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“You must stay here- fantastic experience!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Madden's on Gull Lake
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401   |  
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“You must stay here- fantastic experience!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Everything at Madden's is stellar. From their friendly and welcoming staff, to the excellent food, lots of activities, wonderful amenities and beautiful grounds- you will really have a great experience here. Lots of fun things to do, and plenty of relaxation to be had. Enjoy!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cara L, Manager at Madden's on Gull Lake, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you for sharing your review of Madden's on Gull Lake!

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us and that you were able to take advantage of all of the fun things there are to do at Madden's!

We appreciate you sharing your experience with other travelers and look forward to seeing you at Madden's again!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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windermere, Fl
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

loved it. great historic minnesota lake resort. very nice restaurant portions were huge walleye was spectacular. nice lounge to watch favorite sports events. staff outstanding. well stocked golf pro shop beautiful golf courses what else could you want from a lake resort

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  • Stayed September 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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Cara L, Manager at Madden's on Gull Lake, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Thank you for sharing your review of Madden's on Gull Lake!

Yes, we do have portions of the resort that are historic ( we are celebrating our 84th season this year), we also have other accommodations that are quite new and modern. A nice variety!

We're thrilled that you enjoyed your dining experience, as well as our 19th Hole Lounge. Walleye is always a Minnesota favorite!

We're so glad that you experienced our golf courses during your stay- nothing better than fall golf! Because we offer 63 holes of golf- including our premier course, The Classic, Minnesota's only 5-Star, Top 100 golf course- not only do we offer something for every skill level, but we offer more golf than any other Minnesota resort!

Again, thank you. You are so kind to share your experience with other travelers. We look forward to your second time at Madden's!
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Rosemount, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Visited twice in the summer staying at the cabins on Wilson Bay. For us, the accommodations at Wilson Bay could not have been any better. The AC was needed during our stays, and was very welcome. The bed comfort was exceptional.

Staff was very helpful and courteous for the most part. But, if you do not pay for the meal plans, make sure you ask questions, as it is not very intuitive. Walking into the lobby and cafe area made me feel like a second class citizen as I was not on a meal plan. Signage or more details about European plan meal options, breakfast and coffee, etc would have been helpful and inviting. It can leave you feeling "less wanted" to purchase meals. I just don't like being tied to eating all my meals in one place. I like the freedom to explore restaurants, etc. But more info about on site options, specials, features, etc would certainly inspire me to want to stay on site and indulge!

Happy Hour cruise was a nice touch.

My only major complaint is the same for most all of the resorts in the area. Poor internet access and reliability. Yes, it worked... most of the time. But speaking as a traveler who works remotely... as many people do these days... It is nice to have the flexibility and reliability of knowing you can always go online. A few stoppages and intermittent spots of downtime were prevalent in BOTH my stays. Fix this issue, and you have a quality resort.

The main lodge and lobby could use a slight makeover in a few areas, or embrace the history more by highlighting it... Otherwise it feels a bit worn and torn and sitting there unused. I would prefer the lobby areas with flat screen monitors calling out activities, vs. a board with papers all over it. It looks junky...to be honest.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cara L, Manager at Madden's on Gull Lake, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Thank you for sharing your review! We love hearing from our guests and appreciate your feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your accommodations in our Wilson Bay cabins. The Wilson Bay area is very popular with our guests and they especially enjoy the large sandy beach and amazing sunset views over Gull Lake.

Like you, so many of our guests are moving away from the meal plan to give themselves more flexibility and choice and we have enjoyed the opportunity to present a variety of dining options to our guests. We understand the desire to explore and try different things and have embraced this concept. We are sorry you did not experience this and have taken your comments to heart. We hope you will have a better dining experience with us in the future.

We recognize the importance of a strong wireless internet system, as we understand that travelers need to be connected 24/7. We apologize for the inconvenience during your stay. We are constantly making improvements and have recently made a substantial fiber and wireless antenna upgrade that has significantly improved service.

Thank you for your thoughtful suggestions for our lobby. We have many historical pieces throughout the resort, including our lobby, and are always looking for ways to honor our past and share our story with our guests.

