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    Hotels Conundrum in Bend

    I've done a few searches on this forum and other websites for opinions. Based on room availability, etc., I've narrowed the search to either the Riverhouse or Red Lion in Bend. It seems like the Riverhouse has a great location but is dated, while the Red Lion has good internet and breakfast but not as good of location. My wife and I will be in Bend for about 5 days in July to visit friends. We're bringing our MTBs and plan on riding each day. We'll be able to drive to trails. Any ideas? We're leaning towards the Red Lion because it will be $100 cheaper for our stay plus we get a free night at another Red Lion. Thanks for the advice!

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    The Riverhouse is in a much nicer location and their restaurant served the most incredible steak I've ever eaten. They also have a pool.

    The Red Lion is fine I'm sure, but it's on very uninteresting Third St.

    Do you want ambience and amenities or just a place to lay your heads down?

    I haven't compared rates but how about the Doubletree by Hilton? My wife and I stayed there for a few days before we moved to Bend (it was The Phoenix hotel back then). It's right above the downtown area and you'd be able to walk to all the shops and restaurants.

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    We stayed at the Pine Ridge Inn on our last trip. Very nice. Not cheap. Biking distance to the Cog Wild shuttle office. Our next trip I'd probably choose somewhere downtown for easier access to dinner.

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    I always stay at the Oxford. Good place, centrally located. They have a room where you can store your bikes and have cruisers you can use to bike around town. That or rent a house from Lava Belles. lavabelles vacation rentals bend oregon

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    I've stayed at the Riverhouse a couple times (last weekend, in fact). It is clean but definitely dated and I think overpriced for what it is. If you're going to Bend for outdoorsy stuff and/or to do the Ale Trail I wouldn't be too concerned with proximity to restaurants and bars or breweries. Bend is small and cabs are dirt cheap.

    Disclaimer: I go to Bend for biking and beer, and if I get a room I only need a place to sleep, shower, and park the bike. I couldn't care less about a pool or restaurant in the hotel.

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    Re: Hotels Conundrum in Bend

    The RiverHouse isn't "dated", its Retro!

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    Have you considered a vacation rental ie. vrbo or airbnb? We just stayed in a great vrbo place in Bend. I can't even do hotels anymore.

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    Based on what you would spend at the Riverhouse I think you would be better off looking for something on VRBO. If you want cheap I would recommend Three Sisters Inn, although it is on the same main drag that the Red Lion is.

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    I stayed in the Old St Francis for a couple nights just after Memorial Day. Bed was very comfortable and you can bring your bike into the room. They have wifi but no computer available to use. I walked a block to the public library the one time I needed computer access to the internet, and got what I needed there for free. Several breweries are within short walking distance, with a couple more a moderate walking distance away. Lots of restaurants to choose from. If you stay at this hotel, you can watch movies in their theatre for free. I watched Lone Survivor one night. They serve beer in the theatre, which is a big plus, and also serve food. I think the place has less than 20 rooms total. They also have a soak pool of some sort you can use - I didn't ever check that out. The staff are friendly. I have no affiliation with the place, just giving my impression, which was favorable. It is a little funky, which I like. Not your typical hotel experience.

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    The soaking pool at McMenamins is awesome. There's very cool art and an open skylight so if it's raining it will rain into the pool. Several years ago someone hucked a small explosive device into the pool through the roof though. Fortunately no one got hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    The soaking pool at McMenamins is awesome. There's very cool art and an open skylight so if it's raining it will rain into the pool. Several years ago someone hucked a small explosive device into the pool through the roof though. Fortunately no one got hurt.
    This is my suggestion, right here ^^^ I love that place

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    Thanks for everyone's advice! We had a blast in Bend. We ended up staying at the Red Lion. Staff was very friendly and even hooked up a hose so we could rinse off our bikes. Their breakfast also more robust than standard "free" hotel breakfasts. The only downside is how hot it got later in the day (we did all of our rides in the AM).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    This is my suggestion, right here ^^^ I love that place
    I've always wanted to stay overnight there but just haven't gotten around to it. It looks like so much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    I've always wanted to stay overnight there but just haven't gotten around to it. It looks like so much fun.
    I do whenever my brother visits town, even though I live in Bend.

    Free use of the soaking pool, free movies, great bonfire out back. And if we drink too much, there is no need to drive

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