I am compelled to review after our stay here. I'm sitting in our cabin living room dreading ever leaving! Let me just share the highlights of what made this place so great for my husband's 40th birthday trip.
We added a night and they didn't have the cabin available, so we stayed the first night in the lodge, which was clean and comfy. The next day, we called them to tell them we were out of the room and they moved our luggage to the cabin for us and called us on our cell phones when it was ready.
My husband and his best friend came in a separate car and checked in before me and his friend's wife. Michelle at the front desk knew our names when we got there and told us how funny our husbands had been. She made it seem like we were checking into a hotel we frequented and were welcome back to.
When we checked into our cabin, we noticed that the air conditioning was blowing, but not as cool as it seemed it should. We called about it and the guy who came out to check it was friendly, informative, and prompt. It was fixed within an hour.
When we got to our cabin, there was a balloon, birthday cake, a snack basket, and a fridge full of drinks. All complimentary (I'm sure the price of the cabin helped support the cost, but it was nice not having to pay an additional 2.50 for a water).
Everyone we have encountered has a servant spirit. It's amazing and probably one of the things that has made our stay so unbearable to end.
I'm sure my friend won't mind me telling you she's a borderline germaphobe. When we got to the cabin, she was mortified and mystified by the deer heads and animal skins (much to my entertainment), but mostly she was impressed that there was NO dust or spiderwebs or dirt anywhere. She really marveled at this. The grounds and the shops and the restaurants are no exception. We joke that the cleaning crew is staffed by ex-CIA operatives with extra time on their hands. You never see them, but they are cleaning all around you.
We couldn't even take advantage of it all. This would be an awesome place to bring kids. Read the website for the comprehensive list, but this place would engage even the most seriously attention-sucking toddler or tween for days (I was going to say weeks, but I have said toddler and tween at home, so I had to be realistic). The best part? Other than the spa obviously, every amenity I can think of is free with your stay. Paddle boats, canoe rentals, games, DVD's, shuffle board, fitness center, volleyball, putt putt, etc.
The bad (typed with heavy sarcasm):
If you just washed your car, you might not appreciate the gorgeous waterfalls you have to drive through to get to registration.
Your stay does, eventually, have to end.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This sprawling wilderness resort is located 1.7 miles from Big Cedar Hollow and 9 miles from the Branson Creek Golf Club. Accommodations range from rustic private cabins to warmly decorated lodge rooms, plus a modern cottage and a villa. All feature a sophisticated take on wilderness lodge decor, plus whirlpool tubs, free Wi-Fi and minifridges. Many have fireplaces. Amenities include a full-service spa, a fitness center with personal trainer, and pony and carriage rides, plus indoor/outdoor pools, a lazy river and loaner kayaks/canoes. There are several dining options, ranging from a casual cafe to a rustic-chic space with lake views. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Big Cedar Hotel Ridgedale
- Big Cedar Resort