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Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Some Pros & Some Cons”
Reviewed August 17, 2011

We returned from our 3 night stay from Lake Rudolph today. The ground staff at the resort were very friendly and helpful. They were visible, and for that reason we felt safe. The pool was clean and well maintained, and the play areas for kids were a big hit. We liked having the Shuttle service to Holiday World was super convenient, and runs frequently. However, there was some cons too....first, let me say we camp ALOT so we know what to expect in campgrounds.....the family cabin that we stayed in fell below my expectations...for several reasons. First, the was an ant infestation, yeah I know when you camp there are going to be bugs..but this was ridiculous. They were everywhere in the kitchen, and we ended up keeping our food in the sterilite containers we brought, outside. This defeated the purpose of upgrading to the cabin to have cabinet space. Secondly, the cabin could have been cleaner...there was alot of dust..clearly visible under the beds, mold around the shower doors etc. The cabins were so close to the road which would have been ok but that was where the fire ring was too...so if you have very young children..not only do you have to keep them away from the fire ( which you expect if you have a fire) but also from the road. We ended up having to stay in more than we liked because of the road and traffic. The most upsetting thing however was the explicit grafitti on the loft ceiling. I went upstairs to check it out it looked OK, but did not lay in bed and look at the ceiling until my five year old started giggling. I went up and was mortified at the pics previous guests had drawn there...it is called a FAMILY cabin. I taped paper over it--if the management could not remove it they could have at least blacked it out. We discovered this at night and did not feel like moving again with 3 little kids so we covered it up as best we could. Sooooo please if you have children and our booking a cabin you may want to specifically request a clean ceiling??!!?

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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LakeRudolph, Public Relations Manager at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, responded to this review, March 15, 2012
We apologize your experience with us what no what you expected.

We have addressed the pest control issues by employing a service and our housekeeping staff is also treating each rental when cleaning. I have sent the housekeeping issues that you mentioned to our manager.

Could you please let me know which cabin number you stayed in. I will have maintenance and/or housekeeping address the graffiti on the ceiling. I apologize for that.

Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention.

Laura Barker
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2011

First, let me start off by saying this was my first experience staying in an RV. When we arrived, the first impression I got was dirty. There was mildew all over the sides of the RV. The inside was dirty and just not comfortable. You are very close to your neighbors and can hear every little thing that's going on in their cabin, especially if they are rowdy. Next time we will stay in a hotel. Holiday World/Spashin Safari was great and my two boys loved it.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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LakeRudolph, Public Relations Manager at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Thank you for reviewing Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. We apologize that the cleanliness of your RV and your experience here was not what you expected.

I have passed your comments onto our management staff, including our housekeeping manager for further review.

Thank you,
Laura Barker, PR/Web Media Coordinator
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Indiana
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed 2 nights in cabin 236. For the COST: We were disappointed in the cabin itself as it was very dirty. Dust and cob webs everywhere. The ceiling fan had at least a quarter inch of dust on it. Also,it was SMALL. But, we anticipated that. What we did not anticipate was how uncomfortable the queen size bed would bed. It was like sleeping on the the floor, perhaps worse. INVEST IN NEW MATTRESSES!
On the positive side, the camp ground was quite nice and security was everywhere we felt very safe while we were there. The shuttle to Holiday World was the best feature.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Sarah S
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LakeRudolph, Public Relations Manager at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
Thank you so much for your review. We sincerely apologize that the cleanliness of your cabin was not up to par. This does not meet out standards of quality.

I have passed your comments onto the appropriate management staff, as well as our housekeeping manager. Please accept our apology for this inconvenience and we hope that you'll give us another chance.

Thank you,
Laura Barker, PR/Web Media Coordinator
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Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2011

We had a nice stay at Lake Rudolph this past July while visiting Holiday World. We rented a king-sized RV for our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids), and my brother & sister in law. We had also planned on taking another child with us, but those plans were cancelled. The room & half bath in the King bed my brother & his wife had was very spacious. The room the rest of us shared had a Queen-size bed with a single bunk built right above where one would normally rest your head, and then triple bunks on the wall at the foot of the bed. With just the 4 of us, it was pretty cramped -- I can't imagine how it would have been if we had actually brought another child with us to sleep in the room.

One of the triple bunks is practically on the floor -- not an ideal sleeping space. The uppermost bunk was ok -- just a little head room -- but there's no ladder to get on it. You have to climb on the Queen bed just to get on & off of it. Same thing with the bunk above the "head" of the Queen bed -- the person would have to get on & off by stepping on the Queen bed.