Thank you, again, for sharing your experience. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Blaine, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The meeting space and attentiveness by the staff was excellent. The room had very comfortable beds, was clean, and had an excellent view of the lake. The property is older but that adds to the charm you don't get from a standard cookie cutter property that you find in the national chains. The staff is amazingy and everyone I encountered had a smile and was eager to assist you. I have golfed three of the four courses and the courses are great and again the staff is outstanding! The dinning is superb and and the desserts were wonderful. I am already looking forward to meeting there again next year!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Cara L, Manager at Madden's on Gull Lake, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Jeff, thank you for reviewing Madden's on Gull Lake!

Meetings at Madden's are a lot of fun because of the interaction that occurs outside the meeting room- sometimes the "meeting after the meeting" is more productive than the meeting itself! You are so kind to mention our staff- we love what we do and I'm glad that you enjoyed your experience.

Madden's has grown over the last 84 years from the historic hotel to our newest golf villas, so we offer a wide variety of accommodations in various styles. Our Food & Beverage team work hard to provide interesting and delicious offerings and our on-site scratch bakery does an amazing job of baking breads, pastries and desserts that are available throughout the property.

Thank you, again, Jeff. We look forward to hosting your meeting again, as well.
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Minneapolis
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Every year my family stays at Maddens for our family vacation. We always look forward to the friendly staff, nice accommodations, and our golf scramble on the East Course.

They know how to handle our large group at Maddens and do a really great job of making everyone happy. They even helped get us rooms that accommodated people with limited mobility. Staying on the first floor of rooms on the Madden Inn allows them to walk out right by where the golfing is.

My favorite part of vacation is sitting by the pool watching the golfers come in.

This place is a gem and if you need a little bit of time away from the cities but don't want to drive too far this is the perfect place for you.

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  • Stayed August 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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Cara L, Manager at Madden's on Gull Lake, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you for sharing your review of Madden's on Gull Lake!

We appreciate that your family visits us each year. I am so glad that we are able to accommodate your needs for those with limited mobility. Just a 2 hour drive from the Twin Cities, it's a quick trip to get to Madden's.

Thank you for your kind words for our staff, as well. We all look forward to hosting your family's get-away and golf scramble again next year!
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The Villages, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at this remote resort. The room was comfortable and as requested, our balcony overlooked the beautiful lake. My husband enjoyed playing golf on two of their four courses. He also enjoyed the bike trail. A boat ride on the lake was great and I was impressed with the beautiful homes lining the shoreline. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful. All-in-all, it was a lovely relaxing vacation.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cara L, Manager at Madden's on Gull Lake, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thank you for reviewing Madden's on Gull Lake! I'm glad your room was exactly what you were expecting and that you enjoyed some time on Gull Lake, our golf courses and bike trails. Our staff enjoy what they do and we appreciate your kind words for them. I'm happy to hear that you had a relaxing vacation and hope to see you at Madden's again!
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Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I attended a reunion of college buddies at this location. The staff was very attentive, friendly and seemed genuinely interested in the guests. The golf, and fishing was terrific and the wives raved about the spa. The food and service in the restaurant was quite good too. My room was in the golf lodge and overlooked the East golf course. The lodge was built in the 1920's and is rustic. The room was large but needed some updating. Overall a very nice experience. The lodge is about a 3 hour drive from the Minneapolis airport.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cara L, Manager at Madden's on Gull Lake, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Thank you for sharing your review of Madden's on Gull Lake! We appreciate your kind words for our staff; it means a lot to us that you enjoyed their friendliness. I am so glad that you enjoyed golfing, fishing, dining and relaxing at The Spa at Madden's!

The Madden Inn, built in the 1920s, is one of our most historic buildings, however, we offer a wide variety of accommodations ranging from our deluxe rooms, such as yours in the Madden Inn, to spacious, modern luxury suites- and all very comfortable and with a view of our golf course, gorgeous gardens or Gull Lake.

Thank you, again, for sharing your experience. We hope to see you at Madden's again!
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Address: 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Brainerd
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Brainerd
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 287
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Large resort with four golf courses, dining, spa, children's activities, tennis, croquet, watersports, miles of lakeshore. ... more   less 
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