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“Truly step back in time to the 1930's”

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The Chateau at the Oregon Caves
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cave Junction
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 June 2014

More than any other great mountain lodge, Oregon Caves Chateau retains the character and authenticity of a true vintage lodge. From the first second you walk into the warm wood serene lobby, you are treated to a beautiful forest view, lovely vintage furniture and an incredible staff. We stayed for 2 nights, ate 2 wonderful dinners in the dining room and 2 great breakfasts in the coffeeshop. Every staff member was friendly, enthusiastic and obviously cares about the monument and the chateau. Our room was pristine vintage right down to the creaky plumbing and folksy Monterey furniture. As an aficionado of both vintage properties and mountain lodges, Oregon Caves Chateau is a truly special place, more than Timberline Lodge or Crater Lake Lodge (who both have phones and TV's) it gives you a true FEEL of the history of such a beautiful. Staying at the Chateau is also the best way to take the evening Candlelight tour of the caves - an experience not to be missed. Well worth the effort, and if you like peace and quiet, well worth a couple of days. If you love vintage anything, do not miss the Oregon Caves Chateau!

Room Tip: Every room is great!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

If you love National Park Lodges, as we do, see this one now. It is authenic in every way, the furniture, the rooms, the resturants and the people and service is more than great. they care about what they do and love the Chateau. It's very out of the way, but well worth the trip. 25 parks and this lodge is one of the best.

Room Tip: So reasonable. Take any room.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jim m
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

Spent a night here after traversing the long windy road to this remote simple shangri-la. Built by the CCC in the 30's it has a rustic yet grand appeal. The inviting large fireplace in the lobby was always stoked with big logs and the staff was friendly and pleasant. It's on National Park land so the area is remote and peaceful. The caves are a must visit and are well lit and the ranger guides are knowledgeable. Inquire right away about when you can visit them. We had to delay our departure since the cave tour was delayed by an hour. You need 90 minutes for it so plan accordingly. The rooms are simple and clean. My only frown was from the overhead pipes that are for the sprinkler system everywhere. They seem like an afterthought and I'm sure the architect didn't plan for them. They seem added after the build. They ruin the elegant simple lines of post and beam space that make up the center of the lodge. The douglas fir posts are huge and would cost a fortune in todays world. I will return here. Have breakfast next to the pond outside the cafe. The real waterfall and clean clear water are hypnotic.

Room Tip: The rooms are circa 1930 so don't expect walls of glass and sliding doors with balconies. It'...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

It's old, small and isolated. It has no tv's, wifi, or phones for guests. Which means that it's an absolutely wonderful and serenely relaxing experience. Most of the "grand lodges" around the national parks have been taken over and updated by corporate operators. Not this one. A local non-profit runs it and the dedicated staff mostly live in the area. The charm factor here is genuine - not fabricated. The cave tour is, of course, a must. The hiking trails are beautiful without being difficult. You can have breakfast and lunch in an original 30s/40s coffee shop and dinner in a dining room where a cave-fed stream flows right through the middle of the room - inside the building. And then have a glass of wine in the leather, wood and stone lobby listening to some live acoustic music, play some chess, put a few pieces in a jigsaw puzzle or - do absolutely nothing except be completely relaxed. Which, in today's world, can be a significant accomplishment. Go there before somebody decides to tech the place up.

