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Rock Harbor Lodge
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Very good National Park lodging
User: MandyEK from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 1, 2022
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
We've stayed in many National Park hotels and I realize that you go to them for the location, not the amenities. Usually I am underwhelmed by park lodging, but the Rock Harbor Lodge exceeded my expectations. We had a large suite for one night. It had great water views, plenty of room, a full set of dishes and small fridge, plus luggage service to and from the seaplane. It was very clean and pretty updated. It was not luxury lodging, but really good for our overnight stop. We ate a few times a the little restaurant near the lodge, and again, nothing special, but well-run and super convenient. Of course, the real draw is the beauty of the island, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the lodge as well.
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Isle royale
User: G6431XCtomj from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 21, 2022
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
Amazing place. Would love to see it again. Lodge was as advertised very basic but clean & friendly, laid back people everywhere. Fortunate to see a couple moose on the first day of our visit & weather was great!!!😁

11th Trip and will be back!
User: Peter W from: Cincinnati, Ohio
Trip Type: Solo travel
Published Date: Jul, 5, 2022
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
This was my 11th trip to Isle Royale and my 8th consecutive trip staying at the lodge. I've been in the units along Lake Superior and on this trip I was in a housekeeping unit above Tobin Harbor. The lodge is a great place to hike out of, use the water taxis to reach the interior, get a meal, hang out after a hike, etc.
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Just Do It!
User: Kathleen C from: San Carlos, California, United States
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Jul, 1, 2022
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
Isle Royale is magical and Rock Harbor Lodge the same. Rustic enough to never forget the beautiful natural place you are in, clean and comfortable enough to make you feel right at home. Every room has either a large window with large pine chairs over looking the lake at your feet or a deck with the same. My friend and I were disappointed because we could not get the 1st floor room with deck, but ended up happy to enjoy our prime view indoors sans any mosquitoes! After getting to know the way things worked the Lodge and park soon felt like summer camp. The Guest Deck became a morning gathering place for many of us who felt we needed an internet fix or had to make a call. The dining room was casual: walk up to order, grab a coffee & wait at a table. Despite the walk-up routine the manager and staff got to know most of us and the kitchen crew made every meal to order. I recommend the fish sandwich, the quesadilla and pizza was pretty decent too. Nothing fancy, but it was freshly prepared. Quesadilla came with chicken and veggies. Yum. There was a little problem with the water taxis and related fees. You don’t get to choose which taxi you take to get to a trailhead, but the difference in pricing was extreme. Over $200 to compared to $77 per couple to be dropped virtually s’y opposite sides of the harbor-same distance from the lodge. I do recommend the Rock Harbor Lodge if you are not inclined to sleep with the moose and mosquitoes. That said, it is not a long walk to the campsites.

Housekeeping Cabins are a gem in Isle Royale National Park
User: maureenwC7163UU from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 1, 2022
Travel Date: May, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
The Housekeeping Cabins sit above Tobin Harbor out of the fray. They are a good size, the bed was comfortable and plenty of warm blankets which we needed in May. Electric heat worked well (we had to turn it down at night) and there was plenty of hot water. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook, but you must bring all your own food including condiments. The little dressing room off the bathroom is great for gear storage. The best part is the huge picture window across the front looking out on the harbor- eagles, loons, moose. A great place to relax after a day of hiking or boating. The housekeeping staff works hard and is customer oriented. Management is very responsive to concerns. This IS NOT a five star hotel- it is a comfy cabin on a remote island in the middle of Lake Superior and well worth the trip and expense to have a warm and dry place to land while experiencing the amazing Isle Royale National Park. We will be back!
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