We were interested in a place close to Redding, one that took pets, was clean and reasonably priced. The outstanding reviews and location of Lakehead Lodge in the mountains, north of Redding, piqued our interest. Unfortunately, our impressions of this motel were not as rave as previous reviewers'.
The host, Jim, was very personable. As mentioned by others, reservations are not an option and we paid to hold the room for our late arrival.
The small to average sized room had a microwave, refrigerator, TV, small table with two old hardback chairs, and a large, really beat-up wood dresser ("shabby chic"?). In general, the place looked extremely old, even with a facelift of new paint in white and a loud but cheerful green, and new-looking but noisy laminate floors (our dog's feet). The closet was a short rod and shelf over the microwave that sat on the fridge. Cleanliness was so-so: the room looked clean on first impression, but the pillows were not as fresh as they should have been, and the bathroom baseboards were dirty. We are passionate about good sanitation of bed and bath linens, porcelain and faucets, light switches, doorknobs and such. If the pillows, sheets, or blankets smell anything but freshly laundered, we won't be back!
When we first arrived, the room was very cold - the window had been left open, but the room warmed up fairly quickly when we turned on the only heater. The beds were too soft for our taste, but they weren't bad either. The cramped bathroom lacked places to put things like toiletries and hanging towels, and it had no heat source. As the night temperatures dropped, the wall heater required us to get up during the night to increase the heat setting. Brrr. It had no thermostat, just a rotary dial. Outside was a large grassy, treed area to picnic or walk about. The motel faces the I-5 freeway, but our room in the back was quiet.
- Also Known As:
- Lake Shasta Lodge Lakehead, California