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“It's Dated, But a Good Location”

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Lake Murray State Park & Lodge
Fort Worth, Texas
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“It's Dated, But a Good Location”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

The lodge is VERY dated with neon lighting in the rooms, awkward bathroom layouts, and questionable furniture. If you plan to hit the state park for the outdoor activities, you'll have a blast. If for some strange reason, you plan on spending a lot of time in the room... stay somewhere else.

The on site amenities are good. They have a lot of cheesy activities for the kids and games outside. There is a restaurant on site as well.

If you end up with two twin beds, DO NOT move the beds together. The horror of what is under the beds (where they haven't vacuumed in ages) will be burned into your memory.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We just spent 3 days/2 nights at Lake Murray and had a great time! There were several "hiccups" in the reservations and then we had a power outage, but the park staff were exceptionally nice and did their best to accommodate us.

The cabins are old and built during the WPA days, but we found them full of character and appreciated the uniqueness! Our family stayed in a larger cabin (10-person?) that was in a separate area from the others and we liked that. Bed linens and towels were provided, but absolutely nothing for the kitchen, so be prepared to bring everything from a pan to a pairing knife with you!

We enjoyed the Water Sports area and played mini golf, bought sno cones, rode water bikes and even paid to take the lake tour aboard a pontoon boat. The kids were disappointed that the water trampoline is not operating due to low water levels. (All of these are activities paid for and done through Water Sports which is a lake vendor.) We also visited Tucker Tower which was neat and a good history lesson for the kids. We tried fishing, but be fair-warned, Murray is not a good fishing lake. :(

All in all, a nice few days and we look forward to another getaway sometime soon!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Lawton, Oklahoma
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

This was our first time to Lake Murray and we absolutely loved it. We took the advice of another reviewer here on TripAdvisor and visited each of the campgrounds around the lake before choosing where to stay. Our selection criteria were based on if there was an entrance fee or not, could we find a site next to the lake, and did it have clean bathroom/shower facilities. We selected Martin's Landing on the east side of the lake. It was very clean and not crowded at all. The camp sites are large and well spaced. There are plenty of shade trees, a fire pit, picnic tables, grills, and water faucets through out the campground. There are 2 bathroom/shower facilities available. The newer of the two requires coins for the showers. Both were clean and we saw the park maintenance people come and clean them. The camp hosts were very friendly. Cost for a tent site is $12 per night. Note, we stayed Sunday night and left Monday evening. This is most likely the reason that the campground was not crowded. The lake is very clean and the campground is well maintained. We enjoyed it very much and will be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Flower Mound, Texas
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We did have a good time. It was not crowded during the week. The park staff were nice but did not have a lot of knowledge about the park. When you get to the campsite you have to set up and then pay. I brought my friend and dogs. We went hiking, swimming and camping but every trail and lake shore was lined with trash. It was constant. I wish it was cleaner.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Bowie, Texas
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We stayed here for our anniversary in a one bedroom cabin which had everything that we needed. It was very clean, had a large kitchen/dining room, full size fridge, comfortable bed and had good t.v. reception which came in handy since it stormed off and on the entire time that we were there. Has a great golf course and it was a disappointment to us that out of 3 days of reserved tee times that we were able to get in 9 holes one day only due to the bad weather. The tower was also closed and was expected to be open when we made the reservation but that is the only complaint that I can say that we have. Beautiful lake and grounds. We have hopes of returning in the early fall.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Frisco, Texas, United States
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

OK, so settle in. This will be a long one. I want to give you as much info as possible, because I didn't feel like I had answers to the things I wanted to know before we went. Hope this helps you make a better informed decision in regard to Lake Murray Lodge at Lake Murray in Ardmore, OK.

A) It's all relative. What I mean to say is this – I’ve stayed in far better “hotels” (which we are going to consider this lodge as a hotel more-or-less) for the price. The regular rooms run about $70.00/night and THE suite (and to my knowledge, there is only one – The Evergreen Suite) runs $150.00/night. I can stay in 4 star hotels elsewhere for $150.00/night. Relatively, though, this is the best room you can find DIRECTLY ON the lake, so you pay a premium for their “best”.

