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“Wow !! A Jewel in Southern Ohio” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Long's Retreat Family Resort

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Long's Retreat Family Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Latham
Columbus, Ohio
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40 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Wow !! A Jewel in Southern Ohio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2011

What a GREAT Place !! Firstly, let me reiterate what the last reviewer said. Weekends are extremely busy. Crazy busy. They almost need someone to direct traffic by the campground office, getting in and out was difficult.. The campground is soooo huge you could easily get lost. The activities are wonderful. They included a Swimming beach, Waterslides, Mini Golf, Go Karts, a large video game arcade, climbing wall, trampoline basketball, carousel, moonbounce, paddle boats and canoes.
The staff was exceptional. Very polite.
The grounds were clean. We saw security patrolling all areas. A nice selection of restaurants on site. (Pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, barbecue ribs and brisket)
The camp store had a nice selection of merchandise and was well stocked.

The bad thing was that EVERY activity cost money. Swimming (all day pass $2.50 on weekends) , the water slide (all day pass $7 on weekends), climbing wall ($5 for 1 climb), and the list goes on and on. It got really expensive, really fast.
Dispite that, our family (3 adults, 9 kids) really enjoyed themselves and we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2010

Longs is a campground which rents cabins as well. We had a 1 br. with loft. Double beds in br and loft with a pull out couch. You can swim here , they have a children's splash pad area, diving boards, water slides, Merry go round, Go Kart races. A separate building with Arcade games. Very family oriented kids from toddlers to teens enjoyed them selves. Our cabin was clean. We had A/C, mini fridge,2 burner stove, table and chairs. Picnick tbl, fire ring and charcoal grill outside. There is no hot water, shower, microwave or coffee pot. Still a good deal @ 70.00 per nite.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Sunbury, OH
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2009

We have been spending a week at Long's every year since 2004 and stay in one of the great cabins they offer. We usually have friends with us, but have had a year or two with just us and the kids. The prices are reasonable, the cabin is always clean and there are a lot of activities. Who can beat "camping" in a furnished cabin with cable, beds, air conditioning, dinnerware and a real bathroom? If you ever get the chance to spend the 4th of July there, they have an amazing fireworks show. Weekends are busy, but over the years, we've met some great people including some locals and some return campers like us. It's not Disney World, but for the chance to get away, relax and have some fun with friends, it's a wonderful place. We're heading back tomorrow!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank wolfman1370
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Cincinnati
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71 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2008

Long's Family Resort has its good points, but some concerns you should know about before going there.

First the positives: It is easy to get to, the people who run it are very nice and friendly. They do their best to keep it surprisingly clean considering the number of people who visit there--therein lies one of the problems. There is a lot for kids to do, several nice picnic shelters, tons of picnic tables. AND the prices are extremely reasonable on both lodging and concessions. The cabins are newer and very well kept. The on location store carries pretty much everything you could need.

The negatives. It gets quite crowded on the weekends, and there are CONSTANTLY vehicles running all around between the large camping areas and the swimming and arcade areas. Also lots of private golf carts and ATV's used by the many, many permanent trailers owned by private guests. Campground spots are clean and well kept, just a bit too small. Very hard to get to sleep until after 1 AM due to lots of people sitting around campfires laughing and mostly drinking. A good deal of drinking goes on there. They definitely need more bathroom facilites, just not enough to accomodate so many people, and I hate to say it, but a lot of people with really poor habits when it comes to flushing toilets, throwing litter around, etc. You get the picture. Also, the swimming area can be very dangerous. There are teenage lifeguards, but the lake water in the roped off area is very very murky. A child could go under and you would not see it if you were two fee away. Visibility in the churned up water is about fourteen inches. Also, it drops off into deep area very quickly, and with NO markers of depth. A small child could drown unnoticed, very easily and very quickly. There is no swimming pool at the "resort".

They do the best they can with what they can, but it is really a glorified RV park and campground. Just too many peopleAnd again I don't want to sound arrogant, but too many people with poor habits and not much consideration for others. Longs is in a very rural and lower income area of southern Ohio, and most of the guest are locals. No problems with anyone there, I did not see any security issues going on, but it is a differnt crowd than at a beach resort, for example.. Avoid the weekends as they also have a lot of reunions and events there at the shelters and parking is almost non existent. No cellphone service there either. If you do go and like to get a decent sleep, look into a cabin. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING INTO

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Property: Long's Retreat Family Resort
Address: 50 Bell Hollow Rd, Latham, OH 45646
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Location: United States > Ohio > Latham
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Latham
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Long's Retreat is camping, water and recreation fun on over 400 acres of Southern Ohio's scenic hills, featuring trailer and tent sites, as well as cabins. Enjoy our beach swimming area with waterslides, paddle boats and canoes, Splash Pad, go karts, mini golf, Oasis video arcade, basketball and tennis courts, plus more! Amenities include a camp store, two concession snack bars, restroom and shower facilities, and picnic areas. Fun is waiting for the whole family! ... more   less 
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Long's Retreat Family Resort Ohio/Latham

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