We've been staying at Santa's Lodge during our Holiday World vacations since 2004. Apparently we've been lucky in that we always seem to get the rooms in the new end of the hotel. The rooms are clean, beds linens and pillows are also clean. The front desk could use some modernization on their resevation system though. I made a reservation back in March for June 8-10. We arrived and proceeded to check in and there was much digging through some paperwork behind the desk to find the print out with my reservation. I'm thinking "Please don't let this get screwed up..". Finally found my reservation, irritability level down to normal. These guys really need to update their system. Overall I like the Inn for its proximity to Holiday World as well as its cleanliness. The "buffet" downstairs is another matter.
The buffet has always been somewhat pricey. After shelling out $8.95 a head for breakfast on the first day that was all she wrote. This didn't even include drinks. The food was less than outstanding. The sausage patties were like hockey pucks and the scrambled eggs rubber. I've had better food at truck stop buffets for $2.00 a plate less. For $8.95 they should have a chef on duty fixing made to order omlettes. Also, no fruit on the buffet. Their "remodeling job" seemed like it was on hold. Where they had a nice open air dining area, they now have a half finished open air addition. With $4.00 a gallon gas I felt like we were getting a hosing from this buffet on top of everything else. We actually planned the rest of our meals at Holiday World. You can get a really decent meal back in the Thanksgiving section for around $8.00 a plate and not have to worry about getting held up for your drinks. This place does need some real competition.
Long story short, the Inn is a good place to stay just make your dining plans elsewhere. If you're coming in off of US 41, check out Stoll's Amish Buffet located on the south side of I-64. They run about $11.95 a head plus drinks, but the food is far better than the Inn's plus they have a greater selection. Kids 12 and under are $5.55. The Inn charges full price for kids over 5. The Inn "buffet" needs to take some lessons from its neighbor in terms of giving its customers a fair deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Everyday is a Holiday when you stay at Santa’s Lodge. You’ll be welcomed at Santa’s Lodge with a vaulted lobby soaring 37 feet into the Southern Indiana skyline. The hand-hewn timbers are actually from the barn that stood on this same site in 1883. The beautiful cedar and oak wood creates a natural setting for our antique Christmas decorations including our Canadian horse-drawn sleigh! Our year-round Christmas décor and lodge setting will surround you with a sense of warmth and pleasure through our 170 guestrooms and suites.Located about a half mile away, we are the closest hotel to Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, home to three world class roller coasters and the number 2 water park in the world! We have a putt-putt mini golf course and arcade right across the street at Frosty's Fun Center. Our shelter house is located right next to the playground for a great picnic opportunity. Take time in the morning to relax on our deck overlooking the lake while eating breakfast from St. Nick's Restaurant.Our Family suites allow the parents to have a little privacy while vacationing with the kids in addition to giving you a little leg room to relax and spend quality time together. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Santa`s Hotel Santa Claus
- Santas Hotel Santa Claus
- Lodge Santas
- Santas Santa Claus