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“Wonderful Experience & Gracious Staff” 5 of 5 stars
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1 New State Park Rd., Box 338, Cave in Rock, IL 62919   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience & Gracious Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

On last day attempt to book anything in the area, we called CaveInRock lodge: spoke with manager & she went over the top to fit us into a booked situation. Well Well done. We stayed in Cabin 3B right on the Ohio river. Balcony let us enjoy bottle of wine with the stars. This cabin is very clean, well done floor plan and plenty of room. Very clean and kept well. You will not regret your stay here. With a wonderful restaurant right there for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy your stay. We sure did.

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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Morris, Illinois
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55 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My husband and I stayed here on our trip to Shawnee National Forest. He read the reviews so we decided to stay here. This was better than the pictures.Very spacious. It was just the two of us, however, if our children came, there was plenty of room for all. We stayed in 4B. Great place. So quiet and peaceful. The deck overlooks the Ohio River. You can watch the barges go down the river. We went during an off season, so the restaurant was not open. Many hiking trails within walking distance of cabin.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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
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Gurnee, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

My husband and I stopped at the State Park to see the Cave in Rock on a road trip through the National Forest the last weekend in Oct. We decided to eat an early dinner at the State Park restaurant since there were not many choices is the area. Our waitress was a nice young girl who tried very hard to services the whole restaurant on her own as the manager/owner sat at a table chit-chatting with a customer the whole time we were there....which was over an hour and a half. When we received our meals they were not appealing at all and cold. The food tasted horrible: instant mashed potatoes, can vegetables and pre- prepared frozen food. We could not eat our meals. Lucky for us after seeing the cook step out of the kitchen area in her food stained greasy dirty clothing we were glad we did not eat our meals. Save your money, pack a picnic and eat in the park, we wished we did.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

The cabins have a great view of the Ohio River, and a balcony you can sit on to look out over it. Alternatively, if is cool and windy (or rain), there is a nice picture window with the same great view. The cabins are a nice, (not five star NYC) and have everything you need. Good air-conditioning/heating, TV, fridge, microwave, lots of space. If you like to watch commercial river traffic, barge traffic was good on the river day and night (very little sound from the barges). Great views and provides easy access to many parts of the Shawnee National Forest area attractions.

The restaurant has limited hours (check to see if their hours fit you schedule). Had breakfast and dinner both very good and reasonable priced with great service. Desserts looked great, but filled to capacity with dinner.

Highly recommend if you are traveling in Southern Illinois. Stay here for a night or two to explore Garden of the Gods, Cave in Rock, Shawnee National Forest, Harden County, the tunnel trail, go antiquing take the ferry to the Kentucky side, local wineries, then head over to the west for more wineries.

Room Tip: Check Lodge Restaurant schedule to match your schedule, or dine elsewhere.
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Park Ridge, Illinois
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The rooms are clean and well kept. From our porch each morning we watched the river roll past and the wild turkeys eat their breakfast as we enjoyed our morning coffee. The hummingbirds were at hit with us and we could watch them for hours as we enjoyed our breakfast in the restaurant. What a beautiful and relaxing place to stay and enjoy nature at it's finest!

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Wapella, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

From what we had heard from a friend who stayed a few years back, it sounded like the lodge would be outdated and maybe not so clean. However, we were pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness, spaciousness, room supplies (paper towels, kitchen dishcloths and soap, etc.), freshly painted/papered walls, new bathroom linoleum, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and more! The BEST part was the BEAUTIFUL VIEW of the Ohio River from our own balcony! It was so peaceful, quiet and lovely. Even though the restaurant/main bldg. are only open on Saturday and Sunday, we had cell phone numbers to reach someone at any time for needs. We only had the free internet access up at the main bldg. patio or parking lot during the week...but they said next year they're upgrading to get access in the rooms along w/ new flat screen televisions and new balcony furniture as well. Will definitely go back in the future!

We also liked the location - close to the free ferry that crosses the Ohio over to the Amish community rural stores in Kentucky. It was also a good "home base" every night while being out during the day visiting the local attractions w/ hiking and gorgeous views/sights to see as well as several wineries.

Mattresses aren't the best - but all in all, was a great stay!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jackson, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights at the end of September. Room was comfortable and clean. Spent both mornings and evenings on the deck enjoying the view. Restaurant was very good and reasonably priced. We plan on staying here again and encourage anyone wanting a quiet, relaxing stay in a beautiful location to do the same.

Room Tip: We stayed in 4B, which was the last cabin in line. A little more private than the other cabins.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 New State Park Rd., Box 338, Cave in Rock, IL 62919
Location: United States > Illinois > Cave in Rock
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Cave in Rock
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Number of rooms: 8
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