According to a press release from the Kentucky Department of Parks, the new rating will appear in the AAA 2008 tour book later this year. It the third resort park in the state to receive the rating, after Kentucky Dam Village and Cumberland Falls. The three-diamond rating from AAA means that the park appeals “to the traveler with comprehensive needs. Properties are multi-faceted with a distinguished style, including marked upgrades in the quality of physical attributes, amenities, and level of comfort provided.”
“This rating recognizes the improvements we’ve made at Lake Barkley State Resort Park and the hard work of our employees,” said Gov. Ernie Fletcher in the release. “These upgrades are making our state parks more attractive to guests.”
Assistant Park Mark Ron Syndor showed The Cadiz Record the finished rooms in the West Wing, which opened in mid-April, last week. Workers were putting the last touches on the East Wing rooms, which were scheduled for their final inspections on May 15. Sydnor said a AAA representative came to stay at the park sometime in September, but came back recently to look at the renovations. He said the raters for the guide books don’t generally come back so soon, but he made an exception in this case.
The lodge’s lobby had a change of décor and the floor was replaced, but the major work has been in the lodge rooms. Syndor said that all the lighting and furnishings were brand new. Another noticeable change is that the walls of the rooms now have a light color of wallpaper where there was only wood before. Sydnor noted that the wallpaper made the rooms brighter and matched well with the wood. The rooms also feature new framed pictures on the walls. New phones and alarm clocks should be arriving soon, but he said he hadn’t seen them and wasn’t sure what was different about them.
The suites will eventually all have queen size beds in both rooms, although they hadn’t all arrived as of last week. Every handicap-accessible suite room will have king-size beds and couches that fold into beds. The bathrooms are mostly the same, but with a couple of notable differences. The sink countertops have been replaced and the ceilings are now lower. Syndor said the ceilings were lowered mostly to make more room for the new heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system, but he noted that the lights also have a different effect.
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