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“Peaceful woodland retreat” 4 of 5 stars
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Douglas Lodge
Lake Itasca, MN   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Lake Itasca
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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“Peaceful woodland retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We were sorry to have just one night in our 'fireplace' room at the Douglas Lodge. Right on Lake Atasca and only five miles from the Mississippi headwaters this is a real peaceful break. The room was lovely and we had a covered porch. Wood supplied for the fireplace and the fire pit outside. Only downside was the little bath and no shower. Dinner in the Lodge restaurant was tasty and service was good. No dry wines though which was a little disappointing.

Room Tip: Would recommend the fireplace rooms
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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minnesota metro area
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Staying at the Lodge is a good way to see all that Itasca State Park has to offer. We found all of the park clean and well kept. It may have been the heat or the fact that it was the end of the season, we found the Lodge staff were not going out of their way to be friendly, or helpful. They had a very stern business attitude. The headwaters hike guides were very nice and fun, so that made up for it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minnesota, USA
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14 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The two room suites are very nice. You enter via screened porch that has a table and 4 chairs. There are two queen beds and sink in the bedroom. The large bathroom has tub / shower. The other room is a living room (with TV) / kitchenette, with small refrigerator, microwave, cook top, dishwasher. The kitchen has dishes, pots and pans, utensils, dishwasher detergent and dish soap. All linens and towels are provided. Very clean. Right in the park near Douglas Lodge. Our group of 4 adults stayed 2 nights. It was very convenient for everything we wanted to do in the park. We brought our food and had most of our meals here. I was very impressed with the suites and will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 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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Lexington, Kentucky
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I was traveling out west, and wanted to see the Mississippi Headwaters. I stayed for one night. The location was excellent, being within the state park. One could hike trails right outside the lodge complex.

The staff was friendly and courteous. The room was small but cozy and clean. It should be noted that the bathroom was not attached, but rather there were 3 common bathrooms on the floor, which were clean, and never busy. The bed itself was a little stiff, and creaky, but not bothersome enough from keeping me from sleeping. The room was well climate-controlled and without odor. The doors were a little thin, and I could hear a crying baby from another room, but fortunately I am an early riser, and this did not wake me up. Wi-fi was free, and was reliable.

The price was good for its location, and so I think this was an excellent value. I would stay here again in the future.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wayzata, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Wow. Just returned from trip to Itasca Park with family. We had a blast. Stayed in lodge on night 1, then had two in campground.
Lodge was super clean, our meals there were great too.
It was such a great experience all the way around. What a great get away! A must do Minnesota experience.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 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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lillesommerfugl
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stayed here for two nights, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The staff was nice and helpful. The rooms in the lodge do not have private baths, but even though the place was full I hardly ever ran across anybody in the hall when I needed the bathroom. There was always one free. Decent showers in the upstairs bathrooms.

The peace and quiet and the immediateness of nature was just what we needed.

The bed was quite comfortable and the room was plenty big for all our stuff. Nice table and chairs to lounge in and read.

The malt in the downstairs restaurant was amazing.

Room Tip: Room 8 has a bit of a view and has windows on two sides.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lenexa, Kansas
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

So it's a lovely setting but don't try to sit on the beautiful outdoor deck during certain time periods and eat because it seems to upset the whole karma of the restaurant. Inside the views can be very nice. Our dinner food was not gourmet but we did enjoy it. Our steak, chicken, and Alfredo sauce were all well prepared. There is no bar, so it's only Minnesota wine and beer. Ummm...we like Minnesota but the wine and beer were very bad. Really.
We did not stay at the lodge but took the boat ride along the lake. It was relaxing. You have a high likely hood of seeing a bald eagle and maybe a loon. Nice to have someplace to take my elderly mother who is in a wheelchair. Friendly attentive service on the boat.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lake Itasca, MN
Location: United States > Minnesota > Lake Itasca
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Lake Itasca
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Turn-of-the-century Log hotel located in Itasca State Park and overlooking the lake. ... more   less 

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