This lodge was built by CCC in the 1930's Definitely rustic but clean and very special with all the activities in the state park. And the chicken dinner in the lodge restaurant was as good as advertised!
The season opening did not disappoint. Large expertly prepared entrees, appetizers and sides. Food and service are outstanding. Definitely a location not to be missed. An Illinois "best in class." Our favorite and in a beautiful state park.
Beautiful lodge and park. Our family stayed here for a mini vacation in one of the older cabins and there was plenty of hiking trails, swimming, and town close enough to travel to for lunch. We did not try the restaurant at the lodge but seen people coming to the lodge only for dinner so I 'm guessing it was good. The room was big enough for two adults and two teenage boys. The cabin we stayed in was nice.
Stayed in prairie cabin; too much space for a couple. Better for family. We probably should have reserved a smaller one, except our friends came along. However, the cabins overlooking the bluff looked amazing, but two beds in the same room made it difficult to share with friends. We shared adjoining cabins instead with friends, which worked great for hanging out at night; adjoining doors opened. Kind of strange last night when friends were gone and new folks were so close. Fear could get some noisy folks very close. Great location to Wine Trail, hiking, ... about 40 minutes from camping Cache R, biking Tunnel Hill. Beautiful forest. Lodge could use a lot of work... like you have a beautiful setting- open the doors, create a patio, ... Very hardy food; ate dinner one night. Ordered prime rib, med rare. Came well done; sent back; came seared- beyond rare second time! Got some beers comped, but overall, chef can’t cook prime rib??!!! And way too much salt on everything! Wait staff couldn’t have been nicer, however! Open some windows, put bar in the light, create s patio, partition the dining room so when it’s not full (it’s huge), it’s cozy.... not sure if you all are making so much money, you don’t care OR you just don’t realize how you could make the place so much better. Provide some shampoo and conditioner in the cabins pleeease; that was so ridiculous! Never went to a place with linens, coffee maker, towels, soap and no shampoo!! That is crazy when there are no stores in the area!! And this is a gorgeous park; wonderful get away. Could even be a spa. So, we’re coming back to the area, but not here. Beautiful park. But you could make it so much nicer- better blankets, shampoo, cozier areas, oh and when it’s 50 degrees, put on the fire places. While I’m writing this the TV doesn’t work- just sayin!…
We were visiting from San Diego and my husband wanted to sample some southern friend chicken. All of our relatives were in agreement that Giant City Lodge was hard to beat, and we agreed. To top it off, it was unlimited on the chicken and the eight side dishes on the family meal! Green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, dumplings, biscuits, etc., were all delicious. Beware of being so stuffed you can barely walk afterward! We ate until we nearly popped.