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Thunderbird Lodge
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Wanted to stay close to Voyageurs, searched websites & reviews to find what seemed to be a more updated lodge than others in the area. Pictures and reviews can be very misleading. I get that it's mainly a fishing lodge, but we stayed in the lodge itself, not a cabin, & expected a little more. Carpets in hallways haven't been cleaned or replaced probably in decades. The whole place could use a coat of paint & some updated furniture & fixtures.
On a positive note, the bed was comfortable & water pressure in shower was good. But the room & especially the bathroom need to be updated. We could hear people in hallways & in other rooms.
Restaurant was a big let-down. There is a "formal" restaurant and a bar with tables & a more informal (&less expensive) menu. (It's a bit silly because the 2 are adjacent & sound carries from one to the other. But there are tablecloths in the "formal" restaurant.) We opted for the more casual, reasonably-priced bar, mainly because the menu we had previewed online was more to our liking. When we were seated, however, we were given the restaurant menu. The only menu anyone was offered. It was only after we had ordered our food that we heard a table nearby request the "other" menu that was kept hidden behind the bar. Having two menus, yet keeping one of them hidden away from most guests just bothers me - it seems deceitful. Why not offer both? Yes, the food was fine, but this practice ensured that I would not return for another meal during my stay.
The moral of this story is that the management of the Thunderbird, like others in the area, seems to be interested just in taking those tourist dollars with as little effort on their part as possible.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Overall it was a pleasant experience staying here primarily because of the views of the lake and the very helpful staff. However, the rooms and especially the bathrooms are very dated. I suspect that it is designed more to house fishermen than tourists. The restaurant has a lovely view of the lake.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Enjoyed the lake views from our room - be sure to buy some Deet Mosquito Spray! Blueberry pancakes with more blueberries than cake were fantastic! Staff worked around clock to sandbag for flood waters, but made us comfortable our entire week's stay! Beds very comfortable with nice shower, too. When ready to check out, desk staff was so helpful to print boarding passes for us - waitresses in restaurant were prompt with our food. Ate in bar area and enjoyed lake views from there, too. Close to Voyageur's National Park, Sha-Sha's and Island View. Nice scenic drive along lake. We would recommend this lodge to those who wish to get away from city. We came to fish, not swim or work-out in fitness room, so really enjoyed this lodge. Your work-out is reeling in the fish we caught - 23 and 18" walleyes & northern pike!

Room Tip: If you need an elevator to second floor, stay in cabin or on first floor, although not many stairs t...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

I start this review with the mantra: "You get what you pay for." With the Thunderbird, what you're mainly paying for is the view/location. It is very close to Voyageurs National Park, and is right on Rainy Lake, so the views are lovely. Yes, the lodge itself is "tired", as many others have said. Noise carries easily between rooms and from the outside deck. In spite of this, I still say that we got our money's worth. You can't beat the views/location, the beds were comfortable, the porch is a great place to sit and read or use the wi-fi, and the room even had a mini-fridge and mini-microwave, which were pleasant surprises for me. I would likely stay here again if I were in the area: being on the lake sure beats being in town (International Falls)!

Room Tip: Room 205 has twin beds and a great view of Rainy Lake.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank JanetE105
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

We stayed here in January 2014 with members of my son's hockey team. The place is dirty and dated (nothing like in the pictures on their website, as it appears we are missing furniture), our rooms did not have the 2 queen beds as per our confirmation letter, there was a weird buzzing sound cycling on-off allllll day and night, there wasn't any water (hot or cold) one morning, and the entire 3rd floor did not have housekeeping service the entire weekend - when it was mentioned to them, all we got were excuses when instead we should have received sincere apologies or a discount. I made it really easy for them by leaving my garbage bins and two used towels outside my door and still nothing. The food in the restaurant was good but the service was inconsistent - thanks for bringing us our bread basket AFTER our meal. I'd look elsewhere, even in the summer, before considering a stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank cdnchopsuey
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We have our favorite choices, mine is the walleye almondine, our son's is the filet mignon - he claims it is better than the one I grill at home. The wait staff will anticipate preferences for regulars. The view is one of the best on the lake, and ever changing with the seasons.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

We decided to celebrate Mothers Day in International Falls - a halfway point for us coming almost from the Northwestern Corner of Minnesota and our daughter coming from close to Duluth. It was a beautiful day for a drive and made the more so at our arrival at Thunderbird Lodge. My wife and I made ourselves comfortable on the front porch, sitting in the full sun, as we waited for our daughter to arrive.

First staff member we met was a very friendly fishing guide. We had a great visit chatting about places he and we had traveled to. The staff in the dinng room were equally pleasant, and the food was superb. We three enoyed the Walleye Almondine which was done to perfection, and our desserts were equally good. The views of Rainy Lake were stunning - we took many, many pictures. Prices were in keeping with any top notch restaurant. WE WILL CERTAINLY BE GOING BACK!

Room Tip: We had made a reservation, which I would highly recommend for anyone especially on busy holidays and...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Address: 2170 County Road 139, International Falls, MN 56649
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Region: United States > Minnesota > International Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in International Falls
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Full Service resort with hotel and cabin rentals, full dining room, banquet facilities, marina, guide service and boat rentals. Open year round. ... more   less 
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Thunderbird Hotel International Falls

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