I was looking for a place to stay not too far from Crater Lake for my wife and myself and for another couple. We first thought of the hotel at Crater Lake, but apparently that books up about a year in advance. South of Crater Lake are some towns with several options, but we wanted a location north of Crater Lake and there are fewer choices. I selected the Steamboat Inn based on other reviews, but I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Both couples were very pleasantly surprised at how nice the Steamboat is. We had cabins 1 and 2, right on the N. Umpqua River. The river cabins all have a connecting deck and look directly over the river. It was ideal for us, giving us a place to visit with our friends, and it was great listening to the river all night long. There are paths down to the river and various lookouts that are not too steep, and the views are magnificant.
The rooms are small and rustic, but they are very clean, and they appear to have been upgraded fairly recently. The bed we had was quite comfortable. The bathroom was a little cramped, especially the shower, but it was more than adequate for us. No points lost here. I think the website states that there is no AC, and for some this may be a problem. In Cabin 1, we had an end room, which gave us two windows, one in the bathroom and one over the bed, giving us good ventilation. It is pretty cool in the forest setting. Our friends only had the bathroom window, and they said their room got stuffy. You could leave the slider to the deck open, but we weren't comfortable doing that. The rooms have portable fans. Maybe a star lost here.
It was a short walk through beautiful gardens to the dining room, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had two breakfasts and two dinners. The breakfast menu offered several selections, and the homemade "Grandma's" bread and Marionberry jam were great, and fresh fruit was available. I'll give the breakfasts 5 stars. The dinners were very good, but perhaps only 4 stars. The desserts all seem to be homemade and there were several pies available. (The Marionberry pie my wife and I shared was about 10 stars.) They have a great selection of excellent Oregon wines. The dinners were served at a "leisurely" pace, but if you are staying here, this probably won't be a problem. We actually enjoyed not being rushed, having plenty of time to visit with our friends. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.
A warning: there is no internet in the rooms, only in the dining room and library. Also, there does not seem to any cell phone service, though there are landlines to the rooms. I think you need a calling card to use them.
Crater Lake was about 90 minutes away and it was a pretty ride, so this worked out great for us. I live on the East Coast, so I don't know if I'll ever get back to the Steamboat Inn, but if I lived in Oregon, I would love to stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- Steamboat Hotel Idleyld Park