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“Great Resort - But, don't book if they have a wedding and you want sleep” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wild Eagle Lodge
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Eagle River
Certificate of Excellence
Wausau, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Resort - But, don't book if they have a wedding and you want sleep”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2008

The resort has everything a family with young children could hope for. The rooms are clean, neat, very spacious, with great views. There is a pool for toddlers and a nice sized regular pool. There is a play area, as well. The sandy beach was great. My kids played there for hours. We brought our boat and were able to park it at a slip right in front of our room.

But BEWARE, the resort books weddings. The music is so loud you won't get a wink of sleep until all is over. I would never stay there again if they were having a wedding that weekend.

I told the front desk staff when we checked out that we were very unhappy with our Saturday night stay because we weren't able to sleep and it also ruined our Sunday because everyone was so tired. They didn't apologize, in fact they didn't say one word at all. I told them that in all fairness to the guests this should be disclosed at booking. Still, not one word of response. Another guest told us eveyone was complaining and one of the staff people told them they had 13 more weddings booked. Other than that, I loved the resort and would definately go there again. I'll just check to make sure there isn't a wedding. And, I hope when we go back they have hired some staff that have a clue how to handle issues like this.

  • Liked — There is so much to do with young children
  • Disliked — The wedding they booked there the same weekend we stayed. The music was so loud that no one slept at all. Also the fact that the staff did not handle our complaint at all.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Nashville
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2008

July 08 was the third year in a row that we've been up to the Northwoods. The first year we stayed in a private rental home on Otter Lake. It was just ok and it had one long steep hill to get down to the water. The second year we stayed in one of the cabins on Cranberry Island in Cranberry Lake. Staying on the island appealed to us as there would be little highway noise and there wasn't. But the cabins are dated. Verging on rustic by todays standards. Clean and cheap but 1950s decor and appliances..

This past July we stayed at the Widl Eagle Lodge and we won't stay any where else now.. It is perfectly located on Duck/Lynx Lakes, the grounds are immaculate and the units are pristine. All modern decor and appliances and very very comfortable. No "goat hill" to the water either. The place is a mecca for folks traveling with kids as there are activities galore! At the same time it's perfect for the fishermen (like us). Boondockers Lounge offers above average pub food and we saw a couple bands that rocked the joint on a few evenings. The ENTIRE staff go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need too. Nicest bunch of folks we've met up there. Caught fish (lots) right off the piers and some nice ones too! They offer boat rentals as well rowboats to pontoons and every morning early the staff came to our boat and swept up, check to see if gas was needed etc.. Service with a smile! I cannot recommend the Wild Eagle enough. Location, Staff, Grounds, Amenities.. It has it all! We're booked for 09 already!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank NorthwoodsLover
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wisconsin
Level Contributor
28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2008

Wow! My family and I stayed at the Wild Eagle Resort in July 2008. The property has to be the largest and most well kept resort on the chain of lakes. We rented a 3 bedroom which overlooked beautiful Duck Lake and was also close to the beach and docks. The unit was very nice and clean. They provided us also with a grill on our patio that really came in handy. There is no daily maid service which was not a problem for us. The kitchen is fully stocked although more dish towels would have been appreciated. There is a restaurant/bar called Boondockers that had nightly entertainment, which was fun. The tennis courts were beautiful. They also rent pontoon boats and fishing boats, but we did not use this service. The grounds are very well maintained and very beautiful with a lovely biking path around the resort. I would recommend this resort for a beautiful Wisconsin vacation.

  • Liked — Indoor pool, location
  • Disliked — no washer/dryer on premises
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank WisconsinBarbara
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Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2008

My husband and I spent 4 nights at the resort. We had reserved a 1 bedroom condo. Upon entering the place it had a foul smell. We opened the windows and went to town. After 4 hours the smell of what I now identified as curry was still thick in the air. I called the front desk and the lady was helpful coming over to smell our place. She agreed it was bad and changed us to a 2bedroom place. It was great. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub on a rainy day and the lake on a sunny day. Nothing like the North woods to calm you down. There was a wedding on Sat while we were at the resort and we heard music at night, but not too bad. Go to the Riverstone restuarant in town, great food and wine. Great bike ride along the woods near Boulder Junction with a general store along the way for homemade ice cream.

  • Liked — Great furniture with north woods theme and great view of the lake
  • Disliked — No housekeeping included and not enough supplies
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank MaryKayT
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elm grove
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2008

Stayed at this place 3 times in the past.....property development/sales is their focus these days...service is not. As the other reviewer noted they are pretty cheap when it comes to the details like soap, towels, housekeeping...and if you need to cancel ( even 1 day after you make the reservation and 3 months in advance) be prepared to be docked $50. High priced and with todays gas prices, I'd say check out the Dell's area in Wisconsin for competitive prices, services, amenities.....and save lots in travel time and gas cost. Wild Eagle needs to wake up and smell the coffee...people will not pay these prices and then be nickel and dimed to death for 'extras'. I had a chance to rebook, but declined after learning about the $50 service fee. They have lost a repeat customer. We found a great place in the Dells, with lots to offer ...on a lake, restaurants, water parks, inground pool, golf course...something for everyone and at about $75 less a day.

  • Liked — Property is situated on a nice piece of real estate
  • Disliked — vacation time share/home ownership focus
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank trudyElmGrove
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Minneapolis, MN
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2007

We just returned from the Wild Eagle Lodge and had a fabulous time. We had 3 adults and two children (ages 2 & 1) in our group, and there was something for everyone to do. Even our youngest enjoyed the beach and pool. The adults enjoyed the kayaks and tennis, and we were able to rent a pontoon boat right from the property. The 2 bedroom condo was perfect for us, and it was great to have the extra bathroom. The staff was very friendly and helpful and went out of their way to follow up on our requests.

The only suggestion I would have for them is to rake their beach area daily. Since there is a lot of boat activity, a lot of weeds and/or snails wash ashore on the beach. It would be nice if someone raked this away from the main beach area.

Other than that, we truly enjoyed ourselves and would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — Spacious, clean rooms
  • Disliked — Beach needed some clean up
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank kmklos
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ca
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2007

The activities available are really nice. There's a wonderful pool, playground for young children as well as all of the fishing and lake sports that are right outside the door. Having said that I would not stay here again. We rented a 3 bedroom condo, when we got here it had 4 towels and one bar of soap. Which is pretty paltry for a place that can sleep 8 adults. There is no housekeeping service available unless you pay extra for it. Sorry but I've stayed at other resorts in the same price range as this and have never had to pay extra to have housekeeping remove the garbage, restock the supplies and tidy up. It is absolutely ridiculous in my opinion to be expected to take out my own trash, provide my own sundries and clean the bathroom at a vacation resort that charges this much. You also have to pay extra for clean towels during your stay here.

Stayed May 2007
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Property: Wild Eagle Lodge
Address: 4443 Chain O' Lakes Rd, Eagle River, WI 54521
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Eagle River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Eagle River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wild Eagle Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wild Eagle Lodge is the premiere resort on the Eagle River Chain of 28 Lakes. Wild Eagle Lodge offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condos ranging in size from 980 to 1,520 square feet with a fully equipped kitchen, two full bathrooms, a gas fireplace, private deck or patio, sofa sleeper, high speed internet, complimentary rowboats, canoes & kayaks, dockage space and a panoramic lake view. Enjoy the swimming pools, beach, campfires, tennis court, sand volleyball court and Blue Heron restaurant on-site! ... more   less 
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