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“Great location, in the middle of a state park”
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Giant City Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great location, in the middle of a state park”
Reviewed July 24, 2010

We stayed in a Prairie cabin with our daughter. We had a separate bedroom with king-size bed while she slept on a Murphy bed in the living area. There was a small refrigerator that worked well. The bathroom sink was outside the shower/toilet room. The cabin was clean and the furniture was in good condition. We had a small porch with a park bench, so we could sit outside and watch a thunderstorm. The outdoor pool was clean. There was a water tower with stairs to an observation deck. The lodge itself was built by the CCC. There was wireless internet access in the lodge, but the speed was very slow.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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mo
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Reviewed February 11, 2010

I've been visiting Giant City State Park and the lodge since I was a wee little kid. I've always loved the park and the old-school grandeur of the lodge. The whole place has the atmosphere of summer camp, and it's such a local tradition to go. The park structures were built by the CCC, including the Historic Cabins. Let's just say that this is the only thing that the long-time owners are banking on. The the cabins are so horrible we found ourselves laughing hilariously late at night, mainly because we could not sleep in the slouching-plywood like things they pass off as beds. Seriously. They are the worst beds ever! Someone else that was staying there said they slept on the floor instead of the bed! There were like three light bulbs out in the room, and our porch light! This is a place out it the woods for God's sake. Our particle board table kept tipping over because the base was not attachable to the top. The windows have no screens, yet they still open. The air conditioning vent was aimed right at the bed. The ice machines take quarters...and they were broken...and they were covered in moss-mildew stuff. I will say that the pool is very nice. It is surrounded by trees and rock walls. Honestly I could go on and on. Good location though! Its very peaceful at night there. If you can't sleep at night you can sit outside in one of the Adirondack chairs that they suggest you steal from the other cabins because they don't have enough of them to go around! These cabins should cost no more than $50.00 bucks a night.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

Awesome view, good rates, wildlife abundant, and beautiful trees with cliffs. What more do you want !!!!!!

Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
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Illinois
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18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2009

The location, rooms, pool, and restaurant was very nice. We were happy with our stay and enjoyed it! I just wanted to mention on thing; stay in the larger cabins, as the value was better and much more spacious. Nice stay- thanks!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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1 Thank travlin4u
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Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2009

Great stay.
We lodged in the basic cabins and they were fine for the price, and being in a state park and all. Just 5 TV stations, decent bathrooms look updated with extra heat vent and night light. Rooms were clean, and had slightly outdated state lodge look, but hey, we were roughing it. A little musty smelling. The bed closest to the air vent in the room can really get blasted when the heat or air comes on, so get ready for a breeze! We spent most of our days outdoors on the park trails, then came to the lodge for dinner and got stuffed on the pretty tasty, all you can eat family style fried chicken dinner. Good, hardy food. Only 7 bucks in March.

Lodge main building is just awesome with the old CCC constructed stone and timber look. National Geographic Adventure wrote this up as looking as if the lodge itself was airlifted from Yellowstone. They are right on! Lots of nice nooks to cozy up and read and absorb the ambience. We decided TV was not the important thing, so in the evening, we enjoyed the comfy couches on the lodge balcony, and an evening drink from the lounge. Unfortunately the restaurant, lounge and main lodge close down at 8:30 pm in the middle of March.

Most trails are fairly short but provide wonderful views of the rock formations, with one 12 miler for the trekkers. The River to River trail goes right through the park too, so you can go even longer if you like. No general store available in the park. We plan to bring our bikes next time for the roads (shucks, no bike trails) and kayaks for the very nearby lakes. If you cannot make it to the great lodges, this suits nicely.

Combine your stay with the many nearby wineries, Bald Knob cross, the Root Beer Saloon in Alto Pass, lakes and trails and you should have a pleasant experience. Did not enjoy nearby Makanda, but you may if you like incense and tie-dye.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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St Louis
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2008

My family has stayed in the cabins every year for the past 11 years and has had some of the greatest summer weekends of our lives! The setting is beautiful (in the middle of a fantastic state park). The cabins are one bedroom units that include a separate family room area with enough room to spread out and relax. Two cabin units are connected by an adjoining door in the middle if you want to stay near another cabin. We always stay for 3 nights alongside another family with kids the same age as ours and it has been the perfect scenario that allows the adults to have as much fun as the kids. Usually the kids take over one cabin and the adults take the other and we just leave the adjoining door open. The pool area is enclosed and has restroom facilities. The lodge is beautiful & the food is excellent.

Really, I feel bad saying anything negative about the place (because we've always had such a great time), but maybe someone from the lodge will read this and take the hint. We have noticed that the general upkeep of the place is slipping (ever so slightly) and it's a shame because it could be reversed. I won't go into specifics, but I'll just say that overall cleanliness and upkeep of the facilities has slipped from a 5 to a 4 on the overall scale and I'd hate to see it slip any further.

Again, this is a wonderful place to stay, but: Lodge managers, if you're listening: Please take the steps to restore your area to the top of the list again!!!!!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Slipping upkeep
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Denver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2008

We wanted to stay at Giant City Lodge because 2 other groups in our family had booked rooms there during our family reunion. We only could get one of 2 nights because of our late reservation. There was a big storm that night and we returned to the lodge the power was out in our room and surrounding grounds. We used our cell phone lights to find our way around and made it to bed. Then we discovered the smoke detector was beeping every 5 seconds because the lodge had not replaced the back up battery. We couldn't sleep and so we walked to the lodge in the dark to see what could be done. It looked empty and I was just about to grab a couch in the lobby to sleep on when the manager showed up announcing that he was just heading home. He said that he would move us to another room though we were told earlier that we got the last room! We were given a key to a cheaper cabin and we headed off to bed. The cheaper room had electricity but no running water. In the morning we ran into the manager and thanked him for giving us another room but when I asked about adjusting the price he laughed and said "you were accommodated" so basically NO, he was not going to give us any money back. We paid for a $99 room but we stayed in a cheaper room, we had no power, no water and had to move rooms in the middle of the night. I understand storms and power outages but not poor maintenance on smoke detectors or rudeness from the manager. We stayed the next night in the new Holiday Inn in Carbondale that was coincidentally the same price and much nicer (not dated, small bed and gross blankets like Giant City)! We also had power and water there!

Stayed June 2008
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2 Thank WanderV
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Property: Giant City Lodge
Address: 460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
Location: United States > Illinois > Makanda
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Makanda
Number of rooms: 34
Also Known As:
Giant City Hotel Makanda

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