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Silver Rapids Lodge
Ranked #32 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Ely
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“Not what you expect”
Reviewed July 11, 2005

Just returned from a week at Silver Rapids Lodge. For those of you who shop for a campground/resort on the internet, we can help you with what Silver Rapids Lodge really has to offer. We camp with a 28' class C motorhome which over the Phone they told us they had a great site that would fit us well. When we arrived the site was so small that we had just a few feet on each side of us. We were stacked in like firewood. When I asked if they would put my boat in the water, remember I have a 28' motorhome, the answer was no! We don't offer that. There Swimming beach is about 20' of rough sand and rocks. The Deluxe playground for kids is three swings and a slide. My kids were disappointed. There modern fish cleaning house was nice but had no lights, so we were cleaning fish with a flashlight. They do have bait and firewood but was not able to get any the first two nights as the owners locked up and went out for the night. This was a big bummer for our kids to not have a campfire the first night and not have any bait to go fishing. They do have nice docks for your boats with elec hookup but they fail to tell you that they are $25 per night. The game room and games they list is one video game that is just a little bit older than I am. We did have a nice stay but our expectations were very high after reading there website. They may have everything they list but don't expect much. To top the stay off we were around 60 ft from a highway which can keep you up at night. We paid over $50 a night for small lot to park at with not much else to offer us. Not a very good deal.

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Reviewed May 11, 2005

My wife & I really needed a break after a long winter. Since it was the off season we were lucky to find a place like Silver Rapids Lodge. This lodge is open all year round with full service from the staff. We stayed in cabin#9, 2bedrooms, full kitchen, fireplace and a beautiful view. My wife and I and the dog(Yes dogs are welcome!) took long walks on the scenic grounds of the lodge. My wife paints water color scenes-she couldn't decide what to paint first. Mike & Robin(owners) were very hospitable the minute we arrived until we left. The cabin was very clean, nicely decorated & fully equipped.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Reviewed March 26, 2005

I stay in Ely often, and in fact at many different resorts. This one, was by far the worst. I do not know how they in business, but probably not for long. The food was "average" at best, and the service needs some major help. I would not recommend this resort to anyone, sorry. There are a few resorts VERY close that would be much better, try them !!!!

  • Stayed February 2005
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, manager at Silver Rapids Lodge, responded to this review, April 9, 2005
This must be a phoney review by someone with obviously poor written skills. Our computer records show noone stayed here in February from that town in Florida. We knew it was a foolish attempt by someone to discredit us when they said the food was only average since they claim to have visited Ely many times and we are the only resort with Cabins that even is willing to offer it's guests dining in the winter and there is only one other resort with Cabins that has dining in the summer. There is also only one hotel or motel in Ely that has dining. So where did they stay and eat before? They claim that there are other resorts close by that are much better yet there are none offering a restaurant with any kind of dining room or even a Full Bar with dining and we have both. We have one of the highest rankings on all the major search engines for Ely Resorts and have been offering Full Service and Fine Dining as well as Casual Family Dining, take out and Drinks for Decades. How many people from Florida come to Ely Minnesota in the winter? If some do then they will experience Northwoods Hospitality in a Modern Up To Date Full Service Resort offering the best in Quality and Service.
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Reviewed March 4, 2005

We have once again had a very relaxing stay at Silver Rapids Lodge. Thanks to Mike, Robin, Dave and the entire staff for providing us with another memorable vacation. On our final night we enjoyed a sauna, put our daughter to bed in the loft bedroom of our cabin and then enjoyed a fabulous lobster and shrimp dinner, prepared at the lodge, in front of a cozy fire in our fireplace. We have stayed at numerous resorts/hotels in the Ely area and have found Silver Rapids to have the perfect blend of accommodations and north country beauty in it's surroundings. The relatively close proximity to Ely's unique shopping experience along with the exceptional service and comfortable, clean accommodations makes Silver Rapids an ideal vacation spot for our family. We'll definitely return for our annual spring fishing getaway!

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Reviewed January 3, 2005

We paid $282/night (incl tax). For that steep price we expected something special. What we found was a mediocre resort that had clearly seen its best days a long time ago. Our cabin was nicely located but that's about all positive we can say. The owner Mike knows how to sell his stuff on the internet but fails to deliver. The cabin was not modern but old and poorly maintained. There was indeed the promised jacuzzi but it's yellow faded and the pump is louder than a vacuum cleaner. The central heating failed on New Year's Eve and poor bartender Dave had to try for 3 hours to get it going again (no complaints to Dave, he's cool and was only doing his job). It was not the first time it had caused problems we heard. Sounds like poor maintenance but owner Mike blamed it on Minnesota's harsh winters claiming that 'out here eventually everything breaks down'. Don't say he didn't warn you. It was 15 degrees Fahrenheit, by the way. Ski rentals were extremely poor and unprofessional (Mike: 'they're over there, see if there's anything that fits'). To compensate for our heating problems he didn't charge us rent for the ski's. There's service for you: worthless equipment for free. The trails weren't groomed, of course. To top of the service you have to check out at 9 am. Mike was willing to waive this punishment. How nice of him. Strangely enough the place was almost deserted. I wonder why.

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, Manager at Silver Rapids Lodge, responded to this review, January 20, 2005
Perhaps in Russia these people are allowed to check out when ever they feel like it but in the USA most places have check out times. Even though the housekeepers were waiting to prepare the cabin for the arriving next guests we allowed them to linger for 2 extra hours at no additional charge. The beautiful Modern Cabin they occupied is on our website ( The Loon's Nest) it is obvious from the photos that it is modern by American standards. The site also shows many Guest comments of satisfied customers. These people must have liked the cabin because they stayed inside almost their entire stay even leaving late. As far as the Ski rental which we did not charge them for we do not put boots on for people. No one else has ever asked. It's sad that some people would write such an obviously inaccurate complaint when it is very obvious from our website, our brochures and our 85 years in business that we must know what most people want. Good Service, Clean Comfortable Modern Accomodations at a fair price. $500 for entire New Years Eve Weekend Package in a Cabin on the water with a Wood Fireplace and Jacuzzi most people would consider a Bargain.
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Reviewed November 2, 2004

Awesome place. Clean, modern facilities, on-site restaurant/bar, playground, hiking trails, private boat landing, this place has it all. Real close to Ely as well for quaint shopping and night out. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed October 10, 2004

Great place to Stay, friendly and great service

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Property: Silver Rapids Lodge
Address: 459 Kawishiwi Trl, Ely, MN 55731-8194
Location: United States > Minnesota > Ely
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Ranked #32 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Ely
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Silver Rapids Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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