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Reviewed July 15, 2017

We had booked 2 nights at the inn, but left at 6 am after 1 night. The inn has several museum rooms, which are interesting to see. I had booked two nights imagining staying at a historical inn and exploring neighboring charming towns and national parks. We spent one afternoon and night there. The staff know very little about the area to put it mildly. We visited a ghost town called Golden nearby - actually very basic and interesting. But the area is to put it mildly not charming and we were told to photo a poor photocopy for directions for the local hike. Good inn to see for historical reasons, but I wouldn't use the inn for anything than a cheap nights sleep. Neighboring 'restaurant' offers cheap traditional meals including Jesus has been here.

  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Birgit61
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Reviewed July 13, 2017

We have stayed a total of three times at this Inn; 2 times before the remodel, and once last night. We just returned home from our stay at the Wolf Creek Inn, again bringing along two of our almost-adult children. We reserved two rooms. When I heard that the Inn was reopening, I couldn't WAIT to return, as it is truly one of my most favorite places to visit and stay. We love staying in the beautiful Clark Gable Suite. When I went to make our reservation, I was informed that the Clark Gable Suite was no longer on the reservation list, and that it would remain empty so people could visit it as part of the museum. This is the room that we loved the most, but as we love the whole Inn, we opted for Room #7 and Room #8 to accommodate our family. We were told that check in was at 4:00 PM, but arrived just before 3 PM and were informed that we couldn't check in or remain in the building until 4:00. Right off the bat, we didn't like this new change. We were also told that some parts of the Inn were now off limits until the museum hours (11:00 am for a guided tour or 12:00 until 3:00 for a self-guided tour.) That, too, disappointed us, as exploring the Inn on our own time and schedule was part of the charm. At 4:00, we checked in, and met the new ranger, Jacy. She is a delight, and we truly enjoyed talking with her. A very nice young woman who does a wonderful job, but she said that she didn't know any of the stories or much history about the Inn. This was a huge disappointment, as Mark and Margaret, the previous hosts, knew SO much history and had so many wonderful stories to tell about the Inn. On many occasions prior to this trip, Mark would sit down with us on his own time and tell us many delightful stories about the Inn and the area. Eventually, we were shown to our rooms. (Two years ago, every unoccupied room had an open door and a rope across so visitors could view the beautiful interior and unique decorations. Now, every room is closed and locked.) The rooms that we just reserved, #7 and #8, were both beautifully decorated as we had last seen them 2-1/2 years ago, and still had the high-end soaps, shampoos, etc. as before. (I love the bar soap.) We learned ahead of time that the Inn no longer served meals, (a HUGE disappointment as this was one of the many reason we love this Inn) but that the ballroom had a selection of fruit, coffee, juice and cookies, and that we would get vouchers for free breakfast at the restaurant next door at Ricki's Place. We checked out the once-grand ballroom and, to our surprise, they have closed the partition so that the ballroom is now a lot smaller. Folks can no longer view the beautiful bridal dress and exhibit that was in that part of the building. Crushed that we couldn't have dinner at the Inn, we went next door to Ricki's. The owners there are wonderful people, and they are very friendly, but I want to be completely honest and state that the food did not compare IN THE LEAST to the Inn's food that we have eaten on at least five occasions. Two years ago, the Inn served a free delicious beautiful breakfast to their patrons. Now, we are given free breakfast coupons to use next door at Ricki's Place. The free breakfast that you can choose from is written on the back. You can choose 2 pancakes OR 1 pastry OR 1 egg and sausage/bacon OR one biscuit and gravy. Nothing quite like the delicious meals that we are accustomed to at the Inn. The Inn now has a completely different feeling. We were told that the rangers weren't allowed to tell some of the same stories that were once told (such as how the bullet hole got in the fireplace) because they need to have documentation when they tell stories to prove that they are indeed true. When we were playing board games up in the ballroom in the evening, a ranger came by and locked the door to the "museum", which was once open 24/7 for all to enjoy. At that time, we were the only guests at the hotel, and felt like they thought we were going to steal something. Although our beds were really comfortable and the rooms beautiful, the hallway lights were SO bright that we couldn't sleep during the night ~ the light shone under and through the door so brightly. Not having stayed in those rooms before, we didn't know that this was going to be a problem. We are very saddened at many of the changes that were made. The cost was fabulous ($80 plus $8 registration fee), but we have no plans to return at this point. We were told that they are only open for the summer, anyhow. I really wanted to love the new changes, but I can't honestly say that we do. Please bring back Margaret and Mark!

Room Tip: They are all beautiful, and each unique.
  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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10  Thank thevandys
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Reviewed May 30, 2017

I stopped here a couple years back when they were serving nice meals, but couldn't stay for a tour. Yesterday I took the tour and was fairly pleased with the info., though it's strictly self-guided and they should print more on their handouts. Uniformed park staff weren't very knowledgeable, but were friendly. Décor is period accurate and all appears authentic. This was a great place to visit and I hope WC Inn can get the help they need.

Room Tip: Not taking reservations as far as I know
  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jim A
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Management response:Responded June 19, 2017

Thank you for taking the self-guided tour with us. This is a great way to become more familiar with the Inn and it's fascinating history. You are welcome to join us for a more in-depth guided tour any day of the week at 11AM. The tours are free; you just have to reserve online. If you should have any other questions or need more information, please feel free to send an email to wolfcreek.inn@oregon.gov. Hope to see you again at the Inn soon!

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Reviewed May 13, 2017

The tour was wonderful! The Park Rangers giving the tour were so knowledgeable of the history of the Inn and the local history as well! We were so pleased with the rooms being decorated with old time furniture. A big plus was having our family disconnect from electronics and come together in the ballroom and play games and talk. Looking forward to our next trip!

Room Tip: Room 7 is beautiful
  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled with family
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3  Thank AntandAj S
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Management response:Responded June 19, 2017

Thank you so much for joining us on the guided tour. We always enjoy having the opportunity to share our knowledge and enthusiasm about the Inn with our visitors. We hope you are able to stop by and see us again!

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Reviewed April 17, 2017

New operational plan is to use "volunteers" to make rooms available and give tours so the state can make money. No restaurant services so be ready for a gourmet sandwich from the local gas station, dirty old rooms, without TV, wi-fi, or any basic creature comforts. Building looks abandoned, overgrown and dirty. Can't even keep the grass mowed. Hey Oregon State Parks, how about being a little less self serving and more socially and environmentally responsible! If you are going to be in the hotel business, get in or get out! Hire locals, create jobs, restore public trust, be responsible. I will not support this, sad end to a beautiful place.

  • Stayed: February 2017, traveled solo
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7  Thank lavabear4u
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Management response:Responded June 19, 2017

Thank you for staying interested in the Inn during our transition period. We are pleased to be back open for overnight stays, tours, and free community events this summer. If you should ever have operational questions or concerns, please share them with us at wolfcreek.inn@oregon.gov. Hope you are able to stop by and see us this summer; we'd love to have you join us on one of free guided tours at 11AM daily!

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