Our room was $200 a night and I was surprised to see that there was not a TV or a shower in the room. There was a full bathroom with a clawfoot tub but no shower. Even Motel Six has showers. It seemed to be an extreme measure to be "charming". The room was clean and comfortable. Everything was closed but it was early in the season (Last week in May). The Lodge is beautiful and the restaurant very pricey and there was not alternative dining available not even vending machines. We drove down to Klamath Falls (about 60 miles) had a nice meal, bought some snacks and drove back. The Lake and lodge were beautiful, but I would suggest a nice room (with a shower) in Klamath Falls and a July day trip to the lake and lodge.
Great view, but food (dinner at least) was poor and overpriced. We had the New York strip steak. Mostly gristle. Mashed potatoes were cold and gummy. $100+ for two people. Don't expect to be delighted here.
My wife an I drove across the US Chicago to San Francisco in June this year,avoiding all large towns taking in the wilderness.A room at Crater lake lodge was booked 3 months in advance for one night.We found ourselves ahead of schedule 70 miles from the lodge a day early.I gave them a call and asked if we could arrive early to be told yes thats fine we have one room left.We arrived 2 hours later at 10 in the evening to be told that no rooms where left.All the staff simply shrugged there shoulders no one would admit to taking my call.They sent us down to their lodges some 7 miles away but no thanks they where a mosquito ridden disgrace.We drove back to the hotel to tell them and to cut a long story short ended up sleeping in the 4 x 4 on a freeeeezing night.No comforts in the shape of warm blankets where offered the staff in the hotel where a disgrace.The hotel is cut off in the wilderness and all the staff gave the impression that they hated their jail sentance jobs.Apart from that Crater lake itself has to be one of the most amazing places on the planet.
We stayed at the lodge and had reservations for a special occasion at the restaurant. The reservations included specific food orders which we phoned in well in advance of arrival. The management assured us they would be ready to prepare certain foods for our party. When we arrived at the appointed time, they were completely unprepared, and did not even have the food we ordered on hand. Be careful if you are planning an event here! These people will ruin your special occasion!
Who are these people?
The management at the Crater Lake Lodge Restaurant includes Matt Marchand, mgr, James Miraglia, assist. mgr, and Martin MacClaren, the "big manager" according to a member of the service staff I interviewed. These managers appear to have deployed the strategy of inadequately staffing the restaurant while continuing to charge premium prices.
As I walked past the lodge on my way to several hikes during the course of my stay, I got the impression that the management spends most of their time sitting outside the building chatting and smoking.
They made no effort to improve our issues after botching our party. The wait staff is troubled, but I do not blame them, because there simply are not enough of them to do the job of serving the busy restaurant.
By contrast, the chef and kitchen staff are superior. They produce excellent food. However, they must suffer perpetually as a result of the inferior service and delivery of their product.
In conclusion, I suggest that if you have any special requirements, make all the arrangements yourself. Do not leave anything to these buffoons! They can barely serve the foods listed on their menu.
Crater Lake Lodge is located in pristine surroundings for nature-lovers. Even flying overhead in an aircraft, it's hard to miss or be prepared to see and describe exactly the vibrant blue coloration of the lake created when a volcanic mountain collapsed and filled with water long ago. The serenity of the area and the grandeur of the surrounding scenery complement the lodge and make the drive worthwhile. To be on the rim of a collapsed caldera was something we never thought we'd do in our wildest dreams. We loved every minute in the restored lodge, whether sitting on a rocking chair on the stone porch,looking out at Wizard Island, or relaxing in front of a crackling fire, and would recommend it as something to experience if you want to escape the hustle bustle of today's world.Something to take you back in time and get you closer to nature and things created.
We just spent a few days at Crater Lake Lodge. The rooms are a bit expensive and smaller than I had expected. However our room was clean and comfortable with a great view of the lake.
