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Lake Cumberland State Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Jamestown
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“Awesome time”
Reviewed August 20, 2014

The lure lodge was great ...the wildlife and entertainment was nonstop ...great family trip for the weekend ..wow indoor pool and the views were so awesome and just a great place to go relax if u wanna just read a book overlooking the water..

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Reviewed August 18, 2014

We just returned from the Lake Cumberland State Resort in Jamestown, KY. We stayed at the Lure Lodge. Every room has a beautiful view. Lake Cumberland is a huge man made lake and is super clean. The hotel provides shuttle service to and from the marina for free. We rented a basic pontoon boat for $25 an hour. About the rooms. They are a standard hotel room size. Big enough for 2 queen size rooms, tv stand, a small table and 2 chairs. The room leads to a covered balcony overlooking the lake. The bathroom is very nice. The sink has granite countertops and is just outside the toilet/bathtub area. No problem getting plenty of hot water. Lots of thick towels. The decor is very nice, colorful and coordinated. The room was very clean. Down sides: mattresses are uncomfortable and could use new ones. (Our friends who stayed in a separate room agreed). There are no mini-fridges or in room safes. Walls are a bit thin. We could hear our neighbor snoring.
The restaurant:very friendly staff. Breakfast buffet is $7.95 and is pretty standard. Unfortunately they use mostly canned fruits. Friday night all you can eat crab buffet is about $23. There are tons of choices and heaps of crab legs. The line for this buffet can go outside the door!
The swimming pool: we only used the inside pool because the outside pool was closed for repair. The inside pool has a very comfortable water temperature. You have to use the pool ladder to get in and out as there are no cement steps leading into the water. There is virtually no ambiance in the pool area....just windows and Walls and some chairs and lounge chairs. No kiddie pool. The hot tub was closed for repairs. Overall we enjoyed our stay and enjoyed watching the deer roam around the property.

Room Tip: Get a upper level for the best views of the lake.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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louisville
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

Back at Lake Cumberland, this time in the Lure Lodge instead of a cabin. The pros of staying in the lodge instead of a cabin are the convince of the restaurant, the indoor pool, the game room, daily housekeeping and the view. The cons not as must privacy as in the cabin. We were able to hear the conversations of people in the room next door and slamming of doors. You get the same thing in older hotels which don’t have the insulation between the walls of newer hotels.
If you want a view of the lake from your room this is the place to stay. The cabins do not always offer this view but the woods are very dense. Plus the cabins allow you to grill and prepare your own meals.
But some observations about Lake Cumberland State Park, the lake is the reason to go there for 95% of the people, but the park also had a group of people who don’t own boats that just want to experience fresh air and nature occasionally. Yes we are city slickers who like the comforts of home with the rustic experiences of nature. Some of the things that bothered me on this trip include the restaurant only offering buffet during breakfast and dinner.
One of the things that for years people looked forward to was after dinner going out to the patio and watching the animals come up and beg for food, I don’t know what happened to these animals but while there for three days we saw one deer and one groundhog. People and children used to like sitting there watching the raccoons, I don’t know if the park cleared this area of the animals but they are missed.
Moving the gift shop from the lodge to the general store does not help tell people they want them to stay and experience Kentucky products and goods. Even though the gift shop had very little in it this time because of the pending move it still is a welcome sign to guests.
The State Dock is growing and growing but there is no reason to turn the once in a while guest away by making them park ¼ mile away on a weekday when there is parking in a lot that says for slip renters only, and then placing a card on their windows saying they can be fined and hauled away. Five vehicles were in the lot on a Thursday that could hold over hundred cars. This does not say welcome to guest.
They replaced the golf course several years ago with a Frisbee course. While there for three days never witnessed anyone playing plus I went looking for a Frisbee to play and could not find one in the park store.
They are using correction occupants on work release to clean property and pool area Nothing says welcome to Kentucky like a Orange jump suited man cleaning the pool with prisoner on his back.
What I am trying to say is they are letting one of Kentucky’s most beautiful parks become a stale business catering to the rich boat owners and houseboat renters. They need to find ways of bringing people to the lodge and cabins. It is nice to be able to get on the internet and get a room the next day, but I remember when you had to book this park months in advance.

Room Tip: View stay in the lodge. Privacy stay in a cabin.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

We stayed for a week in a one bedroom cabin and much to my surprise, it was very nice! Knowing the cabins are old, I was expecting everything inside to be old/dusty/dirty. The cabin had been well kept - it looked like the wood varnish had been stripped and redone on the wood inside, walls and outside recently painted, newer bedding (comfortable bed), sinks (both bathroom and kitchen) looked like they were recently replaced, and the flooring was a wood laminate (thank goodness no carpet). The bathroom was clean, even the grout in the tile was white for the most part. The couch and chair were not your grandma's furnishings, either. Plantation blinds are on all windows (instead of those cheap plastic ones) and a TV is in both the living room and bedroom (both with built-in DVD players). While it was not 'luxury' by any means - it was clean, comfortable and updated 'enough'. Having stayed in these cabins over 30 years ago, I had convinced myself that it was not going to be very nice. How wonderful to be wrong! It was a great value considering the price was reasonable.

We made good use of the screened in porch, as well. I brought lanterns and some LED lights and it was such of a nice evening atmosphere.

Service was excellent as well. We had clean towels every day, check in staff was great. We did use the indoor pool one rainy day when we couldn't get out on the lake - it was nice/clean although the water a bit cloudy. Hot tub was broken but they also had a great game room with pool tables and ping pong.

We ate all of our meals except for breakfast one day in our cabin. The food was not very good (we had breakfast buffet but it was quite late in the morning and that might have been why) but our neighbors in the cabin next door said they ate there twice during their stay and said it was limited choices and the food was not good. It sounded like they are in some kind of limbo with their kitchen staff. Waitstaff was good, however.

