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Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Cambridge
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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49 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“College Students for Summer Break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2008

Arrived on Memorial Day w/ seven of my college buddies from Cleveland, Ohio (2+ hours away) to find that the cabin we had booked in December had been accidentally over-booked and someone else was staying there for the week. Upset, the Lodge did not let me down. They gave me side by side POOLSIDE rooms for the first night, FREE! Then moved us into our cabin the second night. We stayed in the cabin for 3 nights at a reduced rate of $99 a night. The front desk was very nice and the manager was VERY generous. I have been back once to stay at the lodge and have absolutely no complaints. It is a beautiful state park. The beach and miniature golf is a bit of a drive and the food at the restaurant was decent.

  • Liked — The scenery
  • Disliked — No complaints
  • Stayed June 2006, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2007

Great lodge and park. The lodge is amazing, the spaciousness, the fireplaces, and all the places to just relax. Many outdoor activites my family and I enjoyed. Great food for a lodge as well as the friendliness of the workers.

Stayed September 2007
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Pittsburgh
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2007

Truly do not understand the previous, negative reviews. We almost listened to them and cancelled! That would have been a mistake.We stayed in Queen Suite #275 10/20 for 3 nights. For $119, it was a steal. We have traveled all over Europe and the states and have not spent so little for so much. Our room was huge and very clean and overlooked the lake and colored foliage from our large balcony. It had a kitchenette, sitting area and an extra vanity.
Sure, the decor was dated; but for the money, in a state park, what should one expect? The Four Seasons, it is not, nor should it be. Same with the dining experience..the food is more homey than gourmet, but plentiful and good. We found everyone to be very pleasant and well trained. Housekeeping and waitstaff were exceptional.
Might want to check out the Village of Roscoe..quaint, old canal town with an excellent restruaunt and shops. Also, the Wild Place, which is the only US sanctuary for nearly extinct animals.

  • Liked — The value
  • Disliked — dining room carryout service is weak
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2007

My husband and I booked a cabin with a hot tub for the 2nd weekend in September. We met another couple there and had a very nice time. We have a pontoon boat and planned to use it on the beautiful Salt Fork lake.

When we arrived, it was pretty nostalgic for me. I had been to Salt Fork with my family growing up a number of times. We'd stayed in the cabins as well as the lodge. I was eager to see how the park was today. Our cabin was very nice. Now remember, for everyone expecting the Ritz, it is a CABIN. It had some dead bugs on the window panes and on the floor on the screened-in porch (which were easily swept up), but was overall very well-kept. It was rustic, yet updated as well. The couch and chair were leather and it had an updated gas fireplace. The hot tub is out on the large screened-in porch and could seat 4 people. It was clean and ready to go. They drain it after each guest and it was perfect for us.

There are 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with 2 sets of bunk beds. The double bed was a bit hard, but not bad, and the bunk beds, say my friends, were fine. The kitchen had all the things needed to make dinner, etc, with a microwave and nice fridge. All in all, the kitchen was very clean considering how often it is used by different guests. A complaint would be the knives in the kitchen - all very dull, hard to cut with. The double-bed bedroom had a TV in it, which was nice too. A drawback on the bathroom was the shower; while it worked fine, the hot water sometimes had spurts of cold in it like someone flushed the toilet although no one did.

The cabin we had was right on the lake, as that was what we had asked for. You can get a number of different types of cabins: some are updated, like ours with the hot tub, and some are older and not so updated. A few, so I heard, are completely renovated with a very large bathroom and hot tub inside and not on the porch.

The cabin area also has a campfire pit with benches which we used only Friday night due to the weather. It was quiet and peaceful, and we could see tons of stars, even with the other folks in the cabins around us. We were able to easily pull our boat near shore by our cabin over night, and there are also docks within walking distance.

The staff was very helpful, checked us in a bit early and let us checkout later than originally told. You just had to ask. When we needed extra towels or a sweeper, they were quick to oblige. One recent guest said in a review that they were disappointed in the Lodge. While I wasn't in a room in the Lodge, we spent some time there and it was very nice. The Lodge opened in 1972, so it is 35 years old. It probably needs more updating, but it also has a wonderfully rustic feel. The indoor and outdoor pools were open and everyone had a great time in them. The Lodge is up high on a hill and has a beautiful view of the valley - must be a wonder in the fall.

Although it rained Sunday and part of the day Saturday, we were able to get out on our boat for a few hours Friday night and on Saturday afternoon. The lake is just beautiful. We tooled around, tubed off our boat and went to see the old Stone House, which has been restored and is really cool. Especially when I remember it back in the early 80s all boarded up with graffiti and all. Nice job restoring it and they had guides there to tell you about the family who built it way back when and who lived there before the State bought the land for the Park.

By the way, the TV does not have a VCR or DVD player. I think I read that you can get one or rent one from the Lodge. We brought our small, portabe DVD player, which you can just plug right into the TV, so we used it well on rainy Saturday night.

Despite the rain, we had a great time! Would go back and would recommend it to others, especially those who enjoy boating, jet skiing or fishing.

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Cincinnati
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2007

Salt Fork is a great state park, nice lake, very nice lodge. Cabins are what you expect, they could be cleaner, but if there is a problem they send a maintenance person right away. We go there every labor day weekend and meet up with old friends from college with our kids. Golf, boating hiking, it is a good time, convenient to the highway. Make cabin reservations way in advance to get a lakeside! No fireplaces in cabins, though, and only two have hot tubs, so book early. Golf course is challenging, but good, good food at lodge restaurant, very nice pool area.

