After an enjoyable one night stay in the hotel wing of the starved rock lodge, we decided to try one of their pioneer cabins for a night. I had read some older negative reviews mentioning that the cabins were dark, dingy, and outdated, so we had avoided them in the past. When making our reservation this time, the employee assured me that the cabins had been updated and had all new handmade furniture, so we thought we'd give it a try. (Also figured the update accounted for the $200+ a night rate.).
Upon check-in, we were extremely disappointed to find that the cabin was dark and to our eyes still very outdated--especially the no frills bathroom straight from the 1970s. The "fireplace" was little more than a fake fireplace from Sears catalog. I don't even think you could use the "complimentary " wood in it.
Keep reading--the real kicker was when my kids noticed the sign on the back of the door (complete with Jerry from "Tom & Jerry") that read
"If you have food in your cabin, expect mice!"
That pretty much settled it. If we were going to pay over $200 a night, we certainly weren't going to be sharing our cabin with mice! We immediately went to the front desk and requested a refund. We ended up staying at the very nice Hampton Inn in Peru instead.