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“Not Quite as Spacious As I Had Hoped...” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort

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Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
Indiana
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not Quite as Spacious As I Had Hoped...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2011

We had a nice stay at Lake Rudolph this past July while visiting Holiday World. We rented a king-sized RV for our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids), and my brother & sister in law. We had also planned on taking another child with us, but those plans were cancelled. The room & half bath in the King bed my brother & his wife had was very spacious. The room the rest of us shared had a Queen-size bed with a single bunk built right above where one would normally rest your head, and then triple bunks on the wall at the foot of the bed. With just the 4 of us, it was pretty cramped -- I can't imagine how it would have been if we had actually brought another child with us to sleep in the room.

One of the triple bunks is practically on the floor -- not an ideal sleeping space. The uppermost bunk was ok -- just a little head room -- but there's no ladder to get on it. You have to climb on the Queen bed just to get on & off of it. Same thing with the bunk above the "head" of the Queen bed -- the person would have to get on & off by stepping on the Queen bed.

The sofa in the living room was a pull-out, which was a surprise since it's not noted on the website that there is a pull-out. Once I saw the "mattress" on the pull-out, I could understand why Lake Rudolph wouldn't want to promote having a pull-out. It was nothing more than a foam mattress and a very thin one at that. I think Lake Rudolph would benefit by installing higher quality mattresses in the pull-outs, and instead of having a triple bunk in the King Size RV, just have a double set with some sort of ladder to get to the top bunk.

The grounds were very clean, the store had more that I imagined it would (although be prepared as they have a ton of toys & junk for kids). The mini-golf course looked a little rough -- could use a facelift. But it's free, so it's hard to complain about it.

We didn't get a chance to use the pool, but it looked wonderful.

Registration was quick & easy -- the staff was really on the ball & processed everyone quickly.

The free wi-fi was nice, but would only work while in the general living area of the RV.

In general, it was a good stay... a great place to go w/ a group of people.
We did rent a golf cart for roaming around in, but it's certainly not necessary. The shuttle taking your directly to the front door of Holiday World has multiple stops throughout the RV park, so you can simply use the shuttle to get to Holiday World or around the TV park.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2011

We rented a cabin for 2 adults and 5 children ages 6,8,10,11,and 12. Everyone had so much fun the cabins are very clean and the staff is really friendly. We had a problem in the bathroom and maintenance fixed it almost immediatly. We stayed for 3 nights and there were plenty of beds for everyone. The purpose of our trip was to visit Holiday World and the campground had stuttles to take us there that ran every 10-15 minutes. We rented a golf cart one day and had so much fun exploring the place, especially at night! One night they had a movie in the Pavillion, the next they had a parade of golf cars that people decorated with glow sticks and random things. They have a shop with many different flavor icecreams that are only 2 bucks a piece near the pool area That was really fun to go to at night. There is a playground next to it so the kids stayed up eating icecream and playing on the playground under the stars :)

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank krispeajasbri
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LakeRudolph, Public Relations Manager at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, responded to this review, 15 August 2011
Glad you had a great time!

Thank you,
Laura Barker, PR/Web Media Coordinator
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Independence, Kentucky
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

This is a very nice campground. We pulled our travel trailer in (spot 7-D) and had a nice level pad with a good amount of shade.

The campground is very clean and there are even people that monitor the grounds in "security" golf carts.

The shuttle to and from Holiday world is very convenient.

