My husband surprised me with a trip to Starved Rock for my 26th birthday this year. We live in downtown Chicago but love the outdoors and hiking so this was a great getaway.
He booked a bit late in the game, so there were no private cabins available. We stayed in the lodge with was charming and well-equipped with a bar and cafe. It was charming with a koi pond and taxidermy bear in the reception area.
The lodge was nice for being "vintage". The beds were a bit lop-sided as only one side was slept on. The fixtures (log headboards, solid cast metal doorknobs, lights) were lodge-esc and very cool.
There was a wedding going on that weekend and the hallways were VERY noisy with children running up and down them all night. We stayed on the 1st floor, but I think it would have been noisy everywhere as the wedding was a large one with many guests (it seemed).
The people were very nice and accommodating. The kitchen staff of the bar even held some leftovers for us in their fridge as the room did not have a mini-fridge.
The lodge is unique in that it is right on the state grounds. You can walk out any door of the building and hit the trails right away. Amazing views from the communal deck and access to public hiking make this a great place to stay when you want to get away!
- 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