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Kavanaugh's Resort

1685 Kavanaugh Dr, East Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN 56401
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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St. Cloud, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

My extended family--15 or so of us, from age 0 to 67--get-together for a winter weekend every year. We always end up with a couple of moldy cabins at a resort (Cragun's, Quarterdeck, etc.) in central Minnesota, but the company is good, so we don't complain. Much. This year, we decided to try Kavanaugh's. It was amazing! The are new... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review of our property. We're happy that you enjoyed your stay and we hope you will be able to return again in the future. Because we are a family owned and operated resort, we really enjoy it when our guests let us know that their stay was enjoyable. Hope to see... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

My husband and I bought the Groupon for this resort and spent two nights in early January (the coldest days of the year so far) here. The cabin we stayed in was clean, warm, and inviting. The master bedroom was beautiful with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. The high-speed internet was good enough to watch Netflix without trouble. We rented... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for you positive review. I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit and were able to have a positive outdoor experience, even with the cold conditions that we've been having this season. Hopefully you will be able to visit us again during the summer season. More

Minden, Nevada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I was here with family on 2014 New Year. We rented one of the bigger rooms with 2 queen and 1 king beds. The place is absolutely awesome! First, the room was really nice a comfy. The fireplace was very cuddling and romantic. There was plenty of space for everyone. The kitchen was well furnished and functional. Second, the snow... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you, we're happy that you enjoyed your visit to Kavanaugh's (sorry it was so cold). In the winter the indoor pool can get a little busy at times but normally it is large enough to handle our guest load without any problem. We are very careful in all our information to explain that we do not offer any food... More

Worthington, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

My boyfriend and I bought the Groupon to this resort and we could not have been more pleased with it. We went during prime time fall color season and this resort did not fail to impress us with the beauty of nature. The resort had wonderful facilities and were layed out beautifully with easy navigation. We rented bikes for use,... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit to Kavanaugh's. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and do indeed hope you will visit us again. John Kavanaugh More

2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We stayed last weekend using the groupon deal. Lady at the desk was nice and check in was quick. The "view" unit is good size and close to the lake.crystal clear lake cleanest Lake I've seen here in MN. Some of the aquatic equipments are free to use. The Tap water has a rusty smell to it that is really... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for you staying with us at Kavanaugh's. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay. Our tap water is sometimes an issue because we have quite a bit of iron which can add some taste and odor if you're not used to it. We do run softeners and filters on all our water but we do not... More

Minnesota
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
38 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We stumbled upon Kavanaugh's Resort kind of last minute, not knowing much of anything about it and really only booking it because it met our price range. But after having stayed there (one night only) I wish we'd stayed longer and would love to go back! It was such a great place, much much more and better than my expectations... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and sincerely hope you will be able to visit us again. John Kavanaugh More

Steinbach
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Found this resort because of a Groupon off-season deal. Weren't sure what we would be getting but knew there were some good golf courses around the area so we booked it. What a great place! Beautiful lake, lush grounds, nice amenities ( indoor and outdoor pool, beach, hot tub, basketball court, bike and boat rentals). Our condo was right on... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and sharing them. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and also that you had a chance to enjoy the area. As a family owned property we all work very hard to maintain our resort and to provide a wonderful atmosphere and vacation for our guests. We certainly hope that... More

Hudson WI
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is our second year in a row at the Kavanaugh's. While I enjoyed our first visit I rated it 4 out of 5. Mainly because it wasn't the rustic cabin experience I had been looking for. I wasn't real big on their community fire pits and the resort feel of the property when I was looking for a cabin... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive comments, we're happy that you enjoyed your visit. Because you've stayed before you already know that we are a family owned property and we all take pride in what we do. We always hope we are able to provide a positive vacation experience. Hopefully you are able to return at a future date to visit... More

Minnesota
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
31 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Just returned from our 12th trip to Kavanaugh's--need I say more? We discovered this gem when our son was a baby and have been back every summer. We love the indoor AND outdoor pools, the crystal clear lake, free kayaks and paddleboats, basketball and tennis courts and peaceful grounds and trails. Plus there is so much to do the the... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you, we're glad that you enjoyed your vacation at Kavanaugh's. Because you are a repeat guest you already know that we are a family operated resort and my family always tries to provide the best vacation experience that we can. We all look forward to your next visit. John Kavanaugh More

Brooksville, Fl
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
38 hotel reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We came up from Minnesota to fish...the lakes didn't disappoint us. Torn between several resorts but chose this one because of the great reviews and smaller lake. We had a end unit next to the beach on bottom floor. bike path in front. Convenient parking and beautiful view. The grounds were spectacular with lovely walking paths. You could rents boats... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind review of Kavanaugh's. As you know we are family owned and operated so it means allot to my whole family to know you enjoyed your stay. I'm glad that Royal did a good job as your fishing guide, he hasn't let us down with a guest yet. We hope you will be able to visit us... More

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Also Known As:
Kavanaugh`s Hotel
Kavanaugh`s Hotel Brainerd
Kavanaughs Hotel Brainerd
Address: 1685 Kavanaugh Dr, East Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN 56401
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Brainerd
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 hotels in Brainerd
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kavanaugh's is an upscale cottage and condo resort on crystal clear Sylvan Lake in the heart of Minnesota's lake country. The resort is open four seasons with activities for everyone. Kavanaugh's has been operated by the Kavanaugh family since 1969. ... more   less 

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