We stayed at the Abe Martin Lodge twice in July 2008. Our main reason for going was to try out the new indoor waterpark. The indoor waterpark is not as big as you might imagine but was the perfect size for us. It has a wonderful water slide, a small lazy river, an area for volleyball and basketball and also a nice hot tub. It has a shower outside by the hot tub but the water does not get warm at all. The staff seems to still be learning their jobs at the waterpark. But it was fun. And that was why we returned again.
Our first room was 116. When we went in the room my daughter saw a wasp. We went to the front desk and they had maintenance come and he swatted the wasp. We went to the gift shop and came back later and noticed several more wasps. So we went to the front desk and they took the room out of service and gave us room 107. Room 107 has a big patio window and the window is newer with less likelihood of pests getting in it. And we did not see any more bugs in this room. The rooms are in big need of updating. The furniture, carpet,, etc, are old and showing wear. The bathroom is very tiny and in big need of updating with very little space at all to put anything. I believe the bathrooms in the annex may be a little bigger since it is newer. We did have a lovely view from this room of the courtyard. I would suggest you ask for one of these rooms instead of a room facing the outside of the building. The annex is now attached by a walkway that goes around the new pool. You used to have to go outside to get from the annex to the main lodge. So that is a nice improvement.
The staff at the front desk, especially one man, were very nice and helpful. I did however have a problem. I left a pair of shoes here on the first visit. On the second visit I asked about them and they had not been reported. I asked the maid when I saw her and she said she did remember my shoes and that she had turned them in. But somehow no one seemed to know anything about them and I never did get them back. That seemed a bit odd to me.
The food is not that great in the lodge on the buffet. Go to town and eat. They usually only have the buffet and just a few items on the menu. Not once did we get the full menu for dinner. But the food off the menu was good. The buffet is expensive, but you can just get soup and salad. Dessert is not much at all on the buffet, unlike Spring Mill State Park. Spring Mill has fantastic foods on their buffet with lots and lots of good pies, cakes, etc for dessert.
The town of Nashville is a great place to eat and to shop. During the week, the Artist's Colony downtown has a wonderful early bird special.
The park itself is beautiful. It is the closest you will get to anything like mountains in Indiana.
I think the lodge has great potential. I do have to question why they spent all this money on the waterpark when the rooms are in such need of renovations.
The little housekeeping cabins near the lodge are very inexpensive, but I noticed the windows aren't great on these at all and I would not be surprised at all if they had problems with bugs, wasps, etc...maybe even mice. I even noticed one screen popping out that had not been repaired.
Yes I would stay here again. But they do need to work on some of these problems. Most of the staff is wonderful. And the area is so beautiful and the park itself a slice of heaven.
The Comfort Inn in town offers beautiful spacious rooms with huge bathrooms and is just a short drive to town. If going to Nashville just to visit the town, I would suggest the Comfort Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abe Martin Lodge nestled in the hills of Brown County State Park, has 84 guest rooms, new indoor aquatic center, gift shop, two lobbies, one with a fireplace, 20 housekeeping cabins, 56 rustic cabins and rustic dining room open daily. The lodge has beautiful outdoor verandas overlooking the sloping back lawn, park and the hills. The Lodge truly has accommodations to meet any need, with ample meeting rooms for business meetings, reunions, weddings, and more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Abe Martin Hotel Nashville
- Abe Martin Motel
- Abe Martin Lodge Nashville