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Fort Harrison State Park Inn, Golf Resort & Conference Center
Ranked #57 of 178 Hotels in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
West Lafayette
Level Contributor
392 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Room for improvement”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

This was our first visit to Fort Harrison State Park Inn and we took advantage of the two nights for the price of one winter offer. We stayed in the Governor’s Suite which was the most attractive room on the Web site. We were looking forward to reading by the fireplace shown online and listed as one of the features. So of course we were disappointed when we saw the “Fireplace is not operational” sign on it. The front desk said it had been permanently disabled. The suite is spacious with a king size four-poster bed, large bathroom (the most impressive feature) including shower and Jacuzzi. For all its features, it doesn’t quite measure up to a “Governor’s Suite”. It’s located on the third floor next to the elevator, with the noise you might expect. Fortunately, there were few other guests using it. The room is dark with small windows (with no view) on one wall and very few ceiling lights, mostly lamps. There is a hand-painted mural on three walls, but little other decor — or attempt at decor. You might think the Governor’s Suite would include a few books on Indiana governors or history — maybe on the mantel over the non-functioning fireplace. The furniture shows wear and there are spots on the carpet. Housekeeping is lax as evidenced by dusty blinds, corner cobwebs, loose drawer knobs and lamp finial; one lamp was unplugged. Waste baskets were not emptied during our stay and a roll away bed we never requested or needed remained awkwardly in the room. Strangely, the bed was made (not very well) so that the thin sheets and blanket came chest-high. We’ve stayed at many bed and breakfasts that show more attention to the details of providing a quality guest experience.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Decatur, Indiana
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494 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

Have stayed at the Inn the once a year fore (pun intended) for the past three years. Wife and I went with three other couples as a "Stay and Play" option. The Inn is remodeled officers' housing from when this area was a major military base. The accommodations are thus dated but fun to see a piece of history, plus rooms are huge. Stayed in a Officer's house one year, which included several rooms, a kitchen, etcetera. Only stayed one night, could have easily made it a week. The golf course is outstanding. A nice old course, which has been redesigned to make it more playable (i.e. less narrow). Course is beautiful with many elevation changes. No golfer will be disappointed giving this course a shot, varying tee boxes for varying skill levels.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Indiana
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

We just visited the Ft. Harrison St. Park Inn for a one night stay. It was very clean and comfortable. Very nice room with a huge bathroom. Also very quiet. We visited the State park which is just a short walk or drive from the Inn, it is a great place for runners, walkers or bikers. Plenty of trails and fishing.

I would stay here again. Only problem I could see was no WI-FI, if you need that you might reconsider.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Indiana812
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Kansas City
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

The Good: Pretty location and building at Fort Harrison State Park. Big, clean, comfortable room. Nice gentleman at the front desk.

The Bad: When booking the room on the state park reservation site, I was told we could use both the online coupon and the military discount. However, once we arrived, we were told we could only use one (a decision of the manager, not the front desk worker). That is bad customer service since it greatly affected the price and would have influenced our decision to stay there. We could have stayed in a motel with more amenities (pool, breakfast) for much less, so I wouldn't say the value is very good, especially for families.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank CowardlyLion
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Penny B, Front Office Manager at Fort Harrison State Park Inn, Golf Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, 8 July 2013
Customer Service is our #1 priority. We do apologize for any misinformation given. The coupon clearly stated that it could not be combined with any other discount. We value your review and thank you for bringing this to our attention.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2012

We attended a wedding at the park recpetion center The "Garrison". It was very nice..and very beautiful at night.

The wait staff..not so nice. There is a older woman who waited on us who was downright mean. She freaked that we had kids at our table. She refused to bring out our food until we removed are children from the table afarid she would "Hurt" them. My daugther had her shoes off. Under the table. She kicked one of her shoes at me. And on top of that was very rude and far too old to be interacting with people--especially children.

Might want to call ahead to make sure Granny isn't working the day of your event if you have kids attending a wedding.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Indymama80
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Penny B, Front Office Manager at Fort Harrison State Park Inn, Golf Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, 22 November 2012
Thank you so much for your review of our property. We take your concern seriously and our goal is to have 100% satisfaction from our guests. We pride ourselves in the safety of all of our guests and employees. You may email me directly: garrison@dnr.in.gov
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Dallas, Texas
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101 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

We had a family birthday party at this property. The staff was great to work with from long distance. The food was good. The accommodations in the main inn were fancier than those at the Harrison House or the 3-Bedroom officer homes. Next time I would choose to house all of my guest in the main inn. This is a great place and the fall color in the park next door was fantastic.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Santa Teresa, New Mexico
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2012

Enjoyed my assignments to Fort Benjamin Harrison in the 1970's to attend various Army courses. Returned thirty-five years later to stay at the Harrison House (one of the five lodging facilities operated by the State at the old post), a renovated barracks originally built for nurses and very similar to one I lived in during the summer of 1977. Room was small, clean, comfortable, and quiet. The price was reasonable (I took advantage of a special rate), and the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful.
Harrison House is located across the parking lot from the former Officers' Club--which now serves a public golf course--and on the edge of the Fort Harrison State Park with its hiking, biking, horse trail rides, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Although the lodging facilities are not positioned near the downtown area, the golf course and state park provide a terrific getaway opportunity for both individuals and families.
The Golf Course provides only lunch and dinner (I did not eat there). A variety of chain restaurants are, however, located nearby.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Fort Harrison State Park Inn, Golf Resort & Conference Center
Address: 5830 N. Post Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216 (Formerly Kendall Inn)
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Region: United States > Indiana > Indianapolis
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 178 Hotels in Indianapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ideal accommodation to experience the natural beauty and harmonious blend of landscape and history. This resort and lodging complex features the Garrison Conference Center, as well as the championship Fort Golf Course. Available lodging experiences include guest rooms and suites, and fully furnished former Officer's homes. Located within 20 minutes of downtown Indianapolis. ... more   less 
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