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“I took a shine to The Shining location!” 5 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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Richland, Washington
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“I took a shine to The Shining location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Oh, my goodness, this place is so cool. We arrived on a Sunday to a warm welcome, a beautiful room ( room 215) and a comfortable spot by the fireplace in the grand living area. First, the place is the location for the exterior shots of the hotel in "The Shining", and lucky for us, it looked just like it because it was snowing like crazy. Our room, while small, had a most comfortable bed, and an amazing view of Mt. Hood...when it stopped snowing two days later. The huge beamed and fireplaced common room was where we spent much time, reading and admiring the snow creep up the windows. The staff was friendly, the food there delicious, and the whole experience is one that everyone should try! It is pricy, so not something you can do every weekend...but for a once ( or, please, twice !! ) in a lifetime experience, I recommend it highly!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Silverdale, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The reason we wanted to go here was because the movie "The Shining" had scenes filmed here! Just some of the outside scenes!!

When we arrived - there wasn't a lot of parking for the hotel guests - we had a really tough time finding a place - but luckily did! When checking in - we were the only one in line - and although there was 3 people back there - it took them a few minutes to even acknowledge us. We finally got our key - went up the elevator - and found out that we had to go another stair ways to the hall where our room was. My arms were loaded with things - and even though we had to go through several doors - and at each one a worker was nearby - no one even volunteered to hold the door open for us. Our room was very quaint - but very, very small! The bathroom was really tiny! The shower was literally about 2-1/2' X 2-1/2'! The shower head is about 5' from the floor. My hubby is 6'4" - so he would have had to be on his knees to be under the shower head!

The walls between the rooms must be made of paper - because there were two little boys in the room next to us - and I swear - it sounded like they were in the same room with us - so no romance on this trip!!! It just would have been way to weird!!! Also - on the floor we were on - that was where they brought all the dishes to be cleaned (I guess) because well after 10:30PM - we could hear dishes being sorted - clanging - etc. (They do have ear plugs in the rooms - so I guess this is why)! This is the 2nd nice hotel we have been to lately that have had ear plugs in the room - now I can see why - but we don't like sleeping with ear plugs!

The breakfast buffet was large - but if you don't like onions - be aware! The biscuits and gravy have a lot of them in it - so do the potatoes. It was so strong - that just the gravy touching the other food you could really taste the onions!! My hubby is allergic to them - so that was a bit scary! (Not sign that the gravy was smothered in them). BUT - our server was fantastic! Very nice - very attentive!!

This is a great place to go if you are a skier! There are a bunch of lifts right outside the lodge!

Also something else we loved - the beautiful St. Bernard Dogs that are on property!! Just one was there when we were - but she is beautiful - Heidi! It really makes it feel even more homey!!

There is a nice game room / movie watching room in the hotel - great for families to come to! Also - a very, very large fireplace.

I probably just wouldn't recommend this if you are going away for a romantic getaway!!! And - if you are going to only be sleeping in your room - there isn't much room to get around in it!!!

Room Tip: Try to get the King Size Bed - I think those rooms are larger!! Also - ask about the size of the sh...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We are repeat customers at Timberline Lodge. This family trip was a mini ski vacation for 3 days/ 2 nights. We come here for the grandeur of the great rooms, massive fireplaces, and comfortable sitting areas. Rooms and private bathrooms are small, but authentic to the 1930s period in which it was built. Beds were comfortable with thick duvets, and rooms all had great views of the mountain or the southern Cascade range.

The upkeep is not so good, and the service was just so-so. Tiles were missing from the bathroom floors. In addition, the employees seemed somewhat grumpy and not service oriented. The room rates for our stay were $240-$280 per night. In that price range, one would expect a slightly cheery attitude.

