Been driving cattle across the high desert and hit Pendleton with a pocket full of coins and a mean appetite. The Working Girls Hotel was a welcome sight. First I hit the saloon on the first floor for a belly full of rot gut. That got my fire going. Next I needed a room. Madame Saturnalia got me set up in a damn fine room and showed me some of the talented ladies she had on staff. There were a lot of customers fighting for attention but a short plump girl with a cute bob caught my eye. She looked cheap. She took me to my room and drew me a fine bath. I took a bottle a bourbon up the room and smoked a stogie while the water was drawing in the tub. I don't remember much after that, except my purse was a lot lighter.
2011 Review: I saw this hotel on tripadvisor and looked interesting and near where I had a meeting the next day. Unfortunately the office hours are short this time of year and the phone was the only way to see about a room. They were closed so I decided to wait until the day of to see if I could get a room.
I could get a room. I spoke with Brooke and she set me up with the suite and informed me that I was the only guest. Getting in was a little tricky and luckily persistence paid off. The suite was in the corner and had very high ceilings and room to move. I understand it used to be a bordello, but I swear there were no ladies in my bed last night!
Pluses were that it is a unique property and it was clean and comfortable. There was a TV that I didn't turn on. I parked right in front on the street (and street parking is all there is as far as I could tell), and there was a bakery across the street.
Minuses are few, the street noise was there. Winter means studded tires. Traffic was light, though. The heat was central in the building and came on every 20 minutes or so. Light sleepers wear ear plugs. A slight minus (aside the lack of ladies) was the bathroom was put together on a budget, so doesn't match the decor and there wasn't a door that I remember between room and spacious suite...so showering was a mite chilly.
Overall I am very pleased with my stay. The price was an excellent value and I appreciated what little interaction I had with staff (mostly because I arrived late). I kind of wish I was here in 1895.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Working Girls Hotel is owned and operated by Pendleton Underground Tours. In 1991, people on the tour would ask if any of Pendleton's 18 bordellos were still open? The tourists thought it would be fun to stay in one. Pam Severe restored and opened the W.G. Hotel in 1991, in one of Pendleton's old boarding houses (bordello) built in the late 1890's. Pendleton Underground Tours acquired the hotel in 1997. The Hotel has a suite and 4 other sleeping rooms all furnished in Victorian decor. Each room is unique. Hard wood floors, 18 foot ceilings and exposed brick walls make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, only with the luxuries of the 21st century. ... more less