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Erie Islands Resort Marina
Ranked #17 of 17 Hotels in Port Clinton
Indianapolis, Indiana
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised!”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We checked into a 3 bedroom cottage for a 7 day stay with family. When checking in and out we had absolutely no problems. We drove up to the cottage and I have to say after reading some of the reviews on here I really had no idea what to expect. I took cleaning supplies and blankets just in case! I opened the door to the cottage and was taken aback as it wasn't at all what I expected. I was very pleasantly surprised. We walked through the entire unit and I could find nothing negative about it. If I were to nitpick there was a scratch on the refrigerator but I honestly did not see anything else. We had double doors that opened out onto a deck on the inlet that leads out to the big river so we could watch boats coming and going from the marina. I love wildlife so I was able to have my coffee in the morning and watch the various animals and birds coming and going. It was very quiet in the area that we were located in but that is what we prefer. The location is close to Cedar Point and Kalahari Water Park which is why I chose it. This unit was an exchange through RCI and I would do it again. Both of my Grandkids and the bigger kids enjoyed the fishing lake, we also enjoyed the pool and walks around the property. I plan to stay here again in the future.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Macedonia, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Stay away from this hill-billy haven! We just went for the 4th of July weekend. Checking in on Thursday and out on Sunday. We arrived about 6pm, held up at the guard shack because we brought our dog. I had reserved a cottage that was "pet friendly" but we were not put there. Our teenagers had to stay at the guard shack with the dog while I went up to the hotel to figure out the problem. They finally "agreed" to let us keep the dog but I had to pay an additional $150 fee for pet cleaning. We got the the cottage and it was disgusting, dust bunnies the size of a small cat, cobwebs, one sink in the bathroom didn't work, exhaust fan broken and you couldn't turn the air down lower than 70 degrees. I asked for a cottage on the water, we were about 30 feet from it but they had not cut down any of the growth so you could barely see the water.

The cottage said it sleeps six adults, 3 full beds is not what I would promote for this cottage. 4 max just because of one bathroom.

I did like the pool area except for the fact that the kiddie pool was ice cold, they should at least heat. Kids don't want to play in ice cold water.

I was disappointed in the play area, dirty run down, no put put.

The resort is a joke for anyone who really wants to stay someplace nice, they certainly don't lie on the website but I would never spend another dime there.

They did have free WiFi but the cell reception was horrible.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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14 Thank JoAnne L
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

Three of us came here for a girls weekend. We arrived around 10pm and was checked in by the security guard. He advised that the hotel was a mile straight ahead, and no one was at the front desk. At the time we didn't think anything of that statement since it was so late. Little did we know that this meant there were NO lights in the parking lot (we weren't even sure if where we parked was the parking lot), no lights on in the lobby except one overhead, and no staff AT ALL anywhere in the hotel! Being three women, we were concerned for our safety. To top it off, the papers the guard provided had the hours of operation; the guard was until 2 am. The front desk came in at 8 am. So, who is running the ship from 2 am to 8 am? There was a pool table and bar upstairs...all closed. This was the end of June-peak summer season. When we finally found a vending machine, the Diet Pepsi we bought was expired. To top it off, there was a bouquet of DEAD flowers on the front desk. Really???

Although the room had newer hardwood floors, it was very plain. When I pulled down the covers, there were several long black hairs in one of the beds! The bathroom door frame had a fruit sticker on it, along with a piece of plastic bag stuck in the latch. The bathroom also had a light out, and half-painted walls! They should not even advertise wifi as it barely connected. This is not what I would expect when they are charging almost $200 a night. Since it was so late, we had no one to speak to. The front desk opened at 8 am, so we decided to hang out in the morning so we could get a live person. By 8:15, there was still no one in the hotel! We called the guard, and he said he had no idea if or when the girl would show! We left. No way would we stay a second night as originally planned.

It took all day for Hotels.com to even reach someone at the hotel via phone for us, only to be told they would not give us a refund for the second night (it was a 2 night minimum). When we finally got through to the manager, she made it seem like we were making this up to get out of the second night! We sent her a detailed email as requested Saturday night-with photos- and it it now Wednesday with absolutely no response.

