The boat house is "rustic" and ready to collapse into the water. I thought it was an oversight that we were not given a key to our cabin (Harry's lower level). I went to the office to get the key and was told there are no keys and that this is the Island of Happy Days and nothing bad has ever happened here. I said what about my purse?. I don't want to carry it everywhere and don't want somebody to steal it. I was told to hide it under the bed. I feel this is a very bad policy. It should be my right to have a key once I pay for the room and my choice to lock the door or leave it open. It is incomprehensible to not care about the guest's property or safety. Anybody could get in your cabin and steal stuff or worse. Our one and only meal that we ate there (braised beef) was burnt and dry. It looked and tasted like leftovers. The salad consisted of spring greens with no additional veggie, croutons, cheese, etc. It was just like they shook it out of a bag and didn't even bother to pick out the bad leaves. This place could star in an episode of Chef Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Perhaps they need somebody like him to straighten this place out. There were three water bicycles when we were there at the end of June. Only one was usable. One of the other two had no handle bar to hold on to and the other one's seat was loose and rocked too forward or backward. Our cabin had burnt out light bulbs that should have been replaced. The office was notified and nobody replaced them during our stay. The white chairs have green mold/moss growing on them and coming through the wood slats. What would it take to clean them? The tennis court is a disaster. I call this poor maintenance and not "rustic." On a positive note I liked the decor. We gave ourselves a tour of the unoccupied rooms and cabins since there are no locks. We actually thought of "upgrading" our room ourselves on our last night and thought nobody would know because there isn't any staff around and nothing is locked. I kind of wish we would have done it and let them wonder who used the room. Upon returning home everybody that I told about the "no key" policy was dumbfounded. I could never recommend this place because of safety issues and the lack of caring one iota about them from the establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stout’s Island Lodge sits proudly in the center of Red Cedar Lake – an 1800-acre lake in northeastern Barron County, Wisconsin. There are two island connected by a 100 ft. walking bridge (given to Frank Stout by Andrew Carneige). The two islands have a combined acreage of 18 acres. All lodging is located on the western of the two islands; the East Island has walking trails as well as a small picnic cabin on the northern tip. Red Cedar Lake is known for its water quality, its fishery and for its relative quietude. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stout`s Island Hotel Mikana
- Stout Island