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700 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701   |  
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Ranked #5 of 43 Hotels in Bend
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

We found this place by accident, boy did we get lucky. This Hotel is by far the best place we've ever stayed. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic. The rooms are cozy. There are three different bars on site. They brew their own beer, and it's good. Oh yeah, they have a Movie theater and a soaking pool/hot tub. The staff is really attentive and helpful. We will be staying there again.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

This was one of my most favorite vacations. My bf and I stayed in the Father Dominic O'Connor King suite and it was great. We had a comfy bed...the friendliest staff...and amazing freebies. The food was great at the pub and the beer is yummy. I would definitely stay here again and in the same room with the same package. The Outdoor package was amazing! =)

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

I am writing this review from my very comfortable bed in the Nunnery Cottage at the St Francis hotel. This is our "down day" on a 12-day road trip around central Oregon, and I am so pleased we decided to stay here. We checked in last night after a long day of driving, hiking and site-seeing, and found a spacious, lovely place to sleep, a happy hour with reasonably priced, delicious food, a movie for the kids, free wi-fi, and every amenity we could ask for within walking distance . . . mostly right on the property. The staff is super friendly and helpful and seem to like their jobs so much that after work, they hang out in the bar (which is right behind our cottage--we were able to send the kids "home" to bed while we stayed on for a drink). A very nice place and a really good value for families.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

This hotel is very special and Bend is such a great city to visit. I'm not much of a history buff, but the concept of restoring old properties headed for destruction into something with so much charm and character is really something to see. I would love to meet the leaders of this company b/c it is quite an intriguing hospitality model they have developed. The rooms are all named after students who attended the St. Francis School, there are pictures, art, and historic explanations everywhere. The warming pool is so nice after a long day of travel and the custom ground black rabbit coffee was to die for. They make their own coffee, wine, spirits, incredible baked goods, you can't miss here. I can't recommend this hotel enough.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We just came for a beer and a bite and I loves the atmosphere, the helpful staff and the aforementioned beer and bites. I enjoyed the IPA and a veggie burger.
Sitting outside around the fireplaces with a good beer and a smoke surrounded by friendly, chatty people is what life is all about.
I like the M.C. Escher-ness about the school too.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reno, Nevada
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Beautiful room, comfortable bed, nice bar & and LOVED the soaking pool. Nice to be able to walk to dining and shopping.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

My wife and I stayed one night at this hotel (Friday, Memorial Day weekend).

We checked in just after 3pm and were given the 'Delores Friberg' room (far end of the hall). It was perfectly cozy, paneled in wood and spacious enough with a TV and phone, broad windows and a bigger bathroom with a large shower.

Despite one minor incident with some people yelling on the sidewalk outside, we never heard a peep, inside or out. We attended a concert (The Shins @ nearby Les Schwab Amphitheater, a 1 mile walk) and dined beforehand in the main restaurant (decent ~ happy hour burger and over-salted/seasoned 'Cajun' tots); afterward we had a couple pints and a drams of Jameson in the wonderful Fireside Bar, along with a tasty (not on the menu, but ask for it) Mac & Cheese.

The bed was a little sub-par (lumpy), but otherwise the experience was very good and we'd gladly stay here again. The freshly roasted coffee left at our doorstep in the morning was a nice touch.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Address: 700 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701
Location: United States > Oregon > Central Oregon > Bend
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bend
#4 Family Hotel in Bend
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Mcmenamins Old St. Francis School Hotel Bend

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