imaginetr's Full Review: Red Lion Hotel Pendleton
Location = A, Size A, Room A-, Pool = A, Dining = B, Lounge = A, Staff = A, Decor/Appearance = B+, reservations = A, Climate control = A
We're a family of two adults, three kids ages 5-10 so we always look for a hotel that has 1 or 2 bedroom suites. We booked a 2 bedroom suite here using the Red Lion reservation line which was easy. Email confirmation was sent which is always nice.
General Location:Pendleton, Oregon is in NE Oregon just 45 miles below the Washington border/Columbia River. 200 miles south of Spokane, Wa and about 225 miles NW of Boise, ID. The area is mostly desert, sage, farming, hot/dry in the summer, cold in the winter. Pendleton is famous for it's "Round up" rodeo and Pendleton Woolen factory.
So Pendleton Red Lion was our "base of operations" while we visited some area Oregon Trail historical sites, namely Baker City, Or and it's Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Specific Location:The hotel is on a hill, just off the Freeway, I-84, at Hwy 11, just a mile up from the city center and a few minutes from the Pendleton Airport. There are a number of hotels here, a couple gas stations, Shari's restaurant etc. Easy access on/off the freeway as well as getting to downtown.
On our last day we went downtown which is a straight shot down the hill on a main, 4 lane road. Signs make it easy to get to city center or other attractions. Woolen factory, Roundup stadium, historical district.
Lobby/Checkin: You can drive up to a covered entry for checkin and to get a luggage cart. Two sets of glass, double doors lead into a large lobby, clean and decent decor, not really "dated" and not brand new.
A modest checkin desk at the front left, Hallway to exercise room, lounge and restaurant far left, a "business" station at the far right with one PC and printer. Double wide stairs straight ahead leading to the lower level rooms and further to the meeting rooms, offices and pool access. Checkin was easy, staff very pleasant and accommodating.
Note: It's a two story hotel and after we loaded the luggage cart and wheeled it in, we were told there was no elevator. Bummer, then after we gathered almost all the bags off the cart to carry down the stairs, another staff said "well, there IS an elevator but it was kind of way down, around..." but our room was just down the main stairs, easy to get to so no big deal and they were appropriately nice and apologetic, though no offers to help carry.
Immediately down the main stairs there are hallways to the left and right. The lower level itself, the hallways that is, are a bit dark, just an observation. Straight ahead is a Coke Machine and there is also a laundry room with one washer and one dryer, could be handy.
The room: called a "Junior Suite"A 2 bedroom suite. I'm told it was about 514 sq ft by the reservationist. Each bedroom has a queen bed, two night stands and a TV-armoire with drawers. The larger bedroom, also has a desk, easy chair and a sliding glass door. The smaller bedroom has no window. All areas were clean, maybe slightly dated but not bad. Aluminum double pain windows reflects the age.
There is a separate Living area with a couch and two easy chairs, coffee table, two end tables and a TV-armoire. The TV armoire also contains a mini fridge, mini micro-wave, and 4-cup coffee maker. Given all the furniture, there is not a lot of room for movement, but plenty of space to sit and relax. There is also a sliding glass door leading to a patio. On this ground level, you can get to the pool or a grass yard area from your the sliding glass door. Room darkening drapes and sheers are at both sets of sliding glass doors.
The bathroom has two parts: Bath/Toilet and vanity/sink. There is a quite small, separate shower just 28" x 28" as calculated based on the 2" tile with a hinged, glass door. No shelf for soap or shampoo makes it somewhat inconvenient as there's not much room in there. The shower head is lowish, maybe at the 5'5" level. I'm just over 6', my wife is 5'9" so we both thought it was low. There is also a standard size tub with a shower head at the same height. A rounded shower curtain rod gives more room in the tub for showering. A towel rack is directly over the toilet easy accessible from the tub, but not from the shower stall. The door on the toilet/tub room does not lock.
The tile resembles a somewhat contemporary look but is installed somewhat poorly in places. Not a major flaw, but a footnote as to condition, again dated, but not ancient.
