What a HUGE disappointment!!! The room was ridiculously small, but did include a squashed bug on the wall. The mattress on the bed was incredibly uncomfortable and sunk into the bed frame. No water pressure in the shower. Neither the refrigerator nor the air conditioner worked properly. Carpet on the outside stairs was worn and threadbare.
The continental breakfast, served in a cramped little room, simply sucked!!! Frozen bagels, packaged/store bought "pastries," and awful coffee did not satisfy anyone! As for the much-advertised waffles, stay away. The person working there actually pulled out a tub and proceeded to mix the batter (powder + water = disgusting) in front of us. Do what we did: Bite the bullet, spend a few bucks, and go to Paula's Cafe (about a mile away) for a GREAT breakfast.
The staff is unhelpful, uninterested, and unprofessional!!!
All in all, this place is over-hyped, over-priced, and just depressing!!! While there aren't exactly a lot of choices in Indian River, I recommend looking elsewhere!!! If I am going to have a campground-like experience, why should I pay hotel prices??? Shoulda' just gone camping!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located exactly 1 mile north of Big Bear (on the same road), the Northwoods Lodge is a 2-story log lodge in a beautiful and peaceful setting where rustic goes first class! With only 16 rooms, it has the quaintness of a Bed & Breakfast, but also the privacy of a motel.All rooms are themed "northwoods" with log beds, log furniture, wildlife art, and even a pine tree! Room amenities include microwave/mini-refrigerator, flatscreen TV, in-room phone w/ free local calls, clock radio, and Cable TV. A Free enhanced Continental Breakfast is included ("cook-your-own" Belgian Waffles, coffee, orange juice, cereal, bagels, breads, doughnuts, and more!) A gorgeous honeymoon suite w/ in-room Jacuzzi is available, as well as Non-Smoking rooms and a Barrier-Free Room. There is a centrally-located, cozy lobby w/ fireplace, 2 leather couches, magazines, TV, "Up North" Gift Shop, and 3 log tables and chairs (perfect for playing cards or checkers!) There is also Ice, Pop, and Guest Laundry. Roll-aways & Cribs are available, and there are a few specific rooms that accept Pets (please ask). ... more less