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“Deer in the headlights”

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French Lick Springs Villas
Stuart, Florida
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80 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Deer in the headlights”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Early the morning we left, as we were dropping off the keys, our headlights revealed two large, beautiful deer standing calmly and waiting for us to take their picture! This was a wonderful way to say good-bye as we headed back to Florida. We're sorry that someone had such a disastrous stay, but we found this resort clean, neat, comfortable, and enjoyable in every way. The Jacuzzi and sauna in the downstairs bathroom provide a place to relax, unwind, and reminisce about the day's adventures. French Lick and West Baden Springs are small towns snuggled together in a very pretty setting in southern Indiana. The Villas themselves are attractive from the outside and positively huge on the inside. The furnishings are used but in good repair and the décor is quite attractive. The staff is friendly, helpful, and quick to give tips on ways to obtain better service from your cell phone and laptop if you've brought them. We looked at some of the hotel rooms at the neighboring resort and casino, and although their furnishings were newer and more modern we definitely ended up with the better deal. We stayed for a week in Building 1, directly across from the Resort and have nothing but fond memories of a very nice stay.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

I have been trading timeshare weeks for 20-years and this is the largest unit we have ever stayed in. We were out in bldg. 2 which is directly behind French Lick Resort. Not all the buildings have easy access to the hotel. The rest are located high above the side of the hill and not walking convenient. What units have you stayed in that has your own 2-person hit sauna? Jacuzzi size spa tub. The fireplace is beautiful and yes you have to buy your own $2 logs now but so what. The hotels next door at Baden Springs are going for $300 a night for a hotel room. And the Internet was fine using my hot spot. Besides your on vacation, get off the computer and thrown on your sneakers and explore the area! If you are looking for large unit to spend time with family, cook and enjoy the French Lick Resort & Casino then I highly recommend this place! Yes the units are dated but they are clean and everything works as it should.

Stayed April 2014
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2014

We traveled as friends in December 2013 and agree with other travelers that this resort is VERY outdated and of the poor quality. Unit was not ready and major appliances did not work. Lamp bulbs are burned, cockroaches and lady bugs' dried are on the floor in every room, floors are not vacuumed, blankets with holes, sink does not drain, heating was broken, the receptionists are grumpy, manager was absent from 2 pm every day and seems did not care about everything. This is the list of problems, you name it. In the area there is nothing to see or to do (if you re not interested in gambling). No acceptable not expensive places to eat. The indoor pool was good, but it closes at 6pm!! The "hot" tub was only 83F hot (lukewarm) for days and maintenance was unable to fix it. So if you want things to work there you need to be prepared to spend all your vacation on fixing and resolving issues. Disappointing experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Travelers are raving about these French Lick hotels

Farmer City, Illinois
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122 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2014

We stayed at the french lick spring villas in Jan of 2013. Check in was painless, although one lady seemed kinda grumpy. We stayed in Building one which is closes to the French Lick Resort. The first thing I noticed after entering the condo, was it smelled like smoke, and was dated. Since Jan 1, of this year, they are all non-smoking, but the damage is done. With the carpets everywhere, and the smoke..I was not that impressed initially. You have to pay for internet service if you want reliable internet service. We were able to get it sometimes from the French Lick Resort. You are given ONE log a day for the fireplace, and if you want more..you need to buy it. We went back to the check in area, and asked for air freshner, and they did give us some. We also bought a candle, and air freshners, and it did help. Since you are staying there you have access to the French Lick Resort, and its offerings. Plenty of restaurants in the area, and I recommend Porky's bbq in Paoli, and Haggens at the Golf Course. The tours are pretty neat if you like the history of the place. The pool and workout area are nice and clean, but the hours suck. It closes at six. The whole place needs attention on the inside, but hey....for the budget conscious, it will do. It was nice and clean. Mattresses were ok..but the pillows sucked in my opinion. Kitchen was staffed very nice, and had everything you need. Would I go back....ya..probably...as long as the smoke smell could be fixed. If you are wanting glitz and modern..this is NOT the place.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Dillsboro, Indiana
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26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

We were looking forward to a simple, working getaway... But the internet service at the villas was so poor we were forced to check out two days early to go home.

Internet not important to you?
The condo unit was spacious, but outdated. The master bedroom was nice and big, the mattress was ok, but the pillows were pretty uncomfortable. The mattresses in the other bedroom were horrible. There were ants in the downstairs bathroom.

Are you looking forward to just sitting in front of the fireplace?
You are only allowed to have one fireplace log per day.

Hoping for a friendly word at the check-in desk?
Don't hold your breath.

That's all I'm going to say about that...

Stayed December 2013
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Louisville
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here week of 12/13 and combined with a trip on polar express and snow tubing at Paoli. We only live 1.5 hours away but feels much further when you're here. Got some great family pics with decorations at main resort. Very magical place for 3, 5 and 6 year olds.

Beautiful town with tons to do. Will be back in summer too.

Although dated, our condo (bldg 18) was very clean, comfortable and spacious. My grandchildren are loving it. Huge tub they swim in each night-haha. Have seen deer each evening right outside our unit. Kitchen is well stocked (expect mixed matched bowls, etc). No complaints here.

Stayed December 2013
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Wooster, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2013

This [place was the worst place ever. Delapidated kitchen old worn smelly cabinets. stinky carpet. hard squeaky matresses. In its day it was probably a nice place but it is oVER THE HIHLL.. Needs complete renovation from top to bottom. From my viewpoint nobody is buying so theres no money to work with however they just put a beautiful swimming pool they just put in. Whats with that?? They need to update the units...We had a bad leak while we were there . It was around the fireplace. After the water leaked in the whole unit smelled like a swamp. We will NEVER go there again. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone....

Room Tip: nothing to add. Horrible place
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: French Lick Springs Villas
Address: 8718 W State Road 56, French Lick, IN 47432-9366
Location: United States > Indiana > French Lick
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in French Lick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — French Lick Springs Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The French Lick Villas are adjacent to the magnificent, historic French Lick Springs Hotel.Guests in the villas enjoy all the amenities of the resort at a discount rate; three championship 18 hole golf course's indoor/outdoor tennis courts, year around swimming pools, fitness center, horse back riding,bowling alley,full service luxury spa and salon featuring the fomous mineral baths. Guest can also take in many downtown attractions; casino, numerous restaurants,shopping,water park,indoor karting,miniature golf&lazer tag,four screen theater, zip lines& ATV rides ,railway,and the nearby beautiful 8,800-acre Patoka lake. The villas are located in the heart of French Lick's many attractions. ... more   less 
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