The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument is a very rustic lodge -- some would classify it among the "Great Lodges" of the National Park system. However, it is nothing like the Ahwahnee in Yosemite or the great lodges and hotels in Yellowstone, or even the very nice lodge in nearby Crater Lake. The Chateau has very small rooms that feel like they haven't been updated since before World War II. We were first given a very long, narrow room on the 3rd floor that was clearly converted from an attic space at some point, with an odd narrow off-shoot for the toilet and a separate nook for the shower. It felt claustrophobic and rather spooky in there. We asked for a different room and the staff were kind enough to offer us an alternative, which we took. The walls are covered in some sort of fireproofing material painted a terrible brown color and there are exposed pipes in the room carrying the sprinkler system. Clearly, fire safety was high on the priority list for the architect and builders. The water pipes for many of the rooms around us could clearly be heard, so there is no need for an alarm clock as the sounds of neighboring guests using their bathrooms in the morning is sufficient to wake all but the deepest sleeper.
Having said all that, the Chateau is a charming place with a nice common area next to the Lobby with arm chairs to admire the "canyon view" out of the picture windows. The diner in the basement is a charmer, with a double horse-shoe of diner bar seating.
The staff were all-around friendly and the cave entrance is literally a few dozen feet from the Chateau. After all, if you're staying here, it's because you want to sign up for the first cave tours of the morning!
Set your expectations correctly, slow down and enjoy a night in a hotel that time forgot about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1 Hour drive from Grants Pass Oregon. The Chateau is a six-story structure with a reinforced concrete foundation and a superstructure of wood frame construction with enormous post and beam interior supports. The building spans a small gorge and a great deal of the building's mass is banked into that depression. The first floor houses mechanical equipment. The second contains basement storage areas. The dining room, coffee shop and kitchen areas are on the third floor--at the same level as the lower trout pool grotto at the immediate head of the gorge. The fourth floor is at road level and contains the entrance lobby and some hotel rooms. The two upper stories have additional hotel rooms. Exterior walls are shiplap siding sheathed with cedar bark, giving the building a shaggy, rustic appearance.(Sorry no pets allowed at this time) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Cave Junction