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“Tourist Trap Personified”
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Santa's Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Santa Claus
Louisville
1 review
“Tourist Trap Personified”
Reviewed 20 July 2009

I stayed one night in July, this past week, primarily for convenience in location and as I was only staying one night. All the investment from this company apparently went to the outside decorations and somewhat cheezy version for "holiday cheer" in the lobby. Very small children will love seeing the decorations I guess but in every other category this place is a tourist trap.

All amenities and fixtures in the rooms are very average at best and mostly cheap. From the peeling wallpaper, outdated TV, lack of cable offerings, torn fabric in chair, very small bathroom (toilet was impossibly close to the shower and had no lid, this place was just not good. The breakfast buffet had barely average food although polite service.

I paid $127 in total and that is with a promotional discount they were offering. I would confidently say this is about 40 - 50% over priced as Santa's Lodge is essentially a very budget (polite term) hotel masked in some superfluous decorations.

I will not be back and definitely would not recommend a stranger to stay there much less a friend.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Evansville, Indiana
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

Not much the rooms on the frount side are worn out. thats the ones they try to fill first ask for the new section. Rooms are very over priced. The resturanrt has about 4 items over price you can tell this is the only Hotel & Resturant in town they stick it two you. Next time I will stay ont the interstate about 5 mi. away & save save about half.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Travellers are raving about these Santa Claus hotels

Kentucky
1 review
Reviewed 14 July 2009

Upon arrival, Santa's Lodge was very clean and neat on the outside and our room was clean with updated furniture and bedding. The staff was extremely helpful and very pleasant. You could see Holiday World from the hotel and our kids really enjoyed Frosty's. We would definetly stay again!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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INDIANA
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 10 July 2009

Upon arriving at the lodge, it appeared nice from the exterior. But don't be fooled! Check-in was quick, lobby not impressive at all, small gift shop stuffed in the corner with a staff that was too occupied with gossip to greet us. Once in our room, we were very disappointed. Cheap furnishings, stains on carpet and bedding, small and in desperate need of remodel. We considered not staying at all, but were too exhausted to bother finding another hotel! The pool is VERY small and water is filthy! St. Nick's restaurant (which is in the basement of the lodge!) is disgusting! We ate breakfast there, and it is over priced garbage! DO NOT STAY HERE! It is close to Holiday World, but that is the one and only good thing about this place! Please take my advice, Stay somewhere outside of Santa Claus. FYI, there are no restuarants in Santa Claus either, well none worth wasting your time/money at anyway! Holiday World is very nice, clean, friendly, do be sure to visit there!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Massillon, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 July 2009

This was our first trip to Santa Claus, Indiana. We chose Santa's Lodge because it is the closest hotel to Holiday World amusement park (which we loved) and the price was reasonable (under $100 per night). It is also close to Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home National Park, which we also visited.

POSITIVES
- Close to Holiday World amusement park (just down the street)
- Christmas decor outside and in lobby area
- Queen size beds
- Fairly clean
- Christmas pictures on wall in room
- Wireless internet
- 2 swimming pools (inside and outside)
- Playground
- Good restaurant buffet downstairs from lobby (about $10 per adult)
- Miniature golf next door (Frosty's at additional price)

Negatives
- No elevator
- Rooms were a bit outdated
- No desk for laptop use
- Small table
- Small bathroom
- TV had small amount of channels
- No refrigerator or microwave
- No free breakfast

When we visit Holiday World next time, we have not yet decided if we would stay at this hotel again. The closest hotels are a bit of a drive away. There also are not many restaurants in town to choose from, as Santa Claus is a small town. We like the Christmas decor, but would like more choice and amenities. It was fairly clean, but I would recommend that they put an elevator in the main building and add a desk, refrigerator/microwave, and more TV channels to each room. Those improvements would definitely get us back as a return customer.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Central Indiana
1 review
Reviewed 29 June 2009

Okay, for all youu grumpy people who apparently went to Holiday World on a 94 degree day and came back expecting no kids, quiet relaxation, and hot tea and crumpetts IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Santa's Lodge may needs some new carpet in the rooms but the convienience of being 30 seconds from Holiday World is nice. As far as "Buds in the pool" (as one complaint put it), come on...the pool is outside and swimming is allowed after dark with overhead lights with a wooded area only yards off in the distance. Maybe you flunked science but BUGS WILL GO TO LIGHT AFTER DARK!!! The staff is as friendly as they come. The cleaning crew will do anything to accomidate you. My only complaint is the bartender didn't know how to make any mixed drinks and asked if I wanted rum in my margarita (that's scary). Other than that I liked it alot. We have stayed there every year for 10 years. It is under new management and I am sure that the staff will read these comments and do thier best to fix them. REMEMBER...this hotel only sees full occupation 4-5 months out of the year. I am sure you can have your peace and quiet....no bugs in pool....and pick of any room in January or Febuary. Thanks again Santa's Lodge....had a great time! Brian Blackwell

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Lincoln, Nebraska
1 review
Reviewed 29 June 2009

Stay away from this one. It was a horrible experience. We couldn't wait to leave! The carpet was dirty, there were several flies in the room, we found a dirty shot glass on the floor, the sink would not drain, the toilet didn't flush right, the hotel staff is not friendly at all, the pool had bugs, the restaurant food was awful, etc. What a dump! For the price we paid, we expected a lot more from this hotel! Never again.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Santa's Lodge
Address: 91 W Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579-6123
Region: United States > Indiana > Santa Claus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Santa Claus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Everyday is a Holiday when you stay at Santa’s Lodge. You’ll be welcomed at Santa’s Lodge with a vaulted lobby soaring 37 feet into the Southern Indiana skyline. The hand-hewn timbers are actually from the barn that stood on this same site in 1883. The beautiful cedar and oak wood creates a natural setting for our antique Christmas decorations including our Canadian horse-drawn sleigh! Our year-round Christmas décor and lodge setting will surround you with a sense of warmth and pleasure through our 170 guestrooms and suites.Located about a half mile away, we are the closest hotel to Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, home to three world class roller coasters and the number 2 water park in the world! We have a putt-putt mini golf course and arcade right across the street at Frosty's Fun Center. Our shelter house is located right next to the playground for a great picnic opportunity. Take time in the morning to relax on our deck overlooking the lake while eating breakfast from St. Nick's Restaurant.Our Family suites allow the parents to have a little privacy while vacationing with the kids in addition to giving you a little leg room to relax and spend quality time together. ... more   less 
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