French Lick Resort
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Aporcelli stayed here on Jun 22, 2013 during their trip titled: Our cross country golf tour.....
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Arriving in French Lick is such a surprise. You're driving, driving, driving....then all I a sudden you round the corner ...there sits the most magnificent building you've ever seen. West Baden. So beautiful and so elegant. We went a little further to the French Lick Springs (where the Casino is located). We had planned to eat at the buffet/cafeteria but they stopped serving at 2 pm. So we decided to go back to the rotunda, West Baden.
... miles of twisties through the Hoosier National Forest.
Tomorrow we hook-up with Cain and Patricia in Madison, IN.
Last night we talked to Emma and told her about the bear on the road. She told us that a bear chased her and wanted her apple. She told the bear "No no bear you can't have my apple."
On our trip from Louisville to St. Louis a sign on the side of the road enticed us to take a little detour to check out the Marengo Cave. Located in the heart of Indiana's Cave Country
We are in Amish Country and had to pass two of their horse drawn carriages with families dressed in the full Amish clothes, along the way.
So glad we stopped to do the ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews French Lick Resort
We checked in on July 28, 2003 and checked out by noon on July 29, 2003 . . . and we suppose to stay three nights! I expected the hotel to be old but not run down!! The bowling area had bowling balls that looked like they had been thrown against concrete walls, they were so chipped and damaged. The arcade games had an inch of dust on them! The pools were old and decaying. The water wasn't even clear.
Our trip to French Lick was pretty much a let down. From the minute it came into site I knew it was no longer the hotel people had talked about years ago. The only part of the hotel that even looks like it is cleaned is the lobby and spa, everything else is pretty much gross. In fact, when we walked into our room a huge sticky peice of candy was stuck on one of the bedspreads. When the hotel staff never showed up to resolve the situation we just yanked the blanket off all together. When I opened the closet to search for a new blanket I did find an old sock!
Checked in at 5:00 on July 2nd - Checked out at 6:00 on July 2nd. That should say it all, but I will elaborate. I stayed at this resort 20 years ago for a conference and thought it was great. I don't know what happened (evidently no housekeeping since that time), but this place was a dump! The whole hotel is in a shambles. The rooms are in desperate need of remodeling. The bathrooms are 1950's and rusty and tacky. The room needed cleaned. The furniture was battered. There was no way we were staying the night there for fear of what may have crawled out when the lights went out. We marched down to the desk and asked for a full refund on the two adjoining rooms we had paid for. Needless to say, we waited in line behind several other visitors with similar complaints. Their one redeeming quality - we were given a complete refund. We drove a few blocks away and had a wonderful dinner at The Beechwood Inn (Bed & Breakfast). The folks at the French Lick Springs could take a few lessons from these innkeepers!
I have visited French Lick many times and my wife and I have always championed its' restoration and raved to all who would listen about the experience their inspired and helpful staff had provided for us. The last couple of years however, have been disappointing. My wife and I just visited again over the fourth of July weekend, and I made up my mind that it would be my last visit. A few of the reception staff were not as friendly as before. I met with unexpected expenses that I had never before incurred. The shower was slow at best. The service at Jack's was terrible, and the food over all was not as good as before. We had good experiences at the Spa, and Ranch!Sadly, and ex-patron
We went for a girls' getaway weekend and except for a very good murder mystery show, had a very bad time. It definitely needs some refurbishing, although the rooms were clean and comfortable. The restaurants in the hotel were only so-so, and the town is so run down its a shame. The spa is over-rated. I'm sure in its heyday it was fabulous, but the "healing" spring water at the spa smelled awful - sulphury. Even the scented stuff they put in your water couldn't cover it up. They put you in a bathtub in a tiny closet size area, with only small swinging doors separating you from other people. I was very uncomfortable doing that and actually paid money for it (never again).
Just spent the weekend at the French lick Resort, have to say it was really nice, a lot of history in the buildings and grounds. If you want it its there. Staff was great- check out the package deals
Great Place For Kids and Family
My family and another family started making a annual ski trip to French Lick three years ago. Now in our third year, our group has grown to 47 people and we love it, looking foward to next year and I expect several more families to join. We probably look forward to this vacation more than our Florida vacation. ps: The HOT TUB in wonderful
The elegance of this huge Grand Hotel with its extensive amenities (bowling lanes, domed pool, etc) is today available at Holiday Inn standards and prices through a judicious application of historical preservation and astute management. The free-spending American elite that once supported this opulent property no longer supports a staff ever at your elbow to cater to your every whim but the sparse staff required by economic necessity is nevertheless friendly and nicely responsive to your present-day requests. You'll probably carry your own bags to your room but that room still has the high celilings and elegant furniture once enjoyed by the fashionable and moneyed clientele of a bygone era. We unrolled the silverware from our (cloth) napkins at the hotel dining room, but the seasoning of our reasonably-priced chicken breasts was simply superb and the waiter was unusually accommodating. If you appreciate historic elegance and plan to overnight in southern Indiana without spending a fortune, this is unquestionably the place to choose.
My mom,age 78, and I stayed for an overnight get a way over my fall break. The Hotel is an event in itself. It was pleasently kept up and the original aura was present. I felt as if I had stepped back in time to the turn of the century. I was amazed by the architecture. The food was good. The service was good. The grounds were pretty. Our favorite spot was the front porch!!
Went to French Lick Resort expecting a first class resort. It was not a very clean place, quite rundown. The staff as friendly enough, but should have been embarassed about the condition of the place. A shame because they were booked, not hurting for business, but do not try to keep up the historic hotel. Just making a quick buck.. My guess is that it is foreign owned, I mean by a foreigner, not an American. No pride of ownership. Dust is visible everywhere. It has sooo much potential. Nevertheless it is not hurting for business, probably because it is the only hotel for miles. Wouldn't go back unless I know that they've taken the time and money to keep the place up.