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Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Route 178 & 71, Utica, IL 61373   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Utica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Burlington, Wisconsin
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not worth a penny”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

Actually staying at the lodge this night. The only good thing is the location: right in the middle of hiking. The room is overpriced $110 (that was an october special deal price) for a small two bed with no space to walk or keep luggage. One of the few things to do here without wasting more money is watch tv and even that is terrible. Only 6 channels that keep going in and out and one of them was porn. The bathroom is tiny with absolutely no counter/storage/room to function. The front desk girl was very rude and we got chased to the lodge door by a pack of raccoons. Very strict. Not allowed to bring our snacks into the room...we had to sneak them. Next time we're staying at the Best Western in Oglesby. We highly recommend staying somewhere else.
On the plus side, the hiking was great.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

One good thing about this hotel - the location. If you want to spend the day hiking, the hotel is right on a trail that leads to the visitor center.

The other good thing about this hotel - the employees are very friendly and helpful.

Other than that, our experience was less than great. For about $110 a night, the room was very small. There were two beds, a dresser, and a desk with one chair. And to walk in any of the areas not taken up by furniture, you had to walk single file. No space to bring food back to the room and eat if you wanted to. The room was very dank and humid. We ended up running the air and opening the windows to try to air the place out. The history of the lodge didn't make the uncomfortable stay worthwhile. Next time we'll most likely stay outside of the park and commute in to do our hiking.

If you do stay here, get a riverside room. You won't have a view, but idiots with loud motorcycles seem to be drawn to lovely natural areas, and it will be a bit quieter on the riverside. GET A MUFFLER!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, IL
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149 reviews 149 reviews
49 hotel reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

We have been coming to SRL for years with very diverse groups of travel partners and have just returned from another incredible weekend. The real beauty of SRL is the fact that it is smack in the middle of the State Park and a perfect place to start/end a hike.

The lodge rooms are typical hotel rooms, with the older (east wing) rooms being very small and dark and the newer (west wing) rooms being more spacious and more recently redecorated. I've stayed in both areas and there's really nothing special about either, except you have a hotel room in the middle of this incredible area to enjoy the outdoors.

For the past several years we have stuck with the Pioneer cabins which are much more private and not just a hotel room. These cabins do not have a television (thankfully) or coffee pot (really?!) and are located just east of the lodge proper.

We love staying and visiting here, but in all honestly, there's nothing overly special about the cabins either--the washrooms are utilitarian and really dated, with lame toiletries and old towels. The bedroom area is nice and has recently been updated with new lodge-ish end tables, dressers etc.

We have never had a bad meal at the lodge, and we've had MANY meals here. The service is friendly and prompt and the homestyle cooking, buffets etc. have always been a hit with whomever is in our group at the time.

There are two gift shops in the lodge. The one near the front desk is called the cafe. We noted a serious decline in the quality and availability of merchandise in this store from all of our other visits. Too bad, really. They used to have some really cute stuff. The second shop, near the main dining room, is still quite good with a wide variety of interesting items.

All of this aside, there is something absolutely magical about this area that keeps us, and hoards of other people, coming back year after year. It's an easy trip from the city, but the hiking and both state parks make it such an incredible place to get away from it all.

If you're not an outdoors person, skip it! If however, you're like us and love all of the hiking, birdwatching etc. then this is absolutely the place to be.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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West suburbs Illinois
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31 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

We stayed in the newer section of the main lodge. Room was clean and quiet and suited for our family outing. It is not luxurious or 'fancy'. Nice big swimming indoor pool. The state park surrounding has many beautiful canyons and woods to hike in too.

Room Tip: usually very heavily booked here - check back for cancellations if it looks booked when you first in...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We stayed Sunday night of Labor Day weekend at one of the "Deluxe Double" cabins, and it was great. The cabin was super clean (as were the grounds). The indoor pool/hot tub were right near by and a perfect end to a day of hiking. (the trails are renovated and very well maintained - lots of boardwalks, real stairs with hand rails, etc... so it isn't back-woods hiking, but after quite a few miles, it still felt great :) ) I would also recommend the bar (the patio has views out over the river) and the resturant/dining room had a great smoked prime rib for dinner.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, IL
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed here one night fo a visit with old friends and had a great time. Room in new wing was very good, dinner was high quality, the lodge coomon areas, dining room, and outdoor patio were rustic and charming and the setting amongst the trees excellent A great place to relax and explore. Fall and winter should be good times to visit too.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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illinois
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15 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

Spent one night here in early August,2011. ha been here many years ago and decided to go back for a quick getaway. We stayed in the newer wing. The room was very large. King bed, couch,nite stand(only one for some reason), desk ,dresser closet, smallish bathroom. Lighting was not good.
Really enjoyed sitting on the veranda and eating, see the sunrise, etc. also ate in the Pub(great burger) and the main dining room for breakfast(average). used the indoor pool and sauna(we were the only ones in it).
The best part was the hiking!. Took three separate hikes of about 3 miles(1.5-2 hours) each to various canyons. The walkway system is excellent and consists of groomed trails, man-made wooden walkways and stairs as well as natural stone stairs. Not stressful at all and the sights were awe inspiring. This is the reason for going here. Not much else to do.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

Address: Route 178 & 71, Utica, IL 61373
Location: United States > Illinois > Utica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Utica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Lodge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Features 69 guest rooms and 21 cabin rooms, majestic Great Hall with 2-sided fireplace, on-site restaurant and bar, outdoor dining, indoor pool, weddings and meetings. ... more   less 
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