Room Tip: Check their website for promo rates late in their season. South side window views are the best.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank wedgewa
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We recently spent two nights at the Chateau and it was a wonderful experience. It's a little like going back in time: no televisions, no cell service, no wifi. We loved it! We found that we got to know the other guests, we would all congregate in the big lobby and read or work puzzles in the evenings. A truly unique experience. The lobby is beautiful, with a big fireplace and lots of comfortable couches and chairs. There was a poetry reading one night while we were there, we listened to the poetry in the background as we worked on the puzzle with some other guests.
What fun!
The Chateau itself is beatiful, it blends in perfectly with its surroundings and is truly one of the great lodges of the west. We were in room 202, which was a corner room with a queen bed. It was great having a corner room since we had windows on 2 walls and it was warm outside during the day (but cooled down nicely at night). We just kept our windows open and the temperature stayed nice and cool in the room. Our room had the beautiful, rare Monterey furniture that the inn is know for and was larger than many of the National Park lodge rooms we have stayed in before.
We had dinner two nights in the dining room the food was reasonably priced and very good (the lasagna was great!). For breakfast and lunch, the Caves Cafe serves good, reasonably priced food and GREAT milk shakes as well as having a great vintage look. The gift shop next door has some very nice items too.
The staff here is fantastic. So friendly, and eager to go out of their way to help. I can't say enough good things about the service.
Our stay here was the highlight of our trip to the Pacific Northwest. The Chateau truly is a national treasure. We loved every minute we stayed there!

Room Tip: We loved our corner room on the second floor. It was spacious and it was nice to have the windows o...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DebfromNC
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

When you turn off the highway towards the Oregon Caves National Monument there is a sign posted to tell you that this is essentially one really long dead end road. And as you drive further from civilization, the road becomes narrower and more winding, with switchbacks and a sheer drop. It can be quite fun if you are the driver, but not so much for the passenger who is looking straight down. This was not a heavily traveled road during our visit. When we took that last turn into the parking lot for the Oregon Caves Monument, I did not see the hotel. Then my husband noted the small "lodging" sign at the end of the lot with an arrow. Pulling into the parking lot of the Chateau was a real sweet moment. Another guest was walking around with her 35 mm camera taking shots of trees, water, and smiling. We said hello. Inside, staff is friendly, informative, accessible. We had made reservations for their dining room when booking the room, which is a really good idea. The food was tasty, not overpriced, and because the dining room is small, they space out their guests to give individualized attention to each meal prep. The hotel is very proud of their Monterey furniture collection, pieces of which are in the room we stayed in #203. The paintings/pictures/mirrors are all hung at abnormal heights, either too high or too low, which was a fun little quirk. We listened all night to the burble of water falling into the pond outside the window. A real treat. The bed was good and the room a generous size. The main lodge with huge fireplace is warm and welcoming. There are puzzles for those so inclined to be set out on the large tables. I'd love to see it during the winter months. I was initially hesitant about being off the grid and in an historic hotel, but it turned out to be quite comfortable and relaxing. Nice artwork in the gift shop.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank natashabebe
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

A 45-minute drive from 199 will put you at the Chateau. The road is a bit windy, yes, but nothing like the cliffs in Big Sur. The $109 economy rooms are cozy and have adjoining doors on the third floor, so if you're looking for more privacy (and are not carrying lots of luggage) they'll do just fine.

The resto is open 5:30 - 9, and you'll want to make a reservation when you check-in. Prime seating is near to the large bay windows where, at dusk, you can watch the bats fly about. Dinner portions are generous, and the 7.5 oz steak is delicious, though "medium" is still overdone. House wine is really decent, but the coffee is outright bad (despite what your waiter will tell you!)

Be sure to get tickets for your cave tour in advance! They're cheap, but very popular, especially the 11 - 3 pm range.

Room Tip: Economy rooms are on the 3rd floor
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Iamwashable
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Address: 20000 Caves Hwy, Cave Junction, OR 97523
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Region: United States > Oregon > Cave Junction
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Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cave Junction
Price Range: £73 - £144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1 Hour drive from Grants Pass Oregon. The Chateau is a six-story structure with a reinforced concrete foundation and a superstructure of wood frame construction with enormous post and beam interior supports. The building spans a small gorge and a great deal of the building's mass is banked into that depression. The first floor houses mechanical equipment. The second contains basement storage areas. The dining room, coffee shop and kitchen areas are on the third floor--at the same level as the lower trout pool grotto at the immediate head of the gorge. The fourth floor is at road level and contains the entrance lobby and some hotel rooms. The two upper stories have additional hotel rooms. Exterior walls are shiplap siding sheathed with cedar bark, giving the building a shaggy, rustic appearance.(Sorry no pets allowed at this time) ... more   less 
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