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“A pleasant change but the novelty wears off”

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Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge
Ranked #2 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Creel
Muskoka, Ontario
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A pleasant change but the novelty wears off”
Reviewed 2 November 2011

We were prepared for the non-electric facilities and did enjoy the change from city locations. I did add some new birds to my list, so that made me happy. My husband would have liked to be able to read once darkness fell at 7-8 pm. and some of the more efficient kerosene lamps available now would have helped. For me no power does limit the time to stay to the extent of back up batteries for my camera.
It is easy to see why there are such differing views on the food -one meal was a lovely breast of chicken on julienned veggies. But in 3 days there we were served the same thing three times- tomato soup broth with tiny noodles and lovely fresh made tortillas-great the first time...but for the $180 per night not what I would expect..
The Tarahumara guide, Monserat, who walked with me to the falls and tried to call out Mountain Trogans was patient with my Spanish, and explained many examples of his culture and beliefs. He showed me peyote plants, pictographs and stone formations..He said the lodge is still owned by Skip Williams, but I would feel better about staying on leased Ejido (Tarahumara) land if they were part owners or got a share of the profit.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Aesch, Switzerland
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

We stayed for a night here during our recent trip through the Copper Canyon.

The rooms are authentic with a fireplace, and petroleum lamps. Clean and nicely decorated.
If you need to charge your camera / cell phone etc, ask the owner, as the rooms don't have electricity.
Food was cooked by the local Tarahumara staff of the lodge, excellent home cooked chicken, same for breakfast.

It's located by the Casurare waterfalls. The walk from the lodge to the fall is nice, pretty flat, takes about 45 minutes. There's longer guided hikes available, also to some hot springs, unfortunately we weren't there long enough.

The landlord took us to the train in Creel the next day.

Very nice, would definitely go back there.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Milan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2011

great place, full of charme. We spent there one night and we enjoyed the special atmosphere due to no presence of electricity (candle lights and wooden fire heating) and to a very good menu prepared by tarahumara cooks (one of the few places where you can have that). From the bungalows very nice trail to waterfalls.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2011

This lodge is a quaint, hotel tucked in the edge of a forest, next to a stream. Spotlessly clean, and immaculately maintained, this hotel has no electricity, so be aware, it is difficult to read by lamplight. And, it is cook in this part of the canyon, so the room will be cold. The staff will light the lamps and stove and/or fireplace for you, and it will take the chill off in short order, but you will need to maintain the fire, because it burns down fairly quickly. So be forewarned. You will get four-star service, but you will need to rough it a bit during your stay, so be sure to bring a flashlight.

The food was good. Two indian women cooked a family-style meal for the hotel guests. The food, is generous and tasty, but basic fare. Not what I would call gourmet, but still good. The Lodge also served margaritas in the large diningroom, complete with oil lamps and fireplace. Nice touch. The night I was there we did not have any entertainment other than visiting with the few guests staying at the hotel.

As this was a package, I'm not sure how much I was charged, but the Web site says it is $70 per guest per night, which includes meals. With three meals $70 is a fare price, but if heat and electric lights are more important than ambience, then one can opt for the Best Western in Creel. For me, a night or two without electricity is more memorable than than staying in a generic motel in town.

Glad for this experience. Sure makes you appreciate the ability to flip a switch for lights and heat. Didn't miss the phone or Internet, although, it would be nice if the office offered these amenities in case of an emergency. Cell phone service didn't work out here, as this is a remote area.

Enjoyed interacting with the indians throughout the trip. However, at Sierra Lodge this got intrusive. If you choose to rest in your room, the mother's will bring their children and sit directly outside your hotel room door (literally), setting up all their products. There is no way to avoid them, unless you choose to stay in your room.

While I appreciate their need to make money, and did purchase several things from this woman, I strongly suggest that hotel management restrict them to setting up their store outside the diningroom instead of on the porch outside of the hotel guests front door. (The children were cute, and I know this is how they earn their living, but . . .

