This was our 30th wedding anniversary and we wanted someplace relaxing to spent 4 nights. Having stayed at several other properties in northern Arizona owned by the same owner, we felt very comfortable making reservations for Christopher Creek Lodge. We were not disappointed.
Online reservations were taken care of very professionally with follow-up personalized e-mails (besides the auto-generated confirmation) to answer a few questions. Everything was in order when we arrived -- we could have said "hi, we're ____" and grabbed the key. But we wanted to get some local information from Brendan at the front desk -- he knows the area and what is going on. If you are new tot he ara, plan on spending 5-10 minutes talking to Brendan on your first day. The friendly, family that staffs and runs the place makes staying there a joy. (Did I mention they were friendly?)
Our cabin (Fisherman's) was definitely rustic and older but had been modernized, was very clean, comfortable and fairly well equipped -- exactly as described on their website. The road through the property was narrow, curved, and dirt -- and you had to be careful driving and parking -- but, hey, this is the middle of the forest and that's why you came here, right? The loft looked very cozy and nice, but the stairs are very steep and not for the old -- I took a quick look up there and we stayed downstairs. This cabin had a very small, cramped bathroom but we were told others were larger. There was also a lack of space for storing/hanging clothes, but we found the stairs to the loft made great shelves. Bed was very comfortable, fireplace (Duraflame logs only) worked beautifully -- bring your own logs or buy them there. We spent hours on the porch overlooking the babbling creek -- could even hear it at night with the windows closed.
Our stay was great. On Saturday evening, there was a wedding on the grounds with a loud reception. The policy is quiet time after 10:00 and -- sure enough -- they were shut down just minutes after 10:00. Other than that, it was quiet and relaxing. Many of the other guests had well-behaved dogs -- no problem there. (They do have a small, fenced dog park on the property but it is a bit of a walk from the cabins.) This is a great place to bring your (furry) best friend. And there is a rustic playground for kids with a tire-horse swing you must see to believe.
We will definitely come back to Christopher Creek Lodge. And probably go for the slightly more expensive (and larger) Pioneer cabin. The same owner also has two other similar properties in Christopher Creek. We looked a the other two -- looked nice, but CC Lodge is the one for us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The original, largest and only lodge right on the banks of Christopher Creek. We hope you'll be a part of the history! "Had a rough day...or a rough week? Get away from it all.. relax on the creek!" New Ownership April, 2008. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Christopher Creek Hotel Payson
- Christopher Creek Lodge Payson, Arizona