When traveling, it’s often hard to know where to stay. Should you opt for a budget motel (often with questionable results) or bite the bullet and go for one of those luxury properties? In the high desert country of Bend, Oregon, you can have both in one hotel. Riverhouse on the Deschutes is a lodge-style hotel with many of the amenities and conveniences of a luxury property, but without breaking the bank. And, as a bonus, this recently re-invented property sits right on the Deschutes River, one of the area’s prettiest waterways.
The Riverhouse has been a landmark accommodation in Bend for a number of years and a favorite for folks who want to be close to walkable downtown Bend and the city’s surrounding natural resources. However, recently the 221-room property underwent a complete remodel that has reimagined it into an eco-friendly hotel with the feeling of a mountain lodge. The hotel has been awarded Silver LEED certification. Yet it still retains budget-friendly amenities like free parking, WIFI, and in-room refrigerators, coffeemakers, and microwave.
We recently stayed at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in a Superior King Guestroom. Our spacious room, which overlooked the river, offered an ample outdoor balcony to enjoy the piney view and the sounds of the rushing water. It was decorated in greys and light browns with occasional pops of orange and the nature-based artwork continued the lodge-like feel. The room featured an attractive river rock fireplace (with Dura-flame logs), a comfy King bed, writing desk with data ports, a couch with hide-a-bed, coffee table, two upholstered chairs, a reading light, and 47-inch, flat-screen TV with free HBO movie channels. The good-sized refrigerator came with a small freezer and, in the morning, we enjoyed the Kuerig coffee maker. While we didn’t take advantage of it, there’s an ironing board and iron in every room. We would have appreciated a safe, but it’s likely most visitors are on vacation rather than business and don’t really care.
The bath featured a granite countertop and tub/shower combo and came with higher-end 360 toiletries and good-sized towels.
One of the nicest features of the Riverhouse is that it’s pet-friendly. (My dog keeps reminding me of this fact.) They charge $25 per day per pet with a maximum of two dogs not to exceed 150 pounds combined.
More Than a Room
When not enjoying the renovated rooms, guests can unwind in the indoor and outdoor pools and saunas, use the fitness center, or enjoy access to the waterfront jogging trail. It’s a 12-minute walk from Sawyer Park and a 1.7 mile stroll to downtown Bend. It’s a 30-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor, a favorite winter ski area and summertime outdoor playground.
Another favorite outdoor hangout for Riverhouse guests is the waterside deck where there are tables and chairs and couch seating around a rock firepit. While the Currents restaurant is still a work in progress, we suggest a drink and perhaps an appetizer on this lovely patio overlooking the Deschutes.
While Riverhouse on the Deschutes is a great choice for visitors on vacation, the hotel also offers a business center for travelers. Additionally, there’s a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified building that includes more than 41,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space that can accommodate up to 2,000 for conventions, events or weddings. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor; photos by Anne Weaver, RFT Editor