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“Weekend Getaway from Chicago”
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Oakwood Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Perfect for a one night/weekend getaway from Chicago. We drove up through the countryside rather than the highway and stopped a few times along the way in smaller towns. The Resort was not crowded (in April) and very nicely located by right by the lake. The water looked clean and the ground was rocks with sand - definitely good for swimming.
We reserved a lakeside room and got a free upgrade to a Junior Jacuzzi suite. This room was excellent. Dark wood floors, white King size bed, big windows - alone the white "snake" - leather couch seemed a bit tacky and out of place.
We walked around the resort and thought it would be a very nice place also in summer probably. the hotel restaurant menu seemed a bit pricey but there are quite a few affordable alternatives around within 1-3 miles radius. The staff was extremely helpful and gave good recommendations.
We bought a Groupon and paid approx. $65 for a night - definitely a great value - I would have paid more and will definitely go back.
Other Pros: You can bring your dog with no additional charge - off leash if the pup is well behaved.
Cons: No pool for cold weather entertainment

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jeremiah H, Manager at Oakwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2014

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Oakwood! We're so very pleased that you had a fantastic getaway at the Oakwood Resort.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

Everything is beautiful! We didn't eat at the restaurant, because it was fairly expensive. We ate down the street and it was excellent. The rooms are gorgeous and have very nice, modern decor. I actually asked the front desk where they got some of their pieces because I want them. Our room was huge and had a lake view with panoramic bay windows. It was beautiful! The resort feels very luxurious and grand but in a quiet, quant little town. We'll be back sometime! I'm sure it's even better in the summer!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jeremiah H, Manager at Oakwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

We're ecstatic that you had a wonderful time with us! Thank you for being such a gracious guest and giving us an amazing review. We're glad you enjoyed our Resort and can't wait to see you back here soon!

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

My husband and I stayed at Oakwood because of a Groupon that I purchased. I hadn't been to Syracuse in years and my husband had never been near Lake Wawasee. The resort was amazing and exceeded our expectations. Beautiful remodel and the room itself was well appointed. We stayed in a Lake View Queen room. My only suggestion would be to have mini-refrigerators in the rooms and exhaust fans in the bathroom. After you shower the bathroom can get pretty steamy. To my surprise,the bedding was very comfortable and as someone who is seldom statisfied with hotel bedding this means a lot. We found the hotel staff to be professional, friendly and helpful both at the front desk and in the restaurant and bar. After dinner a bonfire was made by one of the hotel staff off the rear patio and they allowed my husband and I to take our drinks from the bar outside and sit by the fire and look out over the lake. A few other guests joined us and we got to meet some really nice people. This weekend was a much needed get away and we will highly recommend Oakwood Resort to anyone. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: Choose and lakeview room if one is available.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jeremiah H, Manager at Oakwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2014

Daniele, Thank you for your great review and wonderful comment. We're sorry that you were disappointed in the lack of appliances in our rooms, unfortunately we're steadily upgrading as we go from the remodel and slowing integrating those small touches that everyone loves. We do have refrigerators and microwaves available for an extra $5 cost per day to rent that could be taken up to your room. Please ask our front desk the next time you stay and we can have them delivered up to your room right away. Thank you for taking the time to let everyone know how much you enjoyed your stay with us!

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

I had never been within 100 miles of Syracuse, IN, but gave it a shot with my wife and some friends when we found a Groupon for the resort.

The resort is newly renovated and very well maintained, and the rooms are comfortable and updated. The biggest drawback is the distance one must travel to get to anything outside of the resort.

The best part of the resort: the restaurant. While the food is good, the ambiance is incredible. It sits right on the lake front with sprawling windows to view the whole lake. This aspect of the resort alone would make going back worth it.

One quick note: we stayed at the resort while two large groups of college students were there. It's unfair to hold this against a hotel property, as many reviewers do, unless the hotel staff does nothing to accommodate other guests. I felt that the resort staff was attentive to our 2 AM calls to the front desk to ask the kids to stop running down the halls both nights we stayed there. Overall, well done, Oakwood

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Jeremiah H, Manager at Oakwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2014

Joseph, Thank you for your kind response. We're glad you got the chance to enjoy a weekend with us. We do apologize for any inconvenience that you had during your stay when we were fully booked out by the local basketball teams. Our staff tried their best to keep the rowdy ones in line as best we could. We hope you choose to stay with us again sometime soon and have a relaxing weekend getaway! Thank you.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

My husband and I went to Oakwood for 1 night for our anniversary. The room was very big and furnished beautifully. The whole resort and outside areas were clean and beautiful also. We sat outside on rocking chairs looking at the lake which was very relaxing. Everyone working here is super friendly and helpful. The bed was very comfortable, and I have trouble with beds so this was a huge plus for me. The room was huge also and we could look out at the lake from our 2nd story room. I didn't want to go home because it was such a great experience. We got way more than our money's worth and I highly recommend the inn to everyone. Definitely romantic and peaceful. Everything we wanted.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jeremiah H, Manager at Oakwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2014

Debora, We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us here at the Oakwood Resort. Thank you for the wonderful review! We love that you got to enjoy the nice weather that we had by sitting outside on our patio. We hope that you choose to enjoy your next wedding anniversary with us! Let us know in advanced if you choose to stay for your next anniversary, we have great packages and deals to make your moment that much more special!

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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Lovely small resort in the process of getting ready for the summer crunch. Very friendly staff. Comfortable beds in large, spacious rooms. Relaxing environment. Resort on a point overlooking Lake Wawasee.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jeremiah H, Manager at Oakwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Thank you for the wonderful comments! We're glad you enjoyed your stay here at Lake Wawasee and got to enjoy life at the Oakwood Resort.

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We wanted a few days to get away for my wife's 60th birthday. This place came up on an internet offer and we called direct and booked three night but we were not sure what to expect... it was a great deal and sometimes you get what you pay for! Not the case we got MORE than we ever expected! All I can say is WOW what a great resort the room, restaurant and the bar all 5 star. Very quiet and clean.
We understand it is off season and not busy, but this place would be a wonderful spot for a summer vacation. It is located on the water with outside patio. An last but not least We must comment on the Friendly and accommodating staff...Todd at the front desk and Teddy the great bar tender! Thanks for making the Birthday, one to remember.

Room Tip: Room 240 was great ... I would request it again
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jeremiah H, Manager at Oakwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

We're so glad that we could give your wife an amazing Birthday! Thank you for the great compliments, we try our best here at the Oakwood Resort to give all of our guests an experience that they will remember for a lifetime.

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Additional Information about Oakwood Resort

Address: 702 E Lake View Rd, Syracuse, IN 46567-8414
Region: United States > Indiana > Syracuse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Syracuse
Price Range: £71 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Oakwood Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come enjoy 27 acres of pure relaxation on Indiana's largest natural lake. Here at Oakwood Resort we have something for everyone. Use us for your dream wedding, company conference, family reunion, or just a weekend away. Choose from our eighty elegant inn rooms, eight spacious cabins, or ten vacation homes. ... more   less 
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