B) We rented both some regular rooms (with two twins in one room and a king in another), in addition to the Evergreen Suite. These rooms varied in their oldness/remodeledness/cleanliness. Some were bad and some were worse. None were “good”. The rooms were all small and cramped. Not much wiggle room in them. The last time the rooms and bathrooms were remodeled appears to be at least 20 years ago. In room 112 (two twin beds); the shower was a tiled cubicle of about 4x4’ wide. Small. Dark. Dank. The tile was very old and dingy looking. I felt sad for my Mom having to use that for her shower, so we offered to let her use our second shower in the Evergreen Suite (we had a tub-type shower – though it drained slowly – YUCK.) In the room with the King bed (146), the shower was also a tub type. When my brother went to use it to bathe my nephew, the thing didn’t drain AT ALL (double yuck). He had to go get maintenance to come snake the drain before they could even attempt to use it. The tile, grout, and fixtures were equally dingy in this room.

As for the Evergreen Suite, essentially, what you have is the last two rooms at the end of the hall connected together as one “suite”. There is a main door entry, then a small sort of entryway with a table, then two doors (one to the left and one to the right). The one to the left (both doors have an automatically locking handle – as they’re really just regular hotel rooms) is to the bedroom with a king bed, its own bathroom and a balcony. The room to the right is the “family room” (another hotel room that has a couch, small table and two chairs, desk and chair, and TV armoire instead of beds.) It also has a bathroom with a tub shower. Admittedly, though these bathrooms were cleaner looking than the “regular” rooms, they were still terribly outdated and not for the OCD type who expects their tiles and grout to be white, not gray or brown. The tub of the family room had a giant rust stain near the drain about the size of a large serving platter. Neither this bathroom, nor the one attached to the bedroom had tubs that drained properly.

There are 2 mini fridges (one in each bathroom) and a small microwave in the bedroom bathroom (picture included). There are 2 coffee pots.

The furnishings throughout the suite (with the exception of the bed and couch) were old (about 1985ish). The carpet was a very thin and worn burgundy, with noticeable stains throughout. The furniture (again, with the exception of the bed and couch), was worn and also from the 80s. The couch appears to have been replaced within the last 10 years, but is saggy and dingy from overuse. Don’t let the pictures I post deceive you. The pictures look better than it did in real life. All of the wood furnishings (the armoire, table, desk, chairs, etc.) were scratched and the varnish completely rubbed off on every edge. The two chairs that accompany the small (about 3’ in diameter) table are very rickety. I was scared to sit on them. The TVs in both rooms were tube TVs (not flat screen) and no larger than 32”, though they do have cable (about 40 channels). There IS internet in the rooms, but be aware, it is NOT wireless internet. Bring your Ethernet cable. If more than one of you wants to access the internet, you will need a splitter or hub, as there is only one Ethernet out. The internet was not high-speed, but it wasn’t dial-up speed either. It was adequate.

I’m not sure how this “lodge” even passes inspections with the state. I’m guessing because it’s a state facility, that the state inspectors turn a blind eye to certain things. There is no interior sprinkler system to speak of. You know, when you’re in most lodging facilities, they have indoor sprinkler heads in the ceiling. This lodge was built in 1949 and must’ve been grandfathered in, as there are none here. However, I’m quite certain that ALL hotels or lodging facilities MUST have a smoke detector in each room. There was one in the bedroom, but it appeared the one in the family room had been removed (there was a circle above the bathroom door that looked like the housing for it, but no device present.) This is not only a legal violation, but a safety violation to be sure.

While the “regular” rooms have lightweight, light colored curtains (that don’t allow you to sleep in past the crack of dawn), the Evergreen Suite has vertical blinds. However, there were several (about 6-7) blind slats missing from both balcony windows and NO way to maneuver the blinds opened or closed. There was no string or hanging stick or anything. So, you got half the window kind of covered. Don’t walk around unless fully clothed in your room, as those who may be outside will be able to see right into your room. Again, this is the “Suite” we are talking about.

