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“Drakesbad is a refuge to return to year after year” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Drakesbad Guest Ranch
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Benicia, California
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119 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Drakesbad is a refuge to return to year after year”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

My family goes to Drakesbad every other year. We have been doing this for decades. In the "off summers" (non-Drakesbad years), I MISS the place. It is rustic, you are fed gourmet meals every day, the hiking is great, and the hot pool is hot. Love it!

Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

I was at Drakesbad in Lassen for three days and nights last weekend. It was a great visit. The managers there are excellent and take care of your needs, often before you ask for the help. The food served fopr all meals was quite tasty. I highly recommend Drakesbad.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bishop, California
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73 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

We have returned year after year to Drakesbad because of it's rustic atmosphere and because it has activities for our entire family. We found it ideal as our family grew older as the children could have increasing freedom in a safe environment. The one major downfall is the draining of Dream Lake, a major error on the Lassen Parks part; as it had been there 90 years! Another concern is that long time(21 years)concessioners Billie and Ed are retiring, so that will be an unknown in 2012

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2011

Yes, it's out of the way. Very much so. But well worth it to enjoy family time, and beautiful surroundings. it is on the expensive side, and quite rustic. However, you feel well cared for, and the staff is very hard working and friendly. Great retreat for the family to relax, hike and enjoy the excellent horse program. My kids did not want to leave their horses.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

My wife, son (9) and I spent three nights last week at Drakesbad, in the Warner Valley section of Lassen Volcanic National Park. We'll definitely come back -- it's a wonderful place to stay for solitude, natural beauty, and really good food.

Drakesbad includes three meals per day, prepared by a very enthusiastic and welcoming staff. The facility is very family and child-friendly. The large pool -- at body temperature thanks to water from nearby hot springs -- is terrific after hiking the trails to Devil's Kitchen or Boiling Hot Springs. We stayed in one of the standalone cabins and one night in a room in the main lodge -- both were comfortable and fun.

Some rooms have bunk beds, making it easier for three to sleep very comfortably. Note that there is no wifi and no cell phone reception at Drakesbad, making it easy to get away for real. If you need an email fix, you can drive 17 miles to the town of Chester, which has several hot spots.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Drakesbad Guest Ranch

Property: Drakesbad Guest Ranch
Address: end of Warner Valley Road, Chester, CA 96020
Region: United States > California > Plumas County > Chester
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Chester
Price range (per night): RM310 - RM709
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 1916 Congress established Lassen Volcanic National Park as the fifteenth national park in the United States. Privately held Drakesbad bordered the park in the southeast corner. The Sifford family continued to run their beloved Guest Ranch as good neighbors of the Park Service each summer for forty-two years. To preserve the Ranch and guarantee continued quality service for generations to come, Drakesbad was sold to the US government in 1958 for inclusion in to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Since that sale there have been three park concessionaires: for the past 36 years Drakesbad has been run by California Guest Services where the emphasis is still on outstanding customer service! All rates include three meals per day and lodging! All accommodations are rustic and quaint, most without electricity. The use of kerosene lamps is a welcome respite from the modern world and adds a distinct and old time ranch feel to your stay. All rooms include a full or half bath and are gas heated. Housekeeping services are provided daily. As a member of the Green Hotels Network, we make every effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle at Drakesbad. General Information Drakesbad Guest Ranch is open (pending weather conditions) June through mid October. The Ranch is closed mid October through to May. ... more   less 
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