I booked a Queen Suite, which is located on the 3rd floor where the dormer windows are - mistake. The only window in the large room was the tiny dormer (it was filthy), and the view was of tree branches and leaves, which made it dark. The room could have used a good spring cleaning (not just a quick make-up) - dirty light shade with dead flies, the filthy small window, hair spray all over the bathroom wall, miscellaneous bits and pieces on the floor behind the couch that we had to turn 90 degrees in order to watch tv (hence the reason I noticed). The room did have a small fridge, microwave and coffee maker - all of which were clean as was the bed. The hallways are narrow and scary looking with dirty carpeting and institutional looking beige paint. The carpet in our room was also spotted. Perhaps the rooms that overlook the parking lot are nicer - although the 3rd floor only has these depressing little dormer windows on either side.
The front desk staff were not very friendly and did not greet us with smiles when we arrived - but did allow us to check in a few hours early. When we checked out there was a younger gal there who had a big happy smile and was very pleasant.
The swimming pool and rec center were quite nice and we enjoyed sitting by the inn pool enjoying a drink - since our room was not very pretty to spend the daylight hours in. The trails looked very well maintained and if you are a hiker, I'm sure you'd be in heaven. The little falls is worth a look.
The food at the Inn was mediocre at best with the usual buffet suspects. The patio room (part of the dining room) was a nice place to eat as all the big windows give you a great view of the birds at the feeders - windows here were pretty clean.
The internet worked fine in our 3rd floor room which did surprise me as it was pretty far from the front desk - so they must have good IT people here. The lounge area was not overly cozy, although there were some comfortable chairs to sit in. The free coffee was virtually hidden in the game room and hard to get at, hiding behind a video machine beside a very visible soda machine. Who would imagine coffee being hidden in a kiddie type game room??? Oh well perhaps they are trying to save $$. The lounge would have looked more inviting if the coffee had been put there.
For $116 a night, I definitely expected a little more. I love the Potawatomi Inn in Pokagon State Park, and the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park - but this one was a let down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful scenery, gracious staff and history blend together at Canyon Inn. Located in McCormick's Creek State Park, Indiana's first, we offer a full service dining room, modern amenities, and our front lobby consists of canyons, cliffs, and waterfalls. Located just 15 miles from Bloomington and Indiana University. ... more less
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- Canyon Hotel Spencer