We were in need of a short but luxe getaway from Portland, and thought Brasada Ranch was just the ticket. It was, however, a mixed bag. Here are some of the pros & cons:
- It was definitely a beautiful property. We stayed in a one-bedroom "cabin," which turned out to be about 1,500 sq. ft, with a well-equipped kitchen (stainless appliances, granite countertop, you get the idea), a comfy living room with a large flat panel TV, gas fireplace, spacious bedroom with another fireplace and a small fridge, a sumptuous bathroom with a soaking tub and a separate, roomy shower. Our "cabin" came with a hot tub on the large deck, as well as a grill, table for four and a couple of chaises. All very clean and lovely.
- At night, after sitting in the hot tub, we sat on the deck and saw the entire sky lit up with stars. With no city lights to compete with, it was a magnificent, natural spectacle unlike anything I had seen before.
- On that beautiful evening, we also heard coyotes howling in the distant sagebrush. Another first for me.
- The Athletic Center was gorgeous with two well-landscaped pools, an exercise room, a snack bar (everything closed at 8:00pm).
- Despite the magnificent, natural setting of the Ranch, our cabin looked out over a street, lined with similar-looking cabins.
- There was no housekeeping (only once every 3 days). We had to keep calling for clean towels, and none of our wet, used towels were removed from the bathroom.
- No hair dryer, no robes.
- On our second night, we sat outside again to enjoy the peace and beauty only to hear someone playing the drums! It turned out to be a band playing in the restaurant, and we were nowhere near the main Ranch House. It thundered on until 11:00 pm, and ruined our evening. Who comes out to the middle of nowhere in Central Oregon to listen to a band? Sadly there were no stars or coyotes for us that night.
- We called the front desk a couple of times, and no one picked up. The third time, the phone got transferred to the restaurant, and the person who picked up was quite clueless.
- The staff in the restaurant had no business working in an exclusive property. We got a couple of young waitresses who couldn't pronounce items on the menu, had no idea what kind of cognac was available at the bar. They were amateurish and belonged at Applebee's.
So in conclusion, the physical "hardware" of Brasada Ranch was exceptional, but much work is needed on the running of this place. With the lofty prices they charge, guests expect near-perfection. That, they did not deliver.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brasada Ranch is an expansive 1,800 acre resort named "Oregon's Best Destination Resort" by The Oregonian and is ranked #1 on Conde Nast Traveler's Best Resorts in the Pacific Northwest. Cascading up the Powell Buttes, Brasada Ranch offers legendary views of Bend Oregon and nine Cascade Peaks, and boasts over 300 days of sunshine annually. Amenities include: 18-hole semi-private golf course (play is reserved for Club Members and Resort Guests); 17,000sf Athletic Club with complimentary fitness classes, tennis and athletic courts, water slide and multiple pools; Range Restaurant and Bar (open seasonally); Ranch House serving three meals a day year-round; miles of hiking/biking trails; equestrian trail riding and boarding facility; and Brasada Adventures - ready to prepare blue ribbon fly fishing excursions, white water rafting, mountain biking, helicopter, cave and brewery tours, and much more. Accommodations include luxurious Ranch House Suites, and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom Sage Canyon Cabins. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brasada Ranch Hotel Powell Butte