I’ll start with the positive notes - the clubhouse with the pool, sauna, and hot tub area are very nice. The hot tub is actually very cool. One, it's huge -- about the size of a small swimming pool. Two, it's located down a short path that crosses a little creek and sits in the middle of some mature fir trees in a beautiful setting. There are, however, about 160 unit so it’s get very crowded at times. We definitely enjoyed the sauna though and the clubhouse was well built, had a nice "lodge" feel to it, and very comfortable. They also have free wi-fi available in the clubhouse.
The front desk people were friendly and helpful and the person I spoke to when making my reservation was excellent. I accidentally left something behind and they found it and promptly mailed it to me.
The proximity to Portland is convenient which I'm sure is a big draw for weekender's. As a skier, it’s great having 3 ski areas within 3 – 15 minutes of this location as well.
Some comments regarding the specific unit we stayed in #H141 – and note that every unit is has different owners and furnishings. First of all, the unit was shown on their website as a 3 bedroom -- which it is not. It is a 2 bedroom + a loft. The unit was nicely decorated and the kitchen was well furnished.
The queen mattresses in this unit are terrible and the pillows are poor as well. The bed sheets were of rather poor quality as well.
The towels were generally in average to poor condition and some had bleach stains on them. And since the clubhouse with the pool and hot tubs did not supply towels, there were nowhere near enough towels either. Fortunately there is a washer and dryer which we utilized.
The door locks in 2 of the 3 bathrooms are broken and do not work.
The resort provided one 1.5 ounce container of shampoo for each shower and no conditioner (the shampoo was not a shampoo-conditioner combo either). With 6 people, we quickly ran out.
They also provide very cheap paper towels and tissue paper. Napkins were not provided either. This is just not what I would expect from a “resort”.
The TV's in the bedrooms are of poor quality – the one HD TV was in the master and has about an 18” screen and the picture quality is poor. The TV in the living room is better but the remote did not work even after swapping out the batteries.
The ping-pong table in the garage is totally broken and should just be thrown away.
And now for the one really big, disgusting exception... in the queen bedroom I went to grab an extra blanket out of the closet. When I picked it up and started to unfold it, the blanket was damp and had blood stains on it. Talk about disgusting -- and definitely a first for me. I called the front desk, was told housekeeping would come by and remove it.
Other than this one rather big sanitary issue, however, the unit was quite clean. If it wasn't for that disgusting detail, I'd have given the unit 4+ points for cleanliness.
The unit did have a nice washer and dryer in the heated garage, and as I said above, the unit very nicely decorated.
Would I stay at Collins Lake Resort again or recommend it to a friend? Only on a qualified basis: 1) I wouldn’t think about paying their rack rate and 2) Only if I was 100% certain about the bed quality. Not getting much sleep much is not fun.
Also note that Government Camp is a bit of a funky place, to say the least. It definitely does not have a traditional resort feel to it. This is more of a small mountain community that happens to be located near some ski areas. Dining options are quite limited -- if you like hamburgers all the time, you'll be in luck. There is no shopping in this town to speak of either.
Just know that Collins Lake Resort is not a resort like a Black Butte Ranch, Eagle Crest, or Sunriver. However, summertime up there could be great because there is an almost unlimited amount of outdoor activities available. If you make sure your expectations are in line with the offering, and know some specifics about the unit you are thinking about renting, Collins Lake can be a fun place to stay to stay.
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