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Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6967 Lake Forest Rd, Baxter, MN 56425 (Formerly Lodge At Brainerd Lakes)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Baxter
1 review
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

We had my daughter's wedding and reception at Arrowwood over the Christmas holidays. The facility is beautiful, everyone we worked with was wonderful, and we had many comments on how great the meal was. I highly recommend and would do another event at Arrowwood in a heartbeat!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Carolyn B, General Manager at Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We had a wonderful time putting on your daughter's wedding! We wish the happy couple a long life together full of happiness.
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Farmington, Minnesota
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121 reviews 121 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

We have a cabin in the Garrison area, so we decided to get away from the cold with a family fun day at the water park. The water park is clean with plenty of lifeguard staff, though it was smaller than we expected. Hot tub (indoor/outdoor) is nice. But, there is only one tube slide and one body slide, and the lazy river is very short. Not sure this is the best water park for older kids who are hoping to stay occupied for much of the day. But, there is a very nice zero-entry area for little kids.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Carolyn B, General Manager at Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Happy Holidays! Thank you for taking the time to write about the waterpark. We appreciate you sharing your experience and letting others know how your day was. Though the waterpark is geared more towards younger kids there are some aspects of the waterpark that are great for older kids....and don't forget the arcade!

Thank you again for the review. Any and all reviews are important to us and lets us know how we are doing!
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Dyersburg, Tennessee
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Our family had a fabulous room and stay at Arrowhead this past Thanksgiving Day night. It wasn't packed on Thanksgiving Day but was full Friday they told us. Therefore, I believe they upgraded our room without telling us as we ended up in 107, a two level suite with 3 large beds, 3 large TVs and a living room with its own patio. We were there more for the waterpark so the room was secondary, but very nice. We stayed using our AAA for a final price of $140 for the night. The whole family really enjoyed the waterpark with the two slides. The waterslides are long and worth the stairs to climb. The hot tub is fun in that in is connected inside and outside the building. The stay included a breakfast buffet in the restaurant Friday morning. I understand, breakfast is extra on weekends. The hotel is set back off Highway 371 and there is a Holiday Inn on the Hwy with a waterpark as well. I believe Arrowwood's is better. The only real downside I found was that I couldn't earn any points for my stay on a major points system like Priority Club or Hilton Honors. Arrowwood does have a program like that but they only have 3 properties to earn and redeem at.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Carolyn B, General Manager at Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes, responded to this review, December 4, 2013
Thank you for the awesome review of our facility! We try to upgrade families when we have the opportunity without telling them as an added perk. Thanksgiving is a great holiday for us because of the families that we get to see, some come every year. We hope you will make us your stop each Thanksgiving!

We do have a great incentive program, though we only have 3 properties at this time, where the points never expire. The incentive is: stay 10 nights and receive $100. We also offer double points at certain times of the year but again our points never expire and are available to anyone who stays with us.

Thank you again for taking the time to tell us how we are doing and how your experience was. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The rooms were spacious and clean, beds comfy. Continental breakfast always a plus with kids.
Great selection of food and drink in the restaurant and bar. Staff very helpful with any needs or requests. Water park has two slides and a lazy river and area for younger kids, no pool but not like we would be doing laps.Hot tub that extends to the outside, super cool on a cold MN. night.

Room Tip: We had 4 different rooms. All really big with great floor plans. All on the 4th floor.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Carolyn B, General Manager at Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes, responded to this review, December 2, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes. It sounds like you were able to take advantage of the entire facility! It is nice to hear that you had a variety of room types and were able to enjoy the waterpark, restaurant and bar.

Thank you again for the wonderful review and we look forward to having you stay with us in the near future!
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St.Cloud
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This was a great get away to meet a friend, do some shopping in Baxter and then spend a quiet evening at the Lodge. All the rooms are called cabins and our cabin was quite large with 2 queen beds. I hadn't seen this room configuration before, the bathroom separates the two beds and you have semi privacy between the 2 beds. There were also 2 flatscreen TV's on the walls in front of the beds. The room also had a loveseat, refrigerator and microwave. Everything has been well maintained and is very clean. The furnishings at the Arrowwood are very woodsy and definitely give one the 'Up North' feel. We had dinner there, early bird specials were only $10 until 7:00, they included soup or salad, dinner and dessert; quite a deal. The atmosphere was very warm so we ended up having drinks and spent the evening in the bar/dining room.
As a bonus, there was a hot breakfast in the dining room in the a.m. from 6-9. The breakfast is included during the week but not on the weekend. It was delicious! The pool is closed during the week but a manager gave us a tour the next morning after checkout. She gave us lots of information and was very friendly. The staff at this Lodge were all so pleasant and accommodating, it is a very welcoming establishment. We will definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Carolyn B, General Manager at Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay. It is great to hear you had a stay that will keep you coming back! The room that you stayed in was a 2 queen split room. It is a great room for people who are sharing but still want a little privacy or for families with older children who don't want to share a remote!

