We stayed one night at Timberline Lodge during a quick trip to Oregon. The building has so much character--I spent a couple of hours wandering around looking at the unique, vintage features. The small exhibit and film about the building and history of the hotel is well worth your time (though the film is almost 30 years old, and could stand to be updated). We stayed in a room on the third floor at the front. While we were settling in, I noticed two sets of ear plugs. About midnight, I realized why they were provided. There is no a/c and no fans, so for ventilation in the summer, it is necessary to open your windows. Each room provides a screen/brace specially made for the purpose of propping your window open and securing it from flying critters. There was a brisk breeze, so the multiple flags mounted over the entrance waved and snapped--really loud--until the wind died down at sunrise. The bathrooms are small but nicely appointed--shower had fabulous water pressure--but there is no counter space. The faucet at the sink was unusually high; more than once I bumped my head on it as I was leaning over the sink. Our room was quite small, but comfortable. Nice touches included a "vintage" phone and an etched bottle of local spring water. We weren't wild about the mattress--it was extremely soft. The only service offered by the hotel that didn't entirely please us was the dining service. There is one main dining room, The Cascades. It doesn't open until 7 a.m. for breakfast. They offer a large breakfast buffet for about $15. It has many options, but disappointed that they didn't have a custom egg and pancake station. I would expect it at that price. You have the option of making yourself a fresh waffle, but I have that option at budget hotels. We also ate dinner the night of our stay. Menu is small; prices are not. You are pretty much obligated to eat there unless you want to eat pub fare in the Blue Ox Bar or the Ram's Head bar, or otherwise drive to the next town. Our food was good, but not worth the prices we paid. The dining room got very stuffy, it doesn't have great ventilation. It has low ceilings, so I suppose ceiling fans are not an option. I was looking at the windows, hoping they might consider cracking them a bit, and they were really dirty. They have blinds that were pulled up, and they were absolutely caked with dust. That sight almost ruined dinner entirely, not a nice sight to see that much grime near your food. We had a pre-dinner drink in the Ram's Head Bar, with a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood behind the hotel, and our tabletop was sticky. Some housekeeping in dining areas in dire need of attention. Overall, a memorable experience that I recommend despite a few drawbacks. Be sure to ask about the hotels St. Bernard mascots, Heidi and Bruno. Apparently they don't roam around the hotel much, but both times we asked about them, the staff let us in the office to see them stretched out on the floor. Be sure to take the time to walk around and admire this property--it is a national treasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon's most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year. Considered an architectural wonder, it's still being used for its original intent-a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. Timberline Lodge is filled with amazing spaces that beg enjoyment. The main headhouse lobby features three fireplaces at the base of a 90 foot chimney. The outdoor patios offer the most stunning views in Oregon. The outdoor pool is heated and open year round. With so many places to explore all under one roof, you'll feel as if the Lodge is an extension of your guest room. Each room in Timberline Lodge has a unique rustic elegance, yet a modern and comfortable feel. All rooms have period furnishings, artwork and decor. Enjoy fresh powder feather beds, the year 'round heated pool, spa and sauna. Rooms range from premier fireplace rooms to European style bunk rooms. Regardless of which room suits you best, they all share an authentic sense of place found only in one of the Historic Hotels of America. Timberline offers the longest ski season in North America. The winter season typically begins early to mid-November and continues through Memorial Day. Our Palmer Express high-speed quad lift allows us to operate later into the summer season than anyone else (usually through Labor Day). Many years, we're open for fall skiing as well. ... more less
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- Timberline Hotel Timberline Lodge