Crater Lake Lodge

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Rim Drive, Crater Lake, Oregon, 97604, United States

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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo

    a rustic option I wouldn't mind


    Unique Quality: The Crater Lake Lodge is a classic National Park structure, full of lots of wood and rustic charm. Set right on the caldera of the lake, it offers grand views and has been doing just that since 1915. It was renovated in 1995 and offers modern convenience to go along with its rustic ambiance. The 71 room hotel has a dining room specializing in regional cuisine and, you guessed it, spectacular views.

    Price range between $150-300 depending on room type and view. Open seasonally due to road closure on the Rim Drive. Reserve through Xanterra.

    As with all National Park Lodges of this much historical value, you do not have to stay at them to enjoy their ambiance. They are considered part of the park and you are entitled to sit in their lobbies and write postcards, with the fire place roaring.

    This was one one I would have much preferred staying in the lodge to camping!

    Directions: Located on a small spur road off the Rim Drive so it is literally right on the rim of the lake.

  • GuthrieColin's Profile Photo

    Crater Lake Lodge


    I did not stay here but i thought it looked really nice.

    Unique Quality: Crater Lake Lodge is one of only a few in the park. It has 71 rooms and is perched right on the edge of the lake’s rim. It has a 1920’s style interior and of course the amazing views of the lake out your bedroom window. It is really a very up scale place to stay. Prices range from $129 on the ground floor to $248 in the loft per night with a $25 addition per additional person.

    Directions: In the Rim Village

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    Historic Lodge Accomodations


    There aren't a lot of options in terms of where to stay in the park itself when visiting Crater Lake. During the summer there are the motor lodge and campground at Mazama Village. There are also a couple of other campgrounds around the rim of the lake. Far and away the nicest accomodation and most dramatic is the historic Crater Lake Lodge. One of the National Park Service's historic lodges, the Crater Lake Lodge was built in 1917 but faced a lot of structural problems throughout its history. It was finally closed for five years, restored, and reopened in 1994. Today the lodge is an improved version of itself with all the modern conveniences. It's open from late-May through mid-October. It's closed the rest of the year due to the large amount of snow that Crater Lake gets each year.

    We had a lakeview room which was small, had its own bathroom with the sink and mirror in the bedroom area. But the view was well worth the extra expense! We also enjoyed the Great Hall with its large fire place (always burning) and comfy Arts and Crafts-style furniture. It's a great place to relax with a beverage of choice (service starts at 2pm) and chat with friends or read a book. A few steps takes you out to the patio area with a stunning view of the lake.

    Besides the modern conveniences it has the advantage of being located right on the crater rim and at the end of the Rim Village.

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    Unique Quality: Historic lodge; location on crater rim; magnificent view of the lake.

    Directions: On the east end of the Rim Village; just follow the signs to the Lodge

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    The Lodge


    First opened in 1920, this Lodge has been completely renovated in 1995m to face the tough winter and is now impressive by its warmth and luxury.

    Reservation are required 6 months in advance as there are very few rooms

    Unique Quality: 71 guest rooms
    luxury dining room
    Great view of the lake
    Opened from late May to mid October

    Close by, grocery and souvenir shop (Rim Village)

More about Crater Lake Lodge

"A Must"

by TripAdvisor Member Tweetybeets

This was the second time we stayed at the Lodge. We always enjoy going to Crater Lake and really the best way to enjoy it is by staying at the Lodge. There is nothing better than the views, the peace and quiet, the wonderment of nature and of course, the star gazing! We saw so many stars, satellites, shooting stars and constellations! The rooms were small but clean. The front staff was adequate. The dining was adequate. The wait staff was a little slow. You must have the stuffed french toast in the morning! Do I think it's overpriced? Yes, probably, but I would definitely stay again and again just for the pure enjoyment of nature. I remember visiting Crater Lake many times as a child and was always so disappointed in the empty, boarded up lodge, so it makes me very happy to see it open and thriving as it should be. You do need to book approximately a year in advance. I always book my room then plan the rest of my vacation around it. It's worth it!

Reserve now for next year

by A TripAdvisor Member

The faded exterior of the lodge belies the modernization of the interior (electricity, water, smoke alarms, etc.) as the purpose of the 1989 reconstruction was to preserve the style of the original lodge. Although much smaller than many properties in national parks (i.e. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls), Crater Lake Lodge caters to many day tourists and other tourists who like to hang outside on the patio overlooking the lake, thus giving the impression of a very busy place.

