We live in Bloomington, IN (only about an hour from the resort) and the person who basically put up all the money for the restoration, etc. is from Bloomington so of course there have been countless articles in our local paper about how wonderful this resort is, etc. We were given a gift certificate for a one-night stay (had to be a Friday night) as a wedding gift last Fall and used it last night.
When checking availability before planning our stay, the price listed for a King room was $264/night. After having stayed, I am very glad we were using a gift certificate and did not willingly pay that rate. I was not very impressed at all. The room was fine, it was clean, but it was certainly not a $264/night room. I have stayed in much, much nicer hotels in much nicer locations for less.
I can only comment on the buffet restaurant which is where we ate our dinner and breakfast. One might think that for $20 per person for dinner, you would get fairly high quality food but this is not the case. Everything was just average and I actually found a hair in my salmon. Breakfast at the buffet was $10 per person and while a little more reasonable, again the food was average...the french toast was limp, the sausage links were cold and the strawberries that were cut up for fresh fruit still had the green on the ends. We did have good service in the buffet restaurant. Our drinks were kept filled and dirty plates taken away promptly.
We did check out the casino but we are not big gamblers and only played a few slot machines. It was smoky but we weren't really in there long enough for it to bother us.
We walked around the "gardens" behind the building and we both thought maybe they just weren't finished with the landscaping...same with the front landscaping. It is nice to sit in the rocking chairs on the huge front porch but the view included some wave petunias that looked like they needed watering and some other sparse looking plants with no color...along with a gas station and some other buildings across the street. Like I said, we live only an hour north and southern Indiana can be very pretty but one description I read about the resort described it as being in the breathtaking Hoosier National Forest...which is true but you certainly don't see any type of breathtaking view from the hotel.
We did not use the pool so I can't comment on that.
We did use the valet service and had no problem with it.
The elevators were very, very slow and we heard other guests commenting about it as well. In the one elevator that we used most of the time, there was a printed label next to one of the buttons that listed what was on that floor and a mistake had been made and it was crossed out with a pen. Now, I don't know who crossed it out (doesn't matter), but when thinking about the millions spent on this renovation you would think somebody on the staff might notice this and take the time to print a new label. I know it is a very minor thing but we just thought it funny/ironic.
Upon check-out, we were informed of the $12 resort fee that we were responsible for. We were given no explanation as to what this covered and still don't know. $12 is not a big deal but it would have been nice to have been told about this when making the reservation and even nicer to get an explanation for it.
Overall, my opinion is that the whole place is way overpriced. It is also really hard to believe that so much money would be spent on renovations and building the casino but it seems not much thought or money was put into the gardens or the quality of the food.
We certainly appreciated our gift certificate as it was nice just to get away for an evening and relax with no schedule, but we would certainly not return as full-paying customers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- French Lick Resort Casino is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development that includes French Lick Springs Hotel, French Lick Casino and West Baden Springs Hotel. This premier resort destination features 689 guest rooms and suites; 42,000-square-foot casino; 45-holes of golf, including fully restored Donald Ross Course and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course (opening Spring 2009); two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms and an array of dining and entertainment options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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