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“Least Romantic Wedding Night”

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The Lodge Resort Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Forest City
Certificate of Excellence
Des Moines
1 review
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“Least Romantic Wedding Night”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Me and my husband decided to stay at the Lodge for our wedding night. It seemed like it would be very nice and quiet- although a bit awkward, since the door to the honeymoon suite is about ten feet from the front door and from the seating area of the Lodge Restaurant.

The room was nicely furnished but freezing cold (with no thermostat in sight). There is one room next to the Honeymoon Suite and it was rented to a couple with a child (despite there being many other open rooms in the hotel that night).

In the middle of the night, we heard screams from the child and the mother next door telling the father/boyfriend to stop hitting the child- this went on for about 45 minutes before the hotel management knocked on their door and asked them to quiet down. The quiet lasted for about five minutes- then more screaming and crashing could be heard through the less-than-sound-proof walls. After the second disturbance, the police were called, but the couple were not asked to leave the hotel.

The next day, as we were eating breakfast, the management asked us if we heard anything the night before and when we told them that we had heard the whole ordeal she seemed much more amused than concerned. We were not offered a discount or an apology. Lastly, I got quite a bad case of food poisoning from the Continental Breakfast (milk and cereal).

TIP: If you are going to stay here for a wedding, rent out the whole place and bring your own food (and possibly earplugs).

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Byron P, Owner at The Lodge Resort Hotel, responded to this review, April 18, 2012
I am very sorry that your experience was not the experience we work hard to provide for our guests, and I hope that you will accept our apology with a full refund. it is extremely rare for there to be the type of disturbance you described here at the Lodge. We have been able to avoid this in large part because the Lodge Restaurant does not serve hard liquor. I see that you are writing this review 6 months after your stay with us. Had you called, I would have refunded your room charges immediately. As owner I try to be closely involved in day-to-day operations. My greatest joy is for people to feel as if they are coming into my home. Regarding the continental breakfast--I suspect your upset stomach was perhaps due to the stress of having experienced the disturbance caused by the intoxicated guest for which I truly apologize. The milk put out for the continental breakfast is taste-tested daily for freshness.
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

I recently took a group of 5 to the Lodge on business and the setting was perfect, the food was great but more than anything the owners were magnficent in meeting the unusual needs of our group at all hours. They facilitated meetings when we needed them, food to fit the schedule, technology needs on the spot and with such a hospitable and welcoming touch. Each member of our group urged me to write this and give them our highest recommendation.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Walcott, Iowa
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

We stayed there for my wifes cousins wedding. It is a very neat hotel, and we loved the setting, and our own little porch out back. I had a nice breakfast in the morning, and enjoyed the corned beef hash.

I wasn't real crazy about the bathroom doors though

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Fort Dodge, Iowa
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

I could not have picked a better venue to hold my June wedding at! The staff and management have been excellent to work with and a GREAT help! They really worked with my budget and made me feel like a million dollar bride!! The facility is rustic, romantic, and very cozy for any kind of gathering! Even though this facility has been through many changes and multiple owners/management, this place is worth giving a chance! They were even so kind to throw a suite as a wedding gift! VERY CARING AND VERY KIND STAFF!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Iowa
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

The Lodge is a great place to get away with a beautiful view of the Winnebago River. They have groomed cross country ski trails just outside the front door. The rates are reasonable with a restaurant on site so you do not need to leave the building.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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St. Albert
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

The hotel has everything a person could possibly want, good food, quiet location, beautiful grounds and friendly staff. This place is a must if you are visiting in the Forest City area.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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North Port, Florida
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

Having experienced The Lodge when it was at it's peak and when , a few years ago at it's worst, I can say that it is now near where it was at the top. If not a 4 star, it's not for lack of effort. We found our stay and dinner to be great. Living down a poor manager can be a daunting task, more so in a small market. We will be sure and eat at The Lodge next trip to Winnebago and hopefully we won't need to stay because of lengthy repairs. Al and Sal Parr North Port, Fl.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Property: The Lodge Resort Hotel
Address: 945 Highway 69 S, Forest City, IA 50436-2100 (Formerly The Lodge Resort Knights Inn Hotel)
Location: United States > Iowa > Forest City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Forest City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lodge Resort Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge Resort Hotel and Riverview Restaurant are located on 17 beautiful wooded acres adjacent to the Bear Creek Golf course and Winnebago River. In addition to golfing, other recreational activities including canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, bird-watching and fishing are popular on-site activities. The hiking trails are paved. There is a children's playground park within walking distance. We are located close to downtown, close to Waldorf College and close to Winnebago Industries. Free long distance phone, free parking, free high speed Wi-Fi and premium cable TV are provided. There is an on-site restaurant and free continental breakfast. Limited "pet friendly" rooms. Please call to verify availability. Ask about our Open Water Fishing trips YMCA Day passes are available to our guests ... more   less 
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