We wanted to rent a golf cart but they were all out when we got there. I will reserve one next time.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank philiscool
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed near the lake/camp store in our RV with 2 adults and 2 kids (6 years old). We really enjoyed our stay, very nice camp ground. Here are some things I haven't read about:
1. My kids love to bike around, they still did but there are a lot of hills and they had to walk their bikes up a few of them.
2. Bathrooms: After a long day at Holiday World we were so looking forward to taking a shower. Women's bathroom showers near the camp store had 4 showers, 2 of the shower heads were terrible and the smell of mold was overwhelming. I wish they would power wash the bathroom with bleach and fix the shower heads and then it would have been great!
3. There is a good grocery store close to the campground, but if you are looking for a Wal-Mart (or similar) you are going to have to drive, so bring everything you need.
4. There is a "security" cart that drives around, nice to see.
5. They pick up your trash daily if you leave it out in front of your site.
7. Most people rented a golf cart, but we love to bike and walk so we were fine. I could see where it could be necessary if your site was far away from the pool or showers and you didn't have bikes.
8. Everyone was very friendly!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Living_n_KW
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LakeRudolph, Public Relations Manager at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, responded to this review, 11 August 2011
Thank you for posting a review about your stay at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. We apologize about the condition of the bathhouse and thank you for bringing it to our attention so it may be attended to.

Your comments have been passed onto our management staff.

Thank you,
Laura Barker, PR/Web Media Coordinator
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Chicagoland
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2011

Just got back from two nights in a rented standard RV. Overall, the experience was terrific. There were 2 adults and 3 children. Although it states sleeps 8, we could not imagine more people. The top bunks are tight quarters without railings. The other sleeping areas were just fine! Things to recommend bringing: Clorox wipes, board games, a folding chair or two, football or frisbee, roll of paper towel, extra garbage bags, aluminum foil, and air freshener. The grounds are massive. We did not need a golf cart because we had our car and used the shuttle. There's a pool and everything! Would recommend.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
1 Thank mobarry
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Robinson IL
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2011

We rented a standard RV for two nights. It was clean and for the most part comfortable. This is not a hotel so keep that in mind! My only complaint was the mattress in the bedroom. We could actually feel the springs in our backs. The camper had plenty of room. Renting a golf cart is an absolute must. The campground is huge. My son is 12 and he had a blast riding in the golf cart. The camp store was to small and packed full of stuff. The arcade was small. We did play bingo and it was ok. The little ice cream and pizza place had good ice cream and the pizza was fair. The lake is really a big pond. The shuttle to and from Holiday World is great. They cruise the campground continuously and we never waited longer than 5 minutes. The camp is a bit noisy at night but we did not mind. I did see security cruising the site constantly.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank motherof1in99
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Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2011

We just spent a week there at the end of June. Beds were the most uncomfortable we have ever slept on. No rails for top bunks. Standing water in the cookware stored under sink. Exposed nails in doorway snagged clothes and could have injured hands. Roaches and flying bugs that came out only at night. Pine needles and layers of dirt falling out of bathroom vent. Light fixtures that were broken. Broken curtain rod that fell down whenever it was bumped. It is sad that they have not kept up the maintenance and cleaning on these RVs. Campground itself is okay. Very noisy in the evening. Lots of planned activities for the kids.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Marybelle42
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LakeRudolph, Public Relations Manager at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, responded to this review, 8 July 2011
Marybelle 42 -

Thank you for your review and I apologize that your Rental RV was not up to cleanliness standards or what you expected. I have passed your review onto our management staff and housekeeping manager.

It would help us if you could contact me with particular unit number that you were in so we could look into this. Please email me at laura@lakerudolph.com. Again, thank you for taking the time to write a review.

Thank you,
Laura Barker, PR/Web Media Coordinator
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Additional Information about Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort

Property: Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
Address: 78 N Holiday Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579-8500
Region: United States > Indiana > Santa Claus
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Santa Claus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 502
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the great outdoors by staying at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Indiana. Voted one of the top ten favorite parks in North America and a two-time National RV Park of the Year, Lake Rudolph is the closest lodging and camping to Holiday World Theme Park & Splashin' Safari Water Park. Multiple family lodging options include over 270 Vacation Rentals (Cabins, Cottages & Rental RVs), and nearly 230 full hookup RV Sites and Tent Sites, including over 100 paved sites. Family fun amenities including Santa's SplashDown WaterPark, the giant Blitzen Bay swimming pool, playgrounds, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, fishing, paddleboats, kayaks, gem mining, mini golf, game room, camp store, Blitzen Kitchen Ice Cream & Pizza, family activities, and much more. Lake Rudolph is the perfect solution for your getaway! ... more   less 
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