If this is the best hotel in Forest Lake, yikes!
We checked in and it seemed very disorganized. The employee noted that her room guide depicting which rooms were occupied or unoccupied was not up to date, so rooms that were available appeared to be occupied. She did have another employee make sure the room was empty, and she was very kind about trying to get us checked in quickly since I was holding a sleeping child.
The room was fine, it was clean, although it smelled like air freshener, which I don't care for. Housekeeping was ok, they left us with plenty of clean towels, emptied trash, made the beds, and cleaned up some crumbs my child left on the floor. But they didn't take my dirty coffee mug left over from breakfast and didn't leave any more shampoo and lotion bottles, which were nearly empty after four people bathed.
The kids had fun in the pool, which had stairs for gradual entry, and the water was plenty warm.
We had to ask for the pool towels to be replenished, there were only two on the shelf.
Thank goodness Keys Cafe is next door, the breakfast was disappointing! Bizarre "eggs" and "pancakes" and salty ham bits in a warmer, DIY waffles that were rubbery, best stick to the yogurt, cereal and toast. The coffee was below average but passable.
The Otis Spunkmeyer cookies in the lobby were delicious :)
The location was great, right next to I-35 and Cub Foods.
The employees were generally nice enough, but did not anticipate guests' needs well (outdated room list, didn't leave toiletries, didn't restock pool towels).
In short, it was passable for a very brief stay if you don't need or expect much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Forest Lake. You may already be familiar with us, but do you know that we offer amenities that will greatly benefit your visit including; complimentary hot "Be Our Guest" breakfast, complimentary USA today Newspaper, complimentary Wifi, complimentary cribs, Meeting room Rental (holds up to 30 people), indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, Short In House Menu, Wedding Packages and Birthday Packages, complimentary cookies and fruit coffee 24 hours/day, 100% non smoking and a Pet Friendly Hotel. We do not allow pets (only services dogs with the paper work and they are only allowed in Pet rooms) We offer traditional queen and king lodging rooms, King Suite lodging rooms and Jacuzzi Suites. You may enjoy many attractions when visiting us, Running Aces 24/7 gaming excitement, Champion's Grill open 24 hours, live horse racing, North Branch Outlets, Forest Lake Public Beach, Forest Lake Movie Theater, golfing, Taylors Falls and Wild Mountain, Trollhaugen Ski Area, National Sports Center and so much more. I wish you a warm Welcome at the Country Inn & Suites Forest Lake, we invite you to experience hospitality at its finest. We do offer Corporate lodging Rates, Direct Billing and welcome any Group for future blocks/reservations. I hope you enjoy your stay with us, Welcome to Country Inn & Suites Forest Lake! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Country Inn Forest Lake
- Forest Lake Country Inn