Stayed at Spirit Mountain a few times over the years and felt it was just okay for a quick, inexpensive getaway from Portland to enjoy a little break from the norm. This past visit we upgraded ourselves to one of the newly remodeled rooms and were not at all disappointed.
They did a really nice job "classying" up the tired native decor with a modern color-scheme, new carpet, bed linens, flat screen TV and much improved lighting. It truly felt a little more Vegas than I ever dreamed possible... but journey down to the casino floor and that all ends.
The price for an upgraded room is nominal and well-worth the extra few dollars. Unless of course, you are one who actually enjoys old polyester native american printed bedspreads and a worn, muted earth tone color scheme.
The housekeeping is good in the rooms. The noise level can vary depending on your neighbors, but in general we have not had any bad experiences regarding noise.
The complimentary breakfast is for lack of a better word, minimalist. It is uninspired and not particularly appealing to the eye either. My biggest complaint is the lack of room service. It is a shame that they have no food service to the room. Not everyone is inclined to tie the feed bag on at the buffet and other than that and the little deli on the casino floor, there is no breakfast option until 11:00 when the Summit opens for business. It's not as if there are nearby restaurants. When you are visiting Spirit Mountain it is a bit like being on a cruise ship so more options would most likely be a good idea for them to explore.
Check -in and check-out were not complicated or difficult. We were subjected to a memorized, monotone spiel regarding hotel rules which included the "no drugs in the room" bit by the hotel clerk. As many have noted, it is off-putting and very odd to speak to hotel guests in this way and I am at a loss as to why or how this benefits the Spirit Mountain Lodge. Put it in the small print on the registration form where it realistically belongs... why potentially offend paying guests?
In total, Spirit Mountain Lodge can provide a respite from the everyday doldrums and is only an hour from Portland. If you choose an upgraded room, you may find that it feels a little less like a local casino in the coast range and a little more Vegasy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There’s a unique destination on Oregon’s Salmon River Highway, where the beautiful surroundings of the Pacific Northwest combine with traditional tribal and naturalistic themes to create a one-of-a-kind serenity. Here stand the cozy lobby and beckoning rooms that make up Spirit Mountain Lodge. Every aspect of our resort is there to ensure that you’ll enjoy your stay to the fullest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Spirit Mountain Hotel Grand Ronde