Dining options also are limited. The Cascade Dining Room does serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it is expensive, and the food quality is just adequate. There are two other options for meals, but only for lunch and dinner. There are no other breakfast options. On prior stays, we usually gravitated to the Ram's Head Bar, since it was a lower cost option for simple fare, such as soups, salads, and sandwiches. However, we noticed that the menu prices are now higher than before. My wife had a bacon and turkey sandwich for $18. I had one of the main course options, and they range from $22 to $28. Menu is the same for lunch and dinner.

There is a third option for lunch and dinner, the Blue Ox Bar on the ground floor. This is more our style for casual family dining. The prices are more reasonable. However, their hours of operation are surprisingly limited. They close at 7pm, and won't seat you after 630pm. On Sundays, they close at 5pm!

Overall, an enjoyable stay (mostly due to weather and great skiing), but the pricey menu items and limited hours of operation require significant planning ahead.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Troutdale, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Our family and friends have been spending weekends in January and February at Timberline Lodge for 25 years. So we consider this our own home and protect it as such. We are snow skiers and there is nothing like getting up in the morning and skiing out the front door. We are known to arrive on Thursday night and not get near a car until Monday afternoon. The pool and hot tub are fun activities when the skiing is done. The staff is always the best. They are patient and kind with those of you that think you are 'owed' something like the Hilton. I will remind you that you are fortunate to be in a piece of history. I welcome you to Timberline Lodge. You will learn the names of the staff and they will know yours, year after year.

Room Tip: You are here to ski and spend time out of doors. You get into your feather bed and go to sleep beca...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I don't write many reviews but felt compelled to write one for Timberline and our experience there last week. We are Marriott Platinum members and usually stay at JW's. We love to vacation and our expectations are very high. If you are expecting Timberline to be like a Ritz, then you need to stay somewhere else. If you are a ski enthusiast and love the rustic elements, the history and untouched beauty, this is the place for you! Remember you are here for a ski vacation, not a first class hotel with top notch amenities.

We checked in on a Wednesday late afternoon and had just enough time to head out to the hot tub and pool. Our children (ages 7 and 6) loved it and even swam in the pool. What could be cooler for kids than swimming outdoors in the middle of winter surrounded by snow? It was surprisingly warm out (high 40s) given we were coming from Chicago (5 when we left). Our room was so cozy and perfect for our family of 4. We had one King bed, one twin and then a smaller child bed perfect for our 6 year old. We had a fireplace and I would highly recommend the FP room (for a family) as it is bigger than the others and we were able to spread out. Yes, the walls were thin and I am a light sleeper but had no problem with the sound and slept very well.

We checked the kids into the ski school Thursday morning for all day lessons. It was sleeting and I thought they would get cold and tired, but they LOVED it. The ski instructors were great and handled everything while the parents could go out and enjoy skiing. The trails were nicely groomed and at the end of the day, I saw the instructor had our children on one of the green runs on the mountain. How cool is that, to be skiing and running into your children on the slopes. I was able to grab a video and a few quick picks and let them go on their way.

We had breakfast and lunch at the ski lodge and all were excellent meals. We love our food, have high expectations and this did not disappoint! All the meals looked mouthwatering! At the end of the day... around 4:00pm at this point we were back in our hotel and noticed that my daughter had a autoimmune reaction to an upper respiratory infection that she had the week before. It was scary enough for us to call our doctor and they directed us to the Children's Hospital Emergency Room in Portland. We had to go down to the front desk and explain to them that we had to leave ASAP. We packed up and checked out at 5:30 that night. Timberline let us out of our reservation and didn't even charge us for that night (we were reserved for 4 nights)! Wow, not many hotels would be that understanding! At that point, I knew this place was genuine and cared about our situation. We also called the ski school the next day (we originally pre-paid for the passport membership for kids - 3 days of all day lessons) and they only charged us for the first day.

We drove to Children's Hospital Emergency Room in Portland and very glad that we did. The hospital was amazing and we spent the next day and a half there making sure our child was okay. Again, can't say enough about how wonderful the hospital and doctors were to us!

