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Hemlock Lodge
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Don’t let the “resort park” of their title scare you - rates are VERY reasonable (less than $80 for us midweek in mid-August)! Rooms are large and spotlessly clean. They have a nice balcony (2 chairs and a table), WIFI, coffee maker, and a flat screen TV. Our room had 2 queen beds, 2chairs, and a pedestal table where I could use the laptop (good wifi reception). Room wasn’t ready when we arrived at 1:30 which was no problem - staff was so friendly and we were hungry! In the dining room you can order from a menu with lots of choices, or a buffet with even more choices (although I don’t think the buffet is available all year). We did not have one complaint about the food, and again the staff was great. At 2:30 our room still wasn’t ready, but there was plenty to do in the area to keep us busy. We took the skylift to Natural Bridge which starts just down the road from the hotel . A storm was threatening so we didn’t spend as much time as we would have liked on the bridge since the skylift can close on a moments notice if there is lightening spotted, and we had no desire to hike back to the car or to the lodge. And speaking of hiking, there are LOTS of hiking trails in this area for those who are more fit than we are. We then decided to do the nearby Red River Gorge Scenic Byway . We didn’t see any waterfalls (weather obviously too dry) but there were lots of interesting stone formations to see on the route. Negatives: 1) Distance to the pool -To get to the pool, or the paddleboats requires LOTS and LOTS of steps downhill from the hotel! (It is actually a community pool, so be sure to get a pass from the front desk at the hotel. ) 2) There is no where to lay down clothes in the small bathroom 3) summertime view from balcony is nothing except trees. Despite these few things, I hope to return to Hemlock Lodge when I can spend more time there.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

The good: cheerful service (for the most part), cool air conditioning, location is right in the middle of everything that you come to Natural Bridge for. The balconies that some lodge rooms have are scenic and are wonderful places to sit and drink a beverage in the morning or the evening.

The not so good: the cool AC is quite noisy; the lodge rooms (at least the 2Q non smokers) are very small, older, and are quite cramped if you have more than a few luggage items. Only one pedestal table for the coffee maker and no desk for a laptop; only one chair in the room. Limited electrical outlets. One outlet was not screwed down securely, so it was loose when I pulled or plugged in a plug. Even the bathroom is cramped, with no flat dry surfaces for toiletries or personal supplies, and has an open toilet with towels stored in a rack above and no lid on the toilet. The bed was a bit hard. Housekeeping was a bit inconsistent - IE, used coffee filter not dumped out, some items not replaced appropriately (no styro cups for the coffee maker.) The front desk simply doesn't know how to program the key cards - we went through two cycles of having to go to the desk to get replacement cards because the cards we got stopped working during our 3 night stay. The internet (wifi) is very inconsistent, tending to be quite slow on average, and crashed for us and lost connectivity a couple of times.

The on site restaurant is extremely variable. Evening seems to be the best time to eat both for service and for food quality. The lunch buffet was awful (IE, some inedible jerk chicken and catfish were the two proteins.) At lunch, stick with sandwiches.

Surprisingly, Verizon cell phone signals are pretty strong in the rooms and around the resort.

Room Tip: If possible, try to get a canyon/downhill facing room. These are most scenic.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank StanleyTweedle
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Had a wonderful experience here. The rooms were nice and clean, Staff wonderful and so friendly,eager to get you what ever you may need, buffet was great.Chef was even better to make us fresh eggs any way we wanted them when we showed up late for breakfast buffet:)..Thanks Chef!!! Enjoyed every minute of what mother nature has to offer..Came home,spread the word and making reservations for up to 10 of us to go back next month..See You Soon....................

Room Tip: We will take any when given the chance to escape from home...lol...With all mother nature offers I d...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank gumpsgirlkentucky
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

The room was very clean and had a balcony to enjoy the view of the park. The dining room had great Kentucky charm wait staff that were very helpful and observant. The food was great and they also have a breakfast buffet. There is a gift store located in the lobby with items made by local people and plenty of great Kentucky cookbooks.

Room Tip: Smokers there is only a couple of rooms available at the end of the lodge. When you book your room...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank muffinivy47025
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

We have stayed in this lodge multiple times and love the location. The staff are friendly and professional, the rooms clean and comfortable so why the poor review? The nonsmoking rooms are not isolated from smoking and have ash trays on the decks. This time it was so bad we are unlikely to stay again, it almost seemed as if someone was inside the room with a lit cigarette and I ended up with a pounding headache and sore throat. Someone was even smoking at 3 am and the smell was enough to wake us. Smoking is a personal choice and I do not judge;however, I think requests to be in a room away from smoking should be honored.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Kbysb
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

You would expect to have a clean, working cabin when you are paying top dollar for their "Executive Suite Cabin", but that was far from our experience. We checked in at 1pm for a room and were told to come back because it wasn't cleaned yet. They only employeed 3 housekeepers for 35 rooms and 11 cabins (that are as big as my house). No problem I thought, so we went hiking for 3 hrs and came back exhaused at 4pm wanting to relax in our room and get our moneys worth only to be told it still wasn't ready and come back in another hour! So we drove around to some shops wasting our gas and time waiting for our room to be done. Finally 5pm, they say it was ready and we went to our cabin to find it had been rushed on the house keeping.(Just because it was big doesn't make it better) We were afraid to touch any of the bathroom fixtures, they looked so gross and the toilet upstair wasn't working properly. The beds were hard as a rock and our cabin smelled like smoke from the other surrounding cabins burning wood all night! When I mentioned this to the staff his response was "well we don't guarantee a check in time and we are busy this time of year". What?!! Never again I would have had more comfort sleeping in my car and saved $200.00!!

Room Tip: Find another hotel!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Lisa L
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

after travelling several hours then several hours of hiking the natural bridge paths, we were tired and hungry so we decided to head on out and look for a hotel and restaraunt, right down the road from the natural bridge gift shop is the hemlock lodge. the room was a little over $100 a night and the lodge looked nice. We ate all you can eat buffet which was pretty good homecooked style food for about $32 for the both of us. Our room was cleaned but definately could have used some updated furnishings. The tv got fuzzy reception on all channels but we did have a great view of the trees and lake from our balcony. The staff through-out the building and restaraunt were extremely polite and helpful. Having a hotel and restaraunt in one, so very close to the attraction you came to see, you just cant beat that!

Room Tip: we stayed in room 114, non smoking and it had a good view with comfy chairs on the baclony.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank beckywethington
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Address: Natural Bridge State Resort Park, 2135 Natural Bridge Road, Slade, KY 40376-9999
Location: United States > Kentucky > Slade
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Slade
Number of rooms: 46
Also Known As:
Hemlock Hotel Slade

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