We had a family reunion at Lake Murray mid Aug, 2013. It was the first time I had visited this property. We arrived late at night and were surprised to find such an old-old structure. It was approx 11pm and having driven a long distance, we were looking forward to a motor in-like environment. We did not find that. We found an old structure which gave itself away the moment you walked in..the oldness could be smelled. Because of so much use and traffic, I noted that the rugs were very dusty and as we were heading to our room (bowels of the resort) on the bottom level, there was a tiny little lizard on the stairs, acting entirely at home. I had no good thoughts that the room would be any better and it wasn't. Old, old, old. The shower was like a vault..and everything seemed old and used and cruddy. As late as it was, we slept there that night, but our first order of business was to find decent accommodations the next day. We did, in Ardmore, which was close enough to traverse to the family reunion hdqtrs (Banquet room at the Lodge) w/o too much trouble. I concluded in my mind that this property was probably built by the CCC or WPA during president Roosevelt's administration. The desk clerk confirmed that it was built by those entities during that timeframe. If now is not the time to renew/rebuild, I don't know what to say. The property and all the offerings is lovely, but the Lodge is a nightmare and I understand many of the cabins as well. I don't know about you, but to me it's critical that a property has set up some successful system whereby flora/fauna remain outside. If you are located in a place where flora/fauna/insects florish, the challenge still remains..we don't want those outside critters on the inside. Unless/until they renovate/rebuild, I'd say avoid Lake Murray until they realize that they still have an obligation to provide a clean, reasonably up-to-date, critter-free environment for paying guests to stay.
- Also Known As:
- Lake Murray State Park And Lodge
- Lake Murray State Park Hotel Ardmore