You pay for the view and the convenience of having the beach right out your door, a bar on the beach and the ability to use the kayaks, paddle boards, and rent pontoons. Those things make the stay
worth it and relaxing. My family could sit out by the beach (for the most part, get to that later) and enjoy the sun, play volleyball on a very slanted beach, or run through the water. They have entertainment in the bar on the weekends and it drew crowds of other boaters to the location which was nice to have a fun, busy beach. We could order drinks at the bar if we wanted and sit by the lake. All relaxing, good stuff.
The staff seemed unorganized however. Rented a pontoon for 8am and did show up 10 minutes early but they still had to fill gas and bring it over. Pontoon worked fine. Brought it back and it sat at that location all day until the end of the day. We tried clean things up but we knew it could use a vacuum. They just drove it over at night and put it in it's lift and never filled it for the next day or nothing. We had a good time with it though, just some things we noted for management to consider. Also, taking the kayaks and paddle boards...didn't seem to matter if you were a guest or nothing. They wouldn't ask and never told you when to bring the stuff back. Pretty sure one guy had his kayak all day and never brought it back. We saw people just pull stuff out of the shed and use it because it wasn't locked and no one was in there. Again, didn't affect us, just management stuff.
The bar/grill was slow service all weekend. One waitress in particular was very lost (and we had her the first night) and she became a running joke with us the rest of the weekend. We would watch her work. I get it when it's busy, but we were there when it was slower too and it still wasn't very fast either. More than one waitress would help sometimes which to me isn't efficient...and it was still kind of slow when they did that. Thankfully the food was excellent!
Not all your signage is accurate for when things are, pricing, inclusions, etc.
The last day we got chased off the beach! Our kids were playing a card game and were a little loud but it was Sunday at 5pm and didn't think anything of it. Well the poor marina boy (maybe in his early 20s) had to come tell us to quiet the kids down. Which we did and they did a good job at being quiet. Well the person from the room came out and asked us to now move because they rented the room and have "the first 30 feet from their room". REALLY? They proclaimed they told the front desk guy (who was also young) and he agreed with them. Well when we went to complain, he along with the young marina guy agreed with us. Pretty sure they didn't want to get in the middle of it or had no clue how to handle it. We exchanged words with the people in the other room and left them to their 30 feet of proclaimed space that they used for maybe 35-45 minutes. Pretty sure the beach beyond your patio is available to all guests!! Never been talked to like that, never had a problem like that. Maybe let everyone know what the policy is there. That left us on a sour note for the rest of our last day.
Sounds like it was all bad. It wasn't. It was relaxing, but just some quirks. May check another hotel in Detroit Lakes to compare next time. [Less]