What a HUGE disappointment!!! The room was ridiculously small, but did include a squashed bug on the wall. The mattress on the bed was incredibly uncomfortable and sunk into the bed frame. No water pressure in the shower. Neither the refrigerator nor the air conditioner worked properly. Carpet on the outside stairs was worn and threadbare.
The continental breakfast, served in a cramped little room, simply sucked!!! Frozen bagels, packaged/store bought "pastries," and awful coffee did not satisfy anyone! As for the much-advertised waffles, stay away. The person working there actually pulled out a tub and proceeded to mix the batter (powder + water = disgusting) in front of us. Do what we did: Bite the bullet, spend a few bucks, and go to Paula's Cafe (about a mile away) for a GREAT breakfast.
The staff is unhelpful, uninterested, and unprofessional!!!
All in all, this place is over-hyped, over-priced, and just depressing!!! While there aren't exactly a lot of choices in Indian River, I recommend looking elsewhere!!! If I am going to have a campground-like experience, why should I pay hotel prices??? Shoulda' just gone camping!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Northwoods Lodge is a unique log lodge in a peaceful setting in the beautiful resort area of Indian River, Michigan. With only 15 rooms, this award-winning lodge offers you the quaintness of a Bed & Breakfast with the privacy of a motel. All recently renovated rooms are "Northwoods" themed and include log furniture, wildlife art, and even a pine tree. Let us share with you our rustic, cozy warmth! In 2015 all rooms were completely renovated with new paint, carpet, bedding, drapes, furniture, tongue and groove wood ceilings, curved shower rods and new tile floors in the bathrooms! Room amenities include microwave and mini-refrigerator, flat screen TV's with HBO, free high-speed wireless, air conditioning, and free local calls. Rollaways available upon request. An enhanced Continental Breakfast** is included featuring hot Belgian Waffles, coffee, orange juice, cereal, bagels, breads, doughnuts, and more! We also offer a gorgeous honeymoon suite with in-room Jacuzzi and king log canopy bed, a kid-friendly room with log bunk beds, a handicap accessible room, and 2 pet-friendly rooms. All our rooms are non-smoking. We have a centrally-located lobby with fireplace, 2 leather couches, magazines, TV, "Up North" Gift Shop, ice, pop and snacks, with tables and chairs that are perfect for playing cards or checkers! Our lodge is surrounded by a very large grassy yard, bonfire area with picnic tables, BBQ grill and a small pond and nature / hiking trail. There is ample room for trailer parking and boat docking is available just 1/2 mile away on the Indian River. The North-Central State Trail is directly across the street for snowmobiling, bicycling and walking. ... more less