In planning my trip to a city that had for years been touted as a possibility for retirement and a mecca for outdoors people, I looked for all the possibilities for lodgings during a trip to Bend that I was eager to make. The options included vacation rentals and hotels in other areas of town. I concerned myself with air conditioning as I've learned heat waves can collapse a great summer trip in areas where the weather usually make AC unnecessary. Many vacation rentals were absent this luxury. The Hilton is located beside the river in the Old Mill District. This is a mixed value. The Old Mill District has nothing new. Sadly they have created a standard US mall with all the typical major stores. The Gap has little allure for the tourist in Bend. It does have some restaurants that make a walking distance dinner not a bad idea at all and we took advantage of that. Bend, in fact, has a kind of "created" feelin, beginning here. I swear all the trees are the same height.
The hotel has a bridge across the river and there is a marvelous sense of being at the center of all the action: People tubing and kayaking and paddle boarding down the river. We were told it was easy to rent tubes nearby, but the river does have a current, and I think you'd have to also arrange for pick up. There is also action elsewhere, but we had a car, and we could go find it (downtown, the Deschutes Brewery). Given the options, I felt this hotel suited us well. We did avail ourselves of a walk to the shopping center and eat dinner. There is a fund spice shop and a local jewelry store. The hotel is a lovely facility, the rooms pleasant and roomy, a generous coffee bar in the lobby. The fitness room was ample, and happily for us not frequented as I'm sure most people plan on getting their exercise elsewhere. (We tried to arrange SUP lessons, but our only day available was too windy for beginners.). The staff was young and although not particularly helpful with information about getting around, were charming and delightful. I ended up thinking we'd made a great decision.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Garden Inn Bend is a business-friendly hotel located in Bend, close to Old Mill District, Les Schwab Amphitheater, and Deschutes Brewery. Free WiFi and parking. Nearby points of interest also include Tower Theater and Drake Park. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This 3-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Bend property has 191 square meters of event space consisting of conference/meeting rooms. Room service is available. The hotel offers a made-to-order breakfast. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include ski storage, laundry facilities, and express check-out. 96 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hilton Garden Inn Bend feature complimentary weekday newspapers and windows that open. Accommodations offer city, river, or mountain views. Beds come with signature bedding. Accommodations include refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer free local calls (restrictions may apply). Televisions have premium cable channels. Rooms also include blackout drapes/curtains, electronic check-out, and irons/ironing boards. Guests may request hypo-allergenic bedding, extra towels/bedding, and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ameritel Inn Bend Hotel Bend
- Ameritel Hotel Bend
- Bend Ameritel Hotel