The good news for the Grand View Lodge is they are the best of the Gull Lake options. That said, the competition isn't much and really the GVL seems happy to be "the tallest jockey"(sorry to any jockey's reading this). I recently rented a 3br cabin for my wife and three kids. We spent 4 days and 4 nights over the July 4th week. Before I list the areas of complaint/in need of improvement, there are some good things. The beach is the best of the locations on Gull, the pool is tiny but nice, and there are some employees there who understand service. Mariam at the Italian Restaurant should move to a city and run a restaurant, outstanding! and Jason at the front desk put forth a valiant effort to make our stay good (he got us a dinner reservation after I brought most of this to his attention) and Cosmin on breakfast duty was the only one in the lodge for breakfast who knows what service is!.
BUT, here is what you need to know before you go: the cabins are old (the dirt on the edges of the bed frames was deep and plentiful), they have three shuffleboard areas and only broken discs so you can't play (take some of my $900 a night and drive to target for a new set...an easy fix but indicative of the lack of effort put forth throughout the hotel), bocce didnt have the balls either, the pool towels are barely more than hand towels (think two star hotel here), we were awoken day 1 by the lawn mowers at 8:15 am outside our room and day 2 (after a late July 4th night) by the leaf blowers also shortly after 8am. Our family of 5 sat at a table for 4 with a table jammed on for breakfast and could only hope to get some coffee (I like others guests lined up at the kitchen door in hopes of garnering the privilege of finding some coffee...the last day I was brought a luke warm pot from a table that had left...think two star effort but at least there WAS an effort!!). And as of 5pm one day our cabin had not been made up when we were trying to make a 5:30 dinner. Jason had them there at 9am the next day with a team of 5 though!
But let me finish as remember I was there for four days: my 10 year old went on the banana float ride on the lake but the boat broke down so he bobbed around for 15 of his 30 minutes with no guidance from the girl running the boat. Luckily he didnt fall off becuase when we were tubing a boy feel off another boat but the boy driving that boat didnt see so our boat needed to go get him. I can't fathom how in this litigous time they don't have a driver and a spotter on a boat (but they do have these rides where other facilities don't).
On our final morning a very grumpy lady came out of the tennis office to badger me about playing tennis at 8am with one of my children. She said the courts were reserved for lessons. Well, when we left at 9am no one was using anyone of the four.
I could list more hopefully this will be helpful to you. And before you book, there are two things to note (and you can read my many reviews and I am generous with ratings when deserved), this is a two star plus or three star establishment where service is performed to the minimum in the employee job description and the facilities won't be what you thought you were getting if you are thinking 5 star (which at their price point some of you reading this may be)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Create a lifetime of memories at Grand View Lodge Golf Resort and Spa, located along the beautiful shores of Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN. The Historic Grand View Lodge offers deluxe accommodations, exceptional dining, 45 holes of championship golf, the world-class Glacial Waters Spa, full-service meeting, events and wedding facilities, and activities galore on 2,500 feet of beautiful sandy beach. Grand View's lodging facilities are immaculate, convenient and comfortable, accommodating up to 900 people. Spread across several hundred acres, Grand View provides the maximum privacy, enjoyment, and scenic views for guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand View Hotel Nisswa