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“Wilderness Disappointment” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Wilderness Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
St. Louis, MO
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“Wilderness Disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2005

We just returned from two days at Wilderness Lodge in Lesterville, Missouri. The lodge is located off Peola Rd., a two lane dirt road outside of town. The lodge actually doesn't sit on the Black River, but back about 200' on the other side of the dirt road. We intended to stay three nights, but after checking in and seeing the location and our room we immediately changed our stay to two nights, the minimum since we had already prepaid. To say the rooms and lodge are "rustic" would be to romanticize what are somewhat poorly maintained, rundown accomodations. Everything seems to be done as cheaply as possible, from the plastic light fixtures to the creaking beds. The pool they mention on their website is an above ground pool and quite small, and the whirlpool spa has been removed. We stayed in one of the two riverside suites. These rooms (basically a duplex on stilts) are separated from the rest of the lodge, 15' from the dirt Peola Rd on the river side) and are the only rooms near the river. The riverside suites are larger and much brighter than all of the other rooms they have on site (we toured them all to see if we could find a nicer room), but still not worth half of the $288 a night we paid for a family of four. We could also hear every move made by the neighbors. Of course, part of the reason the rates are so high is because breakfast and dinner are included. Had the food lived up to the gourmet descriptions we read online, we would have enjoyed our trip much more. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre at best. Our first night was bell peppers stuffed with a bland mixture of ground beef and rice and it didn't taste good. The second night was turkey and a clear gravy. Not bad, but not flavorful, either. Breakfast was eatable but unremarkable as well (simple fare, scambled egss and fried bacon or sausage patties). One is automatically charged a 15% surcharge for "service", whether you believe you received good service or not. While the staff was as friendly and helpful, the experience of going to the Wilderness Lodge is simply not worth the expense.

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Property: Wilderness Lodge
Address: PO Box 90, Lesterville, MO 63654-0090
Location: United States > Missouri > Lesterville
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Lesterville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Wilderness Lodge, we have over 25 different cabins, suites and cottages for guests to enjoy. All cabin prices are based on a per person, per night charge since dinner and lunch are included with the package. Breakfast is available continental style from 7:30am to 9:30am, and we also serve a hot breakfast from 8am to 9am. For dinner, we have 4 seatings at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm. During the week there is just one dinner seating between 6pm and 7pm (but we still try to be flexible if guests would like to come a little earlier or later). As far as activities, there is of course the Black River directly across the road from Wilderness Lodge for a little (or a lot) of water fun. Just a short walk from the cabins, the river, gravel bars, and side streams are great places to explore, swim, catch water critters and just relax in the sun. For a bit more adventure, we rent canoes, rafts, kayaks, and tubes for floating. We port floaters upstream in the morning for a 4 to 6 hour float (depending upon how fast the river is moving and how many gravel bar breaks you take) that ends up right back at our rivers edge campground. There are plenty more outdoor activities on the property including hiking, fishing, miniature golf, horse shoes, basketball, shuffle board, a playground, frisbee golf, etc -- we even recently found a cave to explore for those not afraid of small spaces. :) There are also a number of cool nature attractions within a short car ride, including Elephant Rock State Park and the recently opened Johnson Shut-ins. To get out of the heat, we have an air conditioned rec room with games & indoor activities -- and we plan to keep the main Lodge open all day long (over the last couple years it was only open during the meal times). Also in the main lodge is the Ripple Room Lounge, open for cocktails and beverages from 5pm to 9pm everyday. For the readers in our crowd that want a little piece and quiet, we have taken one of the Rock Cabins and converted it into a library refuge. Finally, on Saturday nights, we will also hold an informal friendly family game night in the main lodge for anyone that wants to attend. Unwind. Cool Off. Eat Well. Enjoy Wilderness! Wilderness Lodge Resort ... more   less 
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