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Today was our two-year anniversary and we left Bend and headed to Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood to celebrate. We had a very nice breakfast at the hotel and then checked out and started making our way north. From Bend, we took US-97 north and then US-26 W into Mount Hood National Forest. Ironically, we had great views of the mountain for most of …
Linda had the day off so we set off on time to follow the Columbia River. West of Portland it resembled a classical painting: a wide gorge with blue green mountains in the distance. The road hugged the river, parallel to the old Oregon Trail of old days. The twisty road brought us to some wonderful views, especially from Vista House, a beautiful …
So if you're going to spend a night in the Hood, it might as well be in a log cabin by Wolf Creek right? Far, far away from anything... Good thing Cannon Beach was around the corner. We checked into an awesome hotel on the beach. It was hard to tell who was more welcome...puppies, or their owners.... Puppies were treated as VIPs with their name on …
Today we drove ( I mean Fred and Charlene drove, I just sat there as a princess!!) to the Mount Hood national forest, sooooo beautiful! Weather was fine, dry and sometimes the sun got through the clouds, wonderful views of colored trees and evergreens, and once at the Timberline lodge (I guess alt 2000 m) , a superbe view and in the background the …
We walked around Timberline Lodge.
I told her about 'The Shining'.
We went to the diner and I had a porter made at Government Camp.
We slept at the lodge.
We used the (very expensive) phone to make plans in Portland, the next few days.
We walked around the timberline and watched skiers.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Beautifully furnished with chunk furniture and lots of places to explore.
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My wife and I stayed at the Timberline Lodge for our two-year anniversary and had a very nice stay. It was in September and the weather was warm, so the ski area was closed, so we hiked around in Mount Hood National Forest looking for waterfalls. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. I had notified them via email before arriving that it was our anniversary, and the front desk wished us a happy anniversary, upgraded us to a fireplace room, and gave us a bottle of wine in our room. The rooms are very nice, although the walls are very thin. It is a historical hotel, after all. They were doing construction, so the elevators were out, but after hiking on Mount Hood, one flight of stairs didn't seem too bad. We stayed during a weekday in the off-season, and got a complimentary dinner at Cascade Dining Room. The food and wine was great and the service was very good. They have a pool and hot tub, but they're outside, which can be an issue depending on the weather. There was near-freezing rain when we visited, so we opted against going outside for the hot tub. Before dinner, I wanted to hike on Mount Hood, so we hiked the Mountaineer Trail, a very strenuous trail that gains more than 1000 feet in under a mile. I was hoping for some great views above the tree line, but unfortunately, the weather was poor and visibility was about 10 feet. And then it started raining/snowing when we were hiking back down. Luckily, the hotel has washers and dryers and the front desk gave us tokens so we could dry our clothes. And the fireplace in our room was very nice as well. The building is beautiful (even with a little construction) and the location is one-of-a-kind, right on Mount Hood with fabulous views of the mountain and surrounding forest (depending on the weather, of course). It's also a really interesting and historical hotel. It was built in the 1930s as a Works Progress Administration project and served as the outside of the hotel in The Shining. They have a lot of exhibits about the hotel and national forest in the lobby to learn more. It's kind of expensive, but a really cool, historical hotel, and definitely worth the stay to celebrate a special occasion.
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One of the best mountain lodges in the West, Timberline retains almost all of the original artwork, furniture and fixtures from its 1937 beginnings. I've stayed at nearly every great lodge in the West, and only Crater Lake Lodge, in my mind, surpasses Timberline.
My husband & I stayed in a fireplace room (largest room available) in Dec. 2004. Although the view of Mt. Hood and the surrounding area was lovely, the service was dreadful.
What a great place. Fantastic lodge experience. This is not a modern hotel, but a 1930s/40s ski lodge which maintains those traditions well. The rooms are basic and small but the common areas & bar are grand and yet the restaurant is excellent for an intimate romantic dinner. A trully magical time machine.
Great atmosphere, Good skiing
Timberline is located about an hour from Portland. We came primarily for skiing, which was great. When you walk out of the hotel, you are only a few feet from the slopes and lifts. The lodge is rustic, don't expect a luxury hotel. The rooms were small and basic, but comfortable. The bar, restaurants, and lobby were great for just hanging out and relaxing after a day on the slopes. My only complaint about the hotel was noise from other rooms, there sound insulation is not what you would expect. Overall, I was very pleased with my experience here and plan on coming back.
