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“"Recharge" weekend”
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Grand View Lodge
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Nisswa
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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88 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“"Recharge" weekend”
Reviewed 5 February 2012

My wife and I spent the weekend at the lodge to rest and recharge. We had been in the area in the summer, so by comparison - November was very quite in the area.
We booked a clubhouse suite with a jacuzzi. Our room was very nice and and quiet.
The wine tasting (included in our package) was pretty good... And when many of the wines weren't our favorite color (red), the manager made up for it by giving us a tour of the wine cellar prior to our dinner that evening.
The food at the resort was good... Only complaint was a small menu at the upscale dinner.
The pool hours were a bit restrictive.
The spa was very nice, and comparable to Minneapolis prices.
Given how cold it was, we had to drive back and forth to our room quite a bit... So I'm sure the walk was nice in the summer.
It would be fun to go back again in the summer with our kids.
There are some fun places to visit in nearby Nisswa and Brainerd.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

My time at Grand View Lodge was excellent! They have lots of recreational activities for guests. They have an excellent staff that will help you out with whatever you need. My mom and I got massages, and they were excellent, top of the line. I got the Glacial Rain Hydrotherapy Massage and it was a very relaxing atmosphere, and an excellent experience. Housekeeping does a wonderful job keeping the rooms clean. And for you golfers out there, the greens are well kept, beautiful scenery, just overall three very nice courses. This place is awesome, highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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MInneapolis, MN
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Our family of four was booked in the same 'men's FAN cabin' in Oct 2010 Why? I have no idea. Father, mother & two girls. What a nightmare. Our girls were thrilled with TVs everywhere but it was not the getaway we were expecting. We had never traveled 'up north' in MN previously & this was our cabin. Blech. I used clorox wipes everywhere. We left this trip Laughing at Grand View & all the families that had told us it was a great place. No way--never would go back.

This story has a happy ending. We decided to give GVL another try this fall at the urging of our friends. We stayed at the Interlachen town homes this year after our earlier reservations were double-booked. The accommodations could not have been more beautiful & we had an amazing time!!

So pleased that we gave GVL another try. It was a wonderful experience for our family. We still laugh at our 'FAN weekend' but love the experience from this year! Goes from a 1 star to a 5 star!!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

My husband and I spent the weekend here with our infant daughter, to celebrate my birthday. We had booked a one bedroom suite at The Pines, somewhat last minute. The day before we were to arrive, I received a call from GVL, wondering if we would like a free upgrade to a stand-alone one bedroom cabin (due to a larger party staying at The Pines). Loved it! We got here in the evening, and it was a bit confusing to find our cabin, but once we found it, we were pleasantly surprised. A fire was laid out in the wood burning fireplace, just waiting for a match. (we had to call the front desk for matches, but they quickly and cheerfully complied). The cabin was just perfect! Wood fireplace, leather furniture, nice little eating area, plenty of storage space, large, clean bathroom with whirlpool tub. Plush clean carpets, not the generic indoor/outdoor stuff at many cabins. Lots of hot water, and it felt like the bathroom floor was heated. Beds were comfortable, property was quiet. The only downsides to the experience were the weak shower head and they didn't give us more coffee for the second day, , but overall, a great experience. We didn't use any of the resort amenities, but did eat breakfast in the lodge both mornings. Great breakfast, and friendly waitstaff. This was our first time at Grand View Lodge, but it certainly won't be our last... A perfect, relaxing weekend! Side note: Black Bear Lodge has great food if you need a decent casual restaurant.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newton, Iowa
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

My husband and I traveled north to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family and opted to stay at the Grand View Lodge. We stayed in a room at the Lodge and were very pleased with the accommodations. Warm and cozy and the bed was quite comfortable. A small refrigerator was available, which was convenient and the room also contained a small sitting/dining area. The wonderful view was of the grounds and the lake.. We were early arriving, but were pleased to find that our rooom was ready. We were greeted warmly and professionally by the front desk clerk who quickly had us registered and on our way, but not before answering questions related to the Lodge amenities. Breakfast was busy given the holiday and the food options on the buffet were sufficient enough to keep everyone happy. I'm sorry that we didn't have dinner at the Lodge as I'm certain it would have been very nice. The only downside to breakfast was having to navigate the small children allowed to run/roam freely throughout the two rooms. I think having a separate room to accommodate larger parties would have permitted those of us seeking a quiet breakfast, to have just that. What is it about going on vacation that has common courtesy flying right out the window? The breakfast staff was attentive, friendly and professional

The grounds are vast and having to walk from the Lodge to the pool area was a bit brisk. If you aren't able bodied, this could prove to be a challenge as well. I took a tour of the spa are and was quite impressed. Parking wasn't the greatest, but we managed. The bar area in the Lodge was a nice place for an after dinner drink or Sunday Bloody Mary (yummy). The pool was a smaller version of a water park and there was a very nice fitness area. Overall, we were very pleased with our stay, it's a nice family resort and look forward to visiting in the summer.

Room Tip: A room with a view of the lake is the way to go.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand View Lodge
Address: 23521 Nokomis Ave, Nisswa, MN 56468-2711
Region: United States > Minnesota > Nisswa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Nisswa
Price range (per night): $437 - $437
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand View Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Create a lifetime of memories at Grand View Lodge Golf Resort and Spa, located along the beautiful shores of Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN. The Historic Grand View Lodge offers deluxe accommodations, exceptional dining, 45 holes of championship golf, the world-class Glacial Waters Spa, full-service meeting, events and wedding facilities, and activities galore on 2,500 feet of beautiful sandy beach. Grand View's lodging facilities are immaculate, convenient and comfortable, accommodating up to 900 people. Spread across several hundred acres, Grand View provides the maximum privacy, enjoyment, and scenic views for guests. ... more   less 
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Grand View Hotel Nisswa

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