Happened upon a last -minute deal on their website while we were in Minneapolis so decided to stop for three nights on our way home. Got a nice one BR condo "overlooking the golf course". We were in a lower level condo and actually could not see the golf course because of a landscaping berm that blocked our view. But the condo was spacious, clean and quiet so the lack of a view was not a big deal. While I was golfing Friday morning, my wife decided to make coffee. Coffee maker did not work so she phoned the front desk around 10 a.m. and was told housekeeping would bring a new one right away. When I returned from golf at 11:30 they still had not replaced it. We walked to the main lodge for lunch and mentioned the coffee maker at the front desk. A new one was waiting for us when we returned from lunch.
The resort has lovely grounds with a lot of different accommodations. The Bay Lake Villas look particularly nice. The two pools (indoor and out) were clean and comfortable and the food and beverage service at the outdoor pool was exceptionally prompt and friendly. Actually, service everywhere was very good.
While having lunch on the deck one day we heard a woman asking the bartenders for a first aid kit because a girl had cut her foot on some glass at the beach. The bar did not have a kit but called the front desk and gave the woman some napkins. We later saw the little girl with her bandaged foot but found it curious that the resort left the swimming area open without ensuring there was no more glass on the beach or in the water...
The resort offers a number of services (too numerous to mention all here-see their website for more) but of particular note are free use of canoes, kayaks, water bikes and pedal boats for guests. You can also rent speedboats, fishing boats and pontoon boats.
The food at the resort was good but not spectacular. We had lunch on the deck twice, burgers one day that were good and chicken salad sandwiches and soup the next day that were better. The dinner buffet, in my opinion, is not one of their strong points, despite the $30 price. On the night we had the buffet it offered the usual salads and desserts (quite good) and roasted chicken (dry and overpowered by spices), salmon (good), barbecue ribs (just ok-tasted like the sauce was an afterthought) and prime rib (quite good).
Another sore point for us was missing out on some of the activities while we were guests. Apparently, the resort has different activities each day (things like bingo, karaoke, bonfires, even a wine and cheese reception with the Ruttger's themselves) but appears to post the weekly schedule only in a couple of locations. We did not see the schedule until the night before we left. It seems to me it would make sense to either give each guest a copy of the schedule upon check-in or have housekeeping place a schedule in each property once a week.
All these minor quibbles aside, we enjoyed our stay at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge and would recommend it to others, especially if you can score one of their last-minute deals!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This family-run resort on Bay Lake is over 100 years old and offers programs for children. The property is open between April and November. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ruttger`s Bay Lake Hotel Deerwood
- Ruttgers Bay Lake Hotel