Timberline Lodge is magical. A good place to write poetry during the off season, a good place to ski in the snow season. The rooms are small, but the staff is friendly and the common areas have a great atmosphere for sitting around and talking or writing letters/postcards. I like to walk the trails and meditate.
It is with a lot of hesitation that I write this review for Timberline Lodge because we have such a soft spot in our hearts for it and don't want to point out any negatives. So, because of that, I'll point out the positives first.
I have stayed at the lodge 3 or 4 times and the last time was about 3 years ago so things may have improved since. Overall my experiences have been mixed. The Lodge itself is beautiful and full of atmosphere. Some might consider the rooms basic but I think they are terrific and full of character (I have not yet stayed in a room with a fireplace). The restaurent and bar staff have allways been very pleasant and helpful and the bar serves good simple food. The dinner meals I have had in the much vaunted restaurant have been dissapointing. They have been over elaborate (prententious even) large and stodgy. Definately dissapointing. Breakfast is good though (I like a stodgy breakfast!). I have not had a good experience with the reception staff either in booking or in dealing with problems while staying at the lodge. For this reason I would not rate them high on service. Overall I got the feeling that they were resting on their laurels which they can get away with because the location and atmosphere are unbeatable. I will probably stay there again but if I get bad service again next time it will be my last.
The lodge is very Northeast circa 1900. It's got great atmosphere. The main restaurant serves great food. The main fireplace area, the lounge and bar area has a marvelous feel. However, some things that you wish were updated aren't. For example, they seem to have no way of adjusting individual room temperture. We were staying in the 2nd floor, but as the night went on, our room kept getting hotter until it was almost unbearable. When we complained to the front desk, a guy came and pulled out an antique looking fan from the closet and installed it in front of our bed. The fact that the beds had fluffly goose down mattress AND down comforter (which would have been heavenly in a different environment) didn't help either. I'm sure it has to do with the original architecture but the walls of the lodge are also quite thin and we were able to follow the movements of those dwelling above and around us, as well as the noisy skateboarders walking around the parking lot late at night. I also need to add that the rooms are also shockingly small, althought once I get used to it, it started to feel cozy and quaint. Maybe it's that authentic turn-of-the-century mountain cabin feel, but somehow you learn to appreciate it. Finally, the ski lifts are literally right outside the front door and nothing beats that. The staff are also cordial and friendly.
What a wonderful place to spend a few nights. This is a lodge, not a hotel, so if you like a rustic but elegant environment, this is about as good as you'll find. The rooms are small and bathrooms even smaller, but the rest of the place is so great that we didn't notice. Incredible scenery, and first rate meals abound!!! We loved every minute of our stay.
The Timberline Lodge is a classic mountain lodge!! Built in the '30's as a part of Roosevelt's WPA program, it still stands as a beautiful & historic destination. The detail in the construction goes beyond anything you'd find in present day; it's a pleasure to see the care & dedication that went into its creation.There are basically 3 levels of 'common space.' Upon entering there are old chairs with raw-hide staps around a fireplace (registration is to the left of this area). The 2nd level is the "main lobby" which feels more like an enormous living room. The period furniture is placed around the 6 sided, 92 foot fireplace. It's simply stunning. The main dining room is also off this space. Dinner reservations are a must even for the lodge guests. The food was fabulous and only a bit pricey--but, if you're staying at the lodge, you're a captive audience. There are very few places you're going to find food if you leave the lodge & travel down the mountain. Their wine selection is also quite large considering their location. The 3rd level (mezzanine) overlooks the main lobby. Drinks and appetizers are served in this area for curious tourists or those just wishing to relax and take in the view. The mezzanine (also known as the Rams Head Bar) has plenty of windows & seating overlooking the mountains or the ski side of Mt. Hood.The one thing I did like is that they lock the front doors to visitors after 11pm. If you're a guest and require entrance, there's a speaker system to allow you access to the facility.The rooms are quite cozy and small but that's to be expected based on the period in which it was built. Our only complaint was a noisy water fountain in the hallway. We solved the noise by unplugging it. The toilet in the bathroom was behind a wall on the other side of the sink; it would be very difficult for a "larger person" to manuever their way to the toilet. This is probably not the case with all the rooms. We happened to be on the 3rd floor with a queen sizeIf you are in the area, do yourself a favor and stay at the Timberline Lodge at least one night. Treat yourself to a nice dinner and go about your trip. It is a lovely place with a lot of history attached to it.Enjoy!!!!