No question, I would stay here again. It was a refreshing change for the typical motel room.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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salem, or
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2010

Stayed here 2 nights. If you are looking for luxury, look elsewhere. My wife and I tent camp 1-2 months per year, so having kerosene lamps for lighting and a fireplace for heat, were not a big deal. In fact. they were quite enjoyable. Food (included) was simple but excellent, as was the nightly pitcher of margaritas. The staff were friendly and helpful. Lots of places to walk and things to see nearby. We were the only ones here, which is a shame because it was high tourist season. Safety? I felt much safer throughout our trip to the Copper Canyon area than I do walking down the street in the middle of the day in LA

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Wendover, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2010

We only had two nights here before leaving the Canyon area but it was one of the highlights of our trip. The rooms are basic, but there is hot water which to us is essential. The real plus, however, was the deliberate avoidance of electricity although it is available in the area. We always carry small lights for reading where necessary but we hardly used them. Once the sun went down the stars came out and what stars they were. We sat outside and watched them until it got too cold and then we went into the room and sat by the lovely log fire.
The staff were all very good and the food excellent – it was good for a change not to have to chose from a menu but simply have it popped in front of you.
We had booked a one day hike from the lodge and again this was excellent. The local Tarahumara guide was patient although did have a strange habit of laughing when we showed signs of fear on some of the paths or when we balked at a particularly hairy bit of rock scrambling. We made it to the hot springs and the waterfall and arrived back 8 hours later very tired but with a great sense of achievement.
As I said, the whole stay was a highlight of our trip and we would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
112 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 425 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2009

As previous reviewers have noted this place has no electricity despite the area having power for 2 years. This makes the rooms dark and the bathrooms even darker. Kerosene lanterns don't put out much light!
Our room had a fire and I suspect they all do but it was not needed in July. There was hot water but the shower wasn't that good and the plumbing needs an update in general.
We were the only people staying there so things might be different if it was full.
The lodge is in a very small collection of houses (who have power!) but offset on its own.
There is no literature on what to see or do whilst staying here, all they have is a hand drawn map, which is not to scale, on a piece of paper.
Basically there are 3 things to do. The main attraction is the waterfall which is easy to find and the second thing is the upper caves. We combined both and they offered a guide. Do not do this without a guide! If we had just used their map we would have got nowhere! There are no real trails from the upper caves to the waterfall and it is a general scrabble through the bush so you need the guide.
Both are really nice and will take you all morning. The caves are deserted whilst the waterfall is much more touristy with sellers etc.
The third thing to do is to walk to the mission. This is the least interesting in my opinion.
That will take the afternoon.
We came in by train and stayed 2 nights which is what most people do.
The food is included and is excellent. Up there with the best food (if not the best) we had in Mexico. Breakfast is cereal and eggs (of your choice). Lunch was soup and fruit and dinner was soup and a main course and pudding. Not sure why there was so much soup but it was excellent as was the dinner. Mexicans say that the best food is home cooking and I can only agree!
The staff were great and very helpful and the guide was excellent and it didn't matter that his English was non existent.
We had a great time there but the place had that "owner absent" feel about it. You can't help but feel if they lived there they would have power (forget about reading in the evening) and improve the showers etc. Come darkness there is nothing to do, there is a general sitting area but it is very dark and not that welcoming.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge
Address: 22 km outside Creel | Creel, Creel, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Northern Mexico > Chihuahua > Copper Canyon > Creel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #2 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Creel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge is a beautiful log lodge hotel situated in the high country Sierra, just about 18 miles from Creel. No electricity, no internet, just rustic lodging with first class amenities such as private tiled baths, comfortable, clean beds with cotton blankets, lanterns and wood burning stoves. Meals are included in the daily rate - and are served family style in the large dining room with fireplace and bar. Enjoy a cold margarita before dinner, complimentary of course! Endless hiking possibilities right from the front door! Elias is your consummate host and can help arrange for a guide, for a small guide fee. Hike to Cusarare waterfalls, the mission village of Cusarare and hike into the remote canyons. ... more   less 

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