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Sawmill Inn of Grand Rapids
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Grand Rapids
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not Good”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Upon entering the room we noticed what looked like a vomit spot or a place where a dog had relieved himself on the very dirty carpet. we had to wear a pair of socks over our clean socks because of the grim and used them as slippers. The bathroom was gross, light fixtures rusted, door peeling, I don't even know what was dripping down the walls, and pee stains all around the base of the toilet were it met the floor. There is no sound proofing against noise from the pool which was extremely loud. The beds were at least 10-15 years old and I would have slept on the floor if it was clean. These had to be the most uncomfortable beds I have ever tried to sleep on. To get our TV to work we had to tap the top of it to get a clearer picture. The table tops in the pool area were were peeling and in need of repair as well as being a huge mess every morning. THERE IS NO CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST!!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We went there for a wedding last weekend and the hotel is in bad shape. The rooms smell like cigarette smoke and there is black mold in the bathrooms. The bar tenders where very rude.. I would never stay there again..

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 June 2013 via mobile

All of the rooms are ringing a two story pool area that is not policed properly. Nothing has been soundproofed; therefore, it was a nightmare trying to get to sleep and stay asleep.

The bed area was clean and did mot smell, thank goodness, but the bathroom was disgusting. The newish tile floor has been dirt stained, the grout is filthy, the sink had residue on it, and the tub didn't drain.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Esko, Minnesota
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2013

This place needs a complete overhaul! Used to be a nice place in its day but over the years its become run down and old. The last two times we've stayed here we found bugs in the window woodwork (had ro change rooms) and a worm on the bathroom sink. Bathroom just plain "icky". VERY DIRTY tub, floor, walls, ceiling tiles and sink. AC unit VERY loud. Kept us up all night. Tried to leave it off but room got too warm. Beds have very worn mattresses and bedding. Pillows flat. They ran out of towels so we had to reuse the ones we had used earlier in the day.

The only good thing was the dining room. The food was good. But you could stay next door and walk over here for dinner.

After coming here for yrs now its doubtful we will continue to return which is a shame because we used to love this place. The owners need to invest in some updates and clean the place up first.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

The Hotel has a nice feel and the staff provide great service. The food in the restaurant is excellent. The rooms are just ok and the beds and pillows are not very comfortable. The Judy Garland museum is right next door and that was a fun visit.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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ely, mn
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2013

We're we're put in a poolside room which was hot and noisy. When we asked for a different room were told none were available, The rooms were outdated and shabby with an analog tv. The beds were hard and old. Pillows were flat and sheets were thin. Do not stay here.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

The Sawmill Inn of Grand Rapids is a step back to the 70's Holidome era and while they've done a little Northwoods theming in the common areas, not much else looks like it has changed. (When is the last time you actually got KEYS? Not keycards, but real, metal keys?) The rooms and corridors aren't what we would call retro; they're just old -- and there is really nothing special about this place. Having said that, the pool area attracts just as much attention as the Holidomes of old did and it was packed with families having a good time. It also looked reasonably well-maintained, the service was friendly and we couldn't complain about the rates, either.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Sawmill Inn of Grand Rapids
Address: 2301 S. Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids, MN 55744-9521
Region: United States > Minnesota > Grand Rapids
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Grand Rapids
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sawmill Inn of Grand Rapids 2.5*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled against a backdrop of timber, near area lakes and a lodge like feel, the Sawmill Inn Hotel and Conference Center will make your stay comfortable & relaxing as well as affordable.Over the years, we have attained a widespread reputation for first class dining, extraordinary customer service, quality and value. Approximately 100 full and part time people are employed at the Sawmill Inn, many have been with us for over 20 years. As a cohesive and accommodating team of professionals, we are here to provide you the type of service you deserve.With all of the amenities we have to offer, comfortable rooms, wonderful food, a team of service professionals and a unique and charming northwoods décor, we are dedicated to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable.Whether you enjoy “outdoor” activities like golfing, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, hiking or boating...or you're the type who prefers the quiet comfort of simply relaxing by the pool, or unwinding in the sauna or whirlpool ... the Sawmill Inn is the place to stay!124 Rooms including six suitesFree use of AnyTime Fitness Coffee Makers / Hair DryersMicrowaves / Refrigerators(deluxe, king & suites only)High Speed InternetPet FriendlyVideo Game ArcadeGuest LaundryDry Cleaning ServiceRoom ServiceFree HOT Breakfast Monday-FridayPoolside, Poolview, Deluxe & King RoomsSuites12,000 sq. ft.Indoor Recreational Area. Relax in our climate controlled indoor domed pool and recreation area featuring a sauna, whirlpool, heated swimming pool and plenty of room for lounging. As the old adage goes, "Location, location, location," and when it comes to special events, we would definitely agree. ... more   less 
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