This is not a review of the restaurant, which is excellent in every way.
This is a review of the overnight lodging in the small "Historic Cabins".
It had 2 very short double beds. If you're more than 5'5" tall your feet will hang off the end..
If you like to read at night & have less than perfect vision, forget it. The cabin has 2 lamps with 40w bulbs & heavy shades. Reading at night in the main building is not an option as it was closed & doors locked from 8:30 p.m. til 8 a.m.
The HVAC has a too powerful fan & one outlet that blows directly on one of the beds, which freezes & wakes anyone in that bed several times each night in warm weather.
If you like a morning cup of coffee or tea before 8 a.m., forget it or bring your own pot, filters & coffee or tea. There is no coffee maker in the cabin, and the main building & restaurant do not open till 8 a.m..
Ice machine for guests was out of order, so no ice available when restaurant was closed 8:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Antiquated analog TV and 4 local TV stations.
No wi-fi in the cabin. Wi-fi is reportedly available in the main building which is closed from 8:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. No business center so bring your own computer.
There is a nice swimming pool, but no accommodation to hang wet suits and towels to dry anywhere in or out of the cabin.
It's not clear to me if & how it's possible to summon help in a night time emergency without a working cell phone. There's no staff on the grounds from 8:30 p.m to 8 a.m. There is a sign on the main building listing emergency phone numbers, but the pay phone has been removed. Perhaps the antiquated phone in the cabin has 911 capability...not sure about that.
If you can tolerate the above, the historic main building, restaurant & scenic surroundings are spectacular.
If you can't tolerate the above, I see on their website that there are larger cabins with more amenities. These were not known to us as we were on a pre-arranged group trip. Therefore, I also cannot give a rating on Value
- Also Known As:
- Giant City Hotel Makanda