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Steamboat Inn
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Wonderful pet-friendly cottage in the heart of wild, scenic Oregon
User: Ernie S from: Orange County, California
Published Date: Jun, 10, 2022
Travel Date: May, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
Back in 2017 we visited Crater Lake and fell in love with the wild, rugged, impossibly beautiful Rogue River and surrounding landscape. So this trip we wanted to experience even more of this incredibly scenic corridor of Oregon, filled with white-water rapids, towering mountains and some of Nature's finest works. We chose the Steamboat Inn because, frankly, it was pet friendly and situated right in the middle of some of the best trails, waterfalls and beautiful country. What we discovered is that the pet-friendly cottages are absolute, stunning gems. So spacious, quiet and set in a gorgeous, garden-like meadow surrounded by blooming Rhododendron. We enjoyed breakfast, dinner and takeaway lunch at the Steamboat Inn and the food was beyond our expectations, especially the fresh steelhead trout. We also loved the background music, all fishing themed. A fabulous recharge of our batteries with the glory of Nature. I am reluctant to say anything negative, but we did find the very deep and very slick bath/shower in the cottage to be a challenge. Wish the step had some sort of traction on it to prevent slips. Otherwise, an absolutely perfect stay. We also think it would be great if the cottages had even a small microwave oven.
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Disappointing
User: deweese3 from: Santa Barbara, CA
Published Date: May, 15, 2022
Travel Date: May, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
This was a disappointing stay for us. We had to stay in a Cottage as the river cabins are not dog friendly. So, we paid $325/night ($300/night for the cottage and $25/night for the dog). When we walked into the cottage, it smelled like smoke (probably because the previous guests had used the fireplace?). One of us has asthma so that was annoying, especially because most of the windows would not open to clear out the smoke. Due to Covid, we travel with an air purifer, but it took 24 hours to clear out the smoke smell. The kitchen is tiny although they squeeze a lot in, which was impressive. Unfortunately, no microwave just 2 burners and we needed a microwave. We asked the housekeeper who was cleaning a nearby cottage for a microwave and she said she would bring one "in 15 minutes." One hour later and we realized she wasn't coming back. We would have had to drive down the mountain to ask for a microwave at the front desk. We couldn't call either due to no cell signal. So, we ate a cold dinner. They warn you about this, but it's true that there is no cell service (so no data, text, nor voice) and no wifi. The next day when we wanted to go exploring, the road was under construction and this made it difficult to drive anywhere. It ended up not mattering as none of the gorgeous Umpqua River trails within a half hour are open due to the Archie fire - but we were not told this when we booked. So, we were basically stuck in an overpriced, small cabin in the rain that smelled of smoke. We did manage to hike the road the cottages are on, but the locals came barreling down that road dangerously AND there were speeding logging trucks during most of the day. We did not eat at the restaurant as the menu was not all that impressive - same ol, same ol and not very creative for touting it as being "gourmet." In the cottage, they have a sign that asks you to tip 10-15% for the privilege of staying there. For our 2 nights, that would have meant a tip of $65 - $90 dollars! No way, especially since the housekeeper abandoned our request AND the front desk could not come up with trails for us to hike. Basically, the front desk clerk was useless and complained that she never gets to leave the Inn so doesn't know the area. Not the best customer service! We ended up finding some safe places to hike on our own, fortunately. Once the trails reopen after the Archie Fire cleanup this may be worth the prices they charge to stay here - but be sure to make certain your "luxury" cabin does not smell like smoke. Why do people insist on a fire in the fireplace in the middle of an area that has burned? The good - nice bed, good lighting for reading, good heat (so fireplace not needed for heat), very private, and nice lawn for the dog. Oregon has a different idea of "resort" than most places (most Oregon "resorts" are funky not resort-like) and this was nicer than most cabins at "resorts" in Oregon and the cottage was very clean and well built. Everywhere seems to be gouging on cabin prices to make up for closures during Covid and the Diamond Lake Resort down the road charges $335 for a 2BR on the lake, including the dog, but that gets only 1 star so there you have it.
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Great stay with some minor issues
User: sodiumsoul from: huntington beach, CA
Published Date: May, 15, 2022
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
We stayed here for two nights in one of the riverside cabins on a weekend. I will say it was definitely on the higher end for us as far paying for a room goes, but the location, service, and restaurant are fabulous. Breakfast was our favorite meal both days. The cabin itself is spacious and being so close to the river is very peaceful, but privacy was a bit of an issue. I understand why the deck that spans the length of all 6 cabins isn't blocked off per room...it's nice to sit outside and look either direction, but if your neighbors are having visitors over (like ours were prior to their dinner) people can walk directly in front of your large sliding glass door and see completely inside your room. Someone kept pacing up and down the walkway and the only curtain you have is a very sheer piece of fabric. I would have loved some darker curtains at least to provide privacy while getting dressed, but I would have also appreciated a note to other guests to be mindful of it. The other issue I had is that because it was cold at night, we had to run the fireplace (which controls the room temp) and every time it turned on and off the sound of the metal heating up/cooling down against the ceiling made an extremely loud banging noise that continually woke me up. Now I know there really isn't a lot that can be done about that but if you have noise sensitivity like me, it's definitely an issue. I'm not faulting the inn for this but it's something to be aware of. Also: absolutely no cell service or wifi here except in the lobby, but they do have a great selection of games you can bring to your room if you ask! Besides these small issues, we very much enjoyed our stay at the steamboat.
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Nice Location and Food, Accommodations Pricey
User: ltorgy from: Cottage Grove, Oregon
Published Date: May, 4, 2022
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
This review is for our two day stay at a "Cottage". Firstly, the location is beautiful and secluded. However, the cottages were down the road from the main lodge and din't have the view of the river. The Cottage we stayed at was nice and the king bed was wonderful. The fireplace was pre-loaded with everything you needed to start a fire. The bathroom was nice and had a tub/shower combo. The living room was comfortable. The kitchen, however, was really tiny. It consisted of a 2 foot by 4 foot area by the front door with a 2-burner stove top, a sink, and a small counter-top area. There were dishes, cutlery, and cooking pans. A coffee maker, but no microwave. Probably because there was no room for one. The was a small upstairs loft with two single beds. Unfortunately, there was no wi-fi or cellular coverage. We had to stay at the Cottage for two nights (you can't just stay for one night) at over $300.00 a night plus pet fees because we had two small pups with us. You must bring your own food or eat at the wonderful restaurant at the main lodge (a mile away), since there are no other places to eat or buy food nearby. Bottom line: very nice and comfortable but too pricey for a couple, especially with no included wi-fi or microwave. Close to $1,000.00 for a two night stay with pet fees and eating out is kind of pricey. Sharing the price with an adult child and their spouse might be the best way to go. I hear the rooms at the lodge are nice. The cabins on the river had a great view, but were basically a one room studio according to someone who stayed there. The restaurant: great food, super service. Dinner was "Fine Dinning", which means good food, but expensive. Breakfast and lunch is the way to go.
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Secluded oasis in a gorgeous setting
User: pinkpanther23 from: Lake Oswego, Oregon
Published Date: Sep, 30, 2021
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021
Rating: 5
Lovely, understated elegance. This quite cozy inn takes you back to a simpler time, yet all the trappings are there and no modern distractions. The lodge overlooks the beautiful North Umpqua River with a comfortable rustic quality. The service and food is outstanding! Five star meals served by a friendly, knowledgeable staff. We stayed in a hideaway cabin which met all our needs, including bringing our dog. Unfortunately the river was closed to fishing this fall, but nonetheless this a fisherman's paradise.
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