Monday, September 07, 2009

Travel Review: Ameritel Hotel and the Old Mill District, Bend Oregon

*This review was not sponsored in any way whatsoever. I did not receive any money, discounts, coupons, or offers of chocolate in order to write it. Ameritel didn't even know I was a blogger until the very end, when I asked the owner if it would be okay to write a review. I booked, we stayed, we LOVED, and I can't wait to share it with readers!

The Ameritel Inn in Bend, Oregon was one of the last hotels that we stayed in on Road Trip 2009, and I admit that I was skeptical about what it would be like. There was little information online, and really all I had to go by was the fact that I had seen it from the road once. Not really something to base a hotel on, but we decided to just go for it.

Sometimes you gamble, and you lose. This time, we gambled and hit the jackpot, baby.

This is the outside of the hotel:

The grounds were really, really nice and well maintained, with gardens and an outdoor area to sit and have a coffee and chat. You have views of the Deschutes River, the Old Mill District, and mountains in the background. It's really pretty! The location couldn't be more perfect either, but more on that later.

When you walk in the front entrance, there is a huge, nicely decorated lobby with lots of comfy places to sit. You can take your laptop and find a corner to work, or hang out with friends and have some of the coffee and tea that's always available. The coffee is actually really good, too. We didn't resort to finding a Starbucks instead. There's a little general 'store', where you can buy everything from wine to ice cream as well. Classical music plays gently in the back ground, giving the hotel a little more formal, classier feel. NICE.

The front desk staff were friendly and professional, and when I asked how much it was to upgrade my room, she actually did it for us at no extra charge! Wow!

There is a nice pool and hot tub, exercise room, computers available for customer use, and laundry facilities. All were super clean and worked impeccably!

Here's what our room looked like. The beds were soft and comfy, the pillows large and just the right amount of softness. It was nice and quiet, and just perfect. They also had Neutrogena toiletries, which I admit I squealed over. I love Neutrogena!

Also perfect? Breakfast. This hotel has one of the best hotel breakfasts I have ever seen, with a massive amount of choices! You can get everything from toast to eggs, sausage, crispy potatoes, you name it. All served on REAL dishes. You can't imagine how after weeks of travel and drinking coffee out of paper cups, this was HUGE for us. We loved it. Their crispy potatoes are the best too...yum yum yum. Oh, delish. You'd easily spend lots of cash just finding a restaurant where you could get that kind of breakfast, and at Ameritel it was included.

Looking down the Deschutes from a small bridge on a walking path at the Old Mill District. In the background is Ameritel.

Okay besides all the stuff about how wonderful Ameritel was, how beautiful and the fantastic service, the location just can NOT be beat. Not at all. Why? You are walking distance from the Old Mill District, which is THE place to be on a summer evening. Just take a super short walk down a paved path and you will find yourself at the Working Wonders Children's Museum. Descend some stairs, and you're right smack in the middle of the Old Mill District, where you can shop, go out for dinner, walk along the river, or catch a movie.

On the way stop and smell the virtual wall of wild roses along the path because wow, they are gorgeous!
Symbol of the Old Mill District; the REI building

We wandered through the shops, had the best ahi tuna sandwiches in the universe at Greg's Grill, and strolled along the river. It was romantic and peaceful, and just the thing to soothe our tired, traveling souls.

Isn't that what a vacation is supposed to be like, anyway?

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