My wife and I spent one night in the hotel wing of the lodge. The Starved Rock State Park is only 2 hours drive from Chicago and has many pleasant trails and canyons. Here are some notes that may be useful to future visitors:
- An elevator is available.
- The room was huge (We recently returned from Paris!),clean and quiet. No self service coffee maker, but Wi Fi is available in the room and common areas.
- I believe higher floors are quieter with less traffic in the hall(We stayed on the second).
-The Back Room Lounge has some very unique, reasonably priced specialty beers. Try the Berry Wise, very refreshing.
- The big dining room has a huge fireplace(gas). We had filet mignon and ribs. Both were excellent and reasonably priced. The wraps at the coffee shop were just average.
- Service was excellent at the front desk and all food outlets.
-You can borrow DVDs at the front desk to watch on the player in your room.
- The huge common area(next to the dining room) with wood burning fireplace was very nice to sit down,read or just watch the flames.
-The Starved Rock (A hill overlooking the river) is only 0.3 mile away from the lodge, but there are a lot of steps. Our calf muscles hurt for 2 days after returning home!
-Our "Golden Years" package cost us only $95 (about $104 with tax). You also get a $15 discount coupon for breakfast which covered bulk of our bill ($21 total)
Overall, this was a very pleasant stay and I strongly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Lodge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Features 69 guest rooms and 21 cabin rooms, majestic Great Hall with 2-sided fireplace, on-site restaurant and bar, outdoor dining, indoor pool, weddings and meetings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Starved Rock Utica
- Starved Rock Hotel Utica Il