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“Paid more for alot less” 4 of 5 stars
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460 Giant City Lodge Road, Makanda, IL 62958   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hillsboro, Illinois
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23 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Paid more for alot less”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

A tribute to the CCC. Our family meets here annually and loves it enough to keep coming home/back, The food is respectable. The setting is grand. The wine trail beckons, and we try to send someone through fat mans squeeze each year/nothing like emotional trauma to solidify togetherness. The cabins are needing some maintenence,but it doesn't detract.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

I have stayed here 3 or 4 times over the past several years, and have always enjoyed it. The place is situated in the Giant City State Park, near Carbondale and Shawnee National Forest. A variety of hiking trails surround the property, from a 12-mile horse trail to a wheelchair accessible trail, and there is a stable where guided rides are available. Breakfast lunch and dinner are available in the gorgeous CCC-built lodge, although depending on the season, you need to be careful what you order. The chicken special is good, but avoid the steaks and burgers in slow season. There is also a lounge, and locally produced wines are on the menu.
There are several types of accommodations, and for the money I think the bluff cabins are the best value. The "historic cabins" are set up like good sized hotel rooms: two beds, private bathroom, air conditioned, fairly roomy and comfortable for two people. They have Adirondack chairs in the front "porch" area, and have screens on the windows and doors if you prefer natural breezes. My choice, the bluff cabins, are large enough to accommodate four comfortably; more if you share beds. Privacy, front & back porch, a fireplace, a large couch, easy chairs, fridge, wet bar, large bathroom are all part of the deal. It kind of feels like staying in a museum. A friendly, helpful staff makes staying here a pleasure, even if the food ranges from good (breakfast, chicken dinner special) to poor (I had several meals where the beef was was unpalatable).

Room Tip: Bluff cabins are highly recommended. Early spring is a great time to visit!
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

Rustic cabins with one bedroom and a Murphy bed. Cabins were well kept. We couldn't keep any doors open without using a door stop, cabin seemed to have tilted. Located in the heart of Giant City State Park. Great location for hiking.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

Giant City Lodge is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Southern Illinois and be close to Carbondale, the university and friends. The trails, bonds and outdoors provided great diversion for my teenaged son and we loved the solitude. This family-run inn was high on personal touch. And, the food in the Lodge is always great with fantastic service.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, IL
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

We spent 3 days taking in the hiking and traveling the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. The Giant City Lodge was perfectly located for visiting the wineries in the vicinity. Hiking was gorgeous and the restaurant in the lodge had terrific food and a good value. The prairie cabin we stayed in was cozy. The heating was adequate and quiet, well the whole place was very quiet. Adirondack chairs out in front of the cabin were a front seat to star viewing or relaxing with coffee in the morning. Can't wait to go back. And I would not stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed November 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2010

We stayed in a Prairie cabin with our daughter. We had a separate bedroom with king-size bed while she slept on a Murphy bed in the living area. There was a small refrigerator that worked well. The bathroom sink was outside the shower/toilet room. The cabin was clean and the furniture was in good condition. We had a small porch with a park bench, so we could sit outside and watch a thunderstorm. The outdoor pool was clean. There was a water tower with stairs to an observation deck. The lodge itself was built by the CCC. There was wireless internet access in the lodge, but the speed was very slow.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2010

I've been visiting Giant City State Park and the lodge since I was a wee little kid. I've always loved the park and the old-school grandeur of the lodge. The whole place has the atmosphere of summer camp, and it's such a local tradition to go. The park structures were built by the CCC, including the Historic Cabins. Let's just say that this is the only thing that the long-time owners are banking on. The the cabins are so horrible we found ourselves laughing hilariously late at night, mainly because we could not sleep in the slouching-plywood like things they pass off as beds. Seriously. They are the worst beds ever! Someone else that was staying there said they slept on the floor instead of the bed! There were like three light bulbs out in the room, and our porch light! This is a place out it the woods for God's sake. Our particle board table kept tipping over because the base was not attachable to the top. The windows have no screens, yet they still open. The air conditioning vent was aimed right at the bed. The ice machines take quarters...and they were broken...and they were covered in moss-mildew stuff. I will say that the pool is very nice. It is surrounded by trees and rock walls. Honestly I could go on and on. Good location though! Its very peaceful at night there. If you can't sleep at night you can sit outside in one of the Adirondack chairs that they suggest you steal from the other cabins because they don't have enough of them to go around! These cabins should cost no more than $50.00 bucks a night.

  • Stayed September 2009
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 460 Giant City Lodge Road, Makanda, IL 62958
Location: United States > Illinois > Makanda
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Makanda
Number of rooms: 34
Also Known As:
Giant City Hotel Makanda

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