Getting Oriented:The 10-sided Oregon Caves Chateau building straddles a creek bed, with both ends dug into the side of the creek bed. If you think of how a dam is constructed in relation to a creek, the Chateau is essentially across the creek in the same manner. The Chateau building has 6 floors, the rear of the building is 6 floors above the creek bed. However due to the steep slope of the creek bed, the front of the building is only 4 floors high at the creek bed, and each end of the building is only 3 floors high. The result of the steep site means that every floor except the 5th and 6th floors has a ground level entrance. So there are 2 "basement" floors below the main Courtyard level! To help clarify, here's what's on each floor of the Chateau:
- 3rd floor. Small "attic" economy guest rooms.
- 2nd floor. Standard, deluxe and suite guest rooms, manager's apartment (now used as a suite.)
- 1st floor. Hotel lobby, standard, and deluxe guest rooms.
- Courtyard level.* Dining room, coffee shop, kitchen, and gift shop.
- Upper basement. Laundry, storage, employee dining room (community room), and employee rooms.
- Lower basement. Equipment room, workshop.
What's the Name?"Oregon Caves Chateau" or "The Chateau at Oregon Caves." So what's in a name? Not much difference between the two variations, but it has created some heated debate as to which is correct. The National Park Service documents use the "Oregon Caves Chateau" name. I have a copy of one of the original drawings of the Chateau made by Gust Lium, the builder, he wrote on it Oregon Caves "Chateau". But if you ask around you will find plenty of support for The Chateau at Oregon Caves name too! My approach will be to offend everyone by using both names throughout this tour.
Start of Photo Tour, Exterior Photos:
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