If you like plants, the location of this resort is perfect -- it's adjacent to the Oregon Garden, separated by a door you can open with your room key. You can take the tram behind the resort, and also visit the gardens after hours, which is nice. The admission to the garden is included in the hotel stay. All the rooms are on the first floor, are spacious (including a lovely a high ceiling) and are nicely and comfortably decorated. My room was very clean and quiet, unless I'm running the A/C.
However, there are some details that are counter-intuitive, at least for me. Given that most of the guests I saw here were around 60 years old -- off season, mid-May -- the below could be a hardship. So easy for the hotel to remedy most of these issues:
1. When you check in they assign you to a building that has the name of a flower. The building façades, however, are labeled only with the first letter of the flower name, so if you're assigned a room in building Dogwood you have to know to look for building D. Within 5 minutes of my arriving here an older couple asked me for directions to their room, so the system is very clearly flawed.
2. The fireplace is operated by a control that looks like an A/C thermostat, located away from the fireplace itself. To turn it on, you need to turn the "thermostat" lever up to 90; to turn it off, down to 50. The instructions were included in a printed list of directions given to me, but who reads instructions? Would have been helpful to have a label posted in each room, close to the "thermostat," saying "this gizmo on the wall turns on the fireplace. Etc."
3. The A/C is a wall unit hidden on the far corner of the room, and it took me hours to find it especially because at first glance I thought it was controlled by what turned out to be the fireplace controls. The room was so hot I turned on the fan for a long time, before realizing that there is an A/C unit in here.
4. The map of the gardens I received from the front desk does NOT show the tram station closest to the hotel, which totally disoriented me as I assumed it was station #1 which is actually the visitor center. The materials handed out to non-hotel guest garden visitors, however, clearly label that station, which is ironic because those who aren't guests at the hotel really don't need to know where to catch the tram there. Marney, the tram driver, kindly gave me a booklet with more info about the gardens. The booklet was not visible in the hotel lobby, nor the map of the gardens -- I had to ask the front desk for a map (and they gave me the flawed one described above).
5. The bed was made such that for a couple of minutes I was under the impression that only the bottom sheet had been placed on a soft mattress. Everything was tucked in at the four corners, so that I had to tug pretty hard to liberate the top sheet and comforter. Not customary, and not easy for an older person.
6. The hotel is is marketed as including a "spa," which would connote, to me, more than 2 bath towels in the bathroom and perhaps even a robe. No such luck. Had my husband been with me we would have had to ask for extra towels.
7. Beer selection at the bar pretty nice, as were the coupons for a discount on a happy hour drink.
On another positive side, the hotel is environmentally conscious, eschewing the plastic containers of shampoo and soaps and adopting instead a wall unit with shampoo, conditioner, and bath soap. Perhaps this is why each guest is only given a small bath towel?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Oregon Garden Resort sits above The Oregon Garden's 80-acres stunning botanical gardens. Our guest rooms are nestled in a series of cottages throughout the grounds behind the main lodge. Each building has six rooms, featuring fireplaces and private landscaped patios or balconies. Rooms also feature microwaves, fridges and coffee makers, among other amenities. Included in an overnight stay is a complimentary hot American breakfast buffet and unlimited admission into The Oregon Garden. Ample parking is available both at the main lodge and around the rooms. Pet-Friendly and accessible rooms are available at the resort. The Resort's beautiful main lodge features the Fireside Lounge, which hosts live music each night along with happy hour specials daily; Moonstone Spa, our full-service day spa; and the Garden View Restaurant, which features sweeping views of The Oregon Garden and the Willamette Valley beyond. The menu showcases the best in Northwest cuisine and wines. The main lodge also houses meeting space for corporate meetings, family reunions, wedding receptions and conferences. A heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub are set behind the main lodge. Oregon Garden Resort is a smoke free resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oregon Garden Hotel Silverton
- Oregon Garden Silverton
- Oregon Garden Resort Silverton