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Review of Brady Mountain Resort and Marina

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Brady Mountain Resort and Marina
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Royal
Lancaster
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45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Oh my gosh, don't stay here”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

We stayed for 5 days at the Bunk House, which is a 3 bedroom fiasco across from the main 'resort' which consists of a row of motor inn quality rooms and a feeble, cafeteria-quality restaurant. Our view was of a parking lot and a road. Our 'resort-quality' accommodations consisted of a dormitory-style abode with 20 year-old shag carpet (stained) and 3 bedrooms that not even a teenager would find decorous. We had basically mattresses slung on box springs on the floor with a plywood dresser whose drawers drop out on your feet. The kitchen, however, is adequately stocked with a fridge/oven/microwave and enough utensils/pots to prepare some food. The bathroom harkens back to the 70's. The ceiling looked as though it was about to collapse, so instead of fixing it, they just nailed up a bunch of 2x4's.

They call it a resort, which, to me, implies service and amenities. Service: a baggie-full of towels slung outside your door every day. There is no room service/cleaning. You start with a 1.5 inch bar of soap, and 1 roll of toilet paper on your first day, and that's it, folks, good luck! The pool is a shameful slab of cement that wouldn't grace the backyard of a slum house.

If you would like to play: 1. foosball, 2. table tennis, or 3. air hockey, you better cough up $3/half-hour for the privilege. Also, you'd better be left handed to play table tennis because they've piled a 5 foot-high tower of stereo speakers right at the baseline.

The 'beach' at the lake was a landfill of rocks and stones. However, the lake itself was warm and clean. We did spend a few days on the lake itself either on a ski-boat or on a party barge. The lake was beautiful and fantastic. I would highly recommend the lake itself as a nice destination, but would not stay in the bunk house, which I affectionately renamed the bunghouse. I wouldn't stay at the cabins either. Just drive in from some other accommodation.

We had other family members who rented the cabins which were of equal quality and disappointment. We paid $150/nt for the bunghouse and my family members, much more for little more.

Room Tip: BunkHouse is a no-go!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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North Little Rock, Arkansas
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012

We stayed in Cabin D, one of the older duplexes. It was clean and had no odor. There was a full size refrigerator, and the room was cooled off when we got there with 2 air conditioners going. You can't get much for $50 these days, so I was pleasantly surprised. We wanted something sweet and went to the restaurant, which had just closed, but they let us in to buy desserts and packaged them to go. That's pretty nice! My friend rented a pontoon boat and we went out on the lake and had a good time. Friends were in Cabin I, which is a much larger and nicer cabin, but costs more. Other friends were in Cabin C, the other side of our duplex. They left food out and had some mouse visitors. We did not have any issues with mice on our side.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TPopArt
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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2012

We booked a package that included a boat rental and Magic Springs/ Crystal Falls. Everything was great. We had a water problem the first night, but the staff was super responsive. The marina staff was fabulous! The cabin was lovely - we stayed in the Executive 3 BR Cabin. Met a friend there (we both have 13 year old daughters) because it was half way between our homes.

Room Tip: I would ask for a cabin and specify not a mobile home. Cabins are in the woods, not on the lake.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Donna C
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Waskom, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

My husband and I booked a trip for just the two of us for our anniversary. We waited a bit too late and all of the cabins and rentals for miles around were booked up. We found Brady Mountain and they had one cabin "the duplex" available for $50.00 a night. She told us it was the oldest cabin on the property and had not been updated, not to expect much. We appreciated the honesty and brought some bleach and bug bombs, just in case. Maybe since our expectations were low, we were pleasantly surprised with the room. It is indeed a duplex, but the neighbor patio is on the other side of the building, so you have a private entrance. We had a small patio area, a BBQ grill and a view of the water through the windows. The furniture is 1950's flea market, but it was clean. The bed was a king and was new. The room was clean - the bathroom was small but had been updated with a new shower stall and toilet/sink/floors.
The kitchen included a cooktop, coffee pot, dishes, microwave and TV with satellite service. The A/C's worked great. Fresh towels were delivered daily and they do not offer cleaning service. The only thing I would recommend is to pull up the very old, very worn and stained carpet and put in vinyl flooring.

The only issue we had with the room was the odor - it was a sour, cheap paint smell, but we think it was mold and/or some mildew. Our allergies were not bad, so it didn't bother us too much. Bring a candle or Frebreeze.

The staff at the resort were great - super friendly, very helpful and have a desire to make sure you have a good time. The restaurant was open - the food was good - although they were very short handed in servers (only two) so service was not fast. Prices were reasonable. Hear they have the best hamburger in town.

We also rode in the stables - this was a great trip. We had ridden at Mountain Harbor the day before and we loved it, the stable was very clean, they were very friendly and the horses had personality. Brady Mountain's facility was not quite as nice as Mountain Harbor, but we liked the trail better. It was a better ride and the folks that run it were very outgoing and super nice. The horses were full of personality - and were fun to ride.

Bring a good long extension cord if you stay in these older cabins with a power strip. There are only three available plugs in the whole cabin. We brought some fans as well to keep the air moving.

The marina people were wonderful and helpful, told us were to catch some big bream and the lake is gorgeous. We are planning to go back with our daughters - I would go back again and hope to see it continue to improve.

Room Tip: Cabins C D E F G are true cabins.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank StephMc_12
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Little Rock, AR
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

My husband made weekend reservations for our family of 6 in a 3 bedroom cabin. Upon check-in, we were directed to our "cabin". This "cabin" that was a little pricey turned out to be a 3BR mobile home. While it was clean & roomy, it was far from the cabin we were expecting. There was NO view of the lake at all. The lake wasn't even within walking distance. The restaurant that was advertised was closed. We were rather disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kbsmom
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Plano, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

The rooms and living area were not clean plus flies everywhere. The outside area and patio were unkempt. Received a call after we left that there were dishes missing from the kitchen and a charge was going to be made to my credit card. The accusation of the missing dishes was drop after several long distance calls. Bad experience!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank planotx2001
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kiwik78
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

Found the place online and booked on a whim...wasn't sure what to expext (first time to AR) but was pleasantly surprised! Our cabin was larger than expected and super clean! Big comfy bed and a kitchen which was fully stocked! Loved our private deck with a bbq grill and fire pit close at hand. The staff at the restaurant and front desk were extremely helpful and friendly. They even let me use their phone...I had no cell service. My boyfriend and I plan to return...booking our next trip as soon as Im done with this review! Thanks Brady Mtn...you all have a great little place tucked away in the mtns....We'll be back with many of our friends!

Room Tip: We stayed in a cabin...reccomend it!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kiwik78
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Property: Brady Mountain Resort and Marina
Address: 4120 Brady Mountain Rd, Royal, AR 71968-9468
Region: United States > Arkansas > Royal
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Kitchenette Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Royal
Number of rooms: 16
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