We just returned from our "Eastern Oregon/John Day Fossil Beds Extravaganza" trip on the 4th of June (2009). Our first destination was Mitchell Oregon and as the options were limited, we picked the Oregon Hotel and we weren't disappointed.
Our options on rooms was a bit small as they already had a few reservations and I was not interested in having to share a bathroom with other guests.
We ended up reserving one of the kitchenette rooms which turned out to be fairly spacious, light and bright and very clean. There was an old but quite serviceable oven, sink with plenty of counter space, a few utensils and cooking apparel and the fridge was large enough for our purposes.
Since we were going to be traveling to the various fossil beds and nearby points of interest, we were quite keen to have the kitchenette available for cooking breakfasts and dinners so we didn't have to rely on visiting the local eateries (one of which was always closed by the time we returned to town). The general store/market was a bit disappointing as far as quick small meals were concerned - we were only spending two days in town so we didn't want to buy large quantities of food - so if you are thinking of doing the kitchenette route you may want to purchase some non-perishables in an appropriate quantity to bring with you on your trip just in case.
The bed was comfortable, there was a TV with satellite and an alarm clock was provided. The windows did not appear to open, some are covered with a clear plastic and so the room did get rather hot and muggy. A small fan was provided but it wasn't entirely up to the task of keeping the room cool.
Despite having a number of children around at various times during the morning and evenings, we didn't hear much of anything so either they were REALLY quiet for children or the kitchenettes are far enough from the backyard area that the sound gets muffled considerably. There are two kitchenette apartments and they share a wall but other than a couple times of hearing a TV or some raised voices on the first night, we weren't bothered at all by our neighbors.
The young woman who handled both taking my reservation over the phone and checking us in and out was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We instantly felt comfortable and the main hotel looked clean, homey and the remodelling really allowed the beauty of the architecture shine through.
The price for the kitchenette was on par with most chain hotel/motel rooms and the bonus of the privacy and the kitchen was worth the higher price than the rooms in the hotel proper.
I gave the Oregon Hotel a 4 rather than a 5 despite really enjoying my stay for a few reasons:
1: The shower has a very small water heater so the hot water gets used up fairly quickly and not being used to taking ice cold showers, I ended up washing my hair in the shallow kitchen sink the first morning after the hot/warm water ran out halfway through my shower. My boyfriend had showered first and enjoyed an entirely warm shower (though it ran cold the second morning when he had to go second) so if you're traveling alone you may be fine.
2. The toilet in Apt 1 runs so you have to remember to jiggle the handle so you're not wasting water or listening to it all night.
3. No air circulation - the inability to get any air through unless you open the front door was a big downside particularly with the kind of heat the area gets in the summer. We ended up using wet washcloths to keep cool at night because the provided fan wasn't sufficient.
All in all I would definitely recommend staying here as the downsides are not unsurmountable and the upside of a centrally located place to stay along with the privacy provided by the kitchenettes and the friendliness of the owners is a huge plus. If we do another fossil bed trip in the future or are planning to be in area we will certainly book a room again.
- Also Known As:
- Oregon Hotel Mitchell