Due to a tendon injury, I called the resort and corporate offices a week before our vacation to request a walk-in unit. After a 7-hour drive, we arrived hot, tired, sweaty, and hungry to be told there was no walk-in unit available. This wasn't a request because I don't want to walk stairs, it's because I have very few steps in my day. The "solutions" presented to me; get sent to a hotel for a night or a lower unit accessible by walking down the sloping lawn were both unacceptable. We ended up in an upper unit which meant that once I was downstairs for the day, I was out and once I returned and went back upstairs, I was stuck inside. I did all that I was supposed to do to secure a unit that was accessible and there is no excuse whatsoever for not having a walk in for me.
The unit was cool and clean, a 2/2 lock out. In the morning, we discovered our coffee maker didn't work properly and we had to go to registration to get another and return the broken one. Our ice maker didn't shut off. Maintenance was very nice, but couldn't fix the problem, which necessitated us emptying the ice bin twice a day. On the outside of our building, there was a piece of siding trim hanging.
Shower pressure was good. The bed was comfortable. The lake was clean and stocked. The pool was clean and cool on a hot afternoon. There was plenty of shade with umbrellas and enough chairs and chaises for all. There were a number of kids, but they were well-behaved and had parental supervision. There is no lifeguard.
The activity center staff was the highlight. Nice, helpful, happy to make fresh popcorn even 10 minutes before closing. There was homemade zucchini bread for sale.
WiFi is at the registration building and at the activity center. It was a nice way to gather with other families.
A 20 minute car ride is what you need to get to food and the movie theater and the small-town mall, aka Walmart.
Our best meal out was pizza at Pogolino's in DeSoto. Everyone knows everyone, but townspeople are friendly and happy to tell you about the area. We found a little Thai restaurant in Festus- that was a surprise.
St Louis is about 45 minutes away. River City casino is up I-55 with a decent buffet and dedicated poker room.
There was more I wanted to do at the resort itself, but being limited to one trip down stairs and one trip back up prevented me from running inside to grab a bathing suit or going in to make a sandwich. It's a shame.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is less than 50 minutes south of St. Louis, yet feels a world apart. Whether swimming or boating on its 40-acre lake, enjoying on-site horseback trail rides or working on your drives on its 5-hole golf course, you may forget how close you are to the city. The St. Louis Gateway Arch, historical Botanical Gardens, breathtaking Cathedral Basilica and fun City Museum are must visits. The free St. Louis Zoo and city's many shopping and dining options are family favorites. Also check out The Loop, a hip, up-and-coming historic neighborhood and Six Flags Over St. Louis amusement park. When it's time to relax, the resort is the perfect retreat. From mini golf to outdoor sports, fishing to swimming and more -there's something for everyone. ... more less
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