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Willows on the River
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Lake City
Reviewed July 22, 2013

If you're looking for a beautiful view this place had it. But that's all it has. My husband and I recently stayed here and this is what we encountered. Stuffing was falling out of the arm of the couch, there was a piece of wood stuck at the bottom of our patio door (perhaps this was supposed to be the lock), no handle on the inside of the patio door screen, there was a gap between the door and door jam so you could see into the hallway with the door shut and the "king sized' bed had a big hump in the middle. The pool and hot tub were full of sand. We ended up leaving this place at 11:00 p.m. to find a good night sleep elsewhere.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nancy N, Owner at Willows on the River, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2013

The number one compliment we get on our survey cards is "this is the cleanest place we have ever stayed", the second being our friendly and accommodating staff. When the customer called at 11 pm and stated that we have no king sized bed but we had 2 single beds pushed together, we explained that all king sized beds come with a 2 part boxed spring and the mattress was about 2 years old. We have not had a single complaint on any bed we have. We took the extra measure to thoroughly examine the bed and used a yard stick to check for any lumps or dips as suggested by a major manufacturer and found no lumps, or middle hump. We go the extra mile to make sure everyone is enjoying their stay.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

I was on the south leg of a motorcycle trip from KC to Lake Superior and it started to rain. I noticed the sign and pulled in asking about a room. We negotiated a far price for the night. When I got to the room I was surprised to see it was a two bed condo.

The entire place was very nice and very clean. I really enjoyed staying there.

Having a deck was a treat. I was able to have a few beers and watch the world go by.

I stayed at a sister property that was a little closer to downtown. That property had a garage that I welcomed because of all the rain.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

For the past four years our family has gathered on the 29th of December to celebrate Christmas. The accommodations are great!!! Then on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day two other couples join us to bring in the New Year with fun and flurry! We find the staff, owners, and everyone involved to be very helpful (we always need an extra long table and extra chairs), cheerful, and professional. I don't know how long we will keep spending our holidays in this way, but hopefully a long long time!!!

Room Tip: Any room is pretty darn good, but we like the upper level rooms.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We docked our boat overnight from the Mississippi River to this hotel. We were surprised at how big the rooms were. We didn't bring foods to make meals, but the kitchen in each room (we had several rooms), had everything you would need to make meals. All rooms face the water. Each room was very well thought out and so beautiful.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We stayed in Willows on the river unit #2. It was large than we needed but we wanted a king size bed and this had it. It's a 2 bedroom unit, both rooms with king size beds. One bedroom/bathroom was on the 2nd floor with a balcony. We didn't use that room. The main floor had a bathroom, kitchen/dining, living room and bedroom and washer/dryer in a closet off the entry. The bed was a foam type and very comfortable. Nicely decorated. Flat screen TV in the living room and each of the bedrooms. I also picked up wifi. There was also a patio with furniture, table & chairs looking over the lake. Great view of the lake. What a wonderful way to watch the sunrise. This is a really nice place. Quiet, relaxing, just what we were looking for. There is a pool and hottub available, but I didn't get a chance to use it. Need more time!!! We would definately come back here. Lake City is a nice friendly town.

Room Tip: Unit #2 would work nicely for 2 couples. It could also easily accomodate 2 couples with kids. Fold...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Wanted a getaway that was not that far from the Twin Cities. I wanted to be on the water so this met both needs. Stayed in a 2nd floor condo with unbelievable views. Full Kitchen ang great restaurant attached right onthe property. The riverwalk in 2.5 miles and takes you right along Lake Pepin. No Taxi's in town but, that didn;t stop us. Fun night life and there is a $15 river boat cruise that takes you down the MN side and back up the WI side. 90 minute cruise with bar and snacks available. I didn't want to leave! Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Spent 3 nights at the Willows in a 2nd floor, 1 bedroom unit. Unit was very spacious with large bathroom, walkin closet (with washer/dryer) and nice kitchen open to the living room. Appliances seemed new. Floor to ceiling windows made you feel like you were right over the water. The views of Lake Pepin are extraordinary. Would recommend the Willows for those looking for space, privacy and great views.

Room Tip: 2nd floor unit with small balcony was great. You can hear some noise from the unit above you.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 100 Central Point Rd, Lake City, MN 55041-3248
Location: United States > Minnesota > Lake City
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Lake City
Price Range: $136 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Willows on the River 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
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