This resort offers reasonably priced accommodations. The cabins are a little rough and small, but it's all you need if you are coming for the great outdoors, and not the resort. Their website is accurate with cabin images. They are very clean, I will give them that. They are in a beautiful location on Fall Lake, just outside of Ely MN and the lake is half in the Boundary Waters. You couldn't ask for a better location as far as your outdoors experience goes.
My complaints are: You are asked to check in after 3:00 pm, but the lodge closes at 4:00, so you only have an hour window to check in. They don't like you to check in early, so you have to plan your arrival time to a T.
The heavyset guy that checks you in is not very friendly or welcoming...again, come for the nature, not the service.
The cabins aren't too bad, except our most recent stay was in Steve's cabin #19, and the couch was in horrible condition. Sunken in and a loveseat in a 3 bedroom cabin is not enough. It's not too difficult to find a free/reasonable used couch, so I hope they update this thing.
Also, I'm not sure how they can honestly promote a tennis court or shuffle board, as they are pretty dilapidated.
Unfortunately their water smells and tastes like death, so we bring our own in a 5 gallon container from town. You could easily fill a Gatorade/Igloo style cooler with a spigot on it in town to use for cooking/drinking. You can brush your teeth with it if you're brave, but I wouldn't recommend cooking/making coffee/drinking it.
The cabins come with some cooking utensils but we bring our own pots and pans as they are limited. You will need to bring your own bath and hand towels and bathmats, coffee filters, paper towels, fans, and dish soap. Also they provide only a couple rolls of toilet paper. If you're not sure, pack it, as necessities/groceries in town are expensively priced for a tourist town. We bring our groceries in coolers with us, because we don't want to pay the grocery prices in town.
The cabins DO offer: Bedding, air conditioner unit in the main room and possibly one bedroom, a fireplace heater, ceiling fan in main room, hand soap for bathroom, a few rolls of toilet paper, microwave, satellite tv, some kitchen towels, limited kitchen utensils, alarm clocks.
They advertise Wi-Fi, but it must only cover the Lodge, as I was unable to get a signal in our cabin.
So... if you are the type of person who wants to save some money and can handle modest living arrangements then this is a fabulous place to stay. The lake/fishing/outdoors/Boundary Waters access is amazing. You will definitely have a wonderful "up north" experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our Ely, Minnesota Resort. Here you can swim, boat, fish, and participate in hundreds of other activities. We offer Free Wi-Fi in the lodge, heated outdoor pool, camp fire rings, Finnish sauna and also we have RV sites for your convenience. ... more less