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“This was our second stay and will not be the last”
Review of Fillenwarth Beach

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Fillenwarth Beach
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arnolds Park
Reviewed 13 July 2014

The staff is wonderful. There is so much for the entire family to do. The location is absolutely perfect. I cannot say enough about this destination. The kids were able to water ski every day. If you get a chance, jump on the sail boat for a ride and then relax on a family cruise.

Room Tip: Both times we have had a room overlooking the lake
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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6  Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We've made the trip to Okoboji every year for the last 20, and all but the first few have been to Fillenwarth. It's synonymous with Okoboji and summer for our family. The accommodations are tight, but you don't spend that much time inside, even with bad weather. The staff are always friendly, courteous and helpful. Activities for all ages are available, and so many places are walking distance. We love all the cruises, cocktail is great for adults, history there is always something new, and sailing is always exciting! We just wish it was closer!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank travcon
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Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

The location is perfect. The included activities are a bonus. It is old fashion excellent relaxing family fun. We couldn't have asked for a better value. If you want to be local and in the heart of it this is the ace to be

  • Stayed: June 2014
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3  Thank Stacycda
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We have been to Fillenwarth a couple years now. The resort is in the perfect location! It is within walking distance to restaurants, bars, the Emporium, and Arnold's Park (amusement park). We make multiple outings a day and get more than our fair share of food, sun, and exercise!
We love that cruises, skiing lessons, and sailing are included in the cost of the resort. This way, you don't have to worry about carrying around extra cash, and we didn't have to be concerned with renting our own boat. With being able to do each once a day, I don't see where you can go wrong with this beach side resort.
I love going on the cruises and having an hour of just relaxing and looking out onto the beautiful lake. I was pleased that drinks and snacks were provided for the ride as well.
I had never skied before and the man who was driving the boat was extremely friendly and helpful. We were able to get a few goes at it each and that was a nice experience for us.
We rent a room that has a capacity for 4 but think that two people is perfect. If you are a couple with kids, it would also work. When we're on vacation at a beach, we don't plan on spending too much time in the room anyway, so it doesn't need to be anything fancy. If you keep in mind that you are coming to a LAKE, then you will get what you expect. The only thing I would be weary of is the water pressure & temperature for the shower. The pressure can be hard and then a trickle, and from scolding hot to luke warm within one shower time. Just be quick!
There are multiple things to do without having to use a vehicle to get there, and it's all inclusive. We plan on making many return trips and as of right now, we would say this is the best place on the lake to stay!

Room Tip: Book early if you want lake view! If you have multiple people in your party, definitely get a room w...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

If you are looking for a luxury resort complete with a spa and the standard exercise facilities, Fillenwarth Beach is not your place. However, there is so much to be had here. FB is your typical beach town resort with the look and feel of the places you've seen in the movies, those places with the quaint cottages set back in the trees with a lake view. You can choose cabins or a motel-like setting. Personally, I like the cabins that are right on the lake. The atmosphere is laid back and chances are, the people you see here have been coming on family vacations for generations.
If you want peace and quiet, you might not like Fillenwarth Beach as there are going to be loads of kids around. It advertises itself as a family place but you'll also likely see and hear college kids partying all day.
There are so many things for the family to do - boat rides and the other standard beach things. The rooms are not luxurious by any stretch of the imagination. This is a place where you'll have fun because of what you can do and what is around you, not because your room is beautiful.
FB has one of the best locations in the area if you want to be near the action. Many places are within walking distance - the Central Emporium - touristy shops/restaurants, Arnold's Park Amusement Park, and many other small shops and local cafes. The resort itself is on one of the busiest parts of the lake (West Lake Okoboji) so it's a fine area for watching boats and people. Be sure you have your camera as you will likely witness some of the best sunsets ever.
My friends have been visiting since we were in high school. . . many years ago.

Room Tip: Personally, I prefer the cabins/condos right on the lake. You will feel like you have some privacy i...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank IowaLakeGirl78
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Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

Fillenwarth is a wonderful family resort. So many activities for the kids to do. Free boat rides, crafts, getting acquainted party! We go back every summer! Cabins are recently updated. Quick walk to emporium and Arnold's park. Great time

Stayed: July 2013
1  Thank Robin S
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

We traveled to Okoboji for a family wedding, deciding to make it a family vacation. With four siblings families and extended family in tow. We were able to get accommodations close to the proximity of what we were there for, plus a bonus of other activities. Condo located on the water, great location, and amenities. Concert in the park giving us great seats from our deck. Daily FREE activities gave entertainment for all ages young adults to grandparents. Staff was very accommodating and courteous.

Room Tip: Condo's were great for a family of six. Short walk to activities, that the resort put on, but a...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Fillenwarth Beach

Address: 87 Lakeshore Dr, PO Box 536, Arnolds Park, IA 51331-7743
Region: United States > Iowa > Arnolds Park
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arnolds Park
Price Range: £30 - £199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and operated summer resort on West Lake Okoboji, in Arnolds Park, Okoboji's entertainment center. Our 96 units are lakeside or nearby with lake access and are fully furnished apartments, studios and cottages for one to 18 people. All amenities are free including boat rides, indoor and outdoor pools, large sunning docks and in-season recreation program. ... more   less 
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Fillenwarth Beach Hotel Arnolds Park
Fillenwarth Beach Arnolds Park, Iowa

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