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Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Louisville, Kentucky
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed 23 August 2012 via mobile

We had a great time. We went there to relax and spend a little family time with our 3 kids. It was very laid back and peaceful. We stayed in a cabin which was a bit dated but very clean and roomy. It's not the Ritz but then again it is a LAKE trip. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

I stayed at the Beach Cottages in 2005-7 in the off-season and they seemed okay. The rates are about half beginning in November and the park is a nice, quiet get away.
I reserved a Beach Cottage for a weekend in July and I was absolutely enraged with the condition of the place.
Food left in dirty refrigerator. Dirty countertops and microwave, furniture rings on table and end tables. Dirty tile floor and carpet. There was FOOD, lots of it on the floor under the kitchen cabinets and in between cabinets and appliances. Carpet had not been vacuumed. I found a plastic wrapper stuck to the tile floor in front of the fireplace and rolled up bits of paper on the carpet. The bathroom mirror had not been cleaned. Dirty glass on front door. The place had not been dusted in months. Basically, all the housekeeping staff did was change sheets and sort of clean bathrooms. Period.
This doesn't include the general rundown appearance of the property. It needs paint and clean furniture.
I called the front desk and they wanted to know if I would like to change cabins. I did not so they sent housekeeping. These 2 women looked at me like I was from the moon. I took them through the cabin and pointed out the obvious filth and mentioned that I would be sharing this with the Park Commissioner in Frankfort. This seemed to light a fire under them so they cleaned a good 40 minutes.
These cabins are 250.00 per night and should be clean to say the least.
There is no longer a lake view from these cabins because they have let the woods grow up totally blocking the view where the beach is closed anyway. I walked down to the beach and it is plain to see the area was not cleaned up after the big flood of Spring 2011. What a shame. This used to be a nice place but no more.
Some of our party went to the lodge to eat Sat. night and the wait staff seemed annoyed they ordered off the menu and did not eat the buffett. They said the food was OK.
The marina seemed like a state of confusion. I put 2 drinks of SoBe on the counter and she rang up 182.00. What? It was immediately corrected. Another man was trying to return a tube he was sold that was not pictured correctly on the front of the package. After much hassle they made it right. Another young man wanted to rent a pontoon for 2 hours and they said it would be 150.00/Half Day Rate. They would not pro rate it. Good Grief.
Needless to say we will NOT be returning and I plan to share this experience with all my friends and family who are involved in State Government.
Barren River State Park needs to get it together!

Room Tip: Don't stay here.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

The hotel itself seems a bit caught between being rustic and outdated. The rooms were okay but really not great. Our air conditioning unit was very loud and the room was musty smelling. It had a very nice view but the maid only made up one of the two rooms we were in and they didn't give us the impression they were very happy to even do that.

The dining room was good. Service for dinner was fast and eficient but breakfast was very slow and they looked to be understaffed. The food itself was good but you won't confuse it with a culinary masterpiece. There is a lot of food and the groups of fishermen in for the weekend no doubt felt very full.

The beach was closed due to the low water level which is no fault fo the resort at all. We enjoyed the marina and the pool. Although it is a dry county there was a degree of tolerance of those of us wishing to "enjoy" our vacations appropriately. We did rent a boat at the marina and did a tour of the lake, which I would highly recommend. The walking trails through the woods on the resort property were nice. There is a golf course but we didn't play it. It looked pretty nice to me though.

There are a couple of towns close by but the convenience store just down the street has plenty of ice and snacks. If you want to grill out there are some spots within the resort to go with families for larger outings that include grills. You can use wood or bring your own charcoal.

Room Tip: Get on the second or third level to get a better view of the lake
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Novi, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2012

This park has two types of cottages, the "beach villas" and "executive cottages". We stayed at an executive cottage, which are the older cottages away from the beach. The size and layout were great for a family, but the cleanliness was less than satisfactory. Overall the staff was friendly and helpful, there were games for the kids and a suprisingly nice tennis court. The pool was minimal, and the fitness center above average. We visited mammoth Caves from there, about 45 minutes away.

Overall a nice alternative to a standard hotel, but be prepared to clean.

Room Tip: Try for the beach villas first, they are newer and better located.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Georgetown, Kentucky
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187 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2012

First trip to Barren River SRP. The lodge room, restaurant, and Highland Meeting Room were outstanding. A short menue, perhaps abbreviated for off season. Had the Hot Brown, a Kentucky original which is really bad if it is made poorly; and really great if made correctly. BRSRP gets an A+ on this one. Plenty of gooey melted cheese, crumbled bacon, turkey chunks and shredded country ham. The room was exceptionally clean for a state park and the meeting room was comfortable, well lit. The grounds, from what I saw, were in good repair and clean. Bad weather, short stay, so I wasn't able to get around outside. Customer service was outstanding.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Louisville, Kentucky
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2012

We stayed at the lodge for the January sandhill crane watch. Our room was clean and we loved the back porch, it was great for some easy bird watching. It was winter so we did not get to enjoy much of the park,but would stay at the lodge again.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2011

Being a local and always looking for a good home cooked meal, Driftwood Restaurant has a great buffet. The food is always good and tastes homemade. Prices are more than reasonable. Atmosphere is homey. Great monthly special dinner events also. Well worth the trip out even if you don't stay at the lodge. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the best kept secrets around Bowling Green.

Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Address: 1149 State Park Rd, Lucas, KY 42156-9300
Region: United States > Kentucky > Lucas
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Lucas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Barren River Lake State Resort Park 2.5*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This resort park is rolling hills,bordered by a 10,000 acre lake. Accomodation choices includes lodge room, cottage or villa. The lodge rooms are spacious and includes hair dryer, ironing board/iron and coffeemaker. The outstanding feature of this accomodation is the private balcony that offers peace and relaxtion. The Villas are two bedrooms with two beds per, two full baths, living room, dining/kitchen, screened room and deck w/grill. Vaulted ceiling and a gas fireplace add to the ambiance of this accomodation. The cottages are more rustic than the villas. Similar to the villas, they have two bedrooms, two full baths, living room, kitchen/dining room. Both the cottages and villas, are fully furnished including, bedding, terry, pots/pans, glassware, plates, flatware, coffeemaker,mircowave and full-sized refridgerator. Onsite hiking/walking/bike trail(s),golf, tennis, volleyball,shuffle board, campground, seasonal horseback riding and marina with boat rentals available. ... more   less 
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Barren River Lake Resort Lodge And Cottages Hotel Bowling Green
Barren River State Park
Barren River Lake Hotel

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