I stayed here while being on a family reunion with my girlfriend. I was originally supposed to stay at the Hazlet State Park Cottages on Carlyle Lake but I wouldn't be caught dead in that place (hence the title of this review). A review will be found under that name shortly.
Upon my arrival here, I was greeted with a warm welcome, a great start! I told the employee ( I believe her name was Kelly) of my current situation. I wanted to see a room first before I decided to stay here. I requested this and she had no problem with showing me a room. The room was spacious and clean. Now, these rooms are very basic, so don't expect a flat LCD/LED TV or a mini-bar, those would be nice but it wasn't happening here, which was fine.
I stayed for 4 nights and loved it! The bed's were nice, the A/C worked like a charm, made the room wicked cold-PERFECT! They had breakfast every morning till 10AM, which was great because I slept in a lot. The breakfast consisted of Sara Lee wrapped muffins and pastries, bagels, toast, and 3 different types of cereal. They had hot water (for tea) and coffee available throughout the entire day. I'm not sure if the coffee (both decaf and regular) were brewed regularly but everytime I went to get hot water for tea, the coffee bone was always full.
The location is the best in Carlyle. Down the street is the Wal*Mart and McDonalds. The McDonald's does have Wifi and does have their signature Coffee Bar. However, if you bring your laptop, the outlets are sparce so make sure your laptop is charged. The Wal*Mart is nice and it does have a grocery section. I would do all your shopping at this Wal*Mart. The food is fresh (fruits, veggies, etc) and the employees are nice.
Back to the Hotel;
The Hotel does have Wifi as well and it is free. However, the connection speed isn't that great. It gets about 1.25 download and about 1.10 upload (clocked it daily). So if you are looking to view steaming material, you may expect some buffer periods. Other than that, it's pretty good considering the area that you are in.
This Hotel unfortunately does not have a laundry room. You need to go to the neighboring towns to do laundry. There used to be a laundramat in Carlyle (next to the IGA and Subway) but it is now closed. There is one laundramat in Beckemeyer, IL (next town over). It's okay but I preferred Breese, IL. However, the one in Breese does not have a coin machine or a machine that dispenses soap and fabric softner but it has better machines. Also, there is a cafe and wine bar right next door and a restaurant across the street, so there are things to do while your laundry is being done. Key note, there is no attendent at either one of these laundramats.
Last, the pool at the Hotel is small but very clean! Also, it's right next to the park and beach, which was closed when I visited but looked amazing and fun!
I will never go to Carlyle, IL again as there is absolutely nothing to do for a city person that hates the outdoors. But if you love the outdoors, please stay at this Hotel. It's close to everything and you will not be disappointed with your stay.
Stay on the third floor in an odd number room, you will have a view of the lake/beach area.
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