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What is a lodge?

A lodge is a rustic type of accommodation that's usually found in remote locations. This sort of lodging appeals to outdoorsy types because it encourages guests to be immersed in nature. You'll find lodges in a great variety of destinations, from the Rockies to African savannahs. Lodges typically feature cozy, charming rooms with local features incorporated into the buildings' architecture. A stay in a lodge also often means that you'll have easy access to ski slopes, safari parks, or hiking trails.

Why should I stay at a lodge?

Do you relish the idea of being greeted by a herd of elephants in the morning? Are you enticed by the thought of hearing wild wolves howling at night? Are you eager to watch zebras and other wild animals trekking across plains? If these are the experiences that you'd like to have on your vacation, a lodge might just be the perfect choice for you. As lodges tend to be remote and surrounded by nature, you can expect to have all kinds of adventures waiting for you if you book a stay in one.


Where do you find lodges?

You'll usually find lodges in vast outdoor spaces beyond city borders. You could find several lodges perched on bluffs in the South African savannah. Closer to home, you can also book a lodge nestled at the foot of the snow-capped mountains of British Columbia.


How much does it cost to stay in a lodge?

Whether you're on a shoestring budget or have plenty of cash to spend, you're likely to find a lodge that fits your needs. Book a cheap lodge set in the wilderness and you can expect to sleep on a bunk bed and share bathrooms with other guests. At the higher end of the price range are luxury lodges offering plush rooms with 4-poster beds and claw-foot tubs, and romantic amenities such as whirlpool tubs for 2.


How to book a lodge?

With Expedia, booking a stay in a lodge is just like booking one in a hotel. All you need to do is enter your travel dates and destination in the appropriate search boxes, then sort your results according to accommodation type. You can take a look at the best-rated options in the results page, making it easier for you to narrow down your choices. You also get the option to bundle your lodge booking with flights and car rentals, which can lower the cost of your vacation.


What do lodges offer?

Staying in a lodge is an opportunity to get close to nature. A lodge will likely put you in proximity to ski slopes or hiking trails, which also means that you get to enjoy magnificent views from your room. The range of amenities that you get from a lodge will depend on its market level. Safari lodges, for one, can be downright simple, but you do get some with infinity pools from which you can watch herds of elephants close by. Ski lodges typically have ski equipment storage, cozy, woodsy rooms, and relaxation facilities such as saunas and hot tubs.


Lodges vs cabins

Lodges and cabins are both rustic accommodations set close to nature, which is why many people confuse one for the other. So, what's the main difference between them?

Lodges tend to offer more in terms of space, services, and facilities. Lodges are more comparable to hotels when it comes to services and amenities. Cabins, on the other hand, are often more secluded, giving guests a level of privacy that they won't get from staying in a lodge.

Lodges close to me

You can easily search for a lodge nearby through Expedia's accommodation wizard. You can also opt to search for accommodation in faraway destinations. Just enter the necessary details in the correct search boxes, and you'll get a list of results that you can filter according to your requirements. You can also use the map tool to explore other possible destinations close by that you might not have had the chance to look at yet.