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Black Bear Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Saint Germain
Bradenton, Florida
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137 reviews
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“Third time around”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

This will be my third time rating for this lodge as sometimes things change from one year to the next. This lodge has new owners and they seem to want to keep things the way they have been in the past. This is a good thing as we love this lodge and come up every year for a week of snowmobiling. The personnel is friendly and helpful. The units clean and have ample supplies for all your needs. We look forward to next winter when will be back to this lodge in the northwoods.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Streamwood, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

we have been to black bear lodge four times in resent years,the staff is wonderfull, the grounds are great and we love the nearby eateries. We enjoy the winters for snowmobiling and the fantastic trail system that the northwoods has to offer. we are allready planning our trips for the upcoming snowmobile season! if you have never riden the trails in the area,put it on your bucket list! bring on the snow!!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Sartell
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2011

My husband and I took a motorcycle trip through the north woods from Minnesota to Michigan. I had looked up possible accommodations on the internet. We weren't sure how far we would travel the first day. Four hours west of St. Germain, we called Black Bear to see if there was a suite for us to stay in. The reservationist put me on hold to speak to housekeeping. They had a large party there for a week, and she wasn't sure if the suite would be cleaned in time for us. Well, yes, they had a room!
We stayed right next to the Bears Den, which is the bar and restaurant. It was exactly what we were looking for. The suite was roomy, clean, and stocked with dishes and coffee for the morning!
Joe, the bartender was friendly and attentive, not pushy. We ordered a pizza, hand made, and delicious!
We enjoyed watching the slide presentations on past guests, as well as the first snowmobile.
We think this would be a great place to stay for winter sports, fishing, or just a relaxing time as it was for us!
~Jessie

Room Tip: suite cabins and condos available
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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woodstock, il
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2011

Excellent customer service. Make continued upgrades to the facilities and services available. Great to have the Bears Den open on-site.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Woodstock, Illinois
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

We loved this place and will be back next year. It is right on a very clean and friendly lake, the condos for the resort are very clean and family/kid friendly. The master bedroom has a queen sized bed, a large jacoozzi tub and a nice bathroom, clean fresh sheets for bed. The other bedroom had two twin beds, and a nice dresser and nightstand with lamp. Big kitchen with freezer/fridge that were clean and big enough to store all needed. Stove/oven, sink (big sink), cabinets and clean counter, the kitchen was nice and clean overall with a kitchen table with 6 seats. The living room had 2 LazyBoy chairs that were comfy and a NorthWoods themed couch, and TV. It had a nice coffee table in the middle. A porch going out the back door by the kitchen and a table on the porch. In the front of our condo was a park that was very fun for us all. There was a gift shop on the resort that was very nice and had a very friendly clerk. They also had a bar/restaurant that was kid friendly and nice. The owners were the nicest people, and there were complimentary kayaks, fishing boats, and paddle boats. There were pantoon rentals and water bike rentals. I reccomend you to go there if you are planning on staying in the Northwoods. We will be going back! Had a terrific experience!! :)

Room Tip: The room we were in was room 104, and that had a view of the lake, and the park, and was right on th...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Thousand Oaks, California
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

Just returned from a week's stay at Black Bear Lodge. Our first trip to the Northwoods area of Wisconsin. We are city folk, used to renting summer homes and were looking forward to a new adventure. We enjoyed our stay.

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Location. If you like to fish, have a boat or water craft, this is the place. The lake is at your door and it's beautiful. We bought a $15 pole and sat on the dock every night. Caught tons of fish and saw bald eagles, muskrats, you name it. Awesome.

Clean rooms. We stayed in lodge home #204. Recently upgraded, it appeared, and very clean. The sheets and beds were superior. It was completely quiet at night and the air conditioning was awesome. Also, our bathrooms had the best hair dryers we've ever seen in hotel rooms.

Bear's Den Restaurant on site. We ate there three times and took pizza out one night. They have themed dinners and great entertainment several nights a week.

Staff was amazing. They lend you board games, give you day trip ideas and always have a smile to boot.

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It seems kind of pricey for Northwoods, Wisconsin. Our six night stay exceeded $2000 for the room alone. The recently upgraded decor of our room (#204) was severely basic. No knobs on the kitchen cabinets (which stick . . . wave bye bye to your fingernails), the Lazy Boy chairs do not have side tables for coffee or drinks, the internet is ethernet cable accessible only and the bathrooms are poorly lit. That being said, the place does grow on you!

The bike/hiking trails are over a mile away. To access them, you need to go down their main road (people speed there, so watch the toddlers) and cross the highway. Also, the kayaks and the one peddle boat are very last century -- but they are free, so no complaints. The lodge provides life jackets. We recommend using them.

The bedrooms do not have suitcase space (the TV is on the dresser in front of the mirror), so plan on putting everything on the floor -- actually the master had one suitcase rack, but none in the guest room. Also, a draw string curtain pull would be far superior to the two bar pulls. The sun shined brightly through the curtain gap as our wake up call at 5:30 each day!

Overall, a fun new experience.

Room Tip: Ask lodge staff for what you want -- they put us in the quiet building!
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Orland Park, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 July 2011

We also stayed at the Black Bear Lodge over the long Memorial Day weekend. Even though we have been there about a dozen times over the years, it was our first visit back since 2008. Everyone at the lodge treated us like family and made us welcome on our return. We always enjoyed our vacations at the Black Bear and this year was no exception.

We stayed in the lodge homes and noticed that the carpeting had been upgraded since our last visit.. The restaurant also re-opened and we enjoyed a great Friday fish fry - perch and whitefish. We had pizza one night and it was also good.

The fishing was great and we will be sure to return.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Black Bear Lodge
Address: 1330 Halberstadt Rd, Saint Germain, WI 54558-8748
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Saint Germain
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Saint Germain
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Black Bear Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family resort and restaurant overlooks Little St. Germain Lake and offers cottages and lodge homes year 'round. Abundant peace and quiet, sports and activities, amenities too numerous to mention, and the best guest service staff in the business. Golf and fishing packages, family reunions, weddings, business retreats. ... more   less 
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