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Rock Harbor Lodge
LiterateWanderer from: United States
Published Date: Aug, 5, 2021 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Expensive summer camp
The Rock Harbor Lodge was clean and comfortable, but it is dated. It’s an old building and camp-like rather than resort-like. The high price is due to location rather than amenities. The rooms face the lake and have a semi-private balcony (walled off from others but anyone can walk along the outer edge around the walls) and a picture window with the table and chairs directly in front of it. So, great views, overall.
There’s no AC, but we were there in June and didn’t really need it. Plenty of breeze off the water, and the room is structured to have opposing screened windows and screened door and window, so the air flows through pretty well.
One thing we didn’t like was that the main room is carpeted. Because of the camp-like setting, every time we entered the room we were tracking in dirt, sand, mulch, etc., even though we wiped our feet on the exterior mat as well as we could. The small linoleum entrance way looked like a great place to leave shoes, but then we were walking around in socks on an old hotel carpet. We also had to cross that same linoleum (in socks) to get to the bathroom, so in the end, all the outdoors got spread around a bit. If the whole room had been linoleum, it would have been easier to just sweep it back up and out.
The rooms have no refrigerators or microwaves, so if you stay here you are probably eating at the on-site restaurant(s), and you have no means of handling leftovers. There are two restaurants, but only one was open (and only for take-out) while we were there, due to Covid. Because of the remote location, the food was pricey (we spent $40 on breakfast for two one morning). Because of Covid, the choices were limited, and if they ran out of things before the next supply boat, they were just out. You can look at menus ahead of time, but that doesn’t mean the food listed will actually be available when you show up to order.
The location, meanwhile, is great. Close to water, close to some of the shorter Isle Royale trails, close to the ferry and seaplane dockings. If you want to visit Isle Royale and if you know what you are getting yourself into (remote, remote wilderness), then the lodge is a fine place to stay.
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 27, 2021 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
I am coming back
The inn was very accommodative. Rustic, clean and a little old fashioned but right up our alley. Great rentals for adventure-kayaks, canoes, small boats and water taxi’s. This allowed us to get to other parts of the island and explore. Plenty of space to sit and enjoy the sunsets and eat. Trails are great and spectacular views. Unplug! Swimming in the lake was delicious.
randykM5738WM from: Atlanta, Georgia
Published Date: Jun, 23, 2021 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
A Room On The Harbor
Rustic but nice room with a superb view of the harbor. We could nearly touch the loons as they floated by. My wife said this was the best lodge view from any balcony she has been to thus far and that has taken into consideration many parks. Has access to the harbor and water taxis as well as canoes or kayaks. Also has an joining restaurant and within walking distance to the park's visitor center and a small general store. Also has quick access to both ferry and seaplane points of arrival and departure. Bottom line, the view is worth the effort getting there.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Published Date: Jun, 19, 2021 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2021 Rating: 3
Not really ready for guests
The location is wonderful but the Lodge really isn't ready for guests. Food service is very limited which is a problem since there isn't anywhere else to eat unless you bring all your own food to the island. There is no indoor seating and limited outdoor seating. Many of the already limited menu items were not available. Rooms are basic as expected with no TV, internet etc. Lighting was poor which meant reading a book was not comfortable. There was no soap provided in the bathroom and the water pressure was so low that it was not possible to take a shower. Overall the Lodge is not handicap friendly. Some staff were great but some were not guest friendly.
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 3
Steve5863 from: Avon, Ohio
Published Date: Jul, 19, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Rustic but Quite Adequate
While the rooms are basic and rustic, we found them to be adequate with comfortable beds that provided us with a good night’s sleep after a long day of exploring the island. The room had a coffeemaker but no other amenities but complementary ice was available that allowed us to keep our supplies in the cooler we brought with us cold. All rooms face the water with rooms on the lower level having a balcony and upper level rooms picture windows with a couple of Adirondack chairs to relax and take in the peaceful view which often included loons and mergansers.
While the room rate is quite expensive, given the remoteness and very short season, this should not come as surprise and all things considered, we were satisfied. The nearby Greenstone Grill provided surprisingly good food at very reasonable prices.
Late July and August turned out to be an excellent time to visit Isle Royale; the days are still long this far north, allowing plenty of time to explore, the weather is most reliable at this time of the year and, the best part, it is after the insect season. If fact, we, with my son being a mosquito magnet, were never bothered by insects our entire stay except on an excursion to a bog on Raspberry Island and even then, there were so few misquotes it is barely worth mentioning.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 3