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700 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701   |  
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Ranked #6 of 42 Hotels in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Very interesting ....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The McMenamin concept is interesting and strange.

We got a tour of the hotel from a couple of family members that were staying there while we occupied the only room in the house of our relatives ;)!!

The place is almost odd ... the $5 Turkish Bath was amazing ... and the fact that a brew-n-view theater and pub are built into the hotel makes it fantastic! No wonder my relatives told me skiers love this place in the winter!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

As a part of the McMenamins family of hotels and restaurants, the Old St Francis School does not lack in unique character. Not only is it covered from head to toe in colorful artwork, it is also a special combination of bar, restaurant, hotel, movie theater, and soaking pool. We did not get to enjoy all of these features, but we did enjoy our stay in the hotel. Everything about it was quite satisfactory, but it is very dark inside. The hallway and the rooms were covered in dark paneling, and the lighting wasn't great. It was hard to read anything in our room! All in all I would say that this is a great place to stay in Bend, just bring a book light!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I can't fully express our delight at staying at the old school! What a wonderful place! So creative, arty, historic! We decided we could live in Bend with places like that! The room was roomy enough, the bathroom was beautiful, shower was huge! The facilities offer so much for guests.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This a great place, keeping with the look and feel of a typical McMenamins property. They did an excellent job in keeping the old and mixing it with the new. The have a restaurant/ brewery, theater, cigar bar, outdoor fire pits, and hot soaking pool al in same facility. I was with my family and we stayed in the "Nunnery", which is the cottage that some of the school nuns would stay in. It was well appointed with 3 bedroom, living area, kitchen and porch - nicely decorated, walls stenciled with pics of nuns that roomed there and a story about each. Convenient to all the restaurants and shops in bend, everything within walking distance. My favorite parts were the outdoor patio/fire pits, and especially the hot soaking pool - bring your suit and don't miss out - it is a real treat to be remembered!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our family of five college age and above stayed in the Friary a separate building on the property. This was ideal for our needs. The hotel is nicely decorated with religious themes which we loved. Mine was a letter from a young girl who really did not like going to confession.

Kitchen was decent size, living room with good TV, each person had a separate bed.

Parking was close and we all had keys. The staff was responsive to our requests and they were friendly. Food service was spread out across the footprint, and special beers were available for tasting.

We would go back. We are geology nuts and loved the Newberry Volcano National Monument

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Avondale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great place to stay. The rooms were nicely designed and comfortable. Everything you could want is on the premises. There are various bars, a movie theater, and a pool. It is an easy walk into Bend, so you can browse in the quaint shops, coffee shops, and restaurant. Staff was nice and very helpful. it is a fun adventure to stay at McMenamins properties.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Great hotel. It was fun to explore the hotel and the surrounding area. I would give it 5 stars if the rooms were a little lighter. (a bit on the dark side) Went to the bar and accidently stumbled upon a wonderful happy hour. Had a kale Caesar salad that I believe was 3 or 4 dollars. Many other good choices. The hotel is very unusual and that is what adds to the charm. Beautiful light fixtures and fun art and pictures to throughout the premises.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
#3 Best Value Hotel in Bend
#6 Family Hotel in Bend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 19
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