Great Roadside Motel with lots of charm!
A very well organized and super cute roadside motel. Dog friendly. Decorated in every room and outside so rustic and well thought out decor! I need to give a big shout out to Penny and her Husband. She was in charge and really helped us out when the air conditioner wouldn't work (and it was really unseasonably hot)! She was really doing it all and the best part was she was doing it with patience and a big smile! She even asked her husband (that has his own career) to come by and assist her...he was so nice and did all he could,as well! I can't say enough good things about this place! Across the street was the Bigfoot Tavern (again, dog friendly out on the back patio). Had a wonderful meal and very inexpensive local beers. I couldn't believe it when we got our bill. This was our resting point between Meridian, Idaho and the Oregon Coast. It was such a short drive to Crater Lake. Don't hesitate to stay at The Woodsman Country Lodge!
On the way to Crater Lake
The lodge's reviews on the Internet are pretty good, so I booked a room there since it was close to Crater Lake. I probably wouldn't stay at the lodge again. It is an older motel along a fairly busy highway and you can hear the road noise easily. I used the A/C-dehumidifer on fan to create a white noise barrier. The TV in our room was an old CRT/analog TV, so be aware that not all rooms have updated TVs. When we were ready to take a shower, the hot water knob in the tub was broken, so no shower for us that day. When we checked out, we reported the hot water knob issue and were told that maintenance had been notified several times. The good part about the motor lodge is that it was very clean and the price was good. The beds were okay.
Has Great Potential
Pros and cons of our stay at The Woodsman Country Lodge: Pros: * Friendly front desk attendant who was pleasant and helpful * Nice, on-theme wooden furnishings (table and chairs, dresser, tables, bed frame, lamp) were beautiful and worked well in the room * Cute little patio area for each room, with a small table, two chairs, and an umbrella * Microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker in room * Roomy bathroom * Big Foot Tavern across the street had excellent food, fun shuffleboard table, and friendly locals Cons: * Immediately upon entering the room, it was obvious someone had been burning incense. That begged the question: “What smell were they trying to cover up… and why incense?” I really dislike the smell of incense and it has no place in a hotel room. * After awhile it became clear that the incense was an attempt to cover the smell of urine that was strongest under the bathroom counter, but was obvious from any point in the room (though much more faint in the room). * The bedspread was rumpled, as if someone had been lying on it after it was made. * The sheets were red and the towels green. People want crisp white sheets that are washed in hot water and bleached between customers. The colored linens were on theme with a woodsman’s cottage, but can’t be as sanitary as white sheets/towels since they can’t be washed in the same way. * I’m not sure the sheets were washed anyway, as there was a dusty-looking, smudgy line down the length of the bed on one side. Think three foot long makeup smudge. * As soon as we arrived, my husband went to wash his hands and the hot water knob fell off in his hand. It was clearly split down the middle and put back in place. Whether some sort of glue was used, it’s not clear. The cold water tap knob also appeared split, but didn’t come off. We only had cold water at the bathroom sink during our stay. Overall, this room felt like a night at Uncle Brad’s single wide in the woods, one that Aunt Carol tastefully decorated, but Uncle Brad kept adding his own touch to with garage sale finds. There was a solid start to the woodsman theme, but it became cluttered and distasteful with the pinecone drapes, elk shower curtain, and clear toilet seat covered in bullets. The room felt and smelled like Uncle Brad had a few too many drunken boys’ weekends here, and didn’t bother to tote the laundry back home for Aunt Carol to wash.
Don't Miss This GEM!
The very best thing about this unique little gem is the staff! Lana and Christine were SO kind, and helpful, and inviting. You don't get this kind of personal "innkeeper" kind of service from a "big box" chain. Next, the themed and unique rooms just make for a fun stay. And everything was super clean and well maintained. Highly recommend!!
ABFAB to the MAX
Fun, very well thought out in every way. If you are anywhere near Crater Lake - reach out - check it out and make your reservation now. :-) Breakfast is included in the final price. The decorating details are very cool.