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The Chateau at Oregon Caves


    The Chateau at Oregon Caves
 in Cave Junction
    The Chateau at Oregon Caves
 in Cave Junction

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  • Don't go without booking your cave tour first

    by lexi . on 2017-12-27 06:19 am

    The Chateau is a very special place in a very remote location. As impressive as the building itself was, our trip unfortunately did not go as planned. We were on a long road trip with 6 family members and so were not able to book our cave tour in advance -- we thought we'd be able to do it once we arrived at the Chateau at night, but we could not, as there was no internet service and the hotel concierge was unable to help us book a tour. Despite going to the tour registration first thing when it opened, we were not able to get cave tour tickets for our party, which included 3 cave-obsessed children. We actually had to leave the Chateau without ever getting to see the caves at all (since you are not allowed to go without booking a tour). Very disappointing -- and just unnecessary. Why make it that hard? Why not have an easy way for hotel guests to book cave tours at the hotel?? (Like, why else would you go there, frankly? the hotel, while super charming, is completely falling apart, being frozen in time and underfunded). Also, the drive there is treacherous. Drive carefully and book your cave tours in advance!

  • Unplugged

    by Kenneth W on 2017-11-01 06:57 am

    Interesting experience. Definitely a throwback in time. Personally, I think that we stayed here just a little too long (3 nights). This would be a good 1 to 2 night stay at the most. As others have mentioned, there are zero modern amenities. Although my wife loved every minute of being here, I was getting a little claustrophobic after the first night. The reason for the low score was because of the quality of the food in the restaurant and it's prices. I felt that the food quality was fair at best, and that the prices were high. Obviously they can charge more as you're definitely a captive audience, but I think that they should feel bad about what they put out. The diner was a bit more reasonable, but they closed at 5pm each day.

  • Get ready to unplug

    by pamelamurphy180 on 2017-10-12 05:33 pm

    We stayed one night the last week the Chateau was open for the season. The Chateau itself was charming and like most National Park Lodging has a nice lobby to sit and relax (read a book or talk to other guest). There is no wifi so you it gives you time to just unplug for the time. There is no elevator, walls are thin but the room was roomy enough considering it was built in 1934.. It wasn't an issue since it wasn't at capacity the night we were there. Hot water is questionable but we did find out that 2018 the Chateau will be undergoing renovations soon. Either 2018 or 2019, the entire season will be unavailable. The locations is nice since you are right next to Oregon Caves, otherwise it's at least 45 minutes from Cave Junction. Being that it was the last week for the season, there were items that were unavailable at dinner. Luckily if didn't affect us. If anything service was probably slower and not the fault of the staff but I think if the wind down process of the season.

  • Peace and Quiet

    by thearmijos on 2017-10-12 09:06 am

    If you are looking for a place with no distractions this is the place. They have the hotel designed like the original 1930's. There are no TVs in the rooms, no phones, no microwaves ect.. Just the basics with handmade quilts and down comforters. Best Mountain views. lovely water falls. oh by the way no cell phones or wifi. Take a break from the world and stay here. Miss Lou is also great to talk to she will give you the history of the hotel. The restraint is a little pricey.

  • Lovely chateau, not-so-great service

    by JandGCali on 2017-10-09 09:46 am

    Overall we had an ok experience at the Chateau. It is a wonderful old lodge in the mountains. Be advised it is a really old hotel so you hear EVERYTHING going on in the next room and above you (I really hope the lady in the room next door gets her cough taken care of and her daughter finally calls her:) Also, don't expect consistent hot water.
    Our only complaint was the service in the Dining Room and Cafe. We visited the week before they closed for the season so I think maybe folks were just in "short-time" mode.
    The Dining Room was out of many items (presumably they didn't want to stock up before the end of the season). We ordered the shrimp appetizer - nope out of shrimp, ordered a bottle of wine - nope out of that and three others we selected, ordered trout - nope out of that (and many more items). It was a little defeating. We finally just asked the server what was actually in the kitchen instead of us playing a guessing game. It wasn't the server's fault, but we felt that she could have handled it better.
    The Cafe was our biggest complaint. We sat down for breakfast at 9:30am and waited for over 25 minutes for someone to acknowledge us. There was maybe 12 people in the room. She just kept walking by us like we weren't there. Finally, someone came in and helped her, but we had to toss back our food quickly in order to get to our Cave Tour on time. We realized she was in the weeds, but she could have just of said "hey, I'm slammed but I'll be there as soon as I can". At the lodge you are a bit of a captive when it comes to food so it would have been nice to have a better experience.
    Like I said, overall the trip was nice. I guess maybe I was expecting this to be on par with other National Park Lodges that we have stayed in. The decor and historical detail of the lodge is beautiful - can't say I would recommend it to a friend, however.


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