Our daughter gave us a Crowd Cut coupon for christmas that we redeemed on Jan 25, 2013. Upon arrival we were shown to our room which was the Bob Dylan room. We were very concerned and shared out concern with the manager Carlita, about inhaling fumes from a gas fireplace all night, she negated our concern with defense. INto the bathroom we stepped to find the most janky whirlpool ever, the copper pipes were exposed on the wall with black marker telling which was hot and cold, and a large note not to move the STONEs that were next to the faucets that were glued down. The sink wobbles off of it's pedestals, you have to hold the flusher on the toliet for 30 seconds for it to flush ( with another note telling you that), there were NO hand towels, and the hand soap and body soap provided had notes on them NOT TO TAKE home with us...I'm just getting started . The chandelier( with cobwebs) in the bathroom was missing one light, and had 2 other lights that were out, which made for a very dim bathroom. THe faucets on the sink did not match and for our 18 hour stay here, we never were able to draw hot water, nor did we attempt to use the shower or jacuzzi. The main bed room had a hurricane glass covering that had not been cleaned for 40 years! THe curtains were falling off of the rods, and our windows could not be locked in the room. WHile we were there, we killed 4 bugs and literally saw at least 5 or 6 more crawling up walls, on the floor, and in the bathroom. In the night, we heard a mouse scratching around either under our bed or in the walls. Made us sick and so uncomfortable and woke up with some red dots on my chest in the morning most likeley from the bugs. THe carpet was stained and gross. We since have read so many BAD reviews about this place and over the years NOTHING has changed. I am so sad that my daughter spent her hard earned money on such a bad gift for us. I can't imagine what kind of people are writing a review on this place that would give it more than a 1 star.....It was a horrible experience. The breakfast.....Large note to tell you that if you want anything heated up, let the staff know. SO we wanted our quiche warmed and the manager said, it is warm while she held the dogs food dish in her hand, and proceeded to let the dog eat right next to our table, slurping the digusting dog food. The dog, is a beautiful chocolate lab who greeted us when we arrived, and in the morning, and then when we came back in the evening about 10pm, my husband opened his car door, and the dog jumped into the car with his front paws on my husbands lap. Good thing he likes dogs, but some people may not.
THis place has potential if someone could come in give is some big time dollars for restoration and careful craftmanship.
If someone gave us a free room here we would NOT return under ANY condition, NOR would we or COULD we ever recommend this place to anyone we cared about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 19th Century History Preserved at the Outing Lodge European style 19th century country home, surrounded by lawns and gardens with 300 acres of wooded park land ~ a place where people would go to get away from modern city life. Pine Point was founded in 1858 as Minnesota's second "poor farm," a home for the chronically indigent or those temporarily down on their luck. Stillwater was a wealthy community in 1850, the territorial capital. In this abundant atmosphere, a desire to help the less fortunate culminated in the construction of this poor farm. The prize-winning dairy farm became both a home and a workplace to thousands of needy for almost 100 years. When the farm was closed in 1957, the land was planted in pine trees, now Pine Point Park. The house went on for 20 years as a Rest Home. In the 1980s, to save it from proposed demolition, Lee Gohlike began its renovation. He gutted its interiors with a reverence for its historic past: wide-planked wooden floors cut from old pine beams provide a perfect backdrop to the many elegant antique furnishings, numerous candelabra and massive fireplaces. Featured in Midwest Traveler, Star Tribune and other local & national publications, this beautiful Georgian home is a destination for exclusive retreats & events. Guests enjoy cross-country skiing, horseback and biking trails connecting to the Metro system. Theme dinner calendar of events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outing Lodge At Pine Point Hotel Oak Park Heights