Crater Lake Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCrater Lake Lodge
Loved, Loved Loved the view and the food in the dining room!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crater Lake Lodge
I would have paid the same price for a hammock.
Bring the biggest memory card your camera will take because this place is beautiful, inside and out. For the first five minutes after we arrived in July I was disappointed in the size of our room. We had two double beds with a two tiny sets of windows overlookingthe lake, but they were dormer windows and no one in my family could walk the length of the room standing up straight. But pretty soon all four of us were scrunched up in the dormers trying to look out at the pristine beauty all around the lodge. Our room was very clean and all the staff we dealt with were very nice. The restaurant was not as pricey as it could have been considering the lack of nearby competition. Being on the end of the floor we heard very, very little noise from our neighbors. The porch with rocking chairs was so quaint and just perfect for taking in blue water and the clouds and to people watch. They have a great room with a huge fireplace and lots of chairs and sofas in which to lounge while they serve you drinks and appetizers. We stayed in nine hotels this trip and this was the most expensive, but certainly the most scenic and unique. It was worth the money.
Great view - not a great hotel
The view from Crater Lake Lodge is very spectular. It is worth the 5 hour drive from Portland, OR. We thought the ldge was seriously deficient on several counts. It is not a grand lodge like the Ahwanee or El Tovar. The guest rooms are roadside motel quality. Our "room with a view" was uder the eaves. The only view was obtainable by standing at the small window. Amenities were meager. The food in the dining room as delicious but the staff was poorly trained and unhelpful. Go, but be forewarned.
Stayed at the lodge one night and loved it. The lodge sits on the edge of the Crater overlooking the lake and is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see. We had a view of the lake from our room which made the experience even better! Dinner at the Lodge dining room was special and the whole family enjoyed the stay
Heaven & great staff!
My husband and I stayed at the lodge for 3 days last summer and it was fantastic. Initially we had only been able to get a mountain view room that really only overlooked the parking lot. The room was charming but the location was not desirable. After the first night, we were able to get a wonderful lake view room thanks to the pleasant man at the front desk. We ate 3 or 4 times in the restaurant and were impressed with the quality of the food and service. We didn't expect such a classy experience out in the backwoods! We cannot wait to return.
A romantic place to stay
We stayed at the Crater Lake Lodge for the first two nights of our honeymoon. We booked at least 7 months in advance, and were able to book a premium lakeview room for only one night (thus we were told we would have to switch rooms on the second day). When we arrived, the manager had been able to rebook us into a premium lake view room for two nights, which was a wonderful surprise. The lodge is charming and old-fashioned. Don't expect modern features, so arrive in the mood to travel as they did in years gone by. Our room was clean and quite (we were at the end of the hall). Our view was a little disappointing because our dormer windows gave us a restricted view of the lake because of trees growing up from below. I loved hanging out in the lodge foyer in front of the massive fireplace, and just watching the sun set and admiring the amazing lake while sipping wine on the patio.
Crater Lake Lodge is Heaven on Earth
We spent one night at Crater Lake Lodge on 8-8-04, (2 adults and a 15 and 11 year old). It is a beautiful national park lodge that sits right on the edge of the caldera overlooking the stunning Crater Lake. The lake is so blue it puts the sky to shame. We loved the lodge with its big roaring fire and mission style furniture. We ate a lovely dinner in the restaurant - the tuxedo cheesecake is to die for! Be sure to make reservations before you arrive. After dinner we sat in the lobby and played National Parks Monopoly. The waitstaff serves drinks in the lobby and you can eat there too. The whole ambience of the lodge is so special. After dark we went out on the back porch and we have never in our lives seen so many stars against such a black background. It took our breath away! Our room had two queen beds and a rollaway fit too. The room was very clean and comfortable and looked like new. The sink is outside the bathroom and a little cramped, but we loved the experience so much we did not care. If you want to take a boat ride on Crater Lake be sure to get up early to buy your tickets and beware the walk back up from the boats is tough --take water and take your time. Our kids swam in the lake, which is freezing, but was actually one of their favorite experiences of the whole two week Pacific Northwest vacation. I cannot recommend the Crater Lake Lodge enough. It was wonderful!
