Well, let me say the the Ameritel Inn does itself a great disservice by using such a pedestrian name. When I first stumbled across it, I pictured your run of the mill chain hotel (especially with that name), but we were pleasantly surprised.
PROS: Huge. One of the largest rooms we've stayed in (short of a suite). There was so much extra space, that with a minimal amount of furniture movement, they could easily fit in a couch and coffee table and still have more than enough room to spare. I hope they take advantage of this space in their next upgrade. It was also clean. The only hint of disrepair was some bits of rubbish in the AC/heating unit, but that was minor. Had a mini fridge and the vanity area was actually WITHIN THE BATHROOM!!! Hooray!!!! No problems with the early riser disturbing the late sleeper while getting ready. It had maybe the most comfortable push chair I've sat in in a hotel room (along with a nice ottoman footstool).
CONS: They should at least put a small table next to that chair. It's so comfortable, you're going to be sitting in it watching TV or reading, and it would be nice to have something to put your drink or snack on. The room we had also featured a small balcony. However BEWARE of that first step!! When leaving your room to get onto the balcony, you have at least an 8 inch step down. Both my wife and I tripped the first couple times we went out onto the balcony. You just don't expect that type of step down. These are minor issues though. The room was great.
VIEW: Try to get a room on the west side and on the third floor (that would be the highest floor). You will overlook the Old Mill Shopping District as the Ameritel is actually built on a bluff overlooking the area. The Deshutes river is just beyond that, and off in the distance are the 3-Sisters mountains. There is one downside though, and that would be the afternoon sun (which is quite bright in Bend), so you'll need to have the curtains closed during that time. But the view is worth it.
LOBBY: Very impressive. It's huge (just like their rooms). It's actually designed to have a very rustic feel, almost like a wilderness lodge (well, I guess Bend is technically in the "wilderness" of Oregon, so maybe it fits). Huge fireplace and lots of sitting area with plush chairs and sofas. The dining area is also in the lobby area. Many seats. The continental breakfast was also quite good. Cookies are laid out at the front desk at night. The outside of the hotel is also very nice. It definitely has some character to the look.
INTERNET ACCESS: Available for free in their business center area.
STAFF: Very friendly and helpful.
LOCATION: Great. Just off the main drag for easy access to anywhere, but far enough away from it that you have no issues with noise or traffic. The Old Mill Shopping area below is very convenient for shopping and getting something to eat. You can also walk along the Deshutes river just on the other side of the Old Mill area.
In summary, we can see why this hotel is ranked number 1 in Bend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Garden Inn Bend is a business-friendly hotel located in Bend, close to Old Mill District, Les Schwab Amphitheater, and Deschutes Brewery. Free WiFi and parking. Nearby points of interest also include Tower Theater and Drake Park. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This 3-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Bend property has 191 square meters of event space consisting of conference/meeting rooms. Room service is available. The hotel offers a made-to-order breakfast. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include ski storage, laundry facilities, and express check-out. 96 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hilton Garden Inn Bend feature complimentary weekday newspapers and windows that open. Accommodations offer city, river, or mountain views. Beds come with signature bedding. Accommodations include refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer free local calls (restrictions may apply). Televisions have premium cable channels. Rooms also include blackout drapes/curtains, electronic check-out, and irons/ironing boards. Guests may request hypo-allergenic bedding, extra towels/bedding, and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ameritel Inn Bend Hotel Bend
- Ameritel Hotel Bend
- Bend Ameritel Hotel