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Dale Hollow Lake State Resort (Mary Ray Oaken Lodge)
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Burkesville
Certificate of Excellence
Maryville, Tennessee
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38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best Choice for Dale Hollow”
Reviewed 11 June 2012

My wife and I have visited Dale Hollow Lake State Park on a number of occasions and always stay in the lodge. Rooms are basic, but have a balcony facing the lake-side of the buildings. The rooms are serviced daily. Because of the rural setting, bugs and critters are a given. Nevertheless, the park serves as a wonderful getaway.

WiFi is available. C-phone service is iffy. While a tower is on site, there is no AT&T service in the park.

Families head for the outdoor pool or find a number of other things to pass time. Dale Hollow offers one of the best freshwater lakes for fishing in the eastern US. Camping sites, cabins, a marina, hiking trails, horseback riding and a golf course are included in the park complex. Park programs and entertainment may be scheduled.

The resort restaurant serves up a variety of foods that tends to be basic—definitely not gourmet—and often mediocre. There are no other restaurants in the immediate area. The location of the resort is in a dry county, i.e. no “legal” alcohol to be found; so, ordering wine or beer with dinner is not an option.

While service can be slow, the staff is friendly and the scenery is beautiful. This is an area of Kentucky that draws us back from time to time.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bowling Green, Ky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2012

OK.... I hate to write this review because I can't do it without mentioning what a great freakin lake Dale Hollow lake is. (Yea, I know I ended in a prepsition.) So, you are coming to the best lake in the Eastern US. Just don't tell anybody... it's starting to get crowded! Here are your options. 1) Camp (campgrounds or remote on the lake somewhere), 2) Rent a houseboat, 3) Rent a cabin (some of these are a little rough - buyer beware), 4) stay in a 50 year old motel in a nearby town, 5) Own a houseboat or have a firend with one, and finally... if none of those are options, stay at a really nice lodge (no, its not a Marriot) and have a nice meal, a soft bed, and GO TO THE LAKE. Hopefully its why you are there... unless you golf or horseback (two other cool things to do). This place has a WONDERFUL buffet on Friday nights with mouth watering catfish. Other nights are good too! There is a shuttle to get you to and from the marina where you can rent a small, medium or large pontoon for 1/2 or full day. You've got 600 miles of shoreline... you won't see it all and may even experience the excitement of getting lost. The water is clear and warm by June. If you don't like the lake and being in the middle of nowhere - a place where you can see about 1 million stars on a clear night... don't go here.

Room Tip: Lake View - There is a section that doesn't overlook the lake. Its newer, but highly recommend...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Madisonville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2011

Came for a wedding this past summer. This place is a DUMP. Every room wreaked of mold and mildew. The furniture in the room was damp and clammy making it unusable. The day we checked out, I found a mouse and a giant beetle living behind our dresser. When I confronted the front desk about it, they acted like it was no big deal and that we were crazy for trying to complain about it. I would NEVER stay here again and will do everything in my power to keep people from wasting their money on this place. A mouse....really? Anyone who gave this place a good review was either paid by the staff or high on meth.

Room Tip: Pack a tent. It will be more comfortable, smell better, and probably not house any mice
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fredonia, Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2011

I went to the Dale Hollow Lake Resort to attend a wedding. It was somewhat nice. The area is beautiful being up in the Kentucky Hills and everything. There isn't really much charm to the place. They have a pool they close at night, and no lake access. The majority of the guests are from a 2 hour radius around the lake that come to bring their boats and jet skis. The lodge presents a place to get a good nights sleep and a good shower. I must say that the staff was the best part. My housekeepers name was kyna i believe, and she was awesome. Vaughn behind the desk was cool and Krystal took care of us as well. If i spelled these names wrong I apologize, but they were worth mentioning.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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clay aity, ky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2011

This lodge has everything you could ask for - beautiful view - relaxing weekend - we also had great weather - The food at the lodge was wonderful and everyone from the front desk clerk to the housekeepers was friendly and very helpful. If you also want some "wonderful" food - take the short 15 minute drive into Burkesville and eat at Hamilton's BBQ - it is a rustic type place with the BEST BBQ you will ever experience anywhere. We did a little fishing down at the Marina - the front desk will even lend you fishing poles and equipment - there is a little island across the lake that is a summer camp run by the State Troopers for kids. At night it is lit up with beautiful lights that you can enjoy from your great balcony overlooking the lake. I would recommend this park to anyone - old and young.

Room Tip: We used the coupon for 2 nites - $100.00.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2011

This lodge in architecture and view could be a hidden gem in Ky for a destination, however the whole food experience at this place has gone down the toilet in the last few years leaving more than a bad taste from just horrible food.
Tucked on a bluff with breathaking view, a huge dining room does not even begin to hint at the total lack of professional food service. The servers are not to blame, as they are as attentive as possible, but in the depths of the kitchen and management lies a serious problem. After you make a long inconvenient trek on poor country roads, you are at the mercy of a kitchen staff that is so lacking in all that you expect in amenities of such a fine lodge.
1/food was ill prepared, served cold, without garnish,
2/food not as listed on the menu, many ad lib of horrible substitutes of ingredients in food on the menu
3/poorly prepared food slopped on the plates
4/menu items are an embarrassment of variety - most are fatty, overcooked, no alternative in "green" or Ky Proud natural ingredients
5/preparation and portions are so variable it was an embarrassment after we made a hour drive and took "guests' here to eat and relax
6/would not have been any value to food had it been FREE
There is no alternative in the closest town to any pleasureable food service alternative, so you are a captive audience or perhaps better a 'victim' of the food to be taken for your leisure dining money as well as to be seriously dissapointed in food that is inedible with no apology from the food service staff.
The desk, and table servers were attentive, but clearly uncomfortable with the situation of no professioalism or knowledge coming from the kitchen management or staff.
This is a travesty of a location and buildings that would be a gem for destination for weekend or longer stays, but unless you plan to subsist on snack vending food, or bring your own hot plate and cook, or arrive with your own camper or houseboat with your own kitchen, there is no reason to waste gas to drive or to plan a long term stay here.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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4 Thank SouthernGirl30008
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lexilou412
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2008

The rooms very very clean and well maintained...however, the bed was comparable to sleeping on a log. The food in the resturant was by far the most terrible...well below average at best....the service was the pits, servers were rude and they were slow. Buffet was not maintained at all and we sat at least 15 minuets with a very hungry small child before someone come and took our drink order and another 10 minuets before recieving drinks. I do not recommed this stay at all! TERRIBLE!

  • Liked — it was clean
  • Disliked — the service
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Dale Hollow Lake State Resort (Mary Ray Oaken Lodge)
Address: 6371 State Park Rd, Burkesville, KY 42717-9500
Region: United States > Kentucky > Burkesville
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Burkesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dale Hollow Lake State Resort (Mary Ray Oaken Lodge) 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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