This wonderful lodge was built by the WPA (Works Projects Administration) during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It is owned and operated by the National Parks Service and has been since the very beginning. It is well worth a visit for the architectural beauty alone.
A wonderful heritage property full of art and craftsman wonders. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 nights at the Lodge. So much to see within the hotel. It was incredibly windy so no fires could be lit which was a pity and it limited outdoor activities. Good was very good, the best we've had in any lodge and they seemed to have plenty of staff. A fantastic stay.
All rooms face a view - the history of the hotel is amazing, its history is very interesting, I highly recommend that do the hotel tour, it is aprox 1 hour it makes the stay even more interesting as all of a sudden you notice all the manual work that went into building the hotel and all the architecture and art throughout the hotel has a meaning.
The lodge is utterly amazing unlike any other building. They do not build things like this anymore. Huge Timbers, giant three story rock fireplace with open balconies all around it. The view of Mt Hood is exceptional ! Food and service were very good. We ate in the pub so I can’t comment on the dining room. The lodge is worth the drive just to look around and marvel at the grandeur.
Enjoyed the views, history, dining, close parking and of course hike around Mt Hood. Service was excellent. Hotel was clean and well kept. Enjoyed the village of government camp for that authentic mountain town feel. Highly recommend a visit.
Despite the Ladge website, there are not alternative restaurants available for breakfast. This forces one to take part in a $25 breakfast buffet at which you can make your own waffles! I have seen similar spreads at hotels provided free for their guests. So...my advice is to bring along something to eat for breakfast. Coffee is indeed free, so just bring something with you. We sprang for the dinner as well. I understand it was once a gourmet experience. 1/4 roast chicken with three roast carrots, two tiny roast potatoes and one fig...for $42. Sorry. That all said about the food, the hotel is an amazing art piece. I have never seen such amazing ironwork and woodwork. All produced by the WPA workers who built this magnificent hotel under FDR. Well worth an overnight stay. Remember it is at about 6000 feet. Take your time and drink plenty of fluids. I had an altitude headache that night...not being acclimated or in good shape at all.…
This was a bucket list item so that was the reason for our visit. You must book early! We enjoyed riding the ski lift up the mountain for a great view above the treeline. I ponied-up for the one-on-one hike with Heidi the St. Bernard. We sure enjoyed walking with her and seeing her have fun rolling in the snow and taking bites of snow too. I would highly recommend visitng the lodge for at least one night. Also, I highly recommend the breakfast at the main restaurant -really good and full of options. A couple of changes could easily make it a 10 in my books: 1, open the pool. It was closed for maintenance. 2, Open the Blue Ox bar. I was really disappointed that we couldn't enjoy a drink here. I understand the pool needing repairs, but the Blue Ox? It looked soooo cool, but it was closed. Not sure why -but would guess at staffing since that is the world that we live in. Finally, It would get bonus points if the main parking lot in front of the lodge (very ugly btw) were wiped-out and replaced with a hedge maze -ala the Shining. This would be a huge draw and increase the allure and photogenetics of the property ten-fold. You could even open it up for axe throwing too!! Jack Torrance would really love that. The parking lot is convenient but a real detractor for your photo-taking. The skiiers have to walk through it anyway, so why not get rid of it and make the overnighters park further downhill? Give 'em a bottle of mountain water for their troubles.…
From the views of mount Hood to the intricate details all over the lodge this place is a treasure. The rooms are tiny, the bathrooms are really small. But it’s charming. The lobbies and giant fireplace are so comfortable. The place oozes history. The front desk is awesome. They have good food options. It’s historic, scenic, and and relaxing. I can only share 10 pictures. I’ll try to convince you of its specialness.
We visited for the day on the way to Bend, and this turned out to be a great surprise. We really liked it! The snow was fun to play in the last week of June, and it made great snowballs. The inside of the hotel was like a museum which many interesting things to look at and read. The outside of the hotel was picturesque, and we rewatched them Shining a few days after visiting. I wished we had more time to play in the snow. There are also a couple of gift shops that are nice.
While the lodge was busy, it was not crowded. We took a sunny walk around the grounds to enjoy the beautiful views. We even got to sit in a couple of the Adirondack chairs to view the mountain. One of our party was celebrating her birthday so we chose the buffet in the Cascade Dining Room. The choices and quality were excellent. To finish it off the selection of deserts was great and worked well for a birthday celebration.