We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 4 Crane Lake hotels

Nelson's Resort

7632 Nelson Rd., Crane Lake, MN 55725
Hotel amenities
Nelson's Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Crane Lake
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Crane Lake
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Write a Review

19 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room Tips
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Hamburg, Iowa, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

the owner told me where my cabin was and when I extended my hand and introduced myself he shook my hand and told me he needed to get back to the phone. didn't even tell me his name. his wife was pleasant however in the lodge during the week. mice in the cabin, had to store food in microwave and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My husband and I spent a long weekend at Nelson's to celebrate our wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. When we arrived, they offered us a larger cabin with a nicer view than our original reservation. The resort and cabins are very quaint, making you feel like you are stepping back in time. We had lunch and also dinner... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I recently got married in crane lake . We had had a small reception with only close family and friends. Although my fiancé and I did not stay at Nelson's some out our guest Did and they loved the service and how clean it was. What i can tell you is that they were extremely helpful with... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Recently stayed at Nelson's Resort with my family and very happy with the stay. We hired a fishing guide for the first day for a nice fishing trip day. The second day of renting a smaller boat for fishing, and the third day renting a pontoon boat. For the size of the lakes, I will rent a pontoon boat for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Once again I want to thank the staff and owners for allowing my family the opportunity to share our vacation with the most family oriented staff u can imagine. We've been coming here for 35 years with my grandpa, now my kids with their grandpa. Special thanks to Justin and Stacy for taking our boys out on boat for Fourth... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We took my wife's parents here for their 50th anniversary dinner. Our young kids love visiting Nelson's as they can play outside before and after dinner. The dinners have always been delicious, many homemade meals and ingredients, vegetables from their gardens, and the service has always been very friendly and accomodating. The Thursday night Smorgasbord is great too, and the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chaska, Minnesota, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Rustic cabins, peaceful setting, wonderful restaurant. The fishing was excellent on the chain of lakes. Bring your passport so you can try the Canadian fishing as well. We brought our adult children and they had a fantastic time as well.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012 via mobile

Jerry, Brenda, troy, butch, Justin, Amanda are amazing. I have been going since I was 15, I turned 45 this week. My wife and I went here instead of Hawaii and we'd do it again if possible. I own my own restaurant and understand how difficult it is to work with your family. They do it much better than we... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Spent three relaxing days over the Labor Day weekend. Nelson's Resort is an old school getaway; rustic but comfortable cabins on beautiful Crane Lake, anchored by a centrally located restaurant and bar. The restaurant features excellent food at reasonable prices, with your choice of dining room seating or casual deckside dining. Cabins front Crane Lake, with excellent views and swimming.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ladysmith, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Had a wonderful time at Nelson's. The cabins are nice and homey. The food is great. The lake is huge and really great for boating and sightseeing and of course- fishing. Nice beach for swimming. Nature trail is perfect for a scenic 1-2 hour hike. Great place for families.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Been to Nelson's Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Nelson's Resort

Also Known As:
Nelson`s Hotel Crane Lake
Nelson`s Hotel
Address: 7632 Nelson Rd., Crane Lake, MN 55725
Location: United States > Minnesota > Crane Lake
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Crane Lake
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 1931 John and Millie Nelson held a dream of a first class resort on the edge of the wilderness. You can find this dream still alive and nestled on Crane Lake in the north woods. Still operated by the Nelson family, the tradition of friendly hospitality, impeccable cleanliness and individual service awaits each and every guest. Each of our log and pine paneled cabins along Nelson's 1-1/2 miles of lakeshore awaits your visit. Nelson's Resort is truly a vacation paradise. Bordering Voyageur's National Park, Nelson's Resort is a scenic 5-hour drive from the Twin Cities and only a day's drive from such cities as Chicago, Des Moines, Milwaukee and Omaha. ... more   less 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Nelson's Resort, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Bookmark for later
Save Saved
You added Nelson's Resort to your Saves list