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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Stayed in suite #2 of the Inn. Photos online don't do this place justice. Suite felt roomier in person. Malcolm and Loraine served us delicious homemade breakfasts with most, if not all, local/organic ingredients both mornings we were there. The Makanda Inn is nestled in a mostly wooded area just minutes away from Giant City State Park, putting us near a number of hikes we wanted to do there. The hikes we did were at the suggestion of Malcolm and Loraine and we loved all of them! A beautiful area and the Inn was the perfect home-base for us.

Room Tip: I believe kitchenettes and microwaves are in the cottages but they are not in the inn.
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Susie V
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us. Better than expected is always the reaction we are after when our guests arrive and check out their accommodations. Whether staying at the B&B Inn in a Suite or one of our 3 Cottages. We are very lucky to be located where we are! So many of our guests enjoy all that Giant City State Park offers and it's just on the other side of the road at our driveway. We hope to see you back sometime!

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

This was our first trip to Southern IL. We wanted to find a nice cabin/cottage rather than a hotel to stay for a few nights. We came across MaKanda Inn and the setting was perfect. The lodge itself was very pretty and the owners were very nice. We did not have meals here, but would next time. The cottages are two level, small but cozy. Beautiful view from balcony of the forest and large bathroom on second level. Cute kitchen area and small refrig for food. Very clean and well maintained. We did not have a problem with noise. My only two comments are that the winding staircase was steep and narrow and would not work well if you have a disability. Also the TV was very small although there was room on the wall for a larger screen. The cottage was near Giant City State Park and Shawnee Wine Trail. I believe a 45 minute drive to parts of Shawnee State Park and about 90 minutes to Garden of the Gods. We saw deer and much wildlife from our balcony. We enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend if in the area. A great retreat for couples.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank lynn s
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Your review is very much appreciated! The property was designed to be a unique lodging experience. We often hear, "So much better than a hotel stay" from our guests!
For future booking reference: The Inn operates as a B & B and those guests enjoy breakfast included downstairs each morning with their stay. The Cottage Rental Rates do not include a breakfast meal at the Inn.
We are always happy to answer questions prior to booking for our new guests! We want to ensure they understand the differences between our two distinct lodging options here at Makanda Inn & Cottages and will be very happy and comfortable with their lodging choice.
So glad you mentioned the many activities and attractions here in Southern Illinois, we are centrally located for the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and many of the other places to see here. We have maps on our website to help guests plan their trip activities in advance. We look forward to your next stay with us!

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Beautiful inn and cottages. Loraine and Malcolm are great hosts. They worked with our group to accommodate our needs and make all feel welcome. The breakfast each morning was delicious and well presented! The property is beautiful and well kept. The rooms are clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank j0nguid0
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you for your review! Your Fraternity group is a pleasure to have here each year for SIU Homecoming. We look forward to seeing the gang again in October 2018!

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

The inn and cottages are incredible, and hosts Loraine and Malcolm are wonderful, making feel more than welcome, more like friends! I highly recommend this outstanding property! Just be prepared to NOT want to leave.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank David S
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

It was great to meet you both and we appreciate the great review too! We hear your comment about "NOT wanting to leave" almost daily and "a 2-night stay is not enough time to see everything" for sure.
Come see us again!

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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Stayed here to do the Shawee Wine trail event. Beautifully appointed Inn and cabins! Nestled in the Shawnee National forest creates a relaxing and peaceful environment. The suites in the Inn were well maintained and roomy with a balcony over looking the forest. The breakfasts both days were made by the loving hands of the innkeepers. They provided delicious and well presented food. This place will not disappoint with its beautiful surroundings and friendly staff

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Linda H
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Your 5* review and compliments are truly appreciated by us! We believe our future B & B Inn guests will get a real feel for a lodging experience with us by reading your well-written review. We hope to see you back with us again in the near future for another getaway!

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