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Grand Ely Lodge
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

spent one night and truly a restful stay. clean, comfortable bed. nice views of the lake. breakfast was ok 1 waitress taking care of 2 groups so we did not get the personal service.however the front office for the hotel were great and hospitable

Room Tip: ask for a top floor room away from the elevator
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank wildfoodie
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

We stayed here last summer with our eight year old granddaughter. We were delighted. The price was more reasonable than we expected, given the atmosphere of the hotel and the location. The pool was clean and large, and we enjoyed our time in it immensely. Our room had rustic furnishings and a north woods decor that was pleasing, but everything was very new and spotlessly clean. I loved the dark green colors. Everything was very comfortable.

The restaurant had special rates for families, and the children's menu was more extensive than most (our granddaughter doesn't want chicken tenders and French fries).

We greatly enjoyed our stay and we expect to repeat it again next summer.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

I would recommend this hotel if you must stay in Ely for a few nights en route to the Boundary Waters, but NOT as a destination resort. The most important perk for us was that they are dog-friendly!! There is a $10/day pet charge, but who cares?! Our room had its own entrance directly from outside, which was perfect for our dog. The service was above average and the location is great for walking around quaint downtown Ely.

There were, however, some moderate issues. There was very little insulation between rooms and between floors, which we found out when a herd of kids stampeded up and down the halls at 7am on a Sunday morning. We could also hear people talking through the walls. Needless to say, we did not sleep in as long as we wanted to....sleep was difficult enough on the cinder block beds with one blanket that I mistook for tissue paper. If you must stay at this hotel, please bring your own blankets! We were freezing! I don't think it is too much to ask for a hotel to provide adequate bedding in the middle of winter in Minnesota.

The food is terrible, but the bar is great! The bartenders were extremely friendly and the drinks were cheap!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mbw10
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

If we were to open a lodge this would be the blueprint as it fit “us” to a tee. The reasons why:

Location. I was a little hesitant on location as it is one mile from town. We have “happy feet” and like to explore other restaurants/bars/shops when traveling. One mile is not a walking issue during warmer months, but during winter it didn’t sound that appealing so I thought that would be a negative. Turned out to be a positive being on the lake for the views and how quiet it was at night. Being so close to town it took more time to warm up our vehicle than the drive to town which there is ample parking.

Awesome Employees. Some of the friendliest people we have met. When we checked in Margy and Carolyn were at the front desk so they were the first faces that we associated with the lodge. Extremely competent, helpful and genuinely interested on how our stay was going. We looked forward to seeing them every night.

Rooms. Loved the “Up North” decorating with the log furniture. We usually rent cabins for this atmosphere so we were pleasantly surprised to find it in a room. King size bed was extremely comfortable. Good water pressure in the bathroom. Had microwave and mini fridge. The room was very clean, spacious and had a gorgeous view of Shagawa Lake.

Bar/Restaurant. The first night we stopped at the bar to get something light since we weren’t too hungry. One glimpse at the menu had us hooked. I wanted to try everything on the menu. But could they back it up with quality and taste? Yes, they could. Chicken Wild Rice soup which is a staple in Minnesota was the best I’ve ever had – and I have had plenty. Ditto for the Prime Rib. Plus the bartenders Scott, Bob and Dan were so engaging that our original intention to eat dinner elsewhere in Ely the following night, literally went out the window. We ate at the bar both nights as we liked the atmosphere, conversation with the bartenders and you can order off the same menu as the restaurant. Our breakfast at the restaurant was so good that my DH wanted pictures. We’ve been back for a couple weeks now and keep joking that we should make the 4 hour trek for just happy hour, dinner or breakfast.

Pool/Whirlpool. Great design – the atrium structure had a great look with the log beams. The lodge was at low occupancy so we had this area to ourselves both nights. After dog sledding, we looked forward to the whirlpool. So relaxing to sit in the whirlpool and see the snow falling outside. Both the pool and whirlpool were very clean.

Lastly, the Details. We appreciated their attention to detail. Towels by pool, fresh horseradish for the prime rib, warm syrup for pancakes, pepper mill in the restaurant, holiday scratch offs for a discount at their restaurants (every one is a winner – not a lot of $, but a fun idea), Summit Beer (which is brewed in MN but is lost in many MN establishments), and lastly, hiring competent and friendly employees.

You don’t have a lot of options for hotels in Ely so it’s nice to see they don’t take advantage of their location with their customers. After touring the town, if it is affordable in your budget, this is the place to stay. This was our first time in Ely and already are planning on being returning guests.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank mngolfergal
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

The Grand Ely Lodge or The GEL to those who have stayed there already, is a wonderful place to stay. From the moment we checked in to the moment we checked out, everyone was awesome. I had to change the date, did it online, I received immediate response back. We got locked out of our room (our fault) and it was taken care of immediately as well. Can't say enough good things about this place. In fact, going back again this summer and staying longer. Lakeside with 2 queen beds is awesome!! Food and drinks were great there too!

Room Tip: We had a coffee maker, frig, microwave and sink - it was really nice to have.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Lakeville_11
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