The Rosecliff Lodge is like the Taj Mahal when compared to other places to stay in Van Buren. The cabins at Big Spring park may be as nice but they are 4 miles from the town and damn hard to get a reservation. Our room and the facility were very nice. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly.
The Blue Heron restaurant was exceptional, not only for the area but for anywhere. The quality of the food was excellent and our server was great. The prices are low when you consider what you are getting.
The Rosecliff is right on the river bank about 70 yards from the water. Our room, and most of the rooms, have a very nice view of the Current River. There are porches or verandas on all three levels of the lodge that give you a view of the river. There is large gravel bar leading out to the river and it makes a nice place to see and play in the water.
The only drawback or negative I found was the closeness to the main highway through Van Buren. That and the view of the unstructure of the bridge across the river intruded on an otherwise perfect place to stay.
Again comparatively speaking, the other places to stay in town were much cheaper. However, we stayed at one of them and I felt I should have stayed up most of the night keeping watch to make sure some critter didn't make off with my wife. Then we moved to the Rosecliff and I had a good nights sleep. The old adage is true, you get what you pay for.
If we are ever back in the area again, we will certainly stay at The RoseCliff Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named after the historic Rose Cliff Hotel in Van Buren, Missouri, this 56 unit riverfront lodge is home to the largest river outfitter on the lower Current River and is the only riverfront lodging on Current River. Only 3 miles from Big Spring. ... more less