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The Lodge at Blue Lakes
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Upper Lake
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 September 2008

If you're looking for a quiet spot to relax and write or do any kind of creative work, or just kick back on a grassy, sunny shore by a blue, blue lake you should know about this Russian River hideaway just east of Ukiah.

A beautifully restored fishing lodge, with upscale rooms featuring Jacuzzis and marble floors, free Continental breakfasts and kyacks (morning is the best time) backed up with personal attention from owners Peter and Maryanne and their courteous staff leaves very little to be desired from check-in to check-out.

And fishing? Outdoor facilities for cleaning and cooking your catch are provided.

Have I left the impression that the Lodge is just for grownups?

The gentle access to the lake makes it suitable for children, and you won't have to worry about them being swamped by motor boat wakes, as there is a 5mph speed limit.

Plenty of space to park your big rig with easy access to Highway 20 completes the package.

It's easy and fun and the drive up through the wine country offers plenty of great vistas.

Hal Bryan

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed 2 September 2008

While on vacation to California we stayed for the long August weekend and we just loved everything about the lodge at blue lakes. The rooms were to excellent standard, very clean and catered for everything we needed for a pleasant stay. The views were just amazing, so relaxing and yet so invigorating. The service was great, whatever we asked for we got. We were so delighted with the boat ride, wow that was just so unexpected and made our weekend even more special. We thought that we got great value for our money and we have recommended it to our friends to stay when they go on their trip to the California in Oct.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2008

My partner and I wanted to have a staycation experience that was going to be around two hours from San Francisco. Upon searching on the internet, we came across The Lodge At Blue Lakes.

When we arrived at the resort, seeing the place was better than just looking at the photos in their website. It was so pristine, serene and beautiful.

The rooms were renovated magnificently. I was impressed at the accommodations. They even had a Sunday breakfast for the guests in the gazebo by the deck over looking the Blue Lake. It was as if we had travelled far when in essence we were a little over two hours from San Francisco.

I would highly recommend this place for people who want to just getaway and not have to deal with airline fares and travel expenses that go with that. It was worth the drive and the accommodations was romantic.

The owners and the staff were very accommodating and friendly. It's definitely a nice place to lay back and have a bottle of wine with cheese and crackers as you and your partner enjoy the relaxing view of the lakes with the family of duck prancing around the water.

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed 1 September 2008

We spent Labor Day at this delightful, clean, friendly little lodge. The accomodations were nice: all floors, fixtures, etc recently remodeled. (but next time I'll bring my own pillow) The view from the Lodge is gorgeous. The water is clear and a comfortable tempature for swimming. I highly recommend this place for families with children who want to fish. My kids must have pulled out 30+ each over the course of the weekend.
I also suggest you bring your own food (each room is equipped with a nice size fridge) and the barbecue they provide is big and nice. The only resturaunt nearby is the Blue Wing Cafe and we had a horrible experience there (literally, the fish and meat had NO flavor).
It can get windy at this location on the Lake. (however, if you are there on a windy weekend and are intent on lake swimming -- you can go to one of two day-use resorts on the lake -- they're much "busier" than than The Lodge")
The owner took us out for a nice boat tour of the lake; just ask at the front desk.
Also, for some reason they don't advertise it -- but the lodge has a clean decent size pool.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2008

It was a great experience when me and my daughter decided to go on a road trip and came across The Lodge At Blue Lakes. We didn't expect a beautiful lake located at the back of the resort. And the best part of it all was that the accommodations were first class. You are surprised with the renovation and the design of the rooms. It is very clean and smells very good inside.

We enjoyed the fact that they offer free kayaks for the guests. It was certainly a hidden gem in Upper Lake.

The staff was very helpful and friendly. The owners even took us for a boat ride and were so accommodating. And they even have a 6000sq ft event center that would be perfect for events weddings, reunion, birthday celebrations. They have done an excellent job renovating The Lodge At Blue Lakes.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2008

The Lodge seems to have gone through an ownership change which might explain the difference between what their website claimed was the offered package and what was asked of my family.

We were charged for the "upgraded jacuzzi" room in advance reservations, yet we were offered the "standard" room. In both cases, the heavy traffic on the nearby highway could be heard. Upon questioning the room assignment, we were told they were "booked"... inferring we had no choice at our initial arrival. From what we could see, they were not "booked" as the "upgraded" room was offered to us when we declined the first room.

The rooms and facilities are without a doubt a throwback to a former time when people expected less. I suspect the heyday of the motel was about 50 years ago.

The lake is very beautiful, without a doubt. Its small and pretty clean. The kids obviously love the place as can be seen from various locations around the water. We could see a windsurfer, kayaks, and swimmers.

Unfortunately for the motel, their prices are too high in comparison to the amenities. All you get is the use of the lake for the premium pricing.

My suggestion to their owners, if they read this, would be to install soundproof windows on the highway side of the rooms to allow for peaceful sleeping. Also, honesty in pricing needs to be addressed as you can't put one price on your website and then attempt to charge more once people show up.

The staff was friendly. No problems in that regard.

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed 2 August 2008

"What a find! I just spent two nights at The Lodge at Blue Lakes and absolutely loved it. The management was incredibly nice and accommodating and the rooms and location on the lake was perfect. They have kayaks you can use for free and this itself was a huge money saver. Rental places around the lake charge like $20 an hour to use kayaks ...my boyfriend and I kayaked every morning and afternoon and would have spend almost $200 just in kayak rentals. I would definitely recommend The Lodge at Blue Lakes for anyone who wants a relaxing and peaceful retreat. I can't wait to go back."

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Lodge at Blue Lakes

Address: 5135 W State Highway 20, Upper Lake, CA 95485-9513
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Region: United States > California > Lake County > Upper Lake
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Upper Lake
Price Range: £76 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lodge at Blue Lakes 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge At Blue Lakes offers 21 premium guestrooms, including one Waterfront Executive Suite. Rooms feature lake or mountain views. Room types are deluxe 4 poster beds with in room jacuzzi tub, kitchenettes, lakeside and mountainside rooms. Guestrooms are individually furnished and decorated. Wireless Internet access is limited and is only available to certain rooms/areas. Free local calls. Flat screen TVs, small refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Air conditioning, climate control, welcome amenities, and hair dryers are also included. Microwaves and irons/ironing boards can be requested. Rooms are accessible via exterior corridors. Housekeeping is provided. All guestrooms are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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