by Amanda Geronikos
Stay in a traditional guestroom or cabin at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, located at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois (approximately 90 minutes from Chicago). All accommodations provide DVD players and free Wi-Fi, and some cabins feature fireplaces.
Guests enjoy access to the property’s pool complex, which has a children’s wading pool. They also enjoy an onsite spa, four dining options and organized activities, such as story time during Wilderness Wednesdays.
Our Editor Loves
- Cozy cabins
- Onsite dining
- Pool complex
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
This place is all around great. The park is phenomenal. The lodge is historic and beautiful. The rooms are no ritz Carlton but it’s worth the stay. Staff is super friendly and helpful. Restaurant is very good. Wonderful experience.
We're trying to determine which accommodation we like best at the lodge, so our quest brought us back to a room in the historic portion of the lodge where we have stayed many times before. The beautifully paneled room with reclaimed wood furniture looked out onto the front lawn. Hubby noted that he forgot how small the room was. It is cozy, but it is an old lodge, so it's not like the hotel side of the lodge. The bathroom is very small with a pipe that knocked often. (We shut the bathroom door so we didn't hear it.) A small metal shelf sits above the sink, but it tips downward so anything round will roll. A closet across from the bathroom had ample space and hangers for clothes. The original hardware on the bathroom and closet doors is beautiful. The bed is comfortable, the heating unit worked beautifully and a ceiling fan provides a nice breeze. We could hear our neighbors who had children who only spoke in shriek and liked to run and bounce, but thankfully, they fell asleep by 10 and slept in. I did discover a previous guest had left behind underthings in a drawer and reported it to the front desk. A small coffee maker is in the room and the housekeeper noticed we used the caffeinated coffee and gave us three for the next morning, which is much appreciated. We absolutely love the lodge, but are checking out a cabin setting next, not because there is anything wrong with our lodge room, but because we are on a quest.