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“Noisy ad Dark” 3 of 5 stars
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Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
Route 178 & 71, Utica, IL 61373   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Utica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Noisy ad Dark”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Stayed in a Sunset King De LaSalle cabin this weekend for 2 nights. Enjoyed the woodburning fireplace in the cabin and the nostalgic smell of the smoke smell in the cabin (reminds me of camping!). Complimentary bundles of firewood and matches were even provided outside our door. Room was very dark! Dark wood walls and ceiling, not much lighting. Bathroom was small with poor lighting also. Vanity/sink area was about a foot and a half wide in a cubby area, so no room to put any toiletries except on the floor or a window ledge. If you don't want to hear your neighbors conversations and TV shows, stay somewhere else. The walls were very thin.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Lombard, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

From the room to the dining to the pool, everything was wonderful about the Starved Rock Lodge. All of the staff were kind and helpful, especially the dining room staff. The food was a nice surprise, we expected standard fare, but the dinners were great. The pool and hot tub were a great way to relax from a hectic day. The ice cream and fudge are truly wonderful, and not overly priced like at some hotels. The park is a great place to hike and relax, especially in the cool canyons.

  • Stayed October 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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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

If you want a quick get-a-way from Chicago that put you in a completely different world, Starved Rock Lodge is the place. Though the rooms aren't fancy, the staff is very polite and attentive, and the food and drink in the dining room and bar are great.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Ottawa, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We enjoy Starved Rock State Park and all that it has to offer. The hiking here is the best in the area. The lodge has great entertainment and we alwatys have fun visiting. The food is average and the rooms need updating. Because of all the area has to offer we continue to come back.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bluffton, Indiana
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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NEW YORK CITY
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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North Vancouver
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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): $
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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