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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
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Midlothian, Illinois
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Note to anyone thinking of stay. The waterpark has calm water. No motors. No slides, waves, lazy river etc on Mondays. When I booked I was told the waterpark was closing Monday at 3. 2 days before my stay they changed the policy. But I would never had known if I had called the hotel back before we went. They...

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East Moline, Illinois
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

It had been 5 years since last time at Grizzly bear. Read some of the reviews and was so glad we still went. Other reviews had said the place was run down etc. I have to disagree. It was very clean and everything in functioning order. Kids had a blast and that wAs the reason we went. All staff was...

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

We just stayed 2 nights in one of that villas and we had a great time. Our villa was clean, quiet and very nice. Waterpark was nice and not too crowded. It was just perfect for our 4 year old grand daughter. We ate pizza at Jack's Bar and Grill and it was good as well. For the most part...

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New Orleans, Louisiana
Reviewed 1 week ago

This lodge is located next to Starved Rock State Park which has lots of hiking trails. The hotel is good but is in need of updates. The beds and furniture needs to be replaced. Our room was clean with a balcony to hang out our wet clothes. The staff was nice and what we ordered at the restaurant was ok...

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Manager at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback regarding your recent stay in our resort. We are thrilled that you chose Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort during your recent stay in the Starved Rock area. We look forward to hosting you during your next visit to Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worst vacation spot I've been to. They have new owners and apparently they don't understand cleaning is not a major decision. They also don't seem to think training your staff or giving them the supplies to serve their customers is important either: These are photos from my "balcony room" and the list of issues they show or don't show: *Dirty...

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Manager at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. At Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every guest and your feedback is very important...

Brookfield, Illinois
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my little cousins here for Spring Break. We had a great time. They enjoyed the waterpark so much. We drove to Ottawa for dinner. We hiked at Matthiessen and Starved Rock. It was a good trip and we would come again.

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Manager at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback regarding your recent stay in our resort. We are thrilled that you chose Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort during your recent stay in the Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Park area. We look forward to hosting you during your next visit to Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort!

Michigan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for one night. My kids are 8,10,and 12. The waterpark is clean and has a wave pool section and a lazy river. The kids loved it. The Jacuzzi is really clean, they drain it and refill it twice daily. The staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. Our room was clean and had all the basic...

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Manager at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback regarding your recent stay in our resort. We are thrilled that you chose Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort during your recent stay in the Starved Rock area. We look forward to hosting you during your next visit to Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort!

Woodridge, Illinois, United States
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Grandchildren had a great time at the water park. The atmosphere was very relaxing. Jack's Restaurant was able to accommodate my many food allergies. Kids loved the pizza. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Would go again.

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Manager at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback regarding your recent stay in our resort. We are thrilled that you chose Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort during your recent stay in the Starved Rock area. We look forward to hosting you during your next visit to Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort!

Annawan, Illinois
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our room was fantastic for the value. Very clean and spacious. We had a two queen family suite. There was a full size pull out couch (did not use the pull out feature) and a table with two chairs. We were able to use the floor space around table and couch for play time when we were 'hanging out' in...

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Manager at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback regarding your recent stay in our resort. We are thrilled that you chose Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort during your recent stay and your son was able to enjoy the attractions in the waterpark. We recently received new tubes for the slides and lazy river and are waiting on another shipment that...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Considering the family "suites" are about $250 per night and sleep up to 6, it's not bad if you cram 6 people in. Be warned, you will be crammed! The activities make up for it. Kids can spend hours in the water park and arcade. If you don't plan a lot of time in the room, you'll enjoy yourself.

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Thank you for taking the time out of your day to share your experience while your visited our resort. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us and your comments will assist us in continuing to focus on making our guest experience the best it can be. We hope to host you again soon at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort.

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort offers skin-drenching fun all year long right in the beautiful setting of Starved Rock State Park. Located just 90 minutes from Chicago or the Quad Cities and an hour from Bloomington or Rockford, our 60 wooded acres offer all of nature's wonders. This includes Grand Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark, beautiful lodge accommodations, as well as our 1800 sq. ft. vacation villas and luxurious 2800 sq. ft. cabins. Enjoy a variety of dining options, including wraps, salads, hot sandwiches and made to order pizzas at Jack's Place. During the summer months guests can enjoy a view of nature at our Bear Island Pavilion & Curtis Canyon Deck. Next to Bear Island enjoy our “Castle in the Woods” playground area and test your skills at our 18 hole Canyon Creek Miniature Golf Course. All lodge rooms include a microwave, mini-fridge, hair dryer and wi-fi internet access. Our Vacation Villas are a 2-story townhome with a fully-applianced kitchen (basic pots and pans and place settings are provided), 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Our Log Cabins offer 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a fully-applianced kitchen (basic pots and pans and place settings are provided), 3 fireplace, s and an oversized Great Room. Other resort amenities include the Cave Arcade with over 60 games, the Wave Cafe Snack Shop, the Honey Pot Sweet Shop & Grizzly Bean Gourmet Coffee Shop and the Moose Crossing Convenience Store. Our Grand Bear Conference Center includes over 8000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including 6000 sq. ft. of Grand Ballroom space to accommodate your larger functions such as weddings, family reunions and corporate events. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

Address: 2643 IL 178, Utica, IL 61373
Region: United States > Illinois > Utica
Price Range: $132 - $386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 272
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“Ask for a room close to the waterpark so it is a shorter walk. Our room was really close but there was still no noise from the waterpark.”
SteveMonrovia, 12 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Family suites are too small to comfortable fit 6 people”
taneesharolland, 4 Apr 2017 | Read review
“kids suite has bunk beds”
628carries, 29 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Free Wifi definitely doesn't work in the basement. Not sure if works better anywhere else.”
brianleep, 25 Mar 2017 | Read review
“3rd floor has terrible wifi signal”
rosestone44, 15 Mar 2017 | Read review
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