My husband and I booked under a special deal but unfortunately had to reschedule due to a family emergency. The staff accommodated the rescheduling but did not honor the orginal deal which is somewhat understandable. So our actual visit was brief which was probably fortunate. Our cabin was small and not very clean (crumbs on the table, ashes on the fireplace hearth, some dirt or ash on the floors & rug, and an unflushed toilet all noticed upon arrival) After a hike on one of the trails we went for dinner in the main lodge around 8pm. We thought it would be quiet and asked to be seated near a window (there are two seperate dining areas in the lodge). Shortly after being seated for a romantic dinner the host sat a few other adult tables followed by a couple more tables of families with small children right next to our quiet romantic dinner for two. The children were not be tended to by the parents and the waitress could not keep up with the children's demands. Our meals had already been ordered or we may have delayed our dinner. We ordered dinner from the evening's menu specials which are wonderfully described and a higher priced asking the waitress what she would recommend. The cup of walleye wild rice soup ended up being the highlight of our entire experience although I can't say we noticed any walleye in the soup. There was a very long delay between the soup and the dinner. The dinner was served at room temperature with the recommended potatoes cold and uncooked.The waitress who was very pleasant & busy never checked back after delivering our food but did drop off the check in passing. We went to pay at the main desk and do a little shopping at the lodge gift shop. The staff at the main desk was on the phone from the time we arrived for dinner to the time we left the gift shop making confirmation calls to future guests regarding meal choices. The lead or what seemed to be the experienced staff (possibly family?) seemed to be disinterested in guests that were at the lodge. Our bedroom was a bit more bathroom with the well lit tiled bath area wrapped around the edge of the bed. The shower was new with mulitple jets that could not all be executed due to lack of water pressure. The stay at the lodge was disappointing from the time we checked in to our early check out. The lodge has potential with it's history (we learned about at the history center or museam at the end of the Gunflint Trail) but the services are not well executed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All-inclusive luxury cabins in the Minnesota Northwoods on the historic Gunflint Trail bordering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Lakeside cabins with fireplaces accommodate 2-14 people and many have in-room saunas or spa pools. Activities include canoeing, hiking, fishing guides, guided Naturalist activities, swimming, horse back riding, full meal service, and the Towering Pines Canopy Tour. Winter activities include cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, snow shoeing and ice fishing. Lakeside patio dining, full-service bar, and massage therapist are available. Featured in "1,000 Places to See Before You Die-U.S. & Canada." Always Pet Friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gunflint Hotel Grand Marais