Don't get me wrong, this part of northern CA is absolutely gorgeous in an isolated, mountainous kinda way. This place is exactly what you'd expect in an isolated part of the state - it's simply a decent-enough little motel with clean rooms, an old but good-enough TV bolted to the bureau, just enough towels, soft-enough sheets, and a terrific meadow/mountain view off the back yard which sports a couple of picnic tables.
The gentleman at check in was pleasant enough, not particularly chatty, but efficient and direct. We arrived on a hot afternoon and walked into a very cool room, thank goodness. As the night got cooler, the AC (which is controlled by the proprietor), turned off and we opened the windows. The walls are paper thin and you're likely to hear the TV and/or conversations of your neighbors. Parking - like most motels - is right in front of your room door.
There's a soda machine and an ice machine on property, and a few decent restaurants about 1/2 mile down the road in the town of Dunsmuir, which is looking a little worse for wear, with quite a few empty storefronts - especially down by the river - due to the recession.
If you're looking to visit Castle Crags State Park and aren't camping in the park, this place is the closest and decently priced. It's just what you'd expect and you won't regret staying there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dunsmuir Lodge is located 1/2 mi. south of the town of Dunsmuir, and just 15 minutes from Mt. Shasta Ski Park. It is located on 4.5 acres of land and has a beautiful meadow with trees and a view of the forest across the canyon behind the lodge. All rooms are on ground level with easy access to your vehicle(s). It is a quiet and peaceful place to stay. Pets are welcome, $10 extra per pet. ... more less
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- Dunsmuir Hotel Dunsmuir