A few positive notes (which are definitely needed): The air conditioning window units in the Evergreen Suite (and at least in room 146 where my brother and his family stayed) work GREAT. They appear to be somewhat modern and work well. Our two units (one in each room) both had remote controls to select settings (though only one of the remotes worked). We were very comfortable the entire 3 night stay, as far as coolness goes. Additionally, as previously mentioned, the king sized bed in the Evergreen Suite was very comfortable. It can’t be more than a year or two old, as it is very firm. If you don’t like firm, then this is not the bed for you. The couch was one of the more updated items and it was OK. Not as horrible as the other furnishings, but definitely not “suite” quality – but again, it’s all relative.

C) As for the lodge itself. It’s old. While there have been some renovations done over the last 60+ years since it was built, it is showing its age. As you walk down the halls, some cracks are seen in the walls. The foundation must’ve shifted a time or two, as some doors have gaps (no smaller than 1”) where the door doesn’t close properly. The gray carpet in the halls is old and worn. It feels more like walking in a hospital with low ceilings than a hotel. In the lobby there are a couple of couches and rocking chairs to sit in. There are also two large round tables that you can play cards at. One night there was a group of 6 playing poker at one of the tables. There is a TV down at the far side of the lobby with another couch. There is a TINY gift shop (that is bare bones). Not sure why they even bother with it, as there is nothing good in there. There is also a game room that has a couple of 80s style video games and 2 pool tables. We didn’t play pool, but I would assume you have to check out equipment from the front desk.

One of the frustrating things was the “housekeeping” crew. Their housekeeping cart (at least one of them) was perpetually sitting to the inside left of the entrance. You had to walk around it to take your stuff down the hall. At one point I saw an older gentleman housekeeper (perhaps the Lead) actually wiping down the base of the round family tables in the lobby. Yes, wiping down the table base. How nice is that? The first impression this might give is, “Wow, this place may be old, but at least they’re working their tails off to keep it clean and tidy.” Not. It’s a sham. They appear to be interested in keeping the lobby looking pretty decent, but the farther back into the lodge you go, the more accumulated filth you encounter. For example, I was coming up the stairs near the back by our room (146). I had my hand on the railing, as per usual. I was looking down as I climbed the stairs and I noticed that the paint had a black speckled look to it near the railing. That was odd. I stopped and looked more closely. I noticed that this was not paint, nor even dirt. What I was seeing was at least months and months’ worth of buildup of dead mosquitos and gnats. Gross. So, you get my point. While they may be all about shining up the lobby and front desk, they should spend more time throughout the lodge doing some deep cleaning.

Also, the lodge has a no pets policy. We boarded our dog before coming. However, as the place is so run down, they might as well go ahead and allow pets. Besides, it would be easy for anyone to sneak their pets in the back way if they wanted to be dishonest, which apparently someone was. I came home flea-bitten all up and down my legs. No, they were not mosquito bites. They were flea bites. I kept smashing them in our room! Yuck yuck yuck!

D) The Apple Bin café, though anything from fancy, was actually pretty decent. We ate there 3 nights and enjoyed our food all three evenings. Now, the service was not the greatest (as they only had two servers for the entire restaurant, each night.) However, the food was well-flavored and reasonably priced. I’ve taken pictures of the menu so you can get an idea of what is offered and what the pricing is. Additionally, (and I don’t know if this is all the time or just because it was Independence Day weekend), they had a buffet option. They’ll let you go in to the dining room to have a look at it before deciding if you want to order from the menu or the buffet. The buffet consists of a small salad bar (with about 12 different topping selections) and 5 other items on the main buffet. It’s usually 2 meats, 2 side items, and a cobbler of some sort. We had beef tenderloin, pork chops, sausage, cabbage wrapped baked meatloaf, barbeque beef, green beans, corn on the cob, potatoes a gratin, new potatoes, apple crisp (the best!) and peach cobbler. Everything we ate was good. The selection may not have been large, but it was tasty and well-worth the price. On regular nights the buffet was $8.99. On weekend nights (we found out simply by being charged more) the price appears to go up to $10.99 – still a good value. In our opinion, there is really no need to leave the lodge for dinner. The Apple Bin is convenient, well-priced, and tasty. Service could be improved only by quantity, not quality. The servers were nice and helpful as could be considering how busy they were.

