Historic treasure in unmatched natural setting A review of Timberline Lodge
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.
It's not a luxury hotel, so don't go in expecting to be pampered. The room rate will seem high for what you get, but it's the unique location you're paying for. Be aware that the East Wing rooms on the second floor can get overly warm, and there is no air conditioning. A friend's room on the first floor was more comfortable. Also, know that some of the rooms are very small. I know firsthand that Room 223, for example -- a "two twins" room for $145 -- was very tight. Not enough room for two people to pass by each other from the bed area to the bathroom. But where else can you lie in bed and with just a turn of your head watch the morning sun's glow light up the summit of Mount Hood?
Service was average -- the twentysomethings that make up the vast majority of the staff seem to have no clue about the stewardship that goes along with working at a place as special as Timberline. It would be nice to see a few more adults more interested in the lodge and its guests (instead of tips and snowboarding stories) as staff members.
The breakfast buffet in the Cascade Dining Room was acceptable, but for the main meals of the day we descended to Government Camp and dined at Mount Hood Brewing Co.'s brewpub. We had dinner at the lodge on a previous stay and didn't believe it was a good value.