We have a timeshare at another facility and used one of our weeks to stay at the Whispering Woods. We have stayed at several different timeshares and while the Whispering Woods is located in a beautiful area, there were too many "issues" that make this timeshare just average.
CHECK IN: The staff wasn't rude, but they weren't friendly or welcoming.
CONDO: This "condo" was really more like an apartment. It had been updated with granite countertops in the bathroom and kitchen, and 2 flat-screened t.v.s. (One in the bedroom, one in the living area.) Though it was clean...our feet were obviously very dirty after walking on the carpeting barefoot right after showering. There were 3 of us (adults) and we stayed in a one bedroom unit that supposedly sleeps 4. It was a little tight for the 3 of us for a week.
We were in a first floor unit, yet we had to climb up 2 sets of stairs to get to our unit. THERE WERE NO ELEVATORS. Do you know how hard it is to carry all of your "stuff" up two flights of narrow stairs? I felt sorry for the people in the upper units.
As other reviewers have shared, there is NO AC!!!! It was 95 degrees when we arrived at 6 p.m.and it was blasting hot in our unit. We had planned on spending 2 days out of 7 to relax and enjoy the Whispering Woods complex. Unfortunately, it was so hot all week that we could not stay in our unit during the day and had to rearrange our plans. I would think this facility would invest in window air conditioners. At night, even with the windows open and fans going, it was uncomfortably hot. None of us slept well all week.
The pull out sofa my adult daughter slept on was uncomfortable, so she didn't pull out the bed...just slept on the sofa. Had we had a 4th person, the two people on the pull out would have been VERY uncomfortable.
If you use timeshares, you know that they come fully stocked with pots, pans, dishes, etc. This unit was no exception and we were very pleased with what was stocked, with the exception of a tiny, table top ironing board. Whispering Woods...INVEST in regular sized ironing boards!!
Our unit had a washer and dryer in the bathroom that worked well. It also had a nice Weber bbq grill with bbq utensils.
The first time we used the garbage disposal, it wasn't working. We let the front desk know and, at some point the next day while we were gone, someone fixed it.
There was something wrong with the refrigerator and it ruined a bunch of our food...fruit, veggies, a whole watermelon, eggs, etc. by freezing it. When we arrived, the temperature was set at normal and even though we turned it down BELOW normal when our foods started freezing up, the refrigerator STILL ruined our food.
We were trying to look up information on things to do in the area and consistently had problems with the WIFI. It was slow and at times didn't work.
Another one of our pet peeves was the use of the swimming pool. Though the swimming pool area was pristine and inviting, the USE of the pool was frustrating. The timeshares where we stay always have an adults-only swim hour at least twice a day. The Whispering Woods doesn't offer that. Well...there were rude kids at all hours of the day. Now, I love children immensely, but not when they are allowed to over fun the pool...kicking water in your face, practically running into the adults, and being unruly. We thought it would have been best for the adult guests if there had been a designated adult swim hour so we EVERYONE could enjoy the pool.
Yes, I have been very negative. Perhaps our experiences with other timeshares have made us a bit particular, but when you pay into a timeshare, I think you should be particular.
The pluses here...GREAT location next to Mt. Hood and amazing lakes. Only an hour from Portland. Nice exercise room and large selection of DVDs to rent. Nice property. We also appreciated that it was quiet at night and in the early morning.
If you are buying groceries for your stay here...make sure you buy them at one of the grocery stores in Sandy or Gresham. The Thriftway here was terrible and terribly over priced.
Will we stay here again? NO! If we want to visit the area again, we will stay elsewhere even if we can't use a timeshare trade.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Whispering Woods Hotel Welches
- Whispering Wood Resort