We heard about this place from a neighbor who goes there for fishing trips. Since that is what we were interested in, we decided to try it out. We were able to take advantage of a Diamond Deal so our room in the motel section was only $59 a night. The room was old and dim, but clean (with a notable exception of the carpet - UGH). What stood out was no telephone and no clock! We had signed up for a 7AM start fishing charter so we were really glad that we had taken the precaution of packing a small alarm clock.
Now with that being said.... The scenery is wonderful! The fishing wasn't good, but that's the fault of the fish not for lack of trying on the guide's part. Donovan moved us to 4 different spots to try to find a hot spot and we fished for 5 hours not the 4 that was chartered. There were 7 of us fishing and only 1 person caught fish and he got 3 nice trout so it was just the luck factor. The hot coffee was welcomed and the porta-potty on the pontoon boat got it's share of action before the trip was done.
The restaurant food was okay although the people at the table next to us were disappointed because they kept asking for things on the menu and were told that they had just run out. Since we were just eating bowls of chili, we had no problem and the bowls were huge. The waitress was friendly and attentive considering all of the tables she was covering.
The Front Desk staff seemed to think that you must be a return visitor so it was hard to get information from them. One woman in particular was a total snot! (So sorry that I didn't know what time the fishing charter left or where I could get ice for my room...) They could take lessons from the waitresses.
So if you are looking for a rustic place with lots of nature oriented things to do, this is a good place to go. If you are looking for a Marriott resort, don't bother. The highlights here are the scenery, fishing, hiking, biking, and all things outdoors.
- Also Known As:
- Diamond Lake Hotel Diamond Lake
- Diamond Lake Resort Diamond Lake