Dining Room Service Inept, Arrogant
The lodge is faithfully and carefully restored, and comfortable, if a bit spartan. No phone or TV in room. Food quality slightly above average. The reason for the lukewarn rating is the dining room staff, who range from clueless to comatose to sullenly defiant. Reservations for dinner need to be made at least 2 days in advance, unless you want to eat dinner at 5pm or 9pm. But even those who have reserved have to do more than merely show up on time and wait to be called. With reservations at 6:45pm, we waited nearby until about 7pm while she called out six other parties from her list. When I looked at her list, there was our name, skipped, while six after it were crossed off, having been called and seated. Why? "YOU didn't check in!" No apology, no regret. When did you tell us we had to do that? "Not my job. The front desk should have told you." OK, we're here, call us now. "Oh no. Two more parties CHECKED IN before you! They get to be called before you!" In manner, tone and choice of words, it was Nurse Ratched explaining ward rules to Jack Nichlson in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Next morning, toast ordered well buttered arrived at the end of the rest of the meal, dry and cold, with no regret, acknowledgement or apology. At another meal the apparent sole purpose of the event was for us as patrons to admire the lame streak of wildly overfamiliar and totally unsolicitaed wisecracks of the server. The refreshing exception: The last evening our dinner server (Steven) actually carried out the role of a professional, efficient and gracious waiter, which service we, at this point so pathetically grateful for adequate treatement, giddily acknowledged with a 25% gratuity.
Location, location, location
The location on the rim of Crater Lake is the best part of this hotel. We stayed in a Premium Lakeview room ($175) which was cramped with two queen beds and one chair, had dim lighting, no phone or tv or A/C. Bathroom tiny, single sink (no vanity). Okay but not great view of lake from second floor. The common rooms downstairs are very enjoyable, sitting on the porch overlooking the lake is serene. Food in the dining room is excellent. If you don't plan to spend much time in your room, you'll enjoy your stay.
Beautiful setting at the edge of the crater
Make sure to get a room with a "deluxe" view of the lake. We watched incredible sunrises over Crater Lake from our bed. The setting can't be beat, and the rooms are spacious and very comfy. The main dining room is a busy place, always running 30-45 minutes behind the reservation schedule while we were there, but it is a good place to eat dinner.
Make reservations a day in advance or you will be shuttled to 8:30 or later.
Crater Lake Lodge setting is fabulous!
This hotel is set on the rim of Crater Lake which is volcano crater.
The whole experience here is just wonderful. The views from the hotel's balcony is breathtaking. We sat out on the balcony in large rocking chairs before dinner & watched the sunset, just beautiful. The restaurant serves very fine food & our room was very spacious & clean & recently redecorated. There is not much to do here, no tv's, etc. but we had a great time playing cards at night. A lovely experience for a National Park Hotel.
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We were so lucky to get the last lodging available at Crater Lake on a holiday weekend. It was beautiful! There was still lots of snow (more than 6 feet deep along the roads), so we were lucky that even half of the Rim Road was open. Of course, none of the hiking trails were open yet, so we just relaxed and enjoyed the amazing views from the rim. I …
Today was always going to be about a long drive, and a diversion from the US 101 that we have and will spend most of our trip on. We were also fitting in a trip to Crater Lake, a lake in the top of an old volcano. This is quite far inland, so today we head inland to spend the night there, and tomorrow we head back out to the coast further south. …
These places need to work out what they are. You can't charge fine dining prices and give McDonalds service. Although to be fair I have waited longer in Maccy D's than I did tonight.
it isn't rudeness or inability, I genuinely think that Mercans have so little time that dinner is something to fitted in between other things and to be done with as soon as possible. No matter what the event or the cost of the food. In, eat, out.
... old). We made the trek down 724 feet to the lake to put our feet in, and also drove out to the Pinnacles Overlook. The Pinnacles are located in a deep valley and consist of hardened volcanic ash shaped into spires.
By now we consider ourselves amateur volcanologists and have seen pretty much every volcanic feature, except for an active volcano (if we get to Hawaii, we'll ...