Crater Lake Lodge
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Member Reviews (6)
- Crater Lake LodgeMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersJul 01, 2013
Oregon may not bring to mind images of volcanoes, but the state has an explosive past. Crater Lake Lodge is positioned right at the end of a caldera (or huge crater) formed by the collapse of an ancient volcano. The upheaval produced lava walls stretching 2,000 feet high and the nation’s deepest lake, an exquisitely clear, jewel-toned blue. You can learn about the park’s geology on boat tours that run from late June to mid-September. At the lodge, ask for a lakeside guest room for the best views.
- Crater Lake LodgeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewJun 26, 2013
UPDATE - 10/2012
During our return visit to the Crater Lake Lodge, we stayed the night. I made a one night reservation months before when we were planning our October trip to the "nearby" Oregon Shakespeare Festival. All we had to do was drive over to Crater Lake from Ashland (via Medford and Prospect) and then drive Home (via Klamath Falls) the next day. It also turned out to be the last weekend that the Lodge was open for the Season.
I reserved a Deluxe Lakeside Queen (with Shower Only). The Room itself was a 3 Star experience at best. It was small, the bed was way too soft, and there was a fair amount of noise from the Lodge's observation deck directly below. It wasn't the kind of room that you would want to linger and settle in. Desk service was also slow, inefficient, and with the exception of the guy who took our bags to the room, surprisingly disengaged. I guess I expected a little more customer service for this rare premium Lodge opportunity.
On the other hand, the Lodge's Livingroom (especially the Fireplace part of the Lounge) was comfortable, cozy, and relaxing, with the handsome interior architectural accents. Gayle loved it. We also enjoyed several relaxed conversations with various other guests and agreed that this setting would be even better if it was snowing outside. So why isn't this place open in the Winter?
Then there's the Neighbourhood and the stunning Lake view out our window and on the Lodge's deck. I'll never get tired of the blue water contrasted against the walls of the caldera and Wizard Island. We're not sure when we'll be back this way again, but Gayle and I both agree that our short stay at the Crater Lake Lodge was worth the splurge, warts and all.
Gayle and I wandered over to the Crater Lake Lodge to take a look when we recently visited this glorious National Park recently. I was here maybe 25 years ago, but it was Winter and the Lodge was closed for the season.
The Lodge was originally built in 1915 to accommodate visitors to Crater Lake National Park. It was closed in 1989 due to structural concerns, a complete renovation was completed in 1994, and the Lodge was reopened to the public in 1995. Today there are 71 modern rooms, the Great Hall, a Dining Room that overlooks the lake, and an exhibit room just off the Lobby that provides historical information. Unfortunately, the Lodge is only open from late-May to mid-October.
The Great Hall looks fabulous and reminds me of a few Canadian Rockies Lodges that I have visited or stayed. What was even better was the outdoor deck overlooking Crater Lake. We were lucky to snag some chairs, buy some drinks, listen to a ranger talk about William Gladstone Steele, and take in all this beauty. The only thing better would have been actually staying here.