We relocate frequently & we always try to "experience" the state we are living in. We have stayed in many state park resorts, so I believe I have a good frame of reference for my review.
My review. The negatives....
Our first impression was of complete doom. We turned left into the resort at that temporary cement mix factory. There wasn't a single tree to be seen, there was mud everywhere due to rain & erosion. My husband just laughed & said "oh, this will be just great"
I will agree with the other reviewer. I was a bit put off by the fact that things advertised on the website just don't exist. Fire pits have been pulled out due to fire marshal warnings, there isn't a playground, beach or walking paths. ( we brought 2 preschoolers, so those 3 things were HIGH on my list....and just are not here) Due to a lack of walking paths you can NOT reach the resort from the cabins unless you drive. This isn't a big deal if your husband doesn't take the vehicle 6 miles away to put the boat in because they don't have a place to launch on this property. Boat parking space at the cabins is acceptable (we have a long bass boat) but backing in or getting to the spots with some cabins is impossible due to poor planning of the layout. They also lack electric to charge trolling motors at their docks.
The cabins. We are in (as I type this) a 1 bedroom with a loft. They are lovely. Fully stocked kitchens with very nice basic cookware & dishes. Enough soap, TP & toiletries to get you through the week. Beautiful bathrooms with tub & shower. Lots of extra towels (exchanged daily) & linens. Fireplaces. Central air/heat. Nice covered porches with tables on the grass. Lawn chairs supplied in closet. Plasma TV's with satellite (we have 2 in our cabin) Free wireless. We are extremely impressed. I would rate it as nice as a 4-5 star hotel. (MUCH more then one would expect from a state park cabin) Our cabin actually has a lovely view of a rolling field with a gravel hiking path behind it that leads into the woods & is easily negotiable even for toddlers. We do not think they are too closely spaced, but do think that MANY trees need to be planted to offer a more secluded, wooded setting.
The water park.
Heaven on Earth for preschoolers. My boys want to live there. We are going back tomorrow. Cabin guests get enough passes for their stay. Lifeguards are very attentive. The watched over my boys very closely even though my hubby & I were always at their side. (not your typical bored teenagers) It is rather small, but very nicely done. There is a large slide for the older kids, a small lazy river & a very large toddler area. The smallness of it actually chose this place for us. I don't want my children around lots of rough teenagers & drunken adults. It was a bit cool in there, but it was in the 60's today.
The facilities in general.
The main lodge is beautiful. They really have spent a lot of time planning this resort & the care shows. Beautiful , expansive golf course. Nice restaurants with good food, service that will improve over time (our salads came before our appetizer, but we were comped the appetizer & received an apology for the manager without any complaint from us) They are trying very hard here to impress.
We feel this is a lovely resort. We understand they have opened because summer is here & they need the funds coming in. However, they do need to update the website to indicate items that are not fully in place. A year from now this place will be perfect if you are looking for a quiet place to relax. It is not an ideal location, but I believe they chose this spot so that they could create such a huge resort with minimal impact on the existing wildlife & flora (putting it in the state park 6 miles down the road would have cleared that park & taken wildlife habitat) These fields were mostly cleared already.
We will come back to this resort without hesitation once it is complete. We feel it will be outstanding.
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- Also Known As:
- Honey Creek Resort State Park Hotel Moravia
- Honey Creek Resort State Park Iowa/Moravia