We stayed here in late March for a quick family weekend getaway. We have a 5-month old puppy, and wanted her to have a chance to play in the water (we live in the Twin Cities, where our lakes are normally still have ice on them at this time). The hotel was pleasant - clean rooms. We had no problems bringing our dog (the first floor rooms have sliding doors, which made it REALLY easy to get her outside for potty breaks). We requested a room near an exit to make it easier to get our dog outside, not knowing the rooms had sliding doors. So we ended up in a room furthest from the desk - we were the only people in the entire wing of the building. Kind of weird. If they had mentioned that the rooms had sliding doors, they could have given us a more conveniently located room.
On the whole, the best thing the hotel had going for it was the clean room and being pet-friendly. The staff was civil - they spoke with us - but weren't particularly friendly or helpful. We froze the first night, so we called at 8:30 pm the second night to request an extra blanket. When we went to bed at 10:00 pm - no blanket had been delivered (we checked outside the door). But the next morning - there was a blanket. So who knows how late they delivered it. We also called after we had arrived home because we thought we had forgotten a pair of shoes. The desk staff said they would follow-up with housekeeping. Well, I found the shoes minutes later and my husband called right back. It had been FIVE minutes, and the woman seemed to have already forgotten his call. Not so confident she actually was planning on following up with housekeeping.
Their continental breakfast was pretty bad - prepackaged cereal, bagels or muffins. But, I wasn't even aware they offered a continental breakfast...so I guess it was better than nothing.
The pool area was pretty decent - our 10-year-old had fun playing there. Although the door to get into the pool area was mysteriously locked on Saturday afternoon. The woman at the front desk didn't know why - and didn't have a key to open it - so we ended up having to walk around outside to get to the pool - kind of annoying since our child had decided not to wear shoes (yes, I did warn him that wasn't a smart idea).
Anyhow - if I was traveling again with our dog, I think I'd try the other resort in town that welcomes dogs (forget the name, but they have a waterpark...so probably even more fun for the 10-year-old). If I wasn't traveling with a dog, I'd skip this hotel because I found the service to be below standard. I also found our wing of the hotel smelled strongly - perhaps because it's rarely used in the off season. And we had to go through the laundry area to get to the main lobby - and my son couldn't resist complaining every time that it smelled bad - because it did smell VERY bad.
But we won't be going back here again. We were underwhelmed with the Okoboji area. A local said we should come back in the summer because "it gets busier." Really? Busier? I was hoping it got more beautiful, or there were more interesting state parks to roam, or there were better beaches for kids to play on, or more quaint downtown areas to shop. Nope. It gets busier. We headed south because we were looking for warmer weather. In the future, I'll wait a few weeks and head to northern Minnesota for some awesome hiking adventures!
- Also Known As:
- Arrowwood Hotel
- Arrowwood Hotel Okoboji
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arrowwood is nestled in the beautiful Iowa Great Lakes Region next to the 27 hole championship Brooks Golf Course and in the heart of all the lakes area has to offer - swimming, waterskiing, boating, windsailing, winter activites, shopping, concerts, plays, museums, amusement parks, bike trails and so much more. ... more less
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