I am happy to hear you were able to take advantage of our Early Bird specials. Like you said we offer 9 dinner options that include soup or salad, bread service dinner and a dessert. We also have happy hour 7 days a week!

Again, thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay and to let others know about your experience. We look forward to seeing you again (hopefully this time you can experience the waterpark), soon!
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My design esthetic will never include decorating with dead animals, but this place is ok. I love the names on each room - I believe I stayed at Camp Spotted Carp or some such thing. It's a bit over the top on the dead animals and dead fish, the dead boat motors - - EVERYWHERE - - but they aren't in the rooms. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The pillows are awesome. Didn't try the waterpark, was way too cold when I was there.

Room Tip: All of the rooms in our group were just fine, don't know that there's a way to pick a good o...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carolyn B, General Manager at Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful review! Each room does have its own name and most of the rooms have a photo of the name i.e. bobcat name on the outside of the room will have a photo of the bobcat on the inside of the room.

All of the pillows and comforters are new and we have been getting great responses on them.

Thank you again for a wonderful review and we will see you again soon!
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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We stayed here on a very slow weekend so we felt like we had the place to ourselves, not sure how I'd like the waterpark if it was super busy.

Room: We got a divided room that had a bathroom in the middle to separate the two beds which was really nice for our kids. They had their side with tv and we had our side with tv. The tvs were nice and big too. It was all updated with beautiful pine furniture and the beds were very comfy with nice linens. The only bad thing was that some of the newly painted spots on the walls already had some big chips and dings out of the paint, too bad for them. Most towels were fluffy and soft and nice shower but loud flush in the middle of the night. We stayed in the same hallways that leads to the pool and that was a big mistake. I asked to be close to the pool, but the morning noise from kids running and yelling down the hall was enough to make a mental not never to do that at any hotel waterpark.

Waterpark: A nice size. My 14 year old was a bit bored on the 2nd day but my 11 year old was always entertained. I think this is perfect for slightly younger kids but my husband and I even enjoyed the outdoor hot tub. Both kids said the slides were some of the most awesome they have been in so they were a big hit.

They had typical waterpark food, no surprise there, and if you want a beer they will make you go back to your room for your ID even if you are 73 years old and very unapologetic about it. Whatever.

All in all it's a BEAUTIFUL hotel if you dig the lodge look, which I do...I mean, it is the "most lodgy" place I have ever been in which immediately makes me feel all comfy and cozy.

If our kids were younger, we'd be back for sure, but I think we are outgrowing the waterparks so might not be back but I highly recommend it!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Carolyn B, General Manager at Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review of the Arrowwood Lodge. You stayed in one of our two queen split rooms that is perfect for families with older kids. We want everyone to feel warm and cozy when they stay with us!

We are trying to change up the offerings in the waterpark and guests have the opportunity to order from our Baxter's restaurant and get it brought to them. This should help with the variety that guests are seeking when in the waterpark.

Our staff is trained to I.D. all who are purchasing alcohol regardless of age. This is due to the fact that on the back of driver licenses there are Restrictions. These restrictions could be anything from "needs corrective lenses" to having alcohol restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience but hope you understand.

Thank you again and we look forward to you and your family returning!
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Address: 6967 Lake Forest Rd, Baxter, MN 56425 (Formerly Lodge At Brainerd Lakes)
Location: United States > Minnesota > Baxter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Baxter
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes 3*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
102 spacious rooms so big we call them cabins. Each with refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and complimentary wireless Internet access. Full service dining at Baxter's, as well as 30,000 square foot Paul Bunyan Waterpark. Don't miss this value stay of the Brainerd Lakes area. ... more   less 
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