E) The Lodge grounds are beautiful. There is a gently sloping hill directly behind the lodge that goes down to the lake. There is a pier to fish from back behind the lodge. There is also a Frisbee golf course (bring your own Frisbee). There are a couple of benches on which one can sit and enjoy the view of the lake. The trees are beautiful and provide a nice shade. One of the benefits to staying at the lodge on Independence Day weekend is that you get to simply walk out the back door to watch the fireworks show that comes up from directly across the lake. And, it’s not too crowded. They close off the entrance to the lodge at 6pm and only guests of the lodge (as evidenced by their room key), have access. This means there is ample space for everyone staying at the lodge to watch the fireworks comfortably and not have to fight any crowds. The lake FILLS with boats of all sizes that park for the show. It was a fun sight and the fireworks display lasted over 30 minutes.

F) There is a swimming pool for the lodge guests. It is directly across the parking lot from the lodge and within walking distance. They will check for your room key. The pool is a large rectangle shape and is about 4-5’ deep. It’s pretty good, though the locker/changing rooms you have to pass through to get into the pool are OLD and nasty. They’re like outdoor showers and toilets you would find in the middle of a campsite. You don’t want to change there. Try to use the restroom before you go and wear flip flops! The pool, itself, though, is enjoyable, though there is little to no shade.

G) Drive to the Turner Tower Nature Center. It was recently remodeled (2013) and is a nice, air conditioned diversion from the heat. Also, behind the Nature Center, there is a short (no more than ¼ mile walk/hike up to Turner Tower. It’s a paved walkway that has a handrail in the middle. This is not really handicap accessible, however. It’s too narrow, too steep in certain parts, and there are 5-6 stairs at the bottom of the trail (with no alternate ramp). Sorry! If you are overweight or out of shape, however, you CAN do this trail. It’s really not too much and there are a couple of benches along the path if you need to take a break. Turner Tower is also a somewhat of a museum and is air conditioned, too! Great view of the lake from the tower.

To wrap up, I would eat at the Apple Bin again, but mostly out of convenience if I were staying at the lodge. If I were staying in Ardmore, I wouldn’t necessarily drive to the lodge to eat there. However, I would NOT stay at the lodge again. I would find a bed and breakfast in town before staying here again. It needs a major overhaul and evidently, the owners or the state (not sure who owns it), are not willing to allocate funds for this. It is referred to as “rustic”. Rustic isn’t meant to be synonymous with “dirty” or “grungy”. Lots of cabins and lodges at ski slopes in Utah and Colorado are “rustic” but are nice.

You do not get the value out of what you pay – especially the $150.00/night Evergreen Suite. The ONLY plus that I can see from staying in the lodge is the Independence Day weekend fireworks show for lodge guests. Since Lake Murray is so large and you pretty much have to drive everywhere anyway (to swim, to the marina, etc.) There really is no advantage to staying at the lodge as opposed to a hotel or bed and breakfast in town.

Good luck. Hope this helps.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

My family and I went swimming for a day at the paid admission swimming beach near Elephant Rock Camp Ground. It was $4.00 for a day pass and it was so so so wonderful. We all loved it immediately. The water was just the right temperature, not murky at all....you could look down and see your legs and it was very very clean. It was a lake so there were areas that had some undergrowth but not alot. It was mostly a nice sandy bottom. The water level was rather low from lack of rain but we didnt mind that at all....we walked out almost to the middle and never got more than neck deep although there were spots that were pretty deep, we just dodged those areas. The other side of the lake was were all the boats and jet ski's were and it was entertaining to just sit in the water and let the kids play and watch the boats and skiers go by! We are planning another trip there soon already and next time we will be pitching a tent and staying the night :).....or maybe even renting one of the affordable cabins!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Lake Murray State Park & Lodge
Address: 3323 Lodge Rd, Ardmore, OK 73401-8424
Location: United States > Oklahoma > Ardmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Ardmore
Number of rooms: 108
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Lake Murray State Park Hotel Ardmore
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