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Wildwood Springs Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Steelville
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This century old (nearly) facility has a new lease on life, primarily due to the force of will of the owner and his passion for for bands from the 60's and 70's. Stay here on a Friday or Saturday night in the fall and you will see 200+ people, ages 50-70, show up, tailgate, drink their Napa wine (they can afford it at their age) and become teenagers again watching Three Dog Night or Poco or America or Ozark Mountain Daredevils, etc. One reviewer said it is old and noisy. Yes! It was built in a bygone era of wood floors and screen doors. That's the charm!
This is worth it.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

A huge disappointment. The Lodge is very,very old. Very noisy. Guess it might be good for families but I dare to think that our grandkids would find it disappointing. . Food not great. Rooms were simply..bad. Would be a great place with some minor improvements. We definitely will not be back.

Room Tip: Very,very disappointed. Wanted to go there for a long time and we were shocked when we got there. It...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank axelanna g
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We came to a wedding at the lodge and stayed at the Cottage for a little extra privacy. I wish I could come and stay there for a week, looking over the mountains and playing in the river. It was charming and homey and unpretentious and comfortable. We never got a chance to take advantage of having two sitting rooms or a kitchen, but there would have been plenty of space to have other people come stay on a cot and to make nice dinners. The only complaints were that the hot water heater isn't big enough for two showers, and that the shower itself produced such a diffuse spray it was hard to rinse shampoo out of my hair without standing there for twenty minutes. But that wouldn't keep me from going back. And if I went with a few friends or family members, I'd book the Clubhouse, which looks really cool and like a great deal.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Georgia F
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a really fun time last weekend at the Wildwood Springs Lodge. We went with 2 other couples to see the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. We arrived Saturday afternoon and left Sunday after breakfast. The 2 couples we were with had been there before so they knew what to do in regard to seating, dinner, etc. The owner also provides good information on the website on what to expect when you arrive. I suggest you get there early...1pm or 2pm...so you can enjoy checking out the lodge and surrounding area. We arrived at that time on Saturday and built a fire out back in a designated fire pit. It was a chilly day so it was a perfect day for a fire. Then at 4pm is when you get to reserve your seats for the concert that night. We were lucky enough to get the seats we wanted...some people weren't (such as the people that were trying to reserve seats prior to getting their number called). Then you have a couple hours before dinner which was EXCELLENT. It's buffet style but the food was really really good. I had the prime rib and my wife had the tilapia. After dinner is when the concert starts which it did promptly at 8pm. It is like seeing a concert in your living room....really neat...bar close by...fun. After it was over, we went to bed. It is kind of noisy with people staying up at partying but you kind of expect that. 2 rooms share a shower and everyone shares the bathrooms at the end of each hallway but that's not a big deal...we were only there one night. Breakfast was just as good as dinner. We will return. Tips: Get there early like we did (and hope it's not raining so you can build fire out back). Pick your seats out and be ready to have 2nd and 3rd choices in case someone takes the ones you want. Have fun! And oh year..if it's a cold night bring a blanket. They don't provide enough bedding (only a sheet and a light blanket).

Room Tip: Choose one away from the bathrooms.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank ElBirdos
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Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

I won a concert ticket held at the lodge and looked forward to checking the place out. Living in a nearby county, I know the area is beautifully stunning. The lodge keeps its historical look and feel, too. The concert had a very relaxed feel and the audience easily interacts with those on stage. It is a nice experience, much different than concerts on the big stage, or even in Vegas. I recommend you try the more relaxed way to hear good talent in a rural setting. PS, the food offered at the buffet style dinner was great. If you get a chance to try the bread pudding with bourbon sauce...um um good.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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3  Thank Crazycat729
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

My husband, another couple and I traveled to Steelville this past weekend to have dinner and attend the Marshall Tucker Band concert at the resort. This is the fifth concert we have attended so we had realistic expectations for the evening. First off the parking was easier than in the past. There was more "lot" spaces available so that you didn't have to park on the road. Check-in was also easier, taking less time than we remembered. The dinner was fantastic. We all remarked that the food tasted like it had been cooked just for us, instead of such a large group. Everything was hot and fresh. The staff was also quick to serve and always with a smile. Unfortunately, this ends the positive portion of this review. It was apparent that the size of the audience has been allowed to increase from earlier concert seasons. Seating was extremely tight. It was impossible to see more than a portion of the musicians heads from our seats. Even that view was obscured much of the time by a number of audience members who felt the need to hold their iPhones over their heads to record their experience. The atmosphere during the concert was more college town bar than concert venue. The bar is open the entire concert and there was a constant stream of people walking back and forth through the audience to buy drinks without any concern to those who came to see and listen to a concert. Still others talked loudly the entire time. Perhaps they thought the idea of a "living room concert" meant they should act like they were in their own living room. If the resort is going to charge what they do for their concerts perhaps they need to close the bar during the performance to eliminate the parade of patrons, and remind everyone at the beginning to be respectful of the musicians and other audience members. As I stated earlier in the review, this was our fifth concert at Wildwood Springs. It very well will also be our last.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank loveadventure4
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Our stay exceeded our expectations - the food was top notch and, just like previous years, we had an opportunity to visit with the chef's personally. A stay at Wildwood lets one relive the glory years of the resort/hotel scene of years gone by - if you want to experience first hand what your grandparents or parents may have experienced, Wildwood should be on your list. If you are looking for a Holiday Inn, this resort is not for you. But if you want to stay at a clean, grand old hotel where the staff are courteous and want to make your stay enjoyable - then check out Wildwood Springs.

Room Tip: The first level room overlooking the pool have a great screen in porch for visiting.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Grand DR, Steelville, MO 65565-0919
Location: United States > Missouri > Steelville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Steelville
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
Wildwood Springs Hotel Steelville

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