And I almost forgot! The kitchen implements/dishes/etc. were great! Normally places like that have a mish-mash of dishes, utensils, pots and pans, etc. But this place had matching pieces (not the silverware but I didn't mind that), nice matching serving bowls, cutting board, coffee pot (and they even provided the coffee!). Made it very nice.

The two things I would advise if you plan to stay here - some of the cabins have long and steep walks to get to them. Makes loading/unloading not as easy for older folks, particularly (we are in our 40s and dreaded loading/unloading ourselves). So I would consider that and if you have physical issues, request one that has less of a walk from parking to the cabin. One of them has very easy access, however it sacrifices as much privacy as the others (we decided it wasn't worth sacrificing the privacy, personally).

The other thing I would advise is if you plan to grill outside, the grill is an inground grill grate in a fire pit (which you could certainly use charcoal with it). We brought our own camping propane grill and set it up outside in the front where there is no roof over it and it worked great.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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OTTAWA LAKE
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Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

The view was great. The beds were uncomfortable had a hard time sleeping all three nights. The food was just ok in the restaurant but a little on the high side for what you got. The food at the restaurant on the Docks was great and a better deal. Over all we had a great time on this vacation. A must is to rent a boat and go out on the lake for a few hours.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

My family and I recently took a trip back to my home state of Kentucky. We stayed in a 2 bedroom/2 bath cottage in Lake Cumberland Resort. The cottage was very cozy, had all the linens, and kitchen supplies we needed. The wi fi worked very well too, just call the front desk for the password. Our smoke alarm went off during one cooking episode, the maintenance department responded quickly to turn it off and were professional and efficient. Extra linens request was also met with professional and timely service. The Lodge staff were helpful and kind. They even shared their tornado shelter with us and other guests during some particularly scary weather! Food services were good, even had some yummy pinto beans and cornbread:-) However the highlight of our visit were the dawn and dusk deer sightings and dusk to night raccoon sightings around the lodge. The deer were everywhere! We even saw a set of fawns:-) one early morning, around 0600 CST. Be sure to be behind the dining room at the lodge at dusk to view these beautiful and entertaining animals, and be sure to bring a treat for them!! Lets just say that we probably got as many photos of deer as my parents did of dolphin on their first trip to Florida years ago. Be sure to day trip to Cumberland Falls. A hilly ride, but very worth it! The Fishery at the Dam was not only informative, but interactive with wonderfully welcoming staff and volunteers! This was a most restful and delightful trip. We can't wait for the next impromptu road trip to My Old Kentucky Home!

Room Tip: Cottages in the 511 to 520 area were great! Quiet and lots of early morning deer:-)
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Madisonville, Kentucky
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

My wife had occasion to stay here on business. The kids and I joined for a 'mini-vacation'. She'd been here before, this was the rest of our first time.

I can tell you the five mile journey to the resort can be hair raising. You will see cautionary sign indicating you should keep your speed at 25 mph. Not a bad idea! The road twists, turns, and if you have a second to look left or right, you will see that you don't want to chance going either of those directions! Steep cliffs!

Check in was quick and smooth. The outward appearance gave the impression that this place had seen it's better days. The second floor banisters are attached to concrete joists. Those joists are deteriorating. Walking into the room initially, everything looked fine.

The view out of the back patio was amazing! What a beautiful work of mother nature and man!

Don't be surprised if you are visited by the four legged residences. There were two small deer that frequented our 'back yard' between the patio and lake.

Bed time came and that's when my opinion started wavering. The beds are old metal spring mattresses. I say old because at least the room we were in, when you laid down you could hear the springs creaking around and feel them as you laid down. There were two pillows per bed and those were really worn out as well. The sheets and blankets were clean and comfy but the bed itself was not.

A few things to be aware of.... They are using water saving toilets. They work very well, but he first time you flush them you may be afraid you are going to get sucked in! The use pressure to flush and you can hear it! The second thing is the 'smart' thermostats. They will keep the room at the temperature you set as long as you are in the room. We found that after we went to bed, the smart thermostats turned dumb and didn't know you were there. It got pretty warm until my wife got out of bed and the thermostat 'saw' her adjusting the temperature. Kudos to the resort for money, energy, and water saving steps!

The kids utilized the indoor pool. Very nice facility. It appeared that a new hot tub was being installed or perhaps an old one was being refurbished. The night we went the room seemed dark. I'm not sure why, but it was hard to keep an eye on my children. We walked by the next night and I swear it looked brighter. Maybe it's just me.

We brought kayaks with us and we used them to enjoy the lake. A word of caution... if you have small watercraft, don't bother going down to the 'State Dock' to put in. There is NO trailer parking anywhere near this area. State Dock is a private corporation and has nothing to do with the resort. I didn't know that until I pulled down to unload the kayaks. I was looked at very funny. I guess because I wasn't hauling a huge houseboat. Anyway.. you'll need to use the ramp that is just west of the stables.

The outdoor pool (You'll pass on the way to the resort) is closed. From what we were told, it seems it cracked over the winter and hasn't been repaired. Not sure how true that is, but that's the story.

I've written a review of the restaurant at the resort. Please read that before you go, especially for dinner! Sticker shock could hurt.

To wrap up, the facilities around the resort are very nice. The walking trails, the lookout points, the nature center, the outdoor play areas and games... all very nice! The building itself and the sleeping equipment could be updated.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Lake Cumberland State Resort
Address: 5465 State Park Rd, Jamestown, KY 42629-7875
Location: United States > Kentucky > Jamestown
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Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Jamestown
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lake Cumberland State Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 106
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