Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

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Desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

3 out of 5

3.7/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Breakfast available

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
2643 IL Route 178, Oglesby, IL, 61373

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationStarved Rock State Park3 min walk
  • Popular LocationMatthiessen State Park11 min walk
  • Popular LocationDeer Park Country Club3 min drive
  • AirportPeru, IL (VYS-Illinois Valley Regional)17 min drive

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About this area


Located in Oglesby, Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock is in a state park. Starved Rock State Park and Deer Park Country Club are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Matthiessen State Park and Buffalo Rock State Park. Be sure not to miss outdoor adventures like horse riding, skydiving, and hiking/biking trails.

What's nearby

  • Starved Rock State Park - 3 min walk
  • Matthiessen State Park - 11 min walk
  • Illinois River Winery - 2 min drive
  • Deer Park Country Club - 3 min drive
  • LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum - 3 min drive

Getting around

  • Mendota Station - 27 min drive
  • Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) - 93 min drive


  • Canal Port — 3 min drive
  • Skoog's Bar — 3 min drive
  • Cajun Connection — 7 min drive
  • Sam's Pizza — 8 min drive
  • Rootbeer Stand — 8 min drive

About this property

Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

3-star family-friendly resort near Starved Rock State Park
This smoke-free resort features a water park (surcharge), a restaurant, and an indoor pool. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a 24-hour fitness center, a bar/lounge, and a lazy river are onsite. All 92 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Guests will also find coffee makers, phones, and ironing boards.
Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock offers 92 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Televisions come with cable channels. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations.

Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones.

An indoor pool, a children's pool, and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a water park (surcharge), a lazy river, and a 24-hour fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast available for a fee weekends 8:00 AM–11:00 AM: USD 12.50 for adults and USD 8.50 for children
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Arcade/game room
  • Children's pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Mini golf
  • Spa tub
  • Water park access (surcharge)

Family friendly

  • Arcade/game room
  • Children's pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Lazy river
  • Microwave
  • Mini golf
  • Refrigerator


  • ATM/banking services
  • Elevator
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Gift shop/newsstand

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • Picnic area


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Heating


  • Shower/tub combination
  • Towels


  • Cable channels
  • TV

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Desk
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

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Check-in from 4:00 PM - midnight
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities are closed on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa tub

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 500 per accommodation, per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 12.50 for adults and USD 8.50 for children (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover; cash is not accepted

We should mention

Some facilities may have restricted access; guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 100 out of 341 reviews
5 - Excellent 29%
Rating 4 - Good. 122 out of 341 reviews
4 - Good 36%
Rating 3 - Okay. 61 out of 341 reviews
3 - Okay 18%
Rating 2 - Poor. 32 out of 341 reviews
2 - Poor 9%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 26 out of 341 reviews
1 - Terrible 8%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

2/5 Poor

Traveled with family and small children
Disliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The waterpark was the main attraction, however badly needs updated. The rooms were filthy, the accommodation and amenities were just non existent. I understand the hotel was understaffed, however for what I paid, I am so unimpressed. There was bloodstains on the sheets to one of our beds, and I was never provided with a clean set. The room itself was also dirty and dust filled. My son and I both had triggered allergies the next morning. There was no soaps or hand towels. The front desk said they had no housekeeping staff, and the soaps were on backorder. I paid for a suite, and was placed in a double queen, right off the cafe and lobby. The noise from the main lobby went on until well after 10 pm, and it was very hard to get rest after a long day. We will not be back here again.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2021

2/5 Poor

Traveled with family
Disliked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Poor service / not provided linens for number in room and kept calling offering to get self waited hour no show/ facilities gone down hill. Visited few years ago fabulous-hotel condition declined. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2021

2/5 Poor

Traveled with group, Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Indoor water park nice, however due to poor ventilation our family could only tolerate a couple hours at a time. Chlorine burned eyes and throat. Never any pool towels for use. Definitely needs some renovation in the pool area Limited dining on site. They had no tomatoes/avocado for a veggie sub. Also ordered pizza delivery to room along with 2 salads. Food came with no dressing, utensils or napkins after waiting over 80 minutes to be delivered. TV in room was unwatchable. Was told they would have maintenance look at it the next day, they never arrived. The Honey Pot that carries sweet novelties had more empty icecream containers to choose from than they did full. No vanila icecream! For the amount of money spent for a weekend getaway, I would NOT recommend this place. It was extremely disappointing.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2021

4/5 Good

Traveled with family and small children
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The property needed some updates. The grass needed mowed.
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2021

3/5 Okay

Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2021