I'm a student of hospitality history and have always wanted to stay in an early 20th century cabin, so when spouse-guy found this on a pet-friendly site and called the owner and got hooked I went along with him. She had told him it was "high in the mountains" although we knew it wasn't and that it was "quiet" although we knew it was right along the highway. From my own line of work I know market speak when I hear it.
First of all the 9 am to 8 pm hours of operation are ludicrous. No serious lodger works these hours and considers themselves a host. On arrival, we were ushered into a tiny, filthy, disorganized office. I tripped over children's toys, a safety issue. Sorry to the kid who lost the blue car under my foot. The light gray carpet was dark gray in the traffic area and the stench of cooking grease made me sick.
The lodging manager delivered an oft-spoken line about sorry about the state of the office but at least the rooms are clean, then went on to say that we were lucky that the former guest of our room had mailed back the room key that day. Any lodger worth salt has three keys so if she doesn't she's a menace to herself. She then went on to gossip abut the former guests' alcohol consumption. No true host ever discloses information about former guests. It's her job to make me feel safe, secure and welcome from the moment I arrive until long after I've gone.
I thought about leaving but we were exhausted from a family calamity and I wasn't thinking clearly nor was I up for an argument.
But we should have left. She went on to say that maintenance had changed the kitchenette faucet that day and if there were problems there was a shutoff under the sink. The manager's responsibility is to do this, not the guest. She then went on to tell us to park temporarily in one place while we unpacked and then to move the care elsewhere, as parking is limited. What a hassle.
When we did park in the other, coveted spot, soon (soon captured by another guest) we found ultra-dry tree trimmings right up to the bumper just right to catch on fire from the heat of our engine.
Once inside the room, I realized this lodge was built during WWII, which means materials were scarce and it's mainly plywood. The linoleum on the floor looks original and is poorly laid. Nobody in any other review mentions that there is no heat. There used to be gas heat, but it was removed and now you're expected to use two space heaters although how you safely use one in the bathroom, I didn't choose to discover.. The gas hookup still remains and you jam your kitchen chair into it. They are too cheap to cut it out. 20 minutes work is all it would take. See the picture of one of the space heaters supplied.
Security is an issue. As a photographer, I carry thousands of dollars of equipment but any family should be concerned. We slept with the lights on.
You drive off the highway down a lane past private residences and the cabins back up to private residences. The window locks bolt into nothing and this unit's screen in the back was repaired with duct tape. Of course we took our equipment with us during the day during our 2-night pre-paid stay (as required) but we also took our food as this is bear country.
The wooden entry door, which I don't think is original, has a cheap dead bolt only, but the door knob did look original. The bathroom sink fixtures turn the wrong way, which is a safety issue because it can lead to scalding. We didn't try the shower.
Although the lodging manger describes the units as roomy, they are not. We ended up in the kitchenette because of pets only. We looked in the other rooms which were tiny. The bed in our room was right up next to the wall and there wasn't even room for a trash can.
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