Unique is the key word here. The cabooses are a thing of the past and so staying in one is such an unusual and delightful experience. We had 2 cabooses (traveling with another couple) and so we got to see the insides of 2 types of cabooses- one with and one without cupola. Both were great, but the one with the cupola was especially fun for us
We had car #28 which was beside the river and had good views of the Castle Crags and it had a cupola. We also had car #22 across from it which also had good views of the Crags and was along the river, but also beside the pool. They were great locations for views and close to the river and pool. Car #28 had a queen bed only and Car #22 had a queen bed and two twin beds.
Both cars had a small fridge, microwave, and table (larger table in the car with only 1 bed). The bathroom had shower, toilet and sink. Amenities were basic - soap and shampoo, shower cap. Plenty of towels. I don't believe there was a hair dryer (I could be wrong, because I brought my own). The rooms were very clean and air conditioned. Car #22 had a large flat screen TV, no DVD player. Car #28 had a smaller TV and again no DVD player. There were train tracks a ways away and the train whistle would blow softly during the day and night at times, adding to the ambiance. The resort had wifi, but because the cars were made of metal, you had to go outside to get a signal, and it was easy to use around the pool.
The pool was clean as could be, as was the hot tub. We had an issue with mosquitoes in the evening, probably because we were near a river, so bring repellent if you're sensitive to bites. The views of the Crags were quite nice and I HIGHLY recommend this place.
We got in around 8:30 which is when the office was closing- so we were fortunate. So if you're going to be checking in after 8:30, be sure to arrange for late arrival. We hadn't planned on being so late, but the views in the area were spectacular and we'd stopped a lot along the way here. There wasn't a restaraunt at the resort, but we made a run into town for beverages (maybe 5 minutes away by car) at a small store, then drove into town for breakfast the next morning.
Now. Was this a resort? Some people complained in previous reviews that this was misleading. Miriam Webster Dictionary definition: "resort: a place providing recreation and entertainment especially to vacationers," which is exactly what this did. It's situated near the Pacific Crest Trail, in a beautiful location along a river, with unique and fun motel rooms. Does it have terry cloth bath robes? No. Whirlpool bathtubs? No. It's WAAAAY better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sleep in a Caboose....Eat on the Train. More than a place to lay your head; it's a step back into railroad history while enjoying modern comforts. Breathe in the pine-fresh air and relax beneath the beauty of Castle Crags. An adventure awaits you. Chose an authentic caboose, rustic cabin or the RV park and campground. Pets are welcome and a walk around Murphy's Pond is just the ticket for travel weary legs. Dine in the historic Wells Fargo or Pullman Car. Sip your favorite cocktail surrounded by railroad memorabilia. Ah! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Railroad Park Hotel Dunsmuir
- Railroad Park Dunsmuir