  • Liked — location, golf, scenery, trails, lake
  • Disliked — cabins should be bigger, ten AM checkout, some cabins have many stairs if on hillside
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
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Shadyside Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2006

We were SO disappointed in our Lodge stay. This year for my b-day I wanted to see "The Living Word" and stay at Salt Fork's lodge for the night as we were thinking about maybe staying there in a cottage for a week next summer and thought it would be a good stop after the show and give us a chance to check out the park before making vacation plans for 2007.

Unfortunately the day before we were to go to Salt Fork I got sick. I checked our reservation on-line (the way we booked it) and it said it was too late to change or cancel our reservation (they need 14 days notice)....of course who knows when they are going to get sick. Anyway....since it costs $173 for a regular double room (that's with tax) we thought we should go if we were going to have to pay anyway.

When we arrived I was surprised at how dark the inside of the lodge is kept. Very hard to to see inside. The front desk staff didn't appear to have a lot of customers (two people were being waited on and then it was my turn) but the girl behind the counter acted very tired and put-out. The young guy who took care of my check-in was okay....not overly friendly but covered the registration appropriately.

Once we got to our room we were very disappointed as soon as we opened the door to go in. It was very worn and dated. The paneling on the walls had a cream colored paint...there were no pictures at all on the walls, there was a big hole in one of two chairs that share a small table. The curtains had some sort of "red sauce" on them as did the side of the bathroom sink vanity. The balcony was okay though it had a bees nest in the corner. The screen door had tears in it and the glass slider was very hard to move on the track. Inside the sliding doors in our room was a cobweb that looked to be a house for spider eggs.

The beds were okay though only double sized and the bedding seems made to fit a larger sized bed. The disshelved appearance of the room made me worry about the cleanliness of the beds, sheets, etc.

My husband and 7 year old daughter went to the indoor pool in the evening (the weather was rainy and cold.....rare for Sept. 2) and they said you could barely see the bottom of the pool it was dirty and the whirlpool had green water in it.

The only restaurant for miles is the Timbers restaurant in the lodge. We went to check the menu and hours at 5:15 and saw in our "newsletter" where reservations were rquired. We were going to make them for 6:30 (we have a child with us) but we couldn't get one until 7:30.

The menu was okay and the food average. Our waitress was very nice and tried to be accomodating though they were understaffed and busy. (It was Labor Day weekend)....should have staffed enough for a busy weekend.

The walls are VERY thin and during the day we could hear everything the neighbors next to us were saying. Also, we were surprised to see they had a dog in their room and he was sniffing under the divider between our balcony and their balcony.

The bathrooms are very small and you must go into the bathroom and shut the door before you can sit on the toilet or your door won't be able to shut. The shower was okay though we didn't even have a slip mat in our tub.

We had the breakfast buffet before leaving in the morning. It certainly wasn't worth $9 a person. I couldn't eat the eggs, even with the help of ketsup. My 7 year old and I didn't even finish our orange juice because it "didn't taste right"...it seemed like it was watered down.

Of course, the entire trip may have been a bit more enjoyable had I not been sick but like I said.....it was too late to cancel. So...beware....the website makes the park look so wonderful and inviting when it really is worn and dirty.

The lake is huge and very nice if you have a boat and the weather is good. The swimming beach is a nice size too. Still we have no need or desire to return to Salt Fork. We were sorry to be have been so disappointed.

  • Liked — outdoor pool area
  • Disliked — lodge rooms
  • Tips/Secrets — this park requires driving to the beach, horses, marinas, etc. from the lodge.
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
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Pittsburgh
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2006

This place sounded too good to be true. From the outside the resort looked beautiful and well maintained. On the inside, it looked like it needed a good cleaning! The tub mats in the room's bathrooms were so filthy that we all showered with sandals on. The service was very poor. The staff was unaccommodating. We were misinformed over the phone as to what our package included. Then when we arrived, we were told something different. They said they needed to talk to the "people" that answer the 800 number to make sure guests were properly informed. The website said they had a naturalist on staff. The days we booked were the naturalist's days off. We were not told this upon booking. Without the naturalist, the children did not get to do nature hikes, trails, bonfires etc. There is only one pricey restaurant with average (at best) quality food. We drove into Cambridge daily to eat. I wrote a letter to the General Manager with no response thus far. Overall, compared to other resorts and vacations, I'd give this a terrible rating. It was a waste of time and money.

  • Liked — The pool and paint ball course
  • Disliked — cleanliness, food quality, price
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center

Property: Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center
Address: US Route 22 E, PO Box 7, Cambridge, OH 43725
Region: United States > Ohio > Guernsey County > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 201
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visitors to Salt Fork State Park can enjoy overnight accommodations at Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center. Conveniently located close to the intersection of Interstates 70 and 77, the lodge boasts 148 guestrooms, 54 cottages and eight meeting/conference rooms with a professional sales and catering staff. Also at the lodge you will find indoor/outdoor pools, a Jacuzzi, game room, fitness center, gift shop, lounge and full-service restaurant. Attractions and amenities at the park include an 18-hole championship golf course, nature center, two marinas, picnic area, seasonal hunting and fishing, boating, swimming and more. Whether you are planning a getaway for your family, a reunion with your classmates or a business conference away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Salt Fork provides the perfect atmosphere. ... more   less 
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