Unless you are business traveler who is loyal to a specific chain of hotels, I was a Marriott guy in my former life, the number of hotel options in Bend can be daunting. A quick Google search for hotels in Bend, OR will bring up nearly 100 listings. For a town the size of Bend, that’s a TON of hotels.
Picking the right hotel really starts with knowing what your expectations and budget are then weeding out the facilities that don’t fit your needs. Bringing your own gear? Many hotels in Bend include a place to store your bike, skis, kayaks, and other outdoor toys. Traveling with a 4-legged friend? Over 40 hotels around Bend are pet friendly.
If there isn’t something unique to your needs, it’s time to look at location. Are you hoping to walk everywhere you go? Are you planning to get out and explore the 1000s of miles of hiking and biking Bend offers? How about a patio that over looks the river? Or maybe you’re looking to be a bit outside of town so your stay is a little quieter? You can be close to trails or downtown, shopping or hiking, dining or wildlife-viewing.
Whether you fancy an award-winning, upscale boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, or a trusted chain conveniently located on the highway, we can hook you up with some of the best hotels in Bend.
While we obviously can’t give you a breakdown of all of them, here are few of our favorite unique hotels in Bend:
Hotels in Bend – For The Outdoor Enthusiast
LOGE Camps is the hotel that gets you outdoors. Inspired by the surf, climbing and camping culture of the 70’s and the relaxed energy of a road trip with friends, LOGE inspires people to get out and explore together.
LOGE prides themselves on finding forgotten motels near amazing towns and trails, and bringing them back to life in creative ways. The Bend property offers full hotel rooms as well as hostel style rooms. Amenities range from on-site gear rentals to fire pits and free live music.
LOGE delivers a welcoming outdoor-adventure focused experience for all. LOGE Bend is the closest in-town hotel to Mt Bachelor. It’s a 20 min drive to escape to the mountain, but only a 15 min bike ride to the breweries downtown! The unique location puts you right on the connector trails to the popular “Phil’s Trail” for mountain biking or just strolling along the river. Whatever your activity of choice, LOGE is close to it all! Rock climb, River Raft, Ski, Bike, Paddle…the list goes on!
One of the things we love about LOGE is their commitment to fight for the protection of our wild places. They give 1% of top line revenue at each location to a local non-profit that fosters responsible outdoor use. Their sponsorship partners include: The Surfrider Foundation, Northwest Avalanche Association, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, and Central Oregon Trail Association.
Oh, and incase you were wondering…it’s pronounced “lodge”.
Bonus: it stands for Live Outside, Go Explore!
If you know anything about McMenamins properties, you know they are unique. The Old St. Francis School is no different. In their own words; “our goal is to keep the past in the present, to celebrate and connect us all with the people and events that have helped define each McMenamins property. To that end, we research, interview and compile materials to identify and commemorate our properties and their surroundings.”
This property is conveniently located on the south end of downtown Bend. It was transformed from a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse to a hotel in 2004. The Old St. Francis School is complete with classrooms-turned-lