I stayed at the Oakridge Hostel and Guest House during the August Mountain Bike Oregon event in 2012. Both Gary and Lynda were gracious and welcoming hosts. I'll confess this was the first time I had ever stayed at a hostel, and it was quite different (in a very good way) from the preconceptions I had about hostels in general.
The hostel is a converted Masonic lodge and has very high 9 foot ceilings, and the proprietors have added skylights to the second floor to add great light and a sense of space to the upstairs living area, which consists of a spacious, comfortable living room surrounded by several restrooms and guest rooms. I stayed in a bunk bed, and found that the mattress and linens were exceptionally comfortable and clean. The restrooms were equally clean and modern, and I was provided with soap and shampoo since I had forgotten to pack these items.
The downstairs living room was very comfortable and contained lots of interesting reading material in addition to more comfortable seating. The living room has a wood stove for warmth, but I was there on some very warm summer days, and the wood stove was clearly not in use for the season.
Breakfast was served downstairs in a bright and spacious dining room that appears to have more than enough seating for when the hostel is completely full. Adjacent to the breakfast area is an outdoor fenced in patio that offers a view of the surrounding foothills, a hot tub and several tables and chairs for just hanging out.
I was able to try the homemade granola, the fresh pressed juice, fresh fruit, and the homemade muffins. All were made from good, fresh ingredients and quite tasty. Breakfast hours started at 7AM, but unfortunately, I had to typically be out the door by 7:15 (or earlier) and as a result, I was never able to relish all the parts of breakfast together. However, Gary and Lynda went out of their way to leave me with some breakfast items even when I had to depart before the 7AM start.
Adjacent to the patio is lockable bike storage for more than half a dozen bikes, and a pretty nice bike workshop, including a good quality workstand, full complement of tools, and chain lube. Since I was visiting for Mountain Bike Oregon, and brought my own bike, I was pretty surprised (in a good way) to discover how cycling-friendly the hostel is.
If you like TV, you're out of luck, as the hostel does not seem to have a TV. However, decent quality WiFi is available and I was able to stream videos at 480p and download large attachments from work at fairly high speed.
Overall, I really enjoyed my stay and will be staying here again when I next go to Mountain Bike Oregon.
- Also Known As:
- Oakridge Lodge & Guest House Oregon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This exceptional guest house offers an upscale atmosphere, a fresh and healthful breakfast, easy access to bicycling, fishing, hiking, skiing, and wildlife viewing in the Willamette National Forest. Our five guest rooms may accommodate couples, families, or individual travelers. There are 2 rooms with bunk beds, one room with a double bed and a set of bunk beds, and two rooms each with a queen bed and a set of bunk beds. We have 6 bathrooms, a large upstairs lounge, a warm cozy living room, a spacious dining room, and a wonderful patio for relaxing outdoors. We offer secure storage for sports equipment such as skis, bikes, kayaks, and fishing gear, plus an area with flat off street parking for motorcycles. ... more less