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The Chateau at the Oregon Caves
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cave Junction
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

This is a very historic and picturesque, somewhat "rustic" hotel located VERY close by the Oregon Caves. The room was pleasant and comfy, the room price fair though not low, and the building very groovy, with ample use of local logs, bark, wood and stone, custom-built furniture, and nice woodland views through the large lobby picture windows. The lobby is nice and atmospheric with a large fireplace. Some rooms overlook a trout pool. The service was pleasant though a 9:30PM arrival necessitated a bit of a wait for someone to show up. Overall, a worthwhile place...

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Really the best part of Oregon Caves National Monument, this 1934 lodge is has its own chapter in the book and PBS video "Great Lodges of the National Parks." You can get all of the historic info there. Much smaller than lodges in Yellowstone or Glacier, the Chateau is still a shining example of old time national park rustic architecture. It was created by businessmen from Grants Pass, Oregon, but is now cared for by a nonprofit organization in the Illinois Valley at the base of the mountain. The employees are permanent local residents who really care about the place. What a difference from 15 years ago when a large company ran it with virtual slave labor from Eastern Europe. After a visit then, we swore we would never return, even though I was once a cave guide and we honeymooned at the Chateau. When we returned to celebrate our 40th anniversary recently, we found the place looking better than ever. The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau are working to restore rooms and the country's largest single collection of Monterey furniture. While some of the handcrafted furniture may look a little worn, it was manufactured only between 1929 and 1942, and was all the rage among customers like Walt Disney and Roy Rogers.

The Chateau is a historic experience and should not be compared with a modern Hampton Inn. Think of it as a Hudson Hornet, not a Honda Accord. There is no WiFi. I brought my own wifey on our anniversary and found her much more entertaining. There are also no phones in the rooms, and even your cell-phone may not work. There are no TVs anywhere, and no air-conditioning. Most of the time the nights are cold, but not always. There wasn't much thought given to sound insulation in 1934. I think guests were more considerate of their neighbors back then. The quietest rooms here are on the top floor, but it is also the warmest on a hot night.

Those who love this lodge spend their time lounging in a semi-coma in the rustic lobby, gazing out the large windows overlooking the canyon, or enjoying the beauty and aroma of the dozen or so local woods used to build the Chateau. The whole area just seems to exude relaxation. Many of the 34 guest rooms are pretty small by today's standards, so we opted for a queen suite. It was still just 2 small rooms with an adjoining door, but it gave us room to spread out, along with a sitting area. The room was even cleaner than the Homewood Suites we stayed at in Medford, and they left us 2 spare rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom. I've lost count of the times I've checked into hotel rooms to find only a quarter roll of toilet paper for 2 people. Housekeeping here gets it right. They even left us a basket with some sparkling cider, a card and a huge cookie for our anniversary.

The food, too, is outstanding at both the breakfast/lunch coffee shop and the more formal evening dining room. Well, this is rural Oregon, so by formal I mean "No shirt, no shoes, no service."

Keep in mind the last eight miles up the mountain are the tightest, twistiest 8 miles you will ever drive, though the road is well maintained. Just take it slow, or if you have a great-handling car or motorcycle, have a blast. If you're prone to carsickness, you might think twice about the whole thing. Another warning: I can't image a less ADA-compliant place. Everything at the monument is up or down and involves lots of steps with no elevators.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We spent two nights at the chateau. It was interesting. It's a lodge built in 1934, and it retains much of what the 80-year-old structure started with. Including no elevator, no air conditioning, thin walls, no phone, no TV, and no Internet.

That said, it is quaint and beautiful. We had help with luggage to the third floor. The weather was very mild to almost cold (temp dropped to mid-40s). Our floor was quiet, meaning we didn't need the ear plugs offered by the hotel along with a mint on our pillows each night. We had intermittent cell phone and texting. We lived without TV and Internet. In fact, the second evening, my wife and I spent six hours in the lobby working on a jigsaw puzzle. Great fun. Really.

Other pluses: staff were excellent and attentive and food was delicious, albeit a bit pricey. However, large portions helped soften the prices.

For a one-time experience, well worth it. I wouldn't make a return visit. Especially at the price. Our queen "suite" was $180/night.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Excellent service and attentive staff. Rooms very quaint and clean. We were pleasantly surprised with the food and service in the dining room and the coffee shop is a must see. Of course the Caves were an intersting expience and we aslo enjoyed the many hiking trails. The history of the Cheateau is fasinating and you feel a step back in time. Very relaxing

Room Tip: The walls are paper then so try to get an end room or one that is on the water fall side (for white...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

While it may be located a bit off the beaten track, The Chateau at the Oregon Caves is an amazing travel destination. Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful and productive bio-regions on the planet,this was an amazing find for us.

I hope everyone who wants a true feel of the beauty of southern Oregon get the chance to visit the Oregon Caves and The Chateau at the Oregon Caves.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

The Chateau was a wonderful place to stay with my family. The staff was very attentive and they had a charm that was so warming, by the time we left, I believe we knew everyone's name. Rooms were very clean and with no TV's, Internet, or telephones to distract my kids, we had a great time playing games and just talking.
Every dining experience involved dining and talking with no interruptions of texting of phone calls. AMAZING.
Food was slow, but the ambiance made up for it. The menus are not sophisticated, but food was alright.

Room Tip: Get a room overlooking the creek. The water sounds at night was fantastic.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

No other place in the world is like this. If you want something different and original this is the place for you! The drive up the mountain to get there is beautiful (but I would not do it in the dark as there are very steep drop offs). It is in a lush, green enchanting forest and then all of the sudden coming up out of the ravine is the chateau. You still have a lot of mountain above you once you reach the Chateau. Beyond unique and quaint, you simply must stay at the Chateau even if you are not physically able to do the cave tour ( the entrance of which is across the street). When you step inside you almost feel like you should whisper. It will take you back to the 30s or 40s instantly. They have so many things that have been kept original. Six stories, the top 3 having rooms. I would suggest a deluxe queen room. Most of those have great views. It is basic in terms of "not being updated, " but you will love the once in a lifetime experience. They do have a variety of room types, so just pick something that suites the number of travelers. The bed was very comfortable and the linens seemed new under the historic bedspread. You could take the bedspread off and use the comforter and sheets easily. Everything was clean. No TV or air-conditioning, but they did have a fan in the room along with original steam heat radiators. Yes, the plumbing and radiators might cause some noise or creakiness, but you have to over look that part and soak in the beautiful experience of the scenery and historic value of the place. The staff was excellent, knowledgeable and seemed local to the area which was nice. I LOVED the view out the windows sitting in the lobby and the dining room. Did I mention that there is a REAL babbling brook going through the dining room. Too cute to miss!! The dining room food was only fair. I can't say that it was amazing, but the view and service made up for it. I would suggest arriving before dark and enjoying your evening with a book and drink in the lobby, and then do the cave tour the following morning if you can only stay one night. Enjoy!!

Room Tip: Deluxe Queen Rooms seem to be the best!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 20000 Caves Hwy, Cave Junction, OR 97523
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Location: United States > Oregon > Cave Junction
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Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cave Junction
Price Range: $99 - $195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
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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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