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Reviewed 10 November 2014

This review is longer than what I usually write, because I wanted to write a rebuttal to the negative reviews for not only this lodge, but many other KY and IN state park resort lodges. We spent this past weekend at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park (Jesse Stuart Lodge), and had a very nice time. It is true that this is the beginning of the KY Resort Parks slow time of year. If you come between Nov. 1 and February you will probably have the to place to yourself. In fact, this is the time to get a great deal because the Indiana and Kentucky Resort Parks will offer 2 for 1 deals and even drop their rates to around $50 a night. We paid $184 including taxes for 2 nights Nov. 7 & 8. I read the negative reviews before coming to the lodge, and they are consistent with reviews of many Indiana and Kentucky lodges. This is a very nice and pretty lodge.

Our room was #102, which would be awesome if you come in the summertime to swim because the pool is just steps away. It's also just down the hall from the dining room. Our room was clean and spacious with a single Queen-size bed. The bathroom counter top looked like it had been replaced in the last few years. The bathroom was large. It had both a regular shower head but was also equipped with a hand-held shower head if you are unable to stand long. The carpet was not worn at all and was in good condition. The furniture in good shape and consistent with other park lodges and hotel chains. New artwork hung on the walls that had a modern look but still were pictures of trees consistent with a rural lodge. Our room and our friends' room both had a musty smell to them, but were very clean nonetheless.

We had breakfast both mornings and dinner on Saturday night. When the lodge doesn't have a lot of guests as during our stay, they do not open the buffet except for the Sunday lunch buffet. Instead, you must eat off the menu. The staff were courteous, and the food was very good. There were never any odd smells coming from the dining room. It had a pretty view of the woods and Greenbo Lake from the window of the dining room. The menu is consistent with other state park lodges as well with sandwiches, salads, wraps for lunch and a full breakfast menu. Their special for Friday night was fried chicken and Saturday night's special was all-you-can-eat fried catfish. I love the catfish at the KY lodges because it's in a cornmeal coating and it's not fishy tasting at all. It's no-frills good down-home food. They always try to source the food for their dining rooms from local farms when possible so they are both helping local food providers but helping to be green when possible. However, they did not have any recycle bins available.

The lobby is big and open with warm earth tones. We loved standing by the fireplace to warm up after a hike because they kept the fire going constantly. We enjoyed just sitting in the arm chairs and relaxing. It does have a large old big screen TV in the lobby, but the screen was not green like a previous reviewer said. It was completely normal. Maybe the reviewer was upset that it was turned to Fox News...who knows, but is was in normal working order. A few pieces of furniture in our room and the lobby were outdated, but the goldish colored arm chairs looked new. It appears that they replace some pieces of furniture at a time instead of replacing everything at once. The lodge was very clean and pretty. Yes, the lobby walls are covered in wood paneling, but we like that look because when you go to a state park lodge in a rural area, it reminds you that you're there to enjoy nature. I"m glad it's not in bright colors with geometric patterns. If you want a cold, modern look then go to a ritzy hotel in a downtown area or a casino. The earth tones and wood paneling are there to have a natural look. They have artwork of local landmarks like the old country church outside the park and a covered bridge. The wood inside the lodge complements natural elements.

I am a little miffed that people keep leaving negative reviews for our state park lodges that are undeserving. The state park lodges are there to remind people to "unplug" and enjoy nature both inside and out. I hope they don't change the decor at all. It's a wonderful place for kids young and old to appreciate the outdoors and nature. If people just want concrete, flashy decor, and small little meals arranged prettily on a plate that you can't pronounce then maybe these lodges aren't for you. They are great for families, friends, and couples who want to have a good time though. We had the best time with our friends Saturday night playing Mexican train dominoes on the 3rd floor alcove. We made memories that will stay with us a lifetime.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with friends
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7  Thank alpine79
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Stephanie P, Manager at Greenbo Lake State Resort (Jesse Stuart Lodge), responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2015

