The reviews posted prior to this one are all basically accurate. Diamond Lake is gorgeous, the boating and lake/swimming activities are numerous, and the proximity to Crater Lake when the Crater Lake Lodge and Mazuma Village are booked solid (as they are most Julys) makes this the place to stop. If you want a bed for the night on the way to Crater Lake and don't have other options, what are you going to do? At least the surroundings are nice. My positive comments stop there.
The hotel was built in the 1920's and I don't think much has changed since then. It is an absolute crime that this place exists on National Forest property...it is an embarrassment, in fact. It is dilapitated and a very poor excuse for a "resort". The room we had was $80 for the night and included one queen bed and one double bed. There was not enough leftover floor space for us to walk around our suitcases without tripping...in other words, the rooms were tiny! There is no daily maid service...they use the excuse of not invading our privacy...I think it was just a way to cut costs. Bad management decision. When we arrived the first night, there was a full-blown spider web in our sink - what does that say about how long it had been since that sink had been cleaned??? Both mornings my husband took cold showers; I had lukewarm at best going before him. My daughter was scalded and then frozen out when she showered in the evening. The shower and toilet area looked like it was about 30 - 40 years old minimum.
There is no air conditioning, which you don't really need because it cools down nicely at night, but the noise in the parking lot surely needs to be drowned out by something. The motel unit is poorly designed for noise issues - every room overlooks the huge parking lot and all the loud vehicles within. It's impossible to sleep with the windows closed if it was warm during the day - the motel heats up too much. The people next door turned their TV on and I could repeat the baseball game play by play - it seemed like there was no attention to insulation in the walls when the place was built.
The cafe food was essentially gross. I ordered the fish and chips for dinner - usually a safe bet since it's fried - but I swear it was Van De Kamps! My kids resorted to cold cereal the second morning because their breakfast the morning before was so bad. My pancakes were passable, but the sausage was huge and disgusting. The "fine dining" restaurant upstairs was extraordinarily overpriced compared to the rest of the surroundings. After the poor food the first night and first morning we weren't willing to risk that much money on a restaurant right upstairs from that yucky cafe. We opted for pizza at the Diamond Lake pizza place 3 miles down the street (There's nothing else there, and we were out of options). It was actually passable and the staff were friendly. Oops, there's another positive comment (I thought I was done with those).
We had reserved our room for three nights, but left early after the second night because we couldn't stand another minute at this bottom-tier alleged resort. I strongly DO NOT recommend the Diamond Lake Resort. Try the two places in Crater Lake first, otherwise, try the Woodsman Country Lodge(I think it's in Crescent or Gilchrist). The extra miles will be worth it.
- Also Known As:
- Diamond Lake Hotel Diamond Lake
- Diamond Lake Resort Diamond Lake