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Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

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2688 E 873rd Road, Oglesby, IL 61348-9518
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#2 of 3 hotels in Oglesby
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Historic Lodge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Features 69 guest rooms and 21 cabin rooms, majestic Great Hall with 2-sided fireplace, on-site restaurant and bar, outdoor dining, indoor pool, weddings and meetings.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Convenience store
Wifi
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Meeting rooms
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Telephone
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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polihalequeen wrote a review Jun 2021
Ingleside, Texas30 contributions4 helpful votes
My daughter and I stayed here just for a night to do some hiking for Mother’s Day! We stayed at the lodge and had dinner at the restaurant there. We had an amazing time! Staff was great! Food was great! Atmosphere was great! I would love to go back some day!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sheri P wrote a review Apr 2021
Bettendorf, Iowa1 contribution1 helpful vote
This was a trip with one high and several lows. The high was the restaurant for every aspect (food quality, prompt serivce, great waitress, etc.). The rest was bad enough that we left the first night although we had paid for two nights. The room was dark, dingy, and the bathroom was less than adequate. The metal shelf over the sink reminded me of an old hospital. From the doorway, we thought that the covers and sheets on the bed were crumpled up. No. Those were the lumps in the mattress. The flat screen t.v. was a decent size but the reception made it difficult to discern faces. We couldn't sleep due to the lumpy bed. In the morning, we decided to go home. As we went down to the desk to check out, this was the cherry on top of the sundae. I had the room card in hand and said that we would not be staying the next evening. The young blonde woman behind the registration desk responded, "You know you can't get your money back." Whoa. After working in the service industry for many years, most staff should be coached to say, "Is there something that happened to make you not want to stay that additional night??" We were so dumbstruck (and tired) we turned around and walked out. I booked this weekend for my husband's birthday. I really feel terrible that his birthday weekend was less than pleasant.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: Maybe book a cabin instead of a room in the lodge? I can't say for sure.
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Neil D wrote a review Apr 2021
Janesville, Wisconsin26 contributions4 helpful votes
Historic setting. Comfortable bed. Staff wore masks. Café had a good, simple breakfast - closed at 6 pm. Get an early supper. Convenient parking when you have a lodge reservation. Totem pole and wind sculpture outside the entrance made things interesting. Windows could open.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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ramie724 wrote a review Apr 2021
31 contributions22 helpful votes
We love Starved Rock so much. We even got married here 10/25/19. We usually stay in the lodge, which is fantastic in itself. However, we decided to rent a cabin on 12/30/20 to end a horrible year in a positive way. We had the best time, even though we couldn’t hike and the restaurants were closed due to covid. We were able to get take out food from the restaurant and it was wonderful. It recently snowed and it was quiet and we enjoyed keeping the fire going while watching a DVD be brought since we saw they had a DVD player. It was such a great time. We decided we have to do this multiple times a year. We came back on 3/18 for my husband’s birthday and stayed in the exact same cabin. It was nicer out, but still not nice enough for US to hike, although others were. This time the bar and restaurant were open to limited occupancy and we got there early and had fun listening to the songs on the jukebox at the bar. We were the only ones there. The bartenders were great. The view over the canyon and watching the hawks soaring was great. We both had the pot roast for dinner in the dining hall and it was so good!!! We finally went back to the cabin and got the fire going. We sat in until dark, listening to music, and just talked like we used to do back in high school. It was perfect. Even better than the time before. We cannot wait to go back again in a couple months. It’s honestly our favorite place and getting a cabin is the best.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frederic V wrote a review Mar 2021
Chicago, Illinois75 contributions63 helpful votes
If it were just location, I'd give it a 5. Hotel grounds: stunning inside and out. The cabin look and feel is amazing and while a hotel, there isn't a constant pressure to "consume". My take is that the restaurant and bar close way too early. Accommodation: exceeded my expectations. Clean, spacious and comfortable (stayed at the hotel). However the "self-service" housekeeping lacks to be desired. They'll deliver fresh towels to your room but won't pick-up dirty ones (they don't do you room either). This may be due to Covid, which I understand and it's ok if you stay a day or two but for longer stays, it's no longer OK. There is a fine line between safety and cost savings (I didn't see much distancing between hotel employees among themselves and with guests). I would add that our room was across what looked like "house keeping central" and there would be a bunch of people in the morning talking loudly and not wearing masks (and they would wake us up not to mention it). Restaurant/Bar: Food isn't refined and does have that "country feel", that being said my experience is that it is really hit or miss. I've had what's probably the best fried walleye ever. In parallel, breakfast was a disaster. My skillet was a major lump of fried undiscernible 'stuff' that didn't even have the meat in it - inedible. We had been waiting for almost 45 minutes for our food and we just decided eat the toasts and go. Piece of advice: if you want to eat breakfast on hotel grounds, by something at the cafe, much simpler, cheaper and decent for what it is. Overall: go there for the hotel settings. If staying more than one night, plan to eat outside the hotel most nights. There are a couple great BBQ places around.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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US$179 - US$193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesIllinoisOglesby
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Frequently Asked Questions about Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
Which popular attractions are close to Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center?
Nearby attractions include Matthiessen State Park (3.4 km), Starved Rock State Park (0.3 km), and Hegeler Carus Mansion (7.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nonie's Bakery & Cafe, Starved Rock Lodge - Main Dining Room, and Cajun Connection.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a sauna during their stay.
Does Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Mary's Catholic Church (2.7 km) and Grand Village of the Illinois (1.9 km).
Does Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.