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Rock Harbor Lodge
m0llysydney from: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Nov, 4, 2018 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Ideal Setting on Amazing Island
Imagine a room perched above the crashing surf - you have it here. No phone, no TV, ideal. Didn’t have to worry about the next room setting the sound too loud! Short walk to the restaurant. Room was simple and clean, air fresh.
IllinoisMrsZ from: Illinois
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Oct, 29, 2018 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2018 Rating: 4
Have Arrival Day Plan & Pack Accordingly!
Came over on the Cooper Harbor Ferry and thought we had packed smart. Had planned on having a picnic lunch and hiking to Scoville Point on arrival day. We were not thinking about the normal check in time of mainland hotels being 3pm and arriving at 11:30 and not being able to check in and have access to our cooler/food and luggage in our room. Thank goodness it was still at the dock and we were able to retrieve what we needed to accomplish our plan, otherwise we would have been at a loss of precious time on the island, with nothing to do. Please be aware that this is not your normal National Park lodge--it is a remote setting and not a luxury hotel! We had a housekeeping cabin that was very adequate. Our only complaint would have been the access to them was up a washed out elevation on either side of the cabin that had precarious footing--oh and the fan provided inside was filthy(felt like I needed a tetanus shot to plug it in and turn it on.) As with many National Parks, do NOT expect wifi access. They said it was available in the lodge but it was not. Just remember that you are there to enjoy the great outdoors and just take in the breathtaking surroundings and connect with those with you on your trip.
mdogg79 from: Lansing, Michigan
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 7, 2018 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Didn’t stay, just scoped a room but we’ll be back!
We didn’t stay as guests but after we arrived in Rock Harbor after about a week of hiking they were kind enough to let us check out one off the rooms for future reference. My impression is that it’s relatively pricy for what amounts to pretty spartan accommodations but after you spend a week out on the trails it looks like an awesome comfort splurge. Especially if you get into “town” later and all the camping spots/shelters are occupied, if you can afford it then it would be a cool splurge (think el-Tovar out at the Grand Canyon). The other parts of the lodge complex that are open to the public seemed very cozy - a nice big fireplace, etc.
Also, if money were no object, to think you could boat/fly to the island and stay here to enjoy the scenery it’s a great option to have available - especially if you had limited mobility or health issues. It’s still gorgeous around Rock Harbor and in most cases you can arrange a boat and/or captain to take you to other somewhat nearby parts of the island (Chippewa Harbor is still almost 45 min to an hour via a decent sized boat if I remember).
All things considered, I’d DEFINITELY consider staying here some day, maybe to cap off a hiking trip.
Pdiddy18 from: Detroit, Michigan
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 28, 2018 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
I had to chuckle when I read some of the negative reviews of the lodge and park. First, this is not a resort destination. This is for pure lovers of remote wilderness places. If you want to get away from it all...go here. If you are a pampered tourist...don’t waste your money. This is a place way back in time, one of the most remote, unique gems anywhere in America. We were professional hikers w professional gear. If you are not of that capablilty, but want the experiance thru day hikes boat rentals and the tour boats or maybe you are physically limited or not a hiker/camper, go to the lodge, it is the next best thing. Do your homework and plan well so you aren’t one of the negative reviewers:)
Chris L from: Niles, Michigan
Published Date: Sep, 18, 2018 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Rustic living in a special place
We were totally taken with Isle Royale and the lodge was part of that experience. Don't expect five star accommodations, but what you get might be even better: A room looking out onto Lake Superior and water lapping against the rocks under your window all night. Our room had a small balcony that we used to absorb the atmosphere. The bathrooms are small, but adequate. We ate one meal a day at The Grill which has a good menu and outstanding food. We did eat breakfast in our room. A small store near the information center has some items you can use for meals, like milk. The staff at the lodge, especially at The Grill, were wonderful.The lodge is not cheap because of its remoteness, but then that is why you are there.