There is nothing in Mineral, but is close to the southwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park, thus eliminates the longer drive from Chester or other areas. The lodge is old and if cars are not parked there, then it looks like another abandoned and forgotten town. There is a store, where the campers AND the people staying at the lodge check in, and there is a restaurant that supports a fairly decent menu, especially for breakfast.
The rooms are like duplexes, so they are 1 story. The walk from the car can be a bit long if you are in units 24-33, with 33 being the farthest (and it stands alone so no shared walls, yay!). If one counts in staying in a larger hotel/motel, that has steps and you stay on the second floor, then, really, the walk may be comparable.
The room was clean, but a bit rundown. I don't complain about older places that are still kept clean. No A/C which is probably not needed much at this 5000 ft elevation, but the days were warm and we opened the front window which had a screen. The back, bathroom window had no screen and the room started getting crowded with skeeters and a few beetle-like bugs, so we closed it. No biggy. What I did NOT like though, is the little spider webs on the walls. The walls are paneled about halfway up, with slat-like paneling. The paneling allows for spiders to get behind it. I started seeing the webs, then when I tried to brush some down that were behind the bed (no headboard), they were really sticky and I thought, oh, no, black widow...During the first two days I killed 2 small black widows that were at the cracks of the paneling...Oh, and I grew up around them, so I know my spiders.
Overall, I wouldn't say the motel was a bad place, just be ready to deal with the consequences of staying in an older motel in the woods...
Towels rated 1 out of 4 on the softness scale, with 4 being big, fluffy and soft.
- Also Known As:
- Lassen Mineral Hotel Mineral
- Lassen Hotel Mineral