We have spent many long weekends in an RV at the resort over the last 12 years or so and have watched the resort be landscaped so beautifully with the addition of the steel bridge over the McKenzie, the Chinese gardens and of course the Secret Garden. We even rented several cabins, an RV site and a tent site for a special anniversary celebration. Then it seems about 4 or 5 years ago things started to go downhill. Was there a change of ownership? management? general downturn in the economy? Maintenance is NOT good - the beautiful gardens that once sported dozens and dozens of rose bushes and the fountain areas are hardly taken care of at all even though an effort has been made to plant annual flowers.
We love the 2 hot pools which seem to be maintained well - they were in fact completely redone a few years ago. But the bathrooms ....... oh my gosh!! The ones down by the lodge are OK but open showers with no privacy just for hot pool bathers, even though I heard the desk clerk offer that alternative to an 80 year old lady who had complained there was no hot water in her room!! The bathrooms by the upper pool defy description! They were so bad (filthy) that I took photos and took them to the main office. That did at least prompt maintenance to do some rapid cleanup but it's hard to expect campers to take care of facilities when obviously management doesn't care. We were even told that RV-ers are self contained and shouldn't need to use tose facilities!
That being said ..... the resort area on the Mackenzie River is absolutely beautiful and High Country Expeditions whose office is at the lodge offers awesome white water trips with excellent guides, There are numerous hikes within less than 20 miles to gorgeous waterfalls and many trails to wander around the resort itself. Hopefully owners and management read these various reviews and take note. Oh to have the Belknap Hot Springs Resort of 10 years ago back!
Would I return again - yes - to enjoy the location, but you can bet we'll not use the bathroom facilities!
For anyone planning a trip - make sure you gas up and if camping bring all the food you need - the closest convenience store/gas station is 10 miles south. WI-FI is only available in the lodge itself, downstairs, not in each room. There is a grill/outdoor eating at the lodge but the closest restaurant is again several miles away.
- Also Known As:
- Belknap Hot Springs Lodge And Gardens Hotel Mckenzie Bridge
- Belknap Hot Springs Oregon
- Belknap Hot Springs Lodge And Gardens Oregon/McKenzie Bridge