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Aurora, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Cabin was wonderful. Would have liked to have known ahead of time that Enchanted Forest would be closed and that there would be no shuttle service. Water park needs to be cleaned and maintained. Water was on the chilly side. Was nice for family time.

Thank Terri F
Bloomington, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent choice for a small family gathering and the water park was perfect for the kids. Impressed with all things provided and proximity of local towns gives you other eating choices. Room choices good.

Thank Cubness
saint louis
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Family suite was clean but small. Liked having a microwave and refrigerator. The water park was nice, but the water was cold. My children really enjoyed the water park and I enjoyed the hot tube. Some employees are not real helpful. Management needs to educate some the employees on customer service.

Thank martyspraul
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here in September for a bachelorette party. It was not a rowdy one and all we wanted to do was hangout in the cabins and watch movies. On our way there (4 hours before we checked in) we got a phone call saying the water park was not running. To make up for it they gave us a... More 

Thank Kendra F

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for one night. One night is all I would recommend. I have two 8 year old autistic boys. I liked that it wasn't crowded and overwhelming for them. We stayed here 3 years ago and it was even less crowded this time. You can tell that the place isn't staffed or maintained as well as it was... More 

Thank cheriela7399
Ottawa, Illinois
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All around just a bad experience from the rude staff, the dirty room, no food offered at resort except sat/sun and its awful. Water park is run down and gross, never any towels. Arcade is crazy over priced. Better off just making the drive to the dells.

Thank headcoach4life
Danville, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was hoping for something close to Great Wolf Lodge. I knew it wouldn't as good since it cost about half as much. When we checked in we had to wait several minutes for someone to check us in (seemed they were understaffed), the receptionist didn't tell us anything about the hotel or what activities we could do there, only... More 

Thank weary_traveler1019
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I know all the recent reviews are terrible, and for good reason. We've been here more than once before, so we somewhat ignored some of the bad reviews. Trust me, it has really gotten that bad. The Enchanted Forest is closed for renovations, the entire duration of our visit, which we were not informed of before our visit. Customer service... More 

Thank Samantha M
The Villages, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

poor maintenance and horrible customer service Had issues with the room no one cared this is an overpriced place in the middle of nowhere go to starved rock Not a place to eat wonderful options not far from here I really wanted to like it it's beautiful location but a 1 star at best

1 Thank kerrij0y63
Peoria, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

We wanted something fun to do with the kids (ages 2-9) for the weekend that wasn't too far from home and found Grizzly Jack's. I'll start by saying this place looks like at one time it was really nice. By reading some of the previous reviews it sounds like that is the case. As with anything though, it requires some... More 

3 Thank kellidk

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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort offers skin-drenching fun all year long right in the beautiful setting of Starved Rock State Park. Located just 90 minutes from Chicago or the Quad Cities and an hour from Bloomington or Rockford, our 60 wooded acres offer all of nature's wonders, featuring 60,000 sq. ft. of Indoor Entertainment! This includes Grand Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark and Enchanted Forest Indoor Amusement Park, beautiful lodge accommodations, as well as our 1800 sq. ft. vacation villas and luxurious 2800 sq. ft. cabins. Enjoy a variety of dining options, including wraps, salads, hot sandwiches and made to order pizzas at Lumber Jacks Pizzeria and Sports Bar. During the summer months guests can enjoy a view of nature at our Bear Island Pavilion & Curtis Canyon Deck. Next to Bear Island enjoy our “Castle in the Woods” playground area and test your skills at our 18 hole Canyon Creek Miniature Golf Course, Laser Tag, Ropes Course and Zip Line (additional costs apply - open to the public). All lodge rooms include a microwave, mini-fridge, hair dryer and wi-fi internet access. Our Vacation Villas are a 2-story townhome with a fully-applianced kitchen (basic pots and pans and place settings are provided), 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Our Log Cabins offer 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a fully-applianced kitchen (basic pots and pans and place settings are provided), 3 fireplace, s and an oversized Great Room. Other resort amenities include the Cave Arcade with over 60 games, the Wave Cafe Snack Shop, the Honey Pot Sweet Shop & Grizzly Bean Gourmet Coffee Shop, the Moose Crossing Convenience Store and the Northwoods Niche Gift Shop. Our Grand Bear Conference Center includes over 8000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including 6000 sq. ft. of Grand Ballroom space to accommodate your larger functions such as weddings, family reunions and corporate events. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

Address: 2643 IL 178, Utica, IL 61373
Region: United States > Illinois > Utica
Price Range: £118 - £712 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 272
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