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McMenamins Old St. Francis School
Ranked #13 of 44 Hotels in Bend
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 13, 2010

I was in Bend for a week of business, and before booking my trip asked a few locals if there was any reason to stay anywhere else - the resounding answer was no. If you're looking for a high-end business experience (Westin, etc), note that this probably isn't the place for you. If, on the other hand, you're looking for something a bit different, with great food, beers you just can't find on the East coast, and an experience that leaves you wanting to up and move your family to cenral Oregon, this is the place. From classical music piped in to the bar/restaurant during breakfast, to Grateful Dead bootlegs and home-made pear brandy in the small bar out back, there really is something for everyone. The soaking tub was sublime, and I'll have to catch a movie next time I'm there...

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

A friend and I stayed here 3 nights in March. You can hang at the various restaurants/bars/movie theater etc. at the hotel or it's just a short walk downtown. We barely had to drive other than to drive the short distance to the Old Mill. There are many great downtown restaurants within walking distance and checkout the Tower Theater. We checked out a cool comedy show and got tickets last minute. Many of the downtown restaurants have great happy hour deals. Don't forget a visit to the soaking pool. Plus the free wi-fi is great.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

My fiance were road-tripping through Oregon and stayed at McMenamins in Bend for 1 night. This hotel was so cool! It used to be an old school house and each of the classrooms are now hotel rooms! Our room was very comfortable but we didn't spend much time there. Bend is a super hip town so we were out exploring. McMenamins is a great place to stay because you are right in the heart of downtown.
The night we stayed was a Monday night and they had Monday Night Football on in the theater - it was really fun!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2010

We did not stay in the hotel but being a Native Oregonian I must say this place still is one of my favorites! The seared Ahi is to die for and you have to have the "Rubberhead" beer. It is not on the menu but if you ask the servers they will know. It is a refreshing mix of the Ruby and IPA...yummy!!! Great service and ambiance! Definitely an Oregon thing I missed!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2010

This hotel was the most depressing awful place. The rooms are so dark that even with all the lights on I still had to use a flashlight to see into my suitcase. It was a school before being a hotel and it still had that school feel but not in a good way. I felt like I needed to be wearing flip flops in the shower. I had booked a room at the Oxford House and also at the St. Francis since they both had great reviews. I should have gone with the Oxford. Bend is such a beautiful place and this hotel just seemed out of place. Not my thing.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2010

Being a teacher, the last thing you usually want to do during your vacation is to go back to school! However, I made an exception for the fantastic Old Saint Francis School in Bend. All staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Each room was named after a local figure and had artwork, photos and a description of their background which was really interesting! The rooms were comfortable and clean although cooky and old-fashioned but such is the nature of the place. We reserved the Hammerhead package which got us $50 dinner credit and $20 breakfast credit - the bar has excellent micro beers and a good menu in a fun atmosphere. Breakfast was superb with the most delicious fresh lime and cherry scones! There are loads of things to do whilst at the Old School - there is a mineral soaking pool (which I wish I'd tried), live music, a bar and even a whisky and cigar bar! For further entertainment, charming downtown Bend is right down the street and has loads of cute stores and restaurants. Next time we're in Oregon (or Washington State) we'll be sure to check out another McMenamins property...

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

We just returned from a trip to Bend and spent two nights in a King Suite at the Old St. Francis School. The room was the only one available when I made reservations in Jan. but having wanted to stay there for years we went for it. It is large--more than we needed or used--but very comfortable and well decorated. In all our travels--here and abroad--we have never experienced such helpful employees. We ate in the resurants, enjoyed the movies, bars, etc. and they all went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. If they didn't have the answer they even went so far to google for us and printed maps. Only problem we had was they were late getting to clean the room after the first night, even though we were out of the room all day and so all they did was replace towels, etc.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Address: 700 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97703-2702
Location: United States > Oregon > Central Oregon > Bend
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bend
#9 Family Hotel in Bend
Price Range: $139 - $207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — McMenamins Old St. Francis School 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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