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“Authentic Mountain Retreat” 4 of 5 stars
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Timberline Lodge
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   27500 E Timberline Road, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
San Francisco, California
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Authentic Mountain Retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The hotel is in a stunning location on Mt Hood and the Pacific Crest Trail. The hotel has a heated spa, 3 restaurants, and miles of hiking and biking trails. We traveled to this hotel for a wedding, but we could have spent the entire weekend at the hotel and been happy.
The restaurant had great views, but was overpriced and had a very limited selection.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Eugene, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Which is a much loved, seventy-five-year-old WPA built mountain lodge, with very little soundproofing, no air-conditioning, and the occasional golden-mantled ground squirrel running across the dining room floor! That being said, we were very happy that we finally made it to Mt. Hood after living in Oregon for nine years. After reading several TA reviews, I reserved a king corner room. Unfortunately, our room (101) was right above the swimming pool, hot tub area, and even though "quiet hours" are posted as 10:00pm to 9:00 am, the pool is open and active until 11:00! Nothing like four very loud, obviously inebriated, self-absorbed men in a hot tub! The good news is that the front desk moved us to a quieter room across the hall for our second night. As a matter of fact, we were VERY impressed with every staff member we encountered. They were gracious, polite, welcoming, and cheerful! Be careful when choosing a room. The end ones are not really worth the extra money. Don't get one facing the parking lot - way too much early morning noise from year-round skiers and snow boarders. Believe me, they start early during the summer months. The old floors really creak, so if you are sensitive to noise over head, try the third floor. Not trying to be negative. It's a marvelous old place, and we're happy to have gone, just being realistic. If you get noisy neighbors, plan on not much sleep! Oh, and the beds were super comfortable! Now for the food...the main dining room is quite expensive for what you get. The breakfast buffet was $15 a piece and definitely should have been complimentary! We did not try the lunch buffet, but it looked pretty good and is probably the best value. In hind sight, we should have had a nice lunch and eaten our dinners at the Rams Head Bar. My husband loved the bar's clam chowder! Overall, it's an experience not to be missed, but one night would have been sufficient. Highest marks go to a terrific staff!

Room Tip: Rooms facing parking lot very noisy early in morning. Don't get one close to the pool area!!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cleveland, ohio
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22 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

OK, historically speaking, they have done a great job of keeping this place up. It is very well preserved and the rooms are very clean. That being said, the service is on par with what you would get at a roadside motel. There is no valet parking. This normally would not be a problem, but they get a tremendous amount of day visitors who take up the small parking lot near the front door. There is no real bell service. You have to carry your bags up a lot steps to reach the lobby. If you also cannot park nearby, you have to carry your luggage a long way. Likewise, the food options are challenging. the main dining room has decent food, but it is way overpriced. The Rams Head Lounge has food but it is very limited. For example, when we were there, they had 3 Entrees to choose from and one of them was a baked potato. You really have to drive down the mountain to eat in Government Camp which is not horrible to do, but should not be necessary. I am glad I stayed here for the history but probably would not stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I love this old Lodge - I have been here for a quick meal or just to look around at the pictures and the public areas before, but we just spent the weekend here for our anniversary. The rooms are small and quaint. The floors are creaky, the walls are not really 'thin' - all wood construction - but you can definitely hear your neighbors. Because the management is aware of this, they provide earplugs in the rooms and request that guests be quiet after 10:00 pm. The bed we had was amazingly comfortable and I loved being able to look out at the mountain in the morning. We loved the critters carved into the newell posts on the stair railings and reading the history of the lodge.

There are all kinds of dining options from the snack bar in the day lodge across the parking lot to 4 star cuisine in the Dining Room. We really enjoyed sitting in the window at the Ramshead Bar on the second floor, sipping wine and eating their wonderful cheese fondue. The breakfast buffet is fabulous in the Dining Room as was our dinner there. The wait staff is young, mostly college kids working for the summer from all over, with a few veterans for balance. The service was attentive, but the Dining Room can get really busy. After dinner we took the remainder of our wine bottle (great wine list!) out by the fireplace in the lobby and played cards.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hendersonville, NC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

We came to Mt.Hood for a day trip. After hiking, went to Timberline for Sunday buffet. Food was very good, service good. Enjoyed seeing the lodge and the history with it. ( pretty amazing construction). One concern..the blinds in the dining room were REALLY dusty and made me wonder about room cleanliness.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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singapore
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237 reviews 237 reviews
69 hotel reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Take note that if you're staying in the bunk rooms, it's a bunk bed and common toilets... for the price of a 4-star hotel in portland!

The location itself is nice ... set against Mt Hood, and the more expensive rooms are nice and offer good linens / bedding and toiletries... but still basic by hotel standards. Charming location though.

It's also full of history, if you learn about why it was built and the amount of work that went into the building it and detailing it. Even the chairs/tables/curtains were created during the construction!

Service is quite good ... but everything pales in comparison to the price! That said, there aren't really any alternatives in the immediate area... so if you're planning to visit Mt Hood... this is probably the best option.

Room Tip: If budget is no object, go for the bigger rooms. we upgraded.. but it was ex!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This beautiful historic lodge was once visited by Theodore Roosevelt and has a fascinating physical structure and is well situated on the side of Mt. Hood. People can ski here year round.
It is a historic structure with a fascinating museum that features how it was built and financed and the contributions of the local native Americans. The restaurant is well established with attentive waiters and good hearty food. We did not spend the night here but had a wonderful day and the drive up to it was well worth. There are long range views everywhere!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 27500 E Timberline Road, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028
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Location: United States > Oregon > Clackamas County > Timberline Lodge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Timberline Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon's most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year. Considered an architectural wonder, it's still being used for its original intent-a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. Timberline Lodge is filled with amazing spaces that beg enjoyment. The main headhouse lobby features three fireplaces at the base of a 90 foot chimney. The outdoor patios offer the most stunning views in Oregon. The outdoor pool is heated and open year round. With so many places to explore all under one roof, you'll feel as if the Lodge is an extension of your guest room. Each room in Timberline Lodge has a unique rustic elegance, yet a modern and comfortable feel. All rooms have period furnishings, artwork and decor. Enjoy fresh powder feather beds, the year 'round heated pool, spa and sauna. Rooms range from premier fireplace rooms to European style bunk rooms. Regardless of which room suits you best, they all share an authentic sense of place found only in one of the Historic Hotels of America. Timberline offers the longest ski season in North America. The winter season typically begins early to mid-November and continues through Memorial Day. Our Palmer Express high-speed quad lift allows us to operate later into the summer season than anyone else (usually through Labor Day). Many years, we're open for fall skiing as well. ... more   less 
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