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“Great Food - Poor accomodations” 3 of 5 stars
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987 Shangri La Drive, Mount Ida, AR 71957   |  
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Mount Ida
Arkansas
1 review
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“Great Food - Poor accomodations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

My wife's family has been going to Shangri La Resort for the past 35 years, mainly for the food, tranquility, fishing, skiing, and the beautiful lake Ouachita. The food is OUTSTANDING!! One of the older watresses (she's been there forever) can be rude at times, and has been known to throw the menus down if you arrive too close to closing time. The rooms do need some updating...well, alot of updating. But, by today's pricing, they are not too bad. The marina is pretty decent, and there are some fairly well kept docks that you can rent for your boat while you're there. Place your order for pies the night before and reserve them for your family. The staff will keep up with your pie orders for you. Great place for watersports, fishing, and Southern cooking. My wife and family love it...haven't been able to talk them into going somewhere else :(

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2010

While traveling across the country, we came upon the Shangri La through online research (primarly Tripadvisor) and are really happy to have found this spot.

We planned on staying only one night and were compelled to stay for a second as we felt so much at home and so rested among the tranquility of our lakeside cabin.

The room was huge with two queen beds, a flat screen TV, and large living area with two armchairs and a desk, as well as an outdoor patio with chairs that looked out onto the lake.

Hiking in this area is wonderful and we felt we could disappear here for many days and be completely at peace among the rustic surroundings.

The staff is friendly and hospitable and worked really hard at keeping up with the pace of a busy Tuesday night in the cafe. And the owner, Mrs. Carr, is a delight who has been overseeing the resort for 52 years, baking pies fresh every day.

We would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone who wants an escape from the hussle-bussle of everyday life and a few days to unwind.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2008

My family has a boat on Lake Ouachita and we have spent several weekends in hotels in and around Mount Ida. Shangri La has them ALL beat, BUT you have to come in with reasonable expectations.

Shangri La is a WONDERFUL family owned property that has been around basically since the lake was built in the 1950's and it hasn't changed since. That is part of it's charm and what makes it so great. If you are expecting a weekend at the Ritz Carlton, you will be disappointed.

If you want a beautiful setting overlooking the lake with reasonable accomodations and great home cooked food, then you'll be delighted. We certainly have been. We have two more reservations booked this summer and were disappointed we couldn't get any additional weekends.

It is not a party atmosphere. Expect lots of families and fishermen. The Carr family that owns it comes in between 4-5am every morning to bake between 30-50 homeade pies that are absolutely delicious. Everything in their restaurant is made from scratch.

Over 80% of their business is returning families and they have folks that have been staying with them for 30 years. It is hard to get a reservation during the high season. We can't wait to go back.

  • Liked — The setting on the lake is beautiful.
  • Disliked — Leaving to go back to work on Monday.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2007

Shangri La Resort is located on Lake Ouachita, and has been around forever. But perhaps it's time has come and passed. This summer, the hamburgers are dry and the service is terrible. Not only terrible, but RUDE. In response to - May I have a menu?", it was "I'll get to you when I have time!" with a snarl. If it had been the first time this waitress had been rude, I could have overlooked it, but she had been surly the last time we were there to several tables, which included our family and other families that we didn't know. So, we voted with our feet and left.

Stayed August 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2003

We've been spending our summer vacation week here for over twenty years,now it's our family reunion, too.Wonderful homemade food and hospitable owners.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2003

Shangra la resort is a great place to be. Lake Ouachita is RIGHT next to Shangra la and the lake is so clear and smooth! It is the best lake to water ski on because it feels like you are gliding on ice! At Shangra la, the restraunt has great food and fantastic pies! If you are looking for a great fishing, tubing, water-skiin', pie eatn vacation, then shangra la is the place to be!

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Additional Information about Shangri La Resort

Address: 987 Shangri La Drive, Mount Ida, AR 71957
Location: United States > Arkansas > Mount Ida
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Mount Ida
Number of rooms: 28
Also Known As:
Shangri La Hotel Mount Ida
Shangri La Mount Ida
Mount Ida Shangri La

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