Thank you very much for all the kind words. I have often said that fancy hotels are nice for staying in town but they certainly don't have our beautiful view. I hope you visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 7 November 2014

My wife and I stayed here 20 years ago and it was great. We had to book a year in advance just to get a room. Upon our most recent stay we booked 1 day in advance. A LOT had changed in twenty years. The park its self was very well kept and beautiful as we had remembered it. Very nice hiking trails and lake. HOWEVER, the lodge area was very ran down. We arrived on a Friday evening around 8:00 pm we noticed that their was only 8 cars in the parking lot. In years past their would have been at least 150. As we entered the lodge we noticed that everything was very dated and clean but just worn out and in bad need of a serious up grade. We noticed an old projection tv in the lobby that had a green picture. The once very nice gift shop that used to be just off the lobby was dark and empty. There was this odd smell coming from the dining room that wasn't very appetizing at all. On the way to our room we noticed that their was only one family eating at a corner table. We declined to eat there the whole weekend traveling out of the park to eat at local restaurants. Our room was very clean. It had double beds that probably were installed when the lodge was opened. A complete upgrade was definetly in order.

Room Tip: Find another place to stay. Just not worth the $89.00 we paid.
  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 50988Mark_S
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Reviewed 1 October 2014

Be prepared for LOTS of steps! The room was clean, and had a comfortable bed but the room definitely needed updating. The cathedral ceiling would have been nice if it didn’t have pipes across the wall for the sprinkler system. Wifi was available but was not completely reliable. I was given a room with a “good view”, but the view consisted of the playground and empty swimming pool. The worst part of our stay was the restaurant which had absolutely no service at all. They had a good buffet, but I had to hunt down someone to put out some soup bowls, or to refill something empty on the buffet. Since it wasn’t crowded, I sure wouldn’t want to go on a night with a crowd.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2014

The room was spacious and clean except for the balcony which was littered with lots of cigar and pipe ashes. The coffee maker was broke. The lodge which was built in 1971 really hasn't been kept up very well. There are many photos on the walls from James Archambeault and I'm sure they looked good 25 years ago, but now most of them are too faded to catch your eye. The tennis courts are crumbling and not playable. The room was more up to date than the lodge itself but not worth $85 a night. The staff were nice and friendly. The restaurant had a dinner buffet for $13.99 with unremarkable fare like meatloaf and fried chicken. Greenbo Lake is very clean and clear - we could see lots of fish. The marina and boat rentals are nice. It's a shame that the state of KY hasn't seen fit to keep the property viable.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony facing the lake.
  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

My husband and I stayed for two nights in late August after school was back in session. It felt like there weren't many people there, which added to the relaxing atmosphere. We were in a two double bed room on the third floor with a cathedral ceiling. The room had a balcony overlooking the woods and lake with a partial view of the pool. The room was clean and comfortable and we used ice and the ice bucket to chill our drinks since there wasn't a refrigerator. Alcohol isn't sold on site, but you can bring it with you. Wi-fi is free and pretty fast and reliable. The pool looked nice, but we didn't go in. We saw turtles, frogs and fish in the lake which is posted as a no swimming lake, and we saw deer in the area. This is a state park lodge, so it's nice, especially considering the cost but this is not a resort hotel. If you're looking for luxury stay elsewhere, but if you're looking for a clean, comfortable place to say with natural surroundings this is the place to go. There's one restaurant on site, but other things are not real convenient so you should bring snacks and drinks with you. We had both dinner and breakfast at the restaurant which was good, but with only one server and chef you need to be patient.

Room Tip: This is a three story building with patios on the first floor and balconies on the second and third floors. There is an elevator and higher floors offer better views. All queen bedrooms are on the first floor and third floor rooms have cathedral ceilings. Bring snacks and drinks, including alcohol if you want it, with you since the store isn't really close.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank rameyfamily
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