We went to Fortune Bay Casino over the long MEA weekend. While the area and the scenery were beautiful - the hotel/casino/resort were just average. The rooms were clean and the housekeeping staff did a good job keeping it clean. Bathroom was small and very basic - no frills. We traveled with a family with a handicapped child and were able to get connecting rooms - that was nice. The pool and hot tub were clean and basic - everything you would expect - nothing above and beyond. There was only one restaurant open plus the deli in the casino - so the eating choices were very minimal. The casino was very smokey and smelly - which is one reason we didn't eat at the deli inside the casino. But - the casino has large doors that separates it from the rest of the resort - which is nice since it keeps the smoke contained (must be why it is very smokey inside). I liked that the casino was two levels - and the entrance was just down the hall from our room. There were only 15 or so poker machines - many, many penny slot machines. Overall - not impressed with the casino - would have liked a little more selection of poker machines.
We would have like to take a boat out since it was nice weather and the lake was still - but the marina was closed and all the boats had been taken out for the season. They should mention this on the website - seemed a little misleading.
We went to the Wolf Center - the Bear Center - and the Soudan Mines - all three were very cool and worth the trip into Ely. Like I said before - the scenery and environment are second to none.
Overall - an average stay in an above average area of the state. I would like to come back in the summer when we can get a boat and hit a round of golf.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you enjoy gaming in our exciting casino, relaxing by our pool, fishing on beautiful Lake Vermilion, dining at one of our fine establishments, or playing our championship golf course "The Wilderness." Fortune Bay Resort Casino offers a little something for everyone. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fortune Bay Hotel Tower
- Fortune Bay Resort