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“Great place for family reunion” 5 of 5 stars
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Route 178 & 71, Utica, IL 61373   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Utica
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“Great place for family reunion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We were so well cared for in our accommodation planning and actual service for our family gathering of 40 people and 10 rooms. The staff was very friendly. The breakfast menu was delicious and the service was great. There was rain forecast for the whole weekend so the lodge let us have a conference room for $100 a day instead of$200. That was a lifesaver for it rained off and on for two days and our picnics would have been drenched!

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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  • 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We spent 3 nights here in August 2012 - 2 night in the older part of the Lodge and one in a 2 room Pioneer Cabin.

We would not return to the lodge again - simply too noisy - this place is old and the walls are thin and you can here your neighbors watching TV and talking and every word said by every person walking past your room - you can clearly hear the loud "ding" of the elevator arriving at the opposite end of the hall.

The Pioneer cabin was lovely - and large and quiet and fun - AND expensive. But we'd stay there again.

We really enjoyed the quick access to all of the hiking trails - which are amazing.

We planned to eat in the pub - but the appetizer we had was terrible, so we went into town.

ALSO (pet peeve): the coffee shop sells muffins for $2.99 - really taking advantage of being the only option.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed there in late July 2012 and enjoyed our stay. Families were everywhere and parking was very adequate and well thought out. I would book a room and not a lodge(villa), as it is best suited for honeymooners(too small). They need to get rid of their dial up free internet computer on the second floor, or replace it with a small business center.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moline, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We had a family reunion at Starved Rock State Park and had a great time. The lodge is really great for families and there are lots of them there. After our group left, we stayed on for a day of rest. NO WAY! too many kids running around. Well, we did just that the day before. It did get quiet at night; I guess the kids went to sleep. When checking out I asked about quieter rooms and got some good advice on quieter parts of the lodge. Don't stay on the first floor in the lodge rooms; they are on the main hallway and have constant traffic. We will try a cabin next time. The building has 3 types of rooms: lodge, hotel, and cabin. The hotel rooms are larger and newer, a few had windows that look on the pool instead of outside. Reserve by phone to find out about specials. The dining room is good, and you can eat outside on the terrace. Prices were reasonable, especially the kids' menu. The best part of the lodge is that it's in the middle of the woods with trails and nature abounding.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

This lodge is located within the limits of the Starved Rock State Park and it's within walking distance from the river and the numerous mini-canyons that the park is famous for. It is surrounded by a forested area marked with numerous trails. We walked along one of these trails to find out that the place is full of wildlife. At one point we saw two deer grazing no more than 10 feet from where we were standing. You can also see eagles flying over the river hunting for pray. The lodge is quite nice too. The rooms are somewhat dated but of decent size. The walls however were rather thin so we could hear our neighbors chatting quite clearly. The staff was really friendly which was nice. If you are coming here by car (which is the most likely) there is a ton of free parking. All in all, this is a decent place to stay if you want to explore the park.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

My husband and I stayed in a King sized room in the older part of the hotel. The room was dark - very small windows - but comfortable. It was nice to wake up in the park and go for an early morning hike. The sink in the bathroom was one of those tiny sinks were you can't put a lot of toiletries on, a pet peeve of mine! We slept very well, it was in the high 90s outside and the room was cool. Bed was comfortable. We had a nice table and chairs and ate our breakfast there that we brought with us. I liked the historical furnishings but feel that the bathroom could use updating. The indoor pool and hot tub were both a very good size for a hotel. However they had kind of an institutional feel to them. Kind of like a rehab feel.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Stayed here for a weekend getaway. We stayed Friday and Saturday night (they do have a 2 night minimum on weekends). This place is really the only lodging option in the area, there is a more kid-friendly place down the street. With that being said, I don't feel that our room was worth $130 + tax a night. The room was nice and clean but seemed to be more in the $80/night range. Also, nothing is included in the room fee (i.e. free continental breakfast). There is free wifi, which is spotty and there is an indoor pool and hot tub. I did not use the pool/hot tub because it was always so crowded. It seemed once the sun went down, everyone went swimming. There really isn't anything else to do in the area...no joke.

We had a room with a king bed (lodge wing king) which was nice and comfortable for the most part. The rooms have also had makeovers with new wood furniture. If you are planning to stay soon, you might still catch the wood smell in your room. The bathroom is super tiny though. The shower is a decent size but the toilet placement was weird. The toilet paper roll was almost in your lap so maneuvering was a bit tricky. Our room also had a newer flat panel tv (no cable channels, just basic stations) and a DVD player (which we did not use...wondering if the hotel had DVDs available for rental??). You can also open the windows in your room which was really nice. Most places don't let you do that. It was nice to let the fresh air in.

Biggest complaint was the noise. The walls/ceilings/floors are paper thin. You hear EVERYTHING that your neighbors are doing. We had the pleasure of being next to the loudest people in the whole lodge. They loved just hanging out in their room talking at the loudest volume possible at all hours of the night. At one point I yelled "INDOOR VOICE"...I think they heard me :)

The main dining room had really yummy food. We ate there once for lunch (chicken cesar wrap and taco salad) on Saturday and then ordered a plate of nachos (Gorgonzola Nachos) to bring back to our room Saturday night. We wanted to participate in the Easter Brunch but I didn't make reservations in advance and we were told they were all booked up.

There is also a café that sells your typical panini sandwiches, ice cream, coffee, bagels and sodas. They also have a few gift items for purchase as well. Beware though, the service is SUPER slow. Many times there was only one girl working. She worked the cashier and made the food. Right outside the main dining room there is larger gift shop that had a lot of clothing items and tchotchke type stuff.

Overall, the stay was nice. It would have been awesome if the lodge offered activities for adults at night (i.e. bingo, charades, checker tournament...anything!!). Once it is night time, there is not squat to do. The downtown Utica area is all closed up and you can't hike the trails at night.

Oh - I think it is good to know, the rooms do not have a microwave or fridge. Fridge would have been nice since we did have leftovers from a dinner that ended up being tossed out.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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): $$
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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Starved Rock Utica
Starved Rock Hotel Utica Il

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