I stayed here, along with the rest of my family, for a wedding weekend. Although I was only there one night, I observed the following:
-A (teenage?) girl was working the front desk all by herself during the afternoon. She had two calls on hold and four people waiting in line to check in. Those of us in line were disappointed when she continued to take calls rather than assist the customers whom were still in line, right in front of her. Can you say "staffing problem"?
-The (teenage?) waiter in their downstairs restaurant was perhaps the worst server ever. The server was incredibly late bringing the food to the table and never bothered to re-appear for refills. The check took forever to arrive as well. Can you say "re-train"?
-They only have a single, dog-slow elevator, which only holds a max. of 5 or 6 people at a time -- or 3 people and their suitcases. Expect to wait forever and a day to ride up a few floors once you check in.
-A (teenage?) server dropped a huge trayful of glasses directly beside a table of dressed-up relatives during a catered luncheon in a special room. Can you say "carrying too much at once"?
-I was required to share a locked community bathroom (located down the hall) for all toilet and shower needs.
Aside from those problems, the hotel was pretty cool. Here are the pluses:
-Laid-back, younger staff -- they're cool with things like staying past closing time at the basement bar and checking out past the standard check-out time.
-Sweet rooftop bar -- good crowd, good views, open late.
-Sweet basement bar -- friendly bartender, open late.
-Great old-style architecture, original wood and glass, at least three bars, and surrounded by plenty of shops, restaurants and wineries.
My conclusion? I recommend a stay here if you can tolerate the negatives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On McMinnville's charming, old main street, Hotel Oregon strikes an inviting pose - as it has since 1905. Once home to a restaurant and lounge, banquet hall, Greyhound bus depot, Western Union, soda fountain and beauty parlor, the handsome four-story building we call Hotel Oregon is a delightful destination in the heart of Oregon's wine country.Warm lighting in the first floor pub, cozy tables and an impressive 40-foot long back bar invite close conversation over the glint of a fresh pint or maybe a game of shuffle board in the Paragon room. Artwork and wall hangings inspire thoughts of the past and a trip to the subterranean bistro-style Cellar Bar or magnificent Rooftop Bar (with its breathtaking 360-degree view of the region) are a must for any visitor to the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mcmenamins Hotel Mcminnville
- McMenamins Hotel Oregon McMinnville