All told, stay was fine. But for the customer paying for a 2-room suite at almost $300/night; cost is twice as high as we'd expect to pay for the room/ amenities we received (comparing to a Residence Inn). Area was beautiful; we'd go back, but there are things we'd do differently.
Summary: bring your own pool & beach towels, outdoor chairs, food, and cooking gear, coolers with food and drinks, including measuring cups and dish soap, coins for laundry.
First, have cash to get in the grounds. $5-7 was a surprise at the end of the drive. Check in at front desk right at 4PM seemed unorganized and chaotic with a line that wrapped the foyer. I waited 25 minutes with only three people in front of me and three staff members working the desk. Guy wasn't real talkative, aka helpful! We had three rooms under the same registration, asked if two could adjoin or all be near each other (as noted with reservation), he said only if it was available when we checked in, they don't hold them.(We were standing there checking in right at 4pm, not sure what the problem was, but we were given different floors - on different ends of the building. Thanks!
We chose a "deluxe suite" with two small kids. Suite only had one bed and one bath, really expected two bedroom, not "two room," and most suites we rent have 1.5-2 baths. FYI: The regular rooms have two DOUBLE beds (really small for adults). Our pullout sofa had thin mattress, good for children. If you have more than four people, you'd want adjoining rooms. Sliding glass doors separate the master, with a curtain to block light. Tough to block sounds during naps and there is no balcony entrance from master, so when kids are sleeping, you are either in the room or stuck on balcony, no switching.
Speaking of the balcony, there is a 2' gap under the privacy wall. We didn't feel safe having kids out there, where only they can easily fit through to the next person's balcony leaving us crawling down to grab them!!! The suite had a double sized balcony but still only 2 chairs (bring your own).
The shower was large, ceilings throughout were low, especially in shower. Nice size double sink and long counters in bath, and plenty of soaps. For those with small kids, you could maybe put pack n play in bath, but then there is no bathroom for everyone else.
We put the pack 'n play in the kitchen to block line of sight to sofa bed. Worked ok. (The stove knobs were up high against the wall - great feature)
Limited TV channels, fuzzy analog signal in master.
Kitchen had set of four plates and bowls and full line of pots, pans, mixing bowl and plastic utensils and baking sheets. Full size fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher! But, no measuring cups, no drink pitcher, no kitchen scrub brush, no kitchen towels, no dish soap, no dishwasher soap, no extra trash bags (there were two wine bottle openers!!). The front desk did not sell any of this or any food - milk, eggs, bread, etc. and good luck finding a grocery store (FYI there is a store by the boats out on the pier that is slightly better stocked than the front desk). Once we cooked our "super expensive" eggs and pancake breakfast with goods from the closest gas station 10-15 min away, cleaning pans and dishes was quite the treat (wish I'd noticed sooner)!
There is really only one restaurant on site, the second is only open on the weekends. We ended up driving pretty far to eat other places.
Pool was beautiful, but a little unsafe for kids. Slick natural stone (again gorgeous), no edging for kids to grasp on to when struggling in the water, and no rail to get in or out. Loungers sat extremely close to pool so walking around them was a little tricky while holding little ones. Salt water maintained was a little shocking at first, but overall, we had a good time. It definitely required parental supervision! The hotel said they were short on pool towels, the room towels were pretty small in comparison (bring some from home)! They had a coin operated laundry room for cleanup mid-week.
We rented a pontoon for the day. The boat company is a well oiled machine: phenomenally staffed, at your beckon call when coming and going for food, breaks and final docking. Highly recommend that experience!!! We brought our own life jacket, tubes, and ropes, but you can use/rent theirs too. Tubing on pontoon worked well.
We would stay here again, but look for sales on the suite pricing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina, located on beautiful Lake Monroe, in the Fairfax State Recreation Area, Bloomington, Indana, offers a year-round, lakeside get-away, for families, business travelers, groups, and visitors to Southern Indiana. Just 15 minutes from the Bloomington business district and Indiana University, Fourwinds is a wonderful alternative, to a more "traditional" hotel experience. Breathtaking lake views from most rooms, with walk-out patios and balconies, in a relaxed setting. The Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina will be your favorite "Staycation Destination". Boat Rentals, transient slips, Corporate Meeting space, Wedding Venues, an indoor/outdoor heated pool, mini-golf and hiking trails are just a few of the amenities that await you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fourwinds Resort And Marina Hotel Bloomington
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