I have traveled all over the world, and have never experienced such lack of concern for a customer.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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17 Thank Sunny54321
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

When we got there they did not have our reservation for a cottage but since we booked online through a third party we are not sure whose fault that was. They put us in a beautiful suite so we had 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The place was quiet, relaxing, and we had a wonderful time. We pretty much had the pools to ourself which our girls loved. Overall we had a very nice stay and would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014
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5 Thank Jeannette A
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Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Cost was high, location was okay but the service was none. We arrived at 9pm and all staff was gone. We found out this was their normal. The security guard a mile a way was our contact who got us a room key but no services available.

  • Stayed June 2014
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5 Thank Jon C
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Cleveland, Ohio
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24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

This is an interesting resort hidden away yet not far from the city of Port Clinton. The website is lacking with information. I have made calls to the office staff for information but they have not returned my calls. The Sales staff is selling timeshares but there are not many timeshare buildings on the property. It seems that any remodeling at the resort is done slowly and sometimes not at all. The mini golf course has been under renovation for three years.
The indoor and outdoor pools are good and the nice rec center has lounges TV., game room, store, and a small seasonal restaurant. The lake behind the rec center is scenic and there are paddleboats. The disc golf course is fair and was converted from a par 3 golf course.
The Inn hotel rooms are nice, some were converted to timeshare units, but there is no elevator. There is a spa which may not be well used at this type of resort. A campground is available with few trees. The marina is nice but does not have many boats due to the low inlet level of the Portage River which runs behind the resort. For boaters, the Portage River meets Lake Erie. The resort is not far from Fremont.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Karen L
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Kitimat, Canada
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39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2014

I made a mistake of not reading the reviews on Trip Advisor before booking a cabin. Yes the water stunk as others indicated, wanted to through up brushing my teeth. Yes, we also were not given the unit we booked but another lessor unit at the same price. No, Joan was no where to be found when something needed repaired, stayed for two and a half months with a broken fireplace and door lock. Yes, the silver ware was so cheap it rusted after one washing, ended up using plastic. No, Joan will not return our calls concerning the security deposit. Many more things are seriously wrong with Erie Island Resort and most of them were already in other reviews, if I had only read and heeded them before I booked. Please listen to this warning and run the other way!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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13 Thank 395gerrieh
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Property: Erie Islands Resort Marina
Address: 4495 W Darr Hopfinger Rd, Port Clinton, OH 43452-8907
Region: United States > Ohio > Port Clinton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 17 Hotels in Port Clinton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Erie Islands Resort Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Erie Shores and Islands is one of the top destinations in Midwest receiving nearly seven million visitors a year. Port Clinton is a central location to a wide array of fabulous activities that range from catching the Jet Express to the Islands; Cedar Point amusement park; several indoor water parks; winery’s; water sports; boating; fishing; camping & bird watching. If you love fishing you have to visit Port Clinton the Walleye Capital of the world. Our beautiful 375-acre waterfront resort is nestled on the Portage River, a tributary to Lake Erie, in Port Clinton Ohio. Erie Islands Resort enjoys an exclusive location very near the myriad of area activities but just far enough away to enjoy amazing Sunrises overflowing with spectacular color, Sunsets gently touching the water with a million dollar view in every direction and unspoiled star filled nights right at your door step. Erie Islands offers a variety of accommodations from our Victorian Style waterfront hotel, spacious cottages, luxurious vacation homes with private dock, or for the camping enthusiast 138 campsites. For our boating guest at Erie Islands we can accommodate you with our 100 slip marina. Indoor and outdoor enthusiasts, and children of all ages, will find a wide array of amenities and activities right here at Erie Islands. When you visit Erie Islands you will soon find yourself in the midst of a recreational paradise with our 15,000 square foot recreation center and 375 acres of grounds. Some of the many onsite amenities include restaurant, lounge, Aveda Spa and retail store, outdoor/indoor pools, outdoor/indoor hot tubs, kiddie pool, 10 private stocked fishing lakes, 125’ river fishing pier, exercise room, racquetball courts, basketball court, tanning spa, general store, snack bar, arcade, billiards, pool bar & disc golf course.At Erie Islands Resort & Marina, you really can have it all – it’s all about family, fun and relaxation while creating memories that will last a lifetime! ... more   less 
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