This was my first McMenamins hotel, but being familiar with their pubs and restaurants, I was looking forward to the Old St. Francis School and Bend in particular. I would now highly recommend both.
Any one familiar with Mc's properties knows that each is highly stylized in something of a Northwest meets Craftsman, meets Harry Houdini advertising poster, so I won't waste time describing it further, except to say it is extremely cool.
Just on block off Wall St.(the main street) this location is perfect. The rooms are spacious, parking convenient, staff wonderfully helpful, and the front desk is manned 24 hours. There are also cottages for larger groups
The 'campus' contains a brewery, 3 drinking establishments, a full service restaurant, a movie theatre, a very interesting and highly decorated Turkish bath, and wonderful indoor and outdoor communal areas at which to meet fellow guests.
One Tripadvisor reviewer suggested that one might be tempted never to leave the campus. This is true. But don't let it cause you to miss a spin around Bend. It is an infinitely charming and livable city full of fun restaurants, microbreweries, shops, great neighborhoods, and a riverside park that is the town's serene centerpiece.
Can't imagine you won't love this hotel. I would stay here again in a second and would proudly recommend it to fellow travelers.
Tip: if you visit one of the communal areas, your stay will be further enhanced by easy conversation with other guests who are just as charmed by the McMenamin's style.
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