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Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Angola
Huntley, Illinois
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great relaxing trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed at this resort the week after July 4th to attend a family reunion. We had the opportunity to stay in the old hotel section and the new "horseshoe" section. The old section of the hotel has small rooms which can feel a bit cramped at times, the new rooms in the horseshoe section of the hotel are quite spacious and have a nicer feel to them.

The amenities on site are excellent. A gift shop, a cafe, and a restaurant. We found the gift shop helpful for some small items we left at home. The cafe was perfect for sandwiches at lunch, or ice cream as a snack. The onsite restaurant has both a buffet and menu items to order from, we found the buffet to be overpriced unless you are REALLY hungry. Often times the buffet contained items you could order directly from the menu... so if you take a gander at the buffet and like the look of the meatloaf, order from the menu for a few bucks cheaper. For breakfast, the buffet seemed to be better priced along with the menu items.

As for activities, we spent most of our days relaxing on the beach or under the shade of the nearby trees. There are also great hiking trails all around the park to explore. The nearby town has anything that civilization can provide.

Overall a nice place and one that my family returns to year after year for our reunion.

Room Tip: If you like spacious rooms, stay in the newer horseshoe section of the Inn
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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East Lansing, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

Service was superb, very friendly and helpful. Even sent an anniversary card...

But, beds were way too soft. Backache for two days course we have a Sleep number bed at home.

Really enjoyed the hummingbirds!

Room Tip: Rooms in historic section much more interesting and better view of the lake if you ask for lake view...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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holmes6
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

I've stayed here once in the fall and once in the summer. I love camping, so the fact that it feels like a campground, but with real beds/bunk-beds is a treat for me. The meals are a bit overpriced, but it's nice to sit in the cabin-like dining room, overlooking the lake. The lake is very shallow. In this respect, it's great for kids and also has a jungle gym adjacent. There's a fantastic hiking trail through the wetlands and bike rentals that are good for the family or singles vacation. The outlets are so close, as well as some nice restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Gypsy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

I have been staying here for the past 40+ years and consider it my second home. I have been to around 60 countries and stayed in countless hotels and this place for the money is as good as it gets. The rooms are pretty much like a motor hotel, but always clean and spacious (as long as you get in the new part of the hotel "Horseshoe". Friendly staff who usually help out in every way they can.

The lake is gorgeous and the toboggan in the winter is a blast.

Room Tip: Stay in the "Horseshoe"
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

We were on a cross country road trip and it was getting to the evening hour when we look for a hotel. We had stopped at the Indiana welcome center and saw an ad for the Potowatami Inn in the guidebook. Since we like to avoid chain motels and restaurants when we can find charm, we thought we would give it a try. We are so glad we did.

It is inside the Pokagon State Park, so we were obligated to pay the park fee - something like $5-7. We arrived at the Inn, and it was charming in an old-style campy way. Reminded me of summer camp. It was calm, the staff was nice and welcoming, and the setting was rustic and lovely. The rooms were basic, but nicely decorated and clean. It was good value for the money - about the same as a Comfort Inn but with more personality. We ate dinner and breakfast in their dining room - the same comments. Basic food and service, but homey and nice and not too expensive. You could not get wine or a cocktail, as it is a state park.

We would definately stay there again - it has a nice charm and is close to the Interstate. Cute gift shop too, with all sorts of woodland kitsch items.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

The inn is on the shore of a natural lake in northeast Indiana. The setting is attractive and there are boats for rent and a small man-made beach. Inside there are many areas for quiet conversation and socializing. Service is Indiana friendly. New Yorkers may be put off at being greeted as "honey" and "dear" but that's their problem. Here in the sticks we take more offense at "Good evening, sir" in a fake French accent. The dining room has a limited menu but everything we had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner was very good. No beer, wine, or liquor is available. This is a historic hotel with some new additions. Our room in a new wing was quite adequate with comfortable but not luxurious beds. The water supply was a little quirky, but the temperature was stable and there was plenty of hot. Can't comment on the historic rooms, but I tend to make allowance in exchange for history. Guests at the inn tend to be an older crowd, but there are plenty of kids around.

  • Stayed June 2012
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ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012

Just a weekend getaway, which we have been to before. The Inn is so nice and quiet. The dining room is rustic and plenty of room outdoors to take hikes,bike rides, horse back rides, and camping. This is just a wonderful place to go if you want to be busy or not. Plus the food is great!

Room Tip: Historic rooms are smaller, but nice. We like the back side of the Inn because you have a lake view...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center
Address: 6 LN 100A Lake James, Angola, IN 46703
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Location: United States > Indiana > Angola
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Angola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center is located in beautiful Pokagon State Park, on the shores of pristine Lake James, one of Indiana's largest lakes. Visitors will enjoy acres of outdoor recreational opportunities and all modern amenities. A historic structure, the Inn opened to the public in 1927. Many renovations and additions have added the modern conveniences that today's guests expect while preserving the historic importance of the Inn. The Inn features two restaurants. The Historic Dining Room is housed in the original historic section of the Inn and features a full menu and buffet service certain nights along with a bountiful Sunday Brunch. The Courtyard Cafe is a seasonal outlet that features quick service foods, our fresh baked pizza and ice cream. Guests can enjoy any one of the Inns many amenities including our craft room, where kids of all ages can create souvenirs to take home with them. Or if you are looking for a quiet place to read or do a puzzle in front of the fireplace, you can try the library or the Lonidow Lounge. Of course, the most popular amenity is the 1,600 acre Pokagon State Park with its miles of hiking and biking trails and not one, but two beaches. And don't think that we go dormant in the winter, from Thanksgiving weekend through the end of February the weekends come alive with the opening of the Toboggan Run which features two quarter mile refrigerated toboggan tracks that can reach speeds of 35 to 40 miles per hour! Come enjoy the Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center, Indiana's year round playground! ... more   less 
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