The sofa in the living room was a pull-out, which was a surprise since it's not noted on the website that there is a pull-out. Once I saw the "mattress" on the pull-out, I could understand why Lake Rudolph wouldn't want to promote having a pull-out. It was nothing more than a foam mattress and a very thin one at that. I think Lake Rudolph would benefit by installing higher quality mattresses in the pull-outs, and instead of having a triple bunk in the King Size RV, just have a double set with some sort of ladder to get to the top bunk.

The grounds were very clean, the store had more that I imagined it would (although be prepared as they have a ton of toys & junk for kids). The mini-golf course looked a little rough -- could use a facelift. But it's free, so it's hard to complain about it.

We didn't get a chance to use the pool, but it looked wonderful.

Registration was quick & easy -- the staff was really on the ball & processed everyone quickly.

The free wi-fi was nice, but would only work while in the general living area of the RV.

In general, it was a good stay... a great place to go w/ a group of people.
We did rent a golf cart for roaming around in, but it's certainly not necessary. The shuttle taking your directly to the front door of Holiday World has multiple stops throughout the RV park, so you can simply use the shuttle to get to Holiday World or around the TV park.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2011

We rented a cabin for 2 adults and 5 children ages 6,8,10,11,and 12. Everyone had so much fun the cabins are very clean and the staff is really friendly. We had a problem in the bathroom and maintenance fixed it almost immediatly. We stayed for 3 nights and there were plenty of beds for everyone. The purpose of our trip was to visit Holiday World and the campground had stuttles to take us there that ran every 10-15 minutes. We rented a golf cart one day and had so much fun exploring the place, especially at night! One night they had a movie in the Pavillion, the next they had a parade of golf cars that people decorated with glow sticks and random things. They have a shop with many different flavor icecreams that are only 2 bucks a piece near the pool area That was really fun to go to at night. There is a playground next to it so the kids stayed up eating icecream and playing on the playground under the stars :)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank krispeajasbri
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LakeRudolph, Public Relations Manager at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Glad you had a great time!

Thank you,
Laura Barker, PR/Web Media Coordinator
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Independence, Kentucky
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2011

This is a very nice campground. We pulled our travel trailer in (spot 7-D) and had a nice level pad with a good amount of shade.

The campground is very clean and there are even people that monitor the grounds in "security" golf carts.

The shuttle to and from Holiday world is very convenient.

We wanted to rent a golf cart but they were all out when we got there. I will reserve one next time.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2011

We stayed near the lake/camp store in our RV with 2 adults and 2 kids (6 years old). We really enjoyed our stay, very nice camp ground. Here are some things I haven't read about:
1. My kids love to bike around, they still did but there are a lot of hills and they had to walk their bikes up a few of them.
2. Bathrooms: After a long day at Holiday World we were so looking forward to taking a shower. Women's bathroom showers near the camp store had 4 showers, 2 of the shower heads were terrible and the smell of mold was overwhelming. I wish they would power wash the bathroom with bleach and fix the shower heads and then it would have been great!
3. There is a good grocery store close to the campground, but if you are looking for a Wal-Mart (or similar) you are going to have to drive, so bring everything you need.
4. There is a "security" cart that drives around, nice to see.
5. They pick up your trash daily if you leave it out in front of your site.
7. Most people rented a golf cart, but we love to bike and walk so we were fine. I could see where it could be necessary if your site was far away from the pool or showers and you didn't have bikes.
8. Everyone was very friendly!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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4 Thank Living_n_KW
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LakeRudolph, Public Relations Manager at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
Thank you for posting a review about your stay at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. We apologize about the condition of the bathhouse and thank you for bringing it to our attention so it may be attended to.

Your comments have been passed onto our management staff.

Thank you,
Laura Barker, PR/Web Media Coordinator
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Additional Information about Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort

Property: Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
Address: 78 N Holiday Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579-8500
Location: United States > Indiana > Santa Claus
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Santa Claus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 502
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the great outdoors by staying at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Indiana. Voted one of the top ten favorite parks in North America and a two-time National RV Park of the Year, Lake Rudolph is the closest lodging and camping to Holiday World Theme Park & Splashin' Safari Water Park. Multiple family lodging options include over 270 Vacation Rentals (Cabins, Cottages & Rental RVs), and nearly 230 full hookup RV Sites and Tent Sites, including over 100 paved sites. Family fun amenities including Santa's SplashDown WaterPark, the giant Blitzen Bay swimming pool, playgrounds, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, fishing, paddleboats, kayaks, gem mining, mini golf, game room, camp store, Blitzen Kitchen Ice Cream & Pizza, family activities, and much more. Lake Rudolph is the perfect solution for your getaway! ... more   less 
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