And it is busy--very busy for five months of the year. When we made our rservations for July 24-26 on March 22, we were given the very last room: #410, a premium queen lakeview room ($180+10% tax). In fact, the room was due to a cancellation the very morning we tried to make our reservation. Upon checking out, I asked the clerk at the desk when they accept reservations for summer of 2007. "Oh, sir. We started last January." So if you want to stay here, now's the time to act or at least think about it!

Our room was indeed "premium" with two alcoves overlooking the lake. My wife and I could each perch on the large cushions and watch the lake. Although outside noise often wafted through the windows, at night the place is very quiet. We looked into other rooms, even those overlooking the outside parking or footpath and found even the most basic room pleasant, with fans, CD/radios, and sitting area. But we came to explore the lake and listen to rangers/personnel tell stories about the development of the area/lodge, the collapsed volcano, biological forms in the lake. By the way, next year construction of a new village near the lodge will be completed with additional food services and gift shop.

Of course, one must mention the dining room. Although dinner reservations are usually taken the day room reservations are made, and for a specific time, there is often flexibility if you ask the host/hostess the day of your arrival. As previous reports have indicated, it is more about eating than dining. And sharing plates is often an economical way to stretch the dollars. Wine and beer are available as well as limited drinks from the bar. The only table you should really avoid is at the very back, to the immediate right of the service station, where your right arm will do battle with the servers trying to clean up and fetch water or coffee pots. Service is usually very pleasant but the hostess can be downright hostile, especially when one tries to steer away from the dreaded rear table.

Plan your trip as soon as you can for the greatest choices and call the Lodge Company directly. The operator is extremely helpful and patient and will describe each category of room carefully. Yes, the lodge is pricey but you will be part of the scene in a great national park.

Crater Lake Lodge Caveat

by TripAdvisor Member Homelytraveler

Our much-anticipated visit to Crater Lake was badly flawed by a cramped room with a rock-hard bed at Crater Lake Lodge.

Renovations to the lodge made for a charming Great Hall and, of course, the view of the lake was stunning. Food was gourmet quality (and gourmet priced), although a little personality at the hostess desk would have been appreciated. Servers were congenial and attentive.

Our room was another matter, entirely. Our Standard Lake View room, at $160.00 per night, was more like a $60.00 per night room in a budget priced motel. Both my husband and I (at 5'6") were forced to duck under the gables to approach the windows or walk around the bed. Even this would have been tolerable had the bed itself been comfortable. As it was we were forced to cut short our planned two-day stay at the lodge as neither my husband nor I could tolerate a second sleepless night.

Location, location, location

by TripAdvisor Member catem

Crater Lake Lodge has been beautifully restored and has improved greatly from what we understand. While the guest rooms are not luxurious, ours was very comfortable with plenty of room for two. Of course, the view is what you are paying for, so take advantage of it and spend some time sitting in a rocker on the terrace overlooking the lake. The dining room was a bit expensive, but the food was very good.

A must!

by TripAdvisor Member Rogerdob

If one is planning to visit Crater Lake, one must stay here for the full experience. The Lodge, although recently rebuilt, is 100% old-fashioned national park elegance. It is grand how it overlooks the lake. The rooms are nothing fancy, but are quite pleasant. We, unfortunately, did not get a room that overlooked the lake and if I went back I would book earlier and pay extra for the view.

When we were there the lodge village area was being rebuilt so there was no where else to eat but at the lodge. The dining room is great if you are into gourmet meals and high prices. However, we were a family of five (three teenagers) and found the dining room not to our liking and desired more down-to-earth food for dinner. Well, we had to go all the way down the mountain (about 45 minutes) to get to another place to eat. However, we did eat breakfast in the dining room and it was delicious, and more reasonable in price.

If you stay at the lodge I would recommend making a point of getting up early (around 5:30-6:00 AM in summer). The lodge is empty and quiet (there is complimenary coffee in the lobby) and one can sit quietly on the patio and enjoy the beauty of the lake in solitude.

A Wonderful Surprise!

by TripAdvisor Member C_D_M06

I had never been to Crater Lake Lodge before this year, and what a place! A beautiful lodge on the edge of the crater - The great room had 2 fireplaces, waiter service, games, rocking chairs with view of lake, excellent restaurant, nice rooms - loved it! Highly recommend it!


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