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Whispering Woods Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Welches
Certificate of Excellence
Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“lovely place but....”
Reviewed January 23, 2012

The staff of this resort are very nice but one day the power went out at about 9:30 pm and the clubhouse closes at 8:30. I called the emergency or after hours number several times to see what was going on and there was no answer. I was so surprised that no one called us to let us know what was going on and to see if we needed help. I guess they don't realize that being from out of state, and not being familiar with fireplaces and snow, there were questions that would have settled our anxieties greatly, if we had a few answers. Power was off about 12 hours and not a call.
The other thing is that there is no a/c but only heaters. The rooms were too warm even when we turned the thermostat down to 65.
Having one boy and one girl, it would have been nice if the second bedroom had twin beds. Most of the timeshares we have been to are set up that way. There was a sofa bed but neither of the kids wanted to sleep outside in the living room alone.
Other than that, this was a very nice place to stay. Nice workout room, gift shop, pool. Friendly staff, clean facilities with updated appliances. Surrounding area quite nice (we saw some deer on the snow covered golf course as the sun was going down and it was a lovely scene. )
Nice little market down the street with shops nearby. Good place to stay.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Vancouver, WA
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

We've stayed at Whispering Woods several times in the last year and loved it every time. We live just outside of Portland and are about 1 1/2 hours from Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. To make our weekend ski trips more relaxing, we often reserve a condo at Whispering Woods to cut down on the driving.

We reserve through our vacation ownership at a discounted rate if units are available, but I think that the regular rates are pretty reasonable too.

It's a beautiful location, just a short drive off of Hwy 26. There are quite a few dining options available in Welches, Rhododendron, etc. Just keep in mind that not many of them are open late, so if you're back late from night skiing, the options will be limited.

The condos look older on the outside, but are updated inside. They are clean and spacious. We've stayed in a 1 BR with 4 people. There is a pullout couch in the living room area. Gas fireplace and I think most of the units also have gas grills.

The staff are very friendly and will give you an overview of the day, weekend or week of activities coming up. Last year, we enjoyed ice cream sundaes after the pool for $2.

Full kitchens stocked with basic pots and pans. Nothing like cooking oil or spices, so remember to bring those with you. There's a Thriftway down at the intersection with Hwy 26, in case you forget something, but it is quite pricey!

Washer & dryer in the bathrooms. If I remember correctly, they provide 2 single-use boxes of detergent too.

For coffee lovers, Coffee Brewsters is down next to the Thriftway. They have fresh baked scones that melt in your mouth, wonderful coffee and for the kids...Krabby Patties made from Oreos and other goodies!! We used to drive straight up to the mountain, but I demand to stop at CB on the way up nowadays!

For skiers and snowboarders, it's only about 15-20 minutes from Ski-Bowl and Timberline and 30-35 minutes from Meadows. After skiing, the kids can play in the heated pool (open year round!) and the adults can enjoy the hot tub. There's a golf course right in Welches too.

I recently found out that the ski shop in Welches ($22) and Mt. Hood Meadows Resort ($25) have a surcharge on their Sno-Park passes, but you can get an annual pass at REI in Portland for $20.

We love WW and will definitely be back!!

Room Tip: The townhouses on the north side of the complex have very small parking lots. Sometimes there are t...
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

While this facility was closer to a motel in room amenities than a vacation resort, it was very nice, tucked back in the fir trees and along the golf course. Lots of wildlife travelling through the area. We had snow, rain and hail, yet didn't let the weather slow us down. You can't visit here without going to Timberline Lodge ... beautiful old-world architecture and wonderful food. Portland is only one hour way and there is great fly-fishing on the Sandy and Deschutes rivers. There are some great restaurants nearby and plenty of great scenery and drives.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2011

My friend is a Shell Vacation owner so we decided to check out WW and visit the Mount Hood area - birding and hiking. We were given a third floor rental with two bedrooms. The decor was brown and dated. The kitchen had the basics to feed exactly four people ( i.e 4 forks, plates, bowls, etc). Bedrooms were roomy and clean. Our unit had a gas burning stove which was appreciated since it rained almost every day we were there. The jacuzzi and pool were fine - however since we were in the end unit we had a bit of a "hike" to get there. No elevators so be prepared to lug your things up the stairs.

This facility was definitely not up to the standards of other Shell Vacation Rentals we have rented in California and Hawaii but might be appreciated if you are a golfer or skiier.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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AZ
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185 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2010

We had a wonderful week at this resort in Oregon. We were able to visit wineries and ate at wonderful restaurants not very far away. The staff were friendly and helpful. There was a heated pool and jacuzzi. They had a workout area, too. There were paved walking paths around the resort that we took advantage of. Also, it had a full kitchen with utensils, and 2 TVs. If there were any negatives, it was that there was no elevator to our 3rd floor so we had to carry our luggage up the stairs. Other than that we had a great time.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Massachusetts
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126 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2010

Four of us booked a two bedroom condo and found it clean, roomy and pleasantly (if blandly) decorated. We do not golf, so that aspect was lost on us, but we used it as a base to explore Mt Hood, Columbia Gorge, the Cascades, Portland and the coast. there is quite a bit to do within reasonable driving distance. The kitchen was well furnished, the gas grill was adequate and the patio (from which we saw deer and a racoon) was comfy. It was a 3rd floor room, so if that is a problem be sure to ask for one closer to the ground -- there is no elevator. We used the pool and the hot tub, which were OK (the pool could have used a skimming and the hot tub should have been renamed the 'luke-warm tub', but overall Whispering Woods was a good value and we enjoyed our time there.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2010

The condo we stayed in had plenty of space ( 2 bed rooms and an entertainment room with pull-out beds) to sleep all the people we had visit on New Years. Very close to the slopes. Cute town with some cool little pubs. I will come back, but this time I want to visit in order to hit the links. Has great golf at an affordable price. This is a steal for anyone who is into skiing, hiking, golfing, or fishing.

In addition it has a little workout facility, pool, and friendly staff.

I also like that you can check out board games for free...

Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Whispering Woods Resort
Address: 67800 E Nicklaus Way, Welches, OR 97067-8718
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Location: United States > Oregon > Clackamas County > Welches
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Welches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Whispering Woods Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With world-famous Mt. Hood only minutes away, Whispering Woods Resort offers you and your family the best in accommodations, relaxation and fun. You can ski in one of Oregon’s finest and most highly rated ski areas or enjoy the many activities within the surrounding area of Welches, Oregon. Whispering Woods Resort in Oregon isn’t just for outdoor adrenalin junkies. It’s also perfect for a relaxing family getaway, mountain wedding or business retreat. And when you’re ready to kick back and recharge your batteries, a well appointed one or two bedroom condominium awaits, complete with kitchen, dining room, and patio or deck. In addition to Mother Nature’s attractions, you’ll also find a heated swimming pool and spa, tennis courts and clubhouse with hot tub, sauna, and big screen TV. So come check out all Oregon has to offer at Whispering Woods Resort. ... more   less 
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