In the end, we were only at Timberline for about 30 hours, but it was enough for us to be so impressed with the place that we are already trying to figure out when we can go back. I didn't mention before that I lived in Crested Butte, Colorado for a year and have skied different Colorado locations many times before and Timberline is hands down a no-brainer for a family with kids learning to ski! It also helps that their prices are CHEAP compared to the large ski resorts in Colorado and Utah! This is a hidden gem!

We would like to thank Timberline for their service and their understanding and we hope to be back very soon!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, NE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I was a little nervous to go to the Timberline lodge after reading some reviews and knowing how old it is. We are used to staying at "nice" hotels and didn't want to be disappointed. Well I wasn't. The lodge is pretty amazing. The history is all over, you truly feel like you're going back in time. The front desk service was fantastic. The room was small but not as bad as I expected. We had a queen with a bathroom. The doors had all of the original fixtures which was great. The walls are very thin and we heard young children running in the halls very early in the morning (like 6 am). It would be nice if guests adhered to the "quiet hours" posted.

The bar has amazing views-even if you don't drink, you need to check it out for the views. The service, however, needs improvement! We were a larger group and were an easy "money making" table and our service was pretty terrible. They were at capacity so maybe they were understaffed? I don't know, they should work on that though. This really is my only complaint.

We had a few meals here and the food was good each time. We attended a wedding at the lodge and it did seem a little unorganized (the wedding coordinator wasn't even there) but the couple was really easy going so it all worked out and it was beautiful.

Overall I'd definitely stay here again. The views are unmatchable. It truly was an experience for us, with the location and the history. It helped that they had gotten 4 feet of snow before our arrival, it made the mountain even more gorgeous. The ski park was at capacity while we were there so we were thankful for the separate lodge parking. Snowshoeing was closed due to too much snow so we went down and did that at Lake Trillium-if you do this plan for at least a view hours, it's a long trail.

Room Tip: Choose a mountain view. And get a room with a bathroom!!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

My wife and I spent two nights in the lodge, which sits on the southern slopes of Mt. Hood at 5960 feet above sea level. This was the tenth lodge we have visited of the twelve that are described in Christine Barnes’ book, “Great Lodges of the West,” and is now one of our favorites. We arrived in a driving snowstorm that dropped about 8 inches of white powder onto the scene. When the storm ended and the clouds cleared it left a beautiful sight! The lodge is located at the end of a 5.5 mile road from Highway US 26 near Government Camp, some 2000 vertical feet below the lodge. The wide two-lane road, which averages about a 6.9% grade, is a well maintained paved road all the way up, and they do a good job of keeping it scraped in winter. It is open year-round.

As you approach the lodge, the 11,249 foot summit of Mt. Hood looms behind the magnificent building, which was first opened in 1938. You enter the building from the parking lot into the first floor lobby/lounge, which is really the second floor of the lodge. First floor rooms are numbered in the 100 series, but there are two-digit numbered rooms below on the lowest floor. The entrance lobby and reception area is somewhat dark, since there are no windows in the lower level lounge on the first level. Don’t let that disappoint you. The central section of the lodge on the second floor, which is the main lounge area around the huge center fireplace, is the grand lobby you expect in a great lodge, with a spectacular view of the mountain through the huge windows to the north. I have looked through the traveler photos on the Tripadvisor site. Don’t be confused by some of the photos showing a snow-capped peak way off in the distance. Those are probably views of 10,495 foot Mt Jefferson, some 45 miles to the south, which is visible from the south side of the lodge. Mt. Hood towers over the lodge right there in its back yard, with nothing but lava, ice and a difficult climb between the lodge and the summit.

