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Grand View Lodge
23521 Nokomis Ave, Nisswa, MN 56468   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Nisswa
Woodbury, Minnesota
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9 hotel reviews
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“great adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

this is a beautiful resort not very far from the Twins City that makes you relax at the moment that you frive in the entrance.A woody area with beautigul cabins that you can rent or buy it. The main building makes you feel wellcome and the attendance too. The emmployees are there for you all the time and are very friendly. The cabin was big, beautiful and very quiet. hHave beautiful trails that you can just walk, run or just look the suroundings. You can walk close to the lake or seat and relax. You can warm food at the cabin, sit close to fire place and relax.

Room Tip: Depending on how many are coming with you you can get a great cabin.
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We were looking for a quiet, relaxing, romantic getaway for the weekend. My husband golfs at Grandview every summer with guys from work so he called Tim Bauman and told him what we were looking for. Tim assisted him and booked us a cabin on Roy Lake. The cabin exceeded our expectations and we had a fabulous time. It was so much nicer than going to a hotel for the weekend.

Very easy check-in. The staff told us to call if we needed anything at all--even a bag of ice. We did end up calling when we couldn't get the gas fireplace started and someone came out right away. A very easy fix that took one minute.

Did not have great weather but we will definitely be back when we can hopefully enjoy a clearer lake view right from our cabin. The cabin was exactly as pictured and we were quite cozy listening to the rain in front of our fireplace. We highly recommend!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Chicago
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Wife and I went to Grand View Lodge for first time end of Sept using the free golf package....4 days/4 nights. It could not have been a better, getaway vacation. The Great: (1) our cabin (129 on Gull Lake). Quiet, on the beach, warm during nights of 30 degrees, perfect size. I was afraid close to the water it would be too rustic, mildewy, but it was neither. Might be noisy during summer when kids are plentiful, but not in Sept. Also, very close to nightly bonfire on beach. (2) Friendliness of staff. From waiters at Northwoods Pub (one personally got us ice for our room after dinner at the pub) to the female who did the complementary bike ride (can't remember her name), to staff at morning buffet, to the guy who rented us the pontoon boat, everyone was extremely helpful and friendly. Example, when I was trying to figure out what time we would be back in the afternoon to p/u the pontoon boat, and I asked the guy at the pool, when he would be back after lunch, his answer was, "Sir, it's all about you. Whatever works for you, I'll be here." Refreshing! The Good: Golf. We played the Preserve Golf Course. Beautiful course. I asked Danny at the pro shop if there was anyway my wife and I could play as a twosome, and he didn't flinch. He put us between two foursomes by ourselves. Again, refreshing. The Not good: The Jacuzzi bath in the cabin....don't think the hot water heater was big enough to heat the water as hot as my wife likes it, but it was still okay. Seriously, that is my only Not Good. Everything else was perfect. Only thing I might change is I might check into renting a boat from one of the outside boat shops, only because the pontoon boat Grand View provided showed it's age. I initially wanted a runabout boat, but boat guy (I think his name was Mark) mentioned Grand View's runabouts require a person to drive the boat. He then instantly mentioned he would personally call one of the outside boat places and have them deliver a boat to Grand View if we still wanted to get a runabout w/o a driver. Refreshing. One last vision of Grand View Lodge....second morning there, I went out on our porch with my Kindle. 5 minutes into my reading, a squirrel ran by the porch with a marshmallow in it's mouth. (Along with setting up the bonfire every night with fresh wood, the staff also puts out marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers and metal skewers on the picnic table for s'mores). 45 seconds later, another squirrel ran by with, yes, drum roll, a full sized, still wrapped Hershey's bar in its mouth. Too answer your question, I never saw the third squirrel run by with the graham cracker.
That, is Grand View Lodge.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Richfield, Minnesota
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40 hotel reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

My wife and I were just married at Grand View in October. First and foremost they have the greatest wedding coordinator/planner/mastermind/friend, Maggie. No words to describe how much we enjoyed working with Maggie over the past year and half of planning. Highest marks possible for the service she provides.
The resort is such a beautiful place; the main reason we picked the location for our wedding. Our families stayed at the Roy Cottages and my wife and I stayed in the Roy Cabins. Both are very new and beautiful buildings.
The reception that we held at Grand View was definitely not the most expensive they are capable of hosting, but all our guests continue to rave about the location, service and the food. My good friend just called to talk about how good the salmon was???
My wife and I look forward to several return visits in the future. It will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

Room Tip: It is hard to beat the Roy Cottages and Cabins, but we have also stayed in the Golf Condos on The Pi...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Just returned from staying there for three days to kill time while my kids school had five ridiculous days off from school for MEA. We arrived after what was apparently a very busy weekend to discover that most of the resort had shut down despite GV still charging premium prices for one of their condos. Only one restaurant was open, had to call around the resort to find someone to open up the (very nice) pool and waterslide so the kids could use it...twice we were shut out. Staff was no where to be seen. Condo was nice as to be expected from GV, but a summers worth of use was clearly on display: broken chairs, dirty carpet, grimy bathroom. SPA was great.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Minnesota
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Grand View Lodge. We happened to go over MEA weekend so there were kids EVERYWHERE but GVL had lots of activities to keep them busy and out of our hair. We had a great casual meal at the Northwoods Pub in the basement of the lodge. The weekend buffet breakfast was delicious and had all of the traditional breakfast foods. The continental breakfast on Monday was decent but not quite what we were hoping for.

The Glacial Waters Spa on the resort property was amazing! The prices are pretty steep but you're paying for a true relaxing spa experience. I recommend going early and spending some time with a good book in the relaxation room sitting by the fire and sipping some coffee or tea. The services I received were top notch. Don't let the prices scare you here, it's worth it to splurge on a service or two! After your services are done the locker room is loaded with products and styling tools that you can use to get yourself ready. The whole experience was fabulous!

My husband golfed at the Pines and thoroughly enjoyed it. He said the greens and grounds were impeccably kept.

We stayed in a duplex cabin that was perfect for us. It had a mini fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker. There was a wood burning fireplace that we attempted to use but we never really got a good raging fire going. Next time we go we're doing to bring a couple of Duraflame logs from home and a big box of matches. We had a view of the lake and were just a short walk from the Lodge (which is adorable and historic).

We would recommend Grand View Lodge to anyone looking for a north woods getaway. There is enough to do there to keep anyone busy - couples, families, etc.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Fargo, North Dakota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

While the main lodge is historic and grand, the condos are awesome. The golf courses are very nice, the grounds are wonderful, and I have no regrets in booking this place. There is so much to do in the area, great food, fun shopping, golf with a bit of a challenge, a little fun for everyone. I would highly recommend this as a destination, and if you are in to golfing, their golf 'packages' are a terrific bargain. You will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: The condos are very quaint, stone fireplaces, great views!
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Additional Information about Grand View Lodge

Address: 23521 Nokomis Ave, Nisswa, MN 56468
Location: United States > Minnesota > Nisswa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Nisswa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious and historically recognized resort located on Gull Lake with five restaurants, three tournament-level golf courses, impeccably kept grounds and superb service. ... more   less 
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