"Big Picture" I was truly enchanted with GVL. We had a wonderful experience and we would definitely go back. Despite being a native Minnesotan, I had never ventured to this area of the state. A relative suggested that we have an extended family gathering here and booked one of the GVL cabins on Gull Lake. It was a beautiful, relaxing slice of Nature and incredible calm. Our cabin was very well constructed, nicely designed, and up-dated. Tons of space. It was right on the lake with a screened-in porch, dock, fire pit, and sandy beach. We had several generations in our group and each one was accommodated. The main Lodge, too, was just what you'd expect with a rustic feel- very comfortable and relaxing. Gorgeous grounds. The daily breakfast bar was wonderful. Lots of options, and like a nice hotel in terms of quality of food. The only issues we had were with service and activities. We had scheduled a boat ride but after multiple calls and confusion it never happened. We arrived for a 2-for-1 ice cream night and it had been changed. We tried to rent bikes but they were all booked due to a bike ride they were hosting. Also, various requests we made for service at the cabin either took hours to be filled, or never happened. These were all small glitches, but collectively, they became a pattern. For the caliber of experience offered, it would have been nice for the staff to be more proactive and try to help us/ follow-up versus leaving us to navigate all of the logistics and never know if we were taken care of. We made do in each case, and nothing was earth-shattering. However, if you're a seasoned traveler and comparing this to a nice hotel, you're used to a more attentive approach to guest service. In my gut, this was a "5" for the important parts of the experience. However, for GVL to get a "5" overall it needs to get more of the kinks worked out on its service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Create a lifetime of memories at Grand View Lodge Golf Resort and Spa, located along the beautiful shores of Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN. The Historic Grand View Lodge offers deluxe accommodations, exceptional dining, 45 holes of championship golf, the world-class Glacial Waters Spa, full-service meeting, events and wedding facilities, and activities galore on 2,500 feet of beautiful sandy beach. Grand View's lodging facilities are immaculate, convenient and comfortable, accommodating up to 900 people. Spread across several hundred acres, Grand View provides the maximum privacy, enjoyment, and scenic views for guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand View Hotel Nisswa