The vanity/sink area is actually "L" shaped due to the only closet in the front of the vanity area. The vanity/sink has a modest amount of counter top space and just the one sink. I'd estimate a 40" wide vanity top with the sink in the center, open underneath. Basic closet with ironing board/iron, wooden hangers, extra pillow/blanket. There is no door separating the vanity area from the room hallway so hair dryer noise easily fills the living area.
Climate Control:There is a primary thermostat in the living area, central to the whole suite. It's older, not digital. You can set(slide) separate cool and heat tabs to desired temps. In our case, the AC came on easily and quickly. It is quite loud and blows strongly directly into the living area and it's all cold coming out. It seems to quickly cool the main area. As we are all used to "white noise" of a fan or air cleaner at home, I was able to use a "fan" function which has a medium-low sound. This was ideal for us, muffling minor noise outside and circulating air.
Dining:While there is a "dining room", it's not what I'd call a normal restaurant. In the morning, there is a hostess who welcomes you. You can pay her or charge your room and she seats you or allows you to pick a place. But at Diner, there is no hostess. A sign says to see the bartender in the lounge to be seated. We ate diner the first night and did just that. So, the bartender was our waitress too. Comfortable booths and table/chairs with a modest, rolling hills/fields view was pleasant enough. We went on to have a very nice meal there.
There is a nice little breakfast buffet featuring a Pancake machine (kids loved it). Just push a button once or twice and it pours and cooks about 5" pancakes and plops them on your plate. Typical buffet trays over warmers with lids have scrambled eggs, home potatoes, sausage and bacon. Toast, bagels, pastries, some cereal, yogurt, milk, apples, bananas round out the buffet. Coffee, tea, juices also. $4.95/person but one child free with each paying adult.
The Lounge is very large with a large screen tv, albeit older, but decent. A few smaller sets mounted around too. Two pool tables, numerous tables and chairs, a few booths, a few pub height tables and stools and a two sided bar with stools. There's also a modest dance floor in the front corner. At least during the week, they close at 10:00 pm.
The Pool:One reason we chose this hotel in addition to the rooms was for the outdoor pool and hot tub. The pool ranges from 3.5' to 12' deep. It has entry stairs and a rope separating the shallower end from the deep. I was told it's not heated but in the mid 80 degrees heat it was initially cool, but comfortable once in. The hot tub was nice a warm. Chaise lounges, chairs, tables with umbrellas on the concrete deck. View of the rolling hills and fields. Towels provided just inside the door, key card required to get back inside the building. Pool side lounge service available via phone.
Exercise room:There is a two room exercise room with modest machines, treadmill and a few other pieces of equipment, water cooler, some weights. I did not use it but could see through the windows. It's just off the main lobby, very modest compared to most modern fitness rooms.
Staff: Checkin and out, staff was very pleasant. I asked for some local dining suggestions and received a few options. Lounge and dining staff were also friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Lion Hotel Pendleton is located off of I-84 at Hwy 11, just one mile from the downtown and minutes from Pendleton Airport. Nearby attractions include the Pendleton Underground Tours, Pendleton Woolen Mills, the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Wildhorse Casino and Golf course.Our 170 spacious guest rooms, with one suite, feature private balconies and all the amenities you expect at a first-class hotel, including Red Lion's plush Sealy pillowtop beds, amenities featuring Eco Fresh Environmentally Responsible Products (ERP), room service and an outdoor pool and whirlpool. Forget the stress with complimentary wi-fi, parking, business center and fitness facilities. The hotel also offers a free airport shuttle. Valet laundry services are available. Golf and local health club facilities are located nearby.The Coffee Garden is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Red Lion Lounge is open Monday through Saturday. We now offer Red Lion's signature Roaring Start Breakfast Buffet... and don't forget, kids 10 and younger eat free with each adult. Dinner is served daily in our lounge. Our lounge offers a beautiful view of the Blue Mountains.With 10,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space, we are also able to accommodate up to 600 guests for your next conference or special occasion. For business or pleasure, the Red Lion Hotel Pendleton is committed to care, comfort and value. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Pendleton
- Pendleton Red Lion