I am spending night 3 of a 4-night trip to Barren River State Resort Park for a conference. I have a temporary medical problem limiting my walking, so I am in a handicapped-accessible room, but I can't advise on the facilities for those needing a wheelchair.
General impression: Bedroom and bathroom are spacious, although they look a bit outdated. Walls are thin, so you hear noises from the rooms beside you from time to time. Love the little balcony with iron patio furniture, but the trees nearly completely block the view of the lake. Convention center is adequate for our business needs, and lodge rooms are in easy walking distance from convention center/lobby/restaurant. Have eaten lunch and dinner buffets most of the week with results ranging from OK to good. Plenty of meal variety offered on the buffet, and diners may also order off the menu. Pool was filled this week in anticipation of opening for the Memorial Day weekend, but it's not ready yet. It is a large outdoor, unheated pool.
The pros: Clean. Peaceful surroundings, some wildlife spotting, beautiful view of the lake from the surrounding patio/deck at the breezeway between lodge buildings. Free wifi in the lodge (I understand NOT in the cabins, however.) Plenty of space to stretch out. Comfortable beds. Good water pressure with plenty of hot water. In-room coffee and hairdryer available. Digital thermostat that is very responsive in every room to make sure your temperaure needs are met exactly. Not really enough plug-ends to meet electronic needs of many travelers. What few there are are located awkwardly, mainly behind furniture that must be moved to access them.
The cons: Only basic cable, and it's an older style (not flat-screen) TV. Extremely old-style telephone that looks like it has been here since the 1980s. Although the bathroom appears recently renovated, the bedroom has some darker paneling and older looking carpet squares. Flushing the toilet it sounds like a jet taking flight. Air conditioner is also unusually loud, and walls are thin.
Conclusion: Fine if you don't mind more rustic surroundings. Makes a peaceful getaway. If you're looking for more action or creature comforts and luxuries, this is probably not the right spot for you.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Barren River Lake Resort Lodge And Cottages Hotel Bowling Green
- Barren River State Park
- Barren River Lake Hotel