We had reservations for a King Fireplace room facing the mountain. We were assigned to Room 205 first. It smelled musty, was not very big, and it had a tiny bathroom. It was not what we had hoped for, and we were somewhat disappointed. So we returned to the front desk, and learned that most of the king bed rooms are also fireplace rooms, all are located on the west wing of the lodge on the first and second floors, and there are only about eight king fireplace rooms in the entire lodge. However, each one is different, and several have more than one bed. We then looked at 207, 105 and 107. We didn’t know it at the time, but the view of the mountain (which was not visible due to the storm) is obscured by evergreen trees from most, if not all of the king fireplace rooms. After looking at four mountain side rooms, we chose 107. We later learned that 207 is called the “Mountains Room” and 107 is the “Roosevelt Room.” I believe 107 was originally known as the Solomon’s Seal Room when the lodge first opened.

It turns out that President FDR dedicated the Lodge on September 28, 1937. The lodge didn’t actually open to the public until February 1938, but FDR & Eleanor supposedly used Room 107 during their stay for the dedication. There are photographs depicting their visit on the walls of the room, as well as a framed letter from Lady Bird Johnson, regarding her stay there in 1968. We figured that if Room 107 was good enough for two first ladies and one U.S. president, it was good enough for us. There remains a very uncomfortable chair in the room that bears a plaque stating that it is “a replica of original chair that was designed, made for and used by FDR at the dedication of Timberline Lodge 1937 by Ray Neufer.”

The room itself was quite large, and would qualify as a studio suite. It has wooden floors with ceramic tile in the small bathroom. We had a sofa, a couple of chairs, a GREAT fireplace and a roomy sitting area in addition to a very comfortable king bed. Desk Clerk Jessica said there are only 10 rooms in the lodge with king size beds. Eight of them have fireplaces. All of the king fireplace rooms are in the west wing of the lodge and are 100 and 200 series rooms - probably 104, 105, 106 and 107, plus 204, 205, 206, and 207. Some of them have multiple beds in addition to the king bed, but I don’t think any of the rooms are larger than 107. Jessica said she thinks 107 is the best room in the lodge, and 206 is the second best. Odd numbered rooms face the mountain, and even numbered rooms face the parking lot and the valley below. Oh yeah - the heated outdoor pool is open year-round. We were tempted to jump in during the snowstorm, but chickened out. However, other guests seemed to be enjoying it. To warm up, we built a fire in our fireplace (very easy) and in a manner of minutes, it was roaring. All the firewood, kindling, and newspaper we needed was provided for no additional charge.

We enjoyed cocktails in the Ram’s Head Bar on the third floor overlooking the large main lounge below with great views of Mt. Hood. My wife had a bowl of clam chowder, and said it was the best she had ever tasted. We had a bad dinner experience in the Cascade Dining Room our first night. The service was poor, the food was mediocre, and the prices were high. In my opinion, the biggest drawback to Timberline Lodge (and really the only drawback) is having to eat there. The only options we had were the Cascade dining room and the Ram’s Head Bar. The closest town is Government Camp, and there ain’t much available there either - especially in October.

Our first night, we were awakened at 2:55 AM by terribly loud banging noises emanating from the wall behind our bed and the ceiling overhead. The noises continued for 20 - 30 minutes. We figured it was probably the steam heat pipes, so we turned off the heat (we had a thermostat in our room), and made use of the earplugs provided by the lodge. The noise finally subsided, and we were able to resume sleeping. Even though it was cold outside, we elected to leave the heat off the second night, wear earplugs, and rely on the fireplace, along with the heavy comforter provided, and we got a good nights sleep.

Timberline Lodge is over 75 years old. It is a stone and wooden structure built on the side of a dormant (for now) volcano at 6,000 feet, and is covered in snow all winter long. It has been cosmetically renovated through the years, and is constantly being repaired with great efforts made to keep it the same as it was in 1937. For that reason, hearing things like creaking steam pipes or ill-mannered noisy neighbors through thin walls, and a lack of a few modern conveniences are to be expected. It is part of the charm of the place. It is expensive to stay here, but I expect it is very expensive to operate. The “Great Lodge” charm makes it all worthwhile. I just wish the food options were better.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Timberline Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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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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