My wife, myself and our two dogs stayed here for a night on a long trek across the country ending in Portland. The Red Lion in Pendleton is a real flashback to the 80s, which is strangely apropos against a stunning backdrop of west Oregon countryside - almost charming. The King room we stayed in certainly wouldn't win any design awards, but it fits with the overall aesthetic of the hotel, and given the price (just about the cheapest in town, unless you wanted to dare a Super 8 or Motel 6) was not something I'd complain about. The room was sufficiently clean, if not quite perfectly spotless, and quiet. There was a $15 non-refundable fee for our dogs.
My one major complaint here concerns the food. Naturally, one shouldn't expect haute cuisine at a small town hotel/motel, but even so let the next traveller be warned to stick to the standard fare of burgers and sandwiches. I risked the "New York Steak," one of the pricier options on the room service menu, which cemented the pedigree of the hotel - straight from Reagan's tenure in the White House. What I received could only laughably be called a steak, perhaps a quarter of an inch thick, and cooked to the consistency of rubbery cardboard (I had asked for rare) was drowned in what I can only imagine was store-bought salisbury steak sauce, with some decently sauteed mushrooms thrown in for good measure. I do have to say, though, that the mashed potatoes were pretty darn tasty - if only they hadn't been drowned in sauce as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Lion Hotel Pendleton is located off of I-84 at Hwy 11, just one mile from the downtown and minutes from Pendleton Airport. Nearby attractions include the Pendleton Underground Tours, Pendleton Woolen Mills, the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Wildhorse Casino and Golf course.Our 170 spacious guest rooms, with one suite, feature private balconies and all the amenities you expect at a first-class hotel, including Red Lion's plush Sealy pillowtop beds,seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub. Forget the stress with complimentary wi-fi, parking, business center and fitness facilities. The hotel also offers a free airport shuttle. Golf and local health club facilities are located nearby.The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner. The Red Lion Lounge is open daily starting at 4:00 pm. We now offer Red Lion's signature Roaring Start Breakfast Buffet daily and don't forget, kids 6 and younger eat free with each adult. With 10,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space, we are also able to accommodate up to 600 guests for your next conference or special occasion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Pendleton
- Pendleton Red Lion