Common areas are great, private rooms are a bit claustrophobic A review of Timberline Lodge
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.