Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

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Indoor pool
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

3.0 star property
Family-friendly resort with water park, near Starved Rock State Park

7.4/10 Good

344 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
2643 IL Route 178, Oglesby, IL, 61373
Main amenities
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Indoor pool and lazy river
  • Water park
  • Breakfast available
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Children's pool
  • Spa tub
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Arcade/game room
  • Lobby fireplace
  • ATM/banking services
  • Gift shops/newsstands
For families
  • Children's pool
  • Microwave
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Elevator
Cleaning & Safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In a state park
  • Starved Rock State Park - 3 min walk
  • Matthiessen State Park - 11 min walk

Getting around

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

About this property

Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock puts you 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Starved Rock State Park and 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Matthiessen State Park. The restaurant is perfect for a bite to eat, and you can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the spa tub for a relaxing end to the day. There's a water park and an indoor pool, and in-room conveniences include refrigerators and microwaves. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff and breakfast.

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.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 92 units


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM - midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 25
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 25


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge) on weekend mornings 8:00 AM–11:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge

Taking the kids

  • Water park access (surcharge)
  • Children's pool
  • Mini golf
  • Lazy river

What to do

  • Mini golf
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Ziplining nearby

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby


  • ATM/banking
  • Picnic area
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • An indoor pool
  • Water park access (surcharge)
  • Arcade/game room
  • Lazy river
  • Spa tub


  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled) and heating
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Deposit: USD 500 per accommodation, per stay

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 12.50 for adults and USD 8.50 for children (approximately)

Renovations and closures

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

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.


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

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort Utica
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Utica
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort Oglesby
Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Hotel
Grizzly Jack`s Grand Bear Hotel Utica
Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Oglesby
Grizzly Jack's Bear Oglesby
Bear At Starved Rock Oglesby
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort
Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock Resort
Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock Oglesby
Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock Resort Oglesby

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Overall score and ratings






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Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

vincent, 2-night trip
Verified guest review

4/10 Fair

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.
Paula, 2-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Madiha, 2-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Juan, 2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

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
2-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

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.
2-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

It was horrible. I booked for 6 people and I was only given 1 towel. The over all carpeting was very dirty. I overheard one of the employees say that the carpet has not been cleaned for about a year.
Ema, 2-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Emilio, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Natalia, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

The property needed some updates. The grass needed mowed.
2-night family trip
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