The service was cheerful and charming; the great hall inviting and comfortable. The restaurant at the Lodge is very good and the prices are in line with any fine dining establishment.
And as for the location and Crater Lake itself - it is one of the most awe inspiring, breathtaking places in the world. Don't miss it.
Arriving at the rim was a dream come true! Overlooking it from our room was more than I could have asked for. We had originally planned on a day trip to Crater Lake but that morning we called ahead and were able to get a room at the Lodge. A slight thunderstorm kicked up just before sunset but when it cleared off it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.
The room was surprisingly modern (although the locks on the doors seemed to be original and rather tricky to open.) I especially enjoyed that there was no phone, television, or microwave...no outside distractions.
We did not have dinner there but we did have breakfast and I must say that I was quite pleased. The food and service were excellent and afterwards we sat on the back porch and took in the morning sunshine. There was also morning coffee, tea and cocoa in the lobby...a good thing for us!
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Lodge but I am not quite sure that it was worth the price that we paid for the room...a little more that we are used to paying. I guess it is true what they say location, location, location.
I agree with rgo123 that the appetizers were delicious. Fortunately for us, the dining room was full for lunch so we waited to eat a light meal in the Great Hall, where regular entr�es are not served. Tasty clam chowder, succulent salads all served up with fresh bread made a fine meal. I'd strongly recommend it and look forward to eating there again.
Maybe not the greatest, but it has to be a top 10. The Lodge at Crater Lake sits on the rim of the crater, and the views are stunning, and the lodge is almost everything you could as for in a National Park.
First off, you go to Crater Lake to take in the views, to hike, and to be mesmerized by this national treasure and natural wonder. The Lodge is the only place you can stay that sits on the rim of the crater. Camping is allowed within the park, and another motel sits within the park, but is 8 miles down the crater.
The lodge has been in this location since the 1920's but was recently closed for 3 years to allow extensive renovation. The lodge is closed in the winter, and reservations must can be made up to a year in advance.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, but small. The views from the rooms are also limited by small windows, but they are spectatular...almost teasing you to get outside and take in the park. You don't go Crater Lake to sit in the rooms. No TV, No internet, just a basic comfortable room.
We found the staff at the desk to be very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Mostly college kids on summer break, but they all seemed motivated and excited to be spending the summer in the park and working with guests. The lodge maintains much of it's original heavy stone and old timber architecture, and has a beautiful grand room to enjoy a drink or light food.
One of the highlights of the lodge is the back deck area along the rim. The lodge has many comfortable rocking chairs lined up for guests to relax, read, have a beer after the hike, and take in the crater. The staff provides blankets at night so you can stargaze as you sit in the chairs. The lodge is at about 6000 feet, so it cools off considerably at night.
Only main downside of the lodge was the food. The dining room itself is just as charming as the rest of the lodge, again with great views. Unfortunately, the food lived down to the National Park sterotype. Too be fair, the appetizers and salads were very good. So was the beer. The wine was weak, the service was untrained and the entree's were way over cooked. You can't overcook Halibut, but they did. We would have sent it back, but we had kids with us, and they were ready to get out. So we ate,and left. Too bad, if we'd have stopped at the appetizers I'd have been very pleased.
As I said earlier, the lodge fills up months in advance. We got a reservation that day, by calling the main desk early during checkout. It seems like a few people get lucky like us, so it's worth the effort if you are in the area. If you strike out, about 15 miles North, as you leave the park you'll find Diamond Lakes, where you can get a clean, but very 50's style cabin.
I'd recommend the Lodge. It's really a stunning spot.
Historical hotel/motel complex In tourist area, near Creater Lake National Park. Amenities:Air Conditioning (In Room). Refrigerator. Television (Cable/Satellite). Microwave Oven.
Non Smoking Rooms. Television. Daily Maid Service. Coffee Maker. Kitchen/Kitchenette. Hotel Details:24 Rooms / 2 Floors. Built in 1889. ...
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