given much of an apology. No offer of a discount was offered either for our inconvenience. Very disappointing. The rest of our stay was wonderful. We ate in the dining room each evening where the food was very good. Friday and Saturday we listened to the music which we thoroughly enjoyed. Even though the weather was hot, humid and the trails were muddy, we enjoyed hiking each day. If we go back, I would request a room away from the dining area to keep the noise to a minimum.
Located within a leisurely stroll of Starved Rock State Park, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is within a few miles (5 km) of LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum. This 92-room, 3-star hotel has conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.
Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.
All 92 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers and ironing boards. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Hair dryers are also standard.
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center features an indoor pool, a children's pool, and a fitness center. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff always at the ready. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 6 meeting rooms, and a business center.