It's not often that visitors to a national park have the chance to stay at a resort within the park, let alone one that overlooks an incredible geological feature. The site of Crater Lake, which is known for being the bluest lake in the world, is home to a 71-room lodge that offers breathtaking views of the caldera and surrounding 'mountains.'

These mountains are actually the outskirts of a volcanic center that has sunken in over time before flooding, thus creating the deep lake found in the center. Anyone staying at Crater Lake Lodge will be able to see its beauty from sunrise to sunset, with easy access to the lake's edge as well as hiking in the surrounding area. When it comes to this national park, this lodge outshines the rest and proves that location really is everything.

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About Crater Lake Lodge

On the outside, one might expect this lodge to appear deep in the midwest among groves of tall pine trees, surrounded by remote woodland. In stark contrast, it's located right at the edge of a sapphire blue lake, surrounded by cliffs that feature drops of nearly 2,000 feet. The idea of spending the night at such a place is both nerve-wracking and thrilling, but most find that the latter is the more popular of the two emotions. Its stately presence among a former volcanic landscape only adds to its allure and charm, and once visitors are inside, it soon becomes clear why this lodge is so special.

The hotel was built in 1915 and not much has changed since then. Upon entering, guests are greeted first by a grand fireplace that takes up most of the far wall, evoking the idea of cozy Oregon nights and snowy mountain scenes. Wood detail adorns the great room from floor to ceiling, and this rustic charm carries on through the dining room, where diners have a spectacular view of Crater Lake below. Just off the great room is the Exhibit Room, where guests can wander through decades of history that has been put on display for everyone to appreciate.

Hotel Amenities

Visitors to the lodge should be aware that while there are plenty of modern amenities, it's still rustic in the sense that the emphasis is on the view and the hotel's history. Guests won't find TVs or telephones in their rooms, and there are no five-star spa services or luxe saunas to retreat to after a day outdoors. However, what does exists at the Crater Lake Lodge is a sense of disconnect in the best way in order to appreciate the beauty that exists around them.

What's Included In A Stay At Crater Lake Lodge

  • On-site bar and lounge
  • On-site restaurant
  • On-site gift shop
  • Lakefront access and easy access to hiking trails
  • Bell services
  • Programs for children
  • Guest laundry services
  • Postal services, including overnight shipping
  • Daily house cleaning services
  • Ceiling fan in most rooms
  • Non-smoking room options

Seasonal Dates

  • Open: Mid-May - Mid-October

Dining At Crater Lake Lodge

One of the best things about staying at the Crater Lake Lodge besides its phenomenal views is the on-site restaurant. The dining room serves up seasonal cuisine that's influenced by the area, which means plenty of fresh seafood and tons of spring, summer, and fall flavors. In keeping with the theme of Northwest cuisine, Crater Lake Lodge showcases dishes such as Alaskan salmon, hazelnut-crusted halibut, flatiron steak, and grilled venison regularly on its menu. Those looking to enjoy dinner and a drink will be pleased to know that the dining room also offers quite a comprehensive wine list, as well.

Weekday Dining Room Hours

  • Breakfast - 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Lunch - 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Dinner - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Weekend Dining Room Hours

  • Breakfast - 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Lunch - 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Dinner - 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

*Complimentary Coffee is available for Lodge Guests between 6:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

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Crater Lake Lodge also offers a variety of room options, as well, which vary in both size and style. There are a total of seven rooms to choose from, some featuring views over the lake while others offer views over the valley beyond the parking lot or partial lake views from the upper floors.

Crater Lake Lodge Room Options

  • Deluxe Lake View Rooms: Starting at $255/night.
  • Deluxe Lake View Rooms with Two Queen Beds: Starting at $266/night.
  • Loft Rooms: Starting at $324/night.
  • Standard Rooms: Starting at $229/night.
  • Standard Valley Side Rooms with Two Queen Beds: Starting at $239/night.
  • Standard Lake View with One Queen Bed: Starting at $239/night.
  • Standard Lake View with Two Queen Beds: Starting at $249/night.

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