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“Good location, but lacking in charm”

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Diamond Lake Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Diamond Lake
Reviewed October 30, 2011

We stayed here on the way to Crater Lake. There's nothing really wrong with it, but it is surprisingly lacking in charm considering that it is right on a very pretty little lake. It felt like a once-lovely resort that has grown old and tired. Our room was unattractive, although clean, and the bed was comfortable. It was fine for an overnight stay, but if we had made this our destination for a week's vacation, I would have been depressed. On the other hand, the lake is beautiful, and there were kayaks and canoes and pedal boats available for rent. There is a little general store which is amazingly well-stocked. And, it is a fairly short drive to Crater Lake, which is simply stunning.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

We were visiting crater lake and was looking for a place to stay for the night. Found diamond lake resort. Location is the great for those visiting crater lake, but the place offer more with the great lake, for outdoor activities. Fishing, cycling, boating, kayaking, motorboat. If you are an out door person, means out of the cabins/hotel most of the time that is the place for you. The cabin we stayed at was dirty. The floor and the carpet felt very dirty. We stayed at cabin 29, 2 storey cabin. We stayed at the bottom and there was another group staying upstairs. The sound and noise from upstairs were really loud. It was ok in the day time as we were out most of the time, the night time was unbearable. Again the only nice thing was the lake which is directly outside the cabin. There was also some construction going next to the cabin, which was noisy and dusty :(

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank sengkeat
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We got there around 11am and asked to see a room. They said that all rooms were dirty and couldn't show us a room and to return later that evening. Had we seen the room earlier that morning, we wouldn't have stayed there and gone on to find anything else. We stayed in the motel and the room smelled musty and the pillows smelled when you put your head on them. I had to ask for a top sheet to go on top of the filty, old blanket and put an extra towel on the pillow so I could sleep and not smell the stench. Whatever you do, drive on to the next town. I would have rather slept in the car.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank CaribbGirl
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

Location great. That is about it. This place hasn't seen paint since the 70's. The stove even had tin foil on the burners so they didn't have to clean it. There is really no place to even have a picnic. The whole grounds are hotel or cabins or dumpy looking buildings. Breakfast - 2 eggs, toast, coffee $20.00.

Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Brenda T
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Diamond Lake is one of the mose peaceful, beautiful mountain lakes I've seen. It is about a 1-1/2 hour drive from either Roseburg or Medford, and about a 30 minute drive to Crater Lake, which makes for a great day trip while you're staying at the resort.
The resort includes an historic lodge built in the 1920's, a full array of accomodations, (including camping), three restaurants, a marina with boat rentals, and a pretty picnic and swimming area, and a store that will have just about anything you might need, as well as a tiny gift shop. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, and you have a limit of 8 per day.
Accomodations run from motel rooms, which rent for $89-$99 per night, to studio units, which have cute little kitchens so you can make your own meals, and rent for $99 per night, to the varied cabins, which are different styles, but have 2 bedrooms and rent for $189-$329/night. Some are lake front and have nice decks to enjoy the view, and some are set back. There is also a four bedroom cabin which rents for $489/night. You'll wish you lived in this nice house! These accomodations are all gathered around the Resort itself, but you may also choose to stay at the Diamond Lake RV park, or a forest service campground, and both are extremely nice. You can pitch your tent on a lake front site, and wake to lapping water just a few feet outside your door. I have included pics of our studio unit, which is very comfortable, and has everything you might need, right down to all the dishes. My only complaint about the accomodations is related to housekeeping. We have been coming to this resort for several years in a row, and there is always the same issue- the housekeeping staff does not do a good job and the rooms (floors, actually) are always filthy. The room looks clean at first glance, but if you bend down to the kitchen floor, you will see they seem to just try to get the rooms done quickly without doing a thorough job. I wiped over the kitchen floor and brought a BLACK rag to the front dest to see. I wiped it over 4 times and still the rag did not come up clean. It was obvious it had not been cleaned for a very long time. Like I said, it is this way every time we come, so obviously the staff is not trained to have high standards. The head housekeeper was also abrupt and not real friendly or professional, though the rest were very nice. The resort has two restaurants, plus a fun pizza place at the other side of the lake, at the far end of the campgrounds. The first is the coffee shop, good prices and a varied menu, as well as fantastic staff. And there is a new eatery called the Bailey Room, which allows you the flexibility of eating in the beautiful interior or outside on a nice patio overlooking the lake. I was a bit surprised and disapointed with my meal- I ordered the turkey with cranberry glaze, expecting it to be a regular slice of turkey, and it turns out is was a ground turkey patty. I expected better given that this is the nicer restaurant at the resort. My companions did say their meals were good, however, so just be aware that the turkey is not the normal variety. We always visit South Shore Pizza while we're there, and love the lake view and the great staff of happy, friendly people and the great pizza. (This is only a dinner place and doesn't open til 4pm.) Rick, the manager of this place is fantastic, and obviously cares about the customers and makes sure everything is perfect and everyone is happy. Activities at the resort are numerous. You can rent mountain bkies, take a tour around the lake in a motor boat, rent paddle boats, patio boats, kyaks and canoes, take a bumper boat ride, or go horseback riding. The water is cold, but swimming is a favorite activity, and the green lawn spotted with picnic tables overlooking the beach and lake is a wonderful place for enjoying a good book, or having lunch. Lest you think this is only a place for summertime fun, the resort is indeed open year round, and has just as many wintertime activities. You can rent a snowmobile for a minimim of two hours for $100, or $300 for the whole day. Know that there is a $300 deposit, and you must be 21 to rent, although parents can rent for kids 16 and up. There are also guided snowmobile tours, or 300 miles of groomed trails for you to explore on your own. There are also miles of groomed and tracked cross country skiing trails, and an inner tube and snowboarding hill, with a lift. You pay a $10 entry fee and then buy lift tickets at .50 each. You are not allowed to bring your own sleds or toboggans on this hill, but may bring or rent snowboards. (All the accomodation and rental rates I've quoted in this review are 2011 prices.) The resort could use a facelift and some landscaping to bring it up to its' full potential, but the varied activities and opporunities for family fun, as well as the natural beauty far outweigh its' flaws. We will always look forward to our time at Oregons' Gem of the Cascades.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Makelifefun
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

Diamond Lake Resort is mostly aimed at general outdoor activites especially fishing. There are several other activities and attractions in the immediate area including Crater Lake National Park, and the falls on Rt138 (Toketee Falls etc).

As basically a fishing resort it is not upscale. However, it provides a very good family experience at a reasonable price for the area. The motel rooms are basic but clean. The HD TVs have a surprising channel selection. However you do not go to some place like this to watch TV unless there is inclimate weather.

The food in the Cafe and dining rooms are good but a little expensive. Most meals are in the $11.95 range. Considering they are a little out in the boonies and have to truck everything in from 50+ miles away that is not surprising. I would strongly recommend gassing up before coming to resort as the gas is almost $1.00 more than gas coming off Interstate 5.

Room Tip: Reserve ahead of time!! Resort fills up fast in the summer.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank RainManOR
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Gorgeous scenery. OLD cabin.....paid $216 for the six of us to stay. I have no problem with old, but for the price, it should be updated and at least clean. TINY shower stall with the shower head about at neck level. Dirty floor with a wet rug in "living" area. The kitchen table was a folding type table. Overpriced cafe for dinner and breakfast.
It wasn't the worst place I've stayed for sure, and it had nice things about it, but just beware that the cabins are very rustic, to say the least. Take cleaning supplies!! and cook yourself.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Jane M
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Address: 350 Resort Dr, Diamond Lake, OR 97731-9710
Location: United States > Oregon > Diamond Lake
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Diamond Lake
Number of rooms: 50
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