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Timberline Lodge
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

The lodge has the rustic character of the national park lodges, which provides for an amazing place to stay. What it lacks in luxury, it makes up for in comfort, service, setting, and views. The rooms are small, but provide breathtaking views and have exceptionally comfortable beds. The food at The Cascade Dining Room is excellent, especially the Timber Toast for breakfast. Great hot chocolate at the Ram's Head Bar - don't leave without trying it. Overall a great place to stay.

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Timberline lodge is a breathtaking beauty! While the inner lodge is amazing with it's grand structure, fireplaces and picture windows, the rooms are cozy and quaint. On the outside you wittness the beauty of current day but as soon as you walk in you go back in time 75 years.
Prices are on the high side, rooms are small but when you lay in that bed after a long day on the slopes you melt in the feather bed just like at Grandma's!!!
The food in the main dining room "Cascade" is very upscaled and expensive...the Bar upstairs is good for drinks (don't try taking your own snacks up there, it isn't allowed) and the Hot Chocolate is to die for! Over in the ski building the Iron Grill serves an amazing Cheeseburger and won't break the bank!
The ski slopes are absolutely amasing! We skied during the week and on Saturday...go on weekdays if possible, we were the only people on the mountain!!
Will we go back? ABSOLUTELY!

Room Tip: If you can afford it go for a room with a private fireplace.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

This was a great visit, good food, excellent snow - it's the place where they filmed The Shining. Spectacular views and well worth a visit for a night or too. I even got to hold the ' Here's Johnny' axe!

Room Tip: I'd choose a room that looks out away from Mt Hood.. You can see for a hundred miles..
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

We stayed at the Lodge in July 2011 ~ we booked one of the cheapest rooms - $180 a night for a small (very small) room with twin beds and a small bath ~ no TV (but we knew that in advance). However, the view from the window was spectacular ~ Mt. Hood. Just staying in the Lodge was a terrific experience ~ seeing the handcarved woodwork was worth it ~ all the handcrafted tiles, etc. The historic value of the Lodge is priceless. Is it worth $180? Well, it IS a rustic lodge, not commercialized at all ~ really a little refreshing ~ so I'd recommend staying overnight just to experience a piece of history.
We did eat supper at one of the bars ~ good sandwiches, great local beer and again, great views from your table ~ couldn't have been better.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 223 ~ we think it was probably originally set up for the workers on the lodge. De...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

Built in 1938 by workers hobbled by the Depression, this lodge is a tribute to the resourcefulness of men and women working together to get a job done!

The Lodge should be on everyone's list of things to see as it is in an incredible location with wonderful views of Mt. Hood.

We visited in winter and were very impressed with the professionalism of every staff member and the attention to detail.

A word about accommodations. To the people that complain about the paper thin walls, bear in mind that this beautiful location was created before insulation and everything used in the building of it was brought in and built by hand. To upgrade with insulation would be cost prohibitive. Use the earplugs or get a room at the end of the hallway and enjoy your stay in history!

If you are a skier as we are, the ride up to near the top of Mt. Hood is something you should do as the view is incredible!

One last thing, if you are going to stay for a couple of days, bring a book and unwind as it is truly a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

OK, downsides first. Walls of the rooms are paper thin. They post signs noting quiet hours, but bear in mind they do provide earplugs in every room. Also, despite the price, this is still a rustic-style lodge. Bring tire chains. Be ready to clean off your car if you come in winter. And it is not cheap.

All that said... totally worth it. You're on the flank of Mt. Hood. You can ski out the door and spend a day on the slopes. You can cozy up on couches adjacent to a big fire and drink your wine, read your book or just marvel at the snow drifts.

The food in the Cascade dining room is outstanding. If the weather clears up, it is a feast for the eyes. The beds are ridiculously cozy.

Honestly, if you asked someone to picture a rustic snowy mountain lodge, this is probably what they would picture. Kudos to Timberline for not turning the place into a mountain Disneyland. It's a place that let's the scene speak for itself.

Room Tip: You want a private bathroom.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

I'm a local so I'm a little biased towards this lovely place, although I hadn't stayed here in about 20 years. The fireplace, old fashioned game room (with ping pong, table shuffle board and board games), St. Bernards and overall architecture make for a nice short stay. The outdoor pool and outdoor hot tub were fun in a raging snowstorm. Our room with a queen and double was just fine. The knotty pine paneling and linens gave it a comfy lodge feel. But, this is an old hotel with leaks (not in the room though), noisy heating system, small-ish rooms and frequent maintenance needs so don't expect ultra-modern luxury in return for the high price that comes with staying near the top of a mountain.

If you are on the fence about the cost then consider the Chalet rooms. Friends of mine stayed with their two boys in one -- two bunk beds -- and they had a blast. So what if you sleep in a bunk bed and share a shower (which is a couple feet away)? It's an affordable way to stay at a national treasure, and keep in mind that one night is enough (although we stayed two).

It is true that the lodge is open to the day skiiers during the day, so it is quite busy, but if you are skiing then it won't matter. If you are the family member who is snuggling up with a book while the others ski then just stake out your territory early. The day lodge also has annig, roaring fire. Contrary to some other reports, I found the staff to be friendly, helpful and professional on our stay.

The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of hot water. The rooms were clean and without dust. The food is very expensive. We got breakfast at the day lodge, which costs less. The servings in the lodge were pretty generous, so we ended up sharing some meals and were satisfied.

If you are just coming to ski and have little interest in the evening ambience, architecture, history and corny game-room recreation/outdoor pool then you might look for less expensive lodgings in Government Camp.

Room Tip: Consider the Chalet rooms for a good value.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 27500 E Timberline Rd, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028-9709
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Location: United States > Oregon > Clackamas County > Timberline Lodge
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Price Range: $138 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Timberline Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon's most popular tourist attractions. Considered an architectural wonder, it's still being used for its original intent-a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. Timberline Lodge is filled with amazing spaces. The main headhouse features three fireplaces at the base of a 90 foot chimney. The outdoor patios offer the most stunning views in Oregon. The outdoor pool is heated and open year round. Each room in Timberline Lodge has a unique rustic elegance, yet a modern and comfortable feel. All rooms have period furnishings, artwork and decor. Rooms range from premier fireplace rooms to European style bunk rooms. Timberline offers the longest ski season in North America. The winter season begins early to mid-November and continues through Memorial Day. Our Palmer Express high-speed quad lift allows us to operate later into the summer season than anyone else (usually through Labor Day). ... more   less 
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