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“Unique in many ways”
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Frenchglen Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Frenchglen
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Victoria
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Unique in many ways”
Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

If the Frenchglen Hotel was anywhere is, you probably wouldn't touch it with a bargepole. Tiny rooms, poor beds, inadequate bathroom facilities and questionable cleanliness.

However, it's not "anywhere else". It's in a lovely and unique location in the middle of nowhere with all the attendant charm that attaches to such a place. This, and no other reason, is why you have to stay at the Frenchglen just once in your lifetime.

Other positive aspects - and others on here have written about them already - include the camaraderie amongst the guests and the excellent food eaten family-style all together.

Some find John to be a good host. We found him to be somewhat off-hand and occasionally surly.

I doubt we'll return. The Fields Motel is less than an hour away. The facilities there are better and Sandy does a better job at making guests feel welcome.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Vestal, New York
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

The Frenchglen is in a great location at the foot of the beautiful and unusual Steens. I especially enjoyed the comraderie that the wide porches and family-style, communal dinner promoted. Be aware when booking that there is another separate building (much more modern and less charming but still more than adequate) that is behind the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2012

The family style dinners are a big hit, plenty of good food. Rooms are tiny, double bed, paper thin walls, next to highway, make sleeping a challenge. Get in line for the only very small shared bath! Next time we'll stay at the BLM campgrounds which looked very nice just 5 minutes away.
Not many options in Frenchglen.

Room Tip: Ask for room at back away from the road or rooms in the annex.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2012

On a recent camping trip to the Steens, my wife and I got into the area a little late to set up camp and decided instead to stay at the Frenchglen hotel. John, the owner is a great host and does everything he can to create a very warm and inviting place to stay. The dinner he served was great and is served family style. It was great to hear the stories of all the other travelers passing through. The rooms are a bit small and there is a community bathroom and shower but this place is over a hundred years old so don't expect the Ritz Carlton. A great little rest along the way to adventures in this wild part of Oregon.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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oregon
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Enjoyed the setting in the Steens mountains. The road out is amazing. We are on a BMW motorcycle and the ride is stunning. Smal rooms, and can be hot ( it was warm that night). Cozy setting with the family style dinner meal. Great breakfast. John is a good host. Great destination. Would come back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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cascadia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2012

Now that the Frenchglen Hotel is dog-friendly, we got to stay there-after a couple nights in a trailer at the Malheur Field Station(great place, full kitchen, coyotes howling and owls hooting at night, but trailers are hot when it's hot out). Bird looking was pretty good, considering the heat. We opted for another two nights at the Drovers Inn, a well-done addition behind the old Frenchglen Hotel, which was a good choice, since it was 100 degrees outside, and the Drovers Inn is air-conditioned. Most unfortunately, a wildfire was raging a few miles away from Frenchglen, and it was getting closer. The smoke, mosquitoes and no-see-ums, heat, endless helicopters dumping water, and increasing numbers of fire emergency crews convinced us that perhaps we ought to leave earlier than planned, so we asked to leave after one night, and the Inn graciously did not charge us. I hope the place survives--sounds as though the people are sticking to it, and the fire's kind of getting contained.

The Frenchglen Hotel is justly famous for its meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served, and the food is good, served family style, so you get to talk with other guests and locals, who are usually fun. The place is at the base of the road up to Steen's Mountain, which has all kinds of fabulous things to do on the way around 'the loop'--swimming at Fish Lake, oogling Kiger Gorge, at 9,000 feet, and then being totally amazed as you look down from the top of Steen's Mt. into a borax desert with wetlands and hot springs scattered about. We didn't make it down to Alvord Hot Springs this time(too danged hot), but it's a great place to take a good soak in a funky, old-fashioned cowboy hot springs.

Frenchglen Hotel/Drovers Inn is definitely an Oregon must-do experience for anyone interested in historic places, geology, wildlife, awesome scenery,good food, and quiet(when the fire goes away).

Room Tip: Drovers has air-conditioning, queen beds, and private bathrooms, Old Frenchglen Hotel doesn't...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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8 Thank arachne
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Medina
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Sixty miles South of Burns, Oregon, at the South end of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge [a 4 star attraction for bird lovers] is the tiny town of Frenchglen in which lies the historic Frenchglen Hotel [used to be a stage coach stop]. Several rooms w/shared bath in the original building, a few new rooms w/bath 50 yards behind. We opted for one of the latter. Basic room w/decent bath facilities and lots of hot water. Dinner is by advance reservation and is served family style in the hotel lobby [I think the maximum number that can be served is 12, there were 6 the night we were there, breakfast can be had in the same room]. The property teems with wildlife. It is a marvelous getaway for those tired of cookie cutter motels. No A/C, tho, might get pretty warm in the Summer. No gas in Frenchglen, fill up in Burns or Denio Junction, Nevada. This is the West as it once might have been.

Room Tip: It's not the Ritz. Don't expect turn-down service.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Frenchglen Hotel
Address: Frenchglen, OR
Location: United States > Oregon > Frenchglen
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Frenchglen
Number of rooms: 13
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