As I now live in England with my husband and children, a visit to Grand View Lodge was the perfect setting to show off the best of what the North has to offer. From horse and wagon rides, to laser tag, to Ski Gull only miles away, to bonfires and so much more, we never ran out of activities for the children. However due to the horrendous accommodations we were given, it was impossible to relax. Upon first impression of our cabin was a large beer sign, inappropriate for a young family! That was just the tip of the iceberg. The bathrooms smelled so terrible of human urine that we were all gagging. The children's bedroom had an awful stench as well, and we are still unsure of what that was. The kitchen was only clean on the surface, when we opened cupboards and drawers, things were filthy. The heating system did not work properly e.g. the lounge was freezing cold and the bedrooms were sweltering. The fireplace doors were broken meaning we were unable to light a fire to counteract this problem (can't have an open fire with toddlers running around). The floors were never vacuumed, various other things in the cabin were broken, including the toilet. Things got to be so bad that we left one day early, mostly due to the stench of the cabin but also due to our children becoming ill from the poorly run heating system. The cabin was definitely a "bachelor pad" and kitted out for a boy's vacation. It would have been somewhat suitable for my husband and father, not my children. I expected fond memories to have been made, and some were. But when we all look back at this experience I know we will not be keen on revisiting Grand View Lodge anytime in the near future. We expressed all of these complaints to the staff, and were reimbursed for the night which we did not stay, rightly so. However, I feel that the low rating is due to value for money, and expectations which were not met. I asked for photos of the cabin two months before our stay, and they were never sent. Additionally, all that was told of the cabin was that it was not updated, and absurd under-exaggeration. I don't ever leave these types of reviews, but I just really do not want anybody else to have the same experience as we have had. The property is lovely. It could have been just so much better, and I am so disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Create a lifetime of memories at Grand View Lodge Golf Resort and Spa, located along the beautiful shores of Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN. The Historic Grand View Lodge offers deluxe accommodations, exceptional dining, 45 holes of championship golf, the world-class Glacial Waters Spa, full-service meeting, events and wedding facilities, and activities galore on 2,500 feet of beautiful sandy beach. Grand View's lodging facilities are immaculate, convenient and comfortable, accommodating up to 900 people. Spread across several hundred acres, Grand View provides the maximum privacy, enjoyment, and scenic views for guests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grand View Hotel Nisswa