I called to check availability on Wednesday for a Friday night stay. Thought it would be a simple yes or no answer; I was abruptly transferred to voice mail, but did get a call back within the hour and was told there was a room. Rented site unseen and was very impressed when we arrived for our stay. The location was gorgeous and the lodge was impressive. The staff was a little short at check-in, but lets call it being efficient. They made no attempt at small talk or to welcome us to the lodge, just a fast paced do you have a reservation, you owe $$, and here are the keys to your room. There were no pleasantries or introduction to the amenities; just a slam, bam, thank you mam' approach.
Our room was 2 queen beds and the view was awesome! The beds were comfortable, but one was much softer than the other. We were told at check in that due to a lighting strike we would have control over our own thermostat. Interestingly, we did not find that to be the case. We adjusted the temp to 68 degrees and found the temp never dropped below 74 degrees.
We ate at the hotel restaurant. The seafood buffet was decent; I really enjoyed the catfish. It was light, flakey and moist. However, my daughter ordered pasta from the menu. The alfredo sauce was like soup and the pasta was drowning in it. It also had little to no flavor and was a complete disappointment.
We were in bed by 10pm; hoping to be well rested for the (early morning) competition. At about midnight the fire alarm in our room screeched twice. Of course this jolted all of us out of bed and it took a few minutes to realize everything was ok. We all laid our heads back down only to be jolted back to life again at 12:20am by the same double blast of the fire alarm. We have no idea why this happened, but it was annoying to say the least! The rest of the night was quiet.
We stayed in room 372. There was no balcony, but the large windows offered a wonderful panoramic view of the mountains & lakes. The sunset from this hotel was truly a sight to behold.
In the morning we had plenty of hot water and soft snuggly towels at our disposal. The departure was uneventful. This property is not close to the Mountain lakes triathlon venue, but with over 900 participants getting a room in town was close to impossible at such a late date and based on the reviews we read the motels that did have availability were of no interest to us.
Over all we enjoyed our stay at the Guntersville State Lodge and would stay there again. I am not sure what the deal was with the fire alarm, as we did not have time to stop at the front desk to complain. I hope they get it fixed before the next guest spends the night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge and Park is nestled atop Taylor Mountain and over looks Lake Guntersville reservoir. Including zip lines, an 18-hole golf championship golf course, 38 miles of trails for biking, hiking, and horse trails, campgrounds, beach complex, boat rentals, activity center and nature activities, restaurant, lounge, and event venues, this destination has something to offer all ages. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lake Guntersville State Park Hotel Guntersville
- Lake State Park Guntersville