Haven been the managing director of one of the finest hotels in San Francisco I tend to more critical of hospitality facilities that I visit than most travelers do, but also more appreciative of ones that offer facilities and services that exceed my expectations.
Recently my family visited Bend Oregon and upon the recommendation from a friend made reservations, with some degree of difficulty to their popularity, at the River House Resort and Convention Center. I was forewarned that the facility was dated but also was told that it offered some excellent recreational amenities and a central location in the town and to other local entertainment venues.
Once I arrived at the Resort I was impressed by the competence and friendly attitude of the reception personnel and overly spacious size of my room. I can only describe the river that runs through the facility as spectacular and breathe taking and looked more like a postcard photo location.
In a town known for its many fine breweries and famous pub tours, it was a delight to find an in house bar and entertainment facilitly that offer beers from the towns best brew masters. This certainly eliminated the need for a designated driver and unwanted and very expensive driving infraction.
Having managed the “Uptown Joes” restaurant in San Francisco, the River House Crossing restaurant was a solid three star eatery, with dinning on the outdoor terrace on the river for fine dining or a casual lunch environment. The overwhelming and complete complimentary breakfast was more like a high end and very expensive Buffet and eliminated the need for searching out a breakfast facility off the site.
Both indoor and outdoor pools were within walking distance of the rooms and offered amenities for non-swimmers and little splashers as well. We enjoyed many hours pool side with our family and other guests that quacking became friends with tales of shared experiences.
In a town with more golf courses per capita than any other community in the nation, the River House golf course offer one of the finest golfing experiences in the area. Golfer or not the natural beauty and openness of the lush green and pleasantly golf facility only adds to the ambiance experienced by the guests, especially for those city folk that live in a more hectic and congestive environment.
To say that our stay at the River House Resort was enjoyable was an understatement. It was the most complete facility I’ve had the opportunity to experience at reasonable prices. Even though it had issues due to its age, what it offered in the way of enjoyment over shadowed any small items dealing with minor age or obsolescence to my more sensitive and trained eye.
The City of Bend was great and we will be back next year and probably for many years to come. My whole family found things to do that added to the enjoyment of all. After our week in the town I cannot imagine visiting this community again and not making the River house Inn a part of the equation.
I would recommend this facility to everybody that wants a destination resort but hesitate to do so since due to its current popularity I want to make sure that I can make my reservations without creating my own competition for rooms next year.
As a side note neither I nor anyone in our family or our friends has any affiliation with this facility; we are just travelers that appreciate finding a great facility and want to share our experience with others so that they too might have an enjoyable and reasonably priced trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The beautiful Deschutes River runs through the property and has recently completed $10 million dollar renovation in 2016. Our spacious guest rooms and suites have river or property views. A great location with just minutes from downtown Bend. Relax in our indoor and outdoor pools and hot tub or stroll along our scenic river trail. You can even fish for trout right outside your room. At night, cozy up in your spacious accommodation and order room service. Indulge at Currents, our restaurant featuring unique Pacific Northwest cuisine and outdoor patio overlooking the Deschutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Riverhouse Hotel Bend
- Riverhouse Hotel Bend
- Riverhouse Resort Bend