I have been to a fair number of state parks and this was the cleanest lodge room we have had. You have to realize this is not a Hampton Inn. But the room was clean, plenty of pillows, and a small but clean bathroom and plenty of towels. Something you see in a lot of the state park inns are those awful bedspreads on the beds that are never cleaned. Not so here. The beds were made up with the white sheet sets with a quilt at the bottom edge of the bed. The furniture in the room was deliberately rustic with log bed frames, log legs on the table, nightstand, and chairs. The TV cabinet (with a tube TV) was trimmed out in the log look too. Room key was an actual room metal key. I haven't seen those for a while. We had a view of the woods from our window. There was not a refrigerator. There was a coffeemaker, always a little skeptical about those, but we preferred the free coffee in the lodge lounge area. The lounge is nice and large with lots of sofas and tables and chairs and we did sit and have coffee there one evening. There was an outdoor pool some guests were enjoying. Staff was friendly and helpful. I've been in some state park inn rooms where I couldn't get comfortable to sit down or walk in because of the feeling that it was not well cleaned but just the opposite feeling here. It was dust free and clean. And the park is great. We walked on 2 trails that were well marked. There was a restaurant that we had lunch and dinner. The dinner buffet was average. Salad bar was well stocked. Main dishes were not my cup of tea. Fried chicken, ribs, pulled meat although I did have some of the pulled meat and it was good. The dessert bar was great. Any kind of pie you could think. Enjoyed the sugar cream pie. We had catfish for lunch and it was good with a baked potato and generous side salad. Not as good as some of the state parks restaurants but you should be able to find something you will like. Room prices are not cheap but you get a lot of amenities of the state park that you would not get in a motel room stay. A very enjoyable stay. I would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful scenery, gracious staff and history blend together at Canyon Inn. Located in McCormick's Creek State Park, Indiana's first, we offer a full service dining room, modern amenities, and our front lobby consists of canyons, cliffs, and waterfalls. Located just 15 miles from Bloomington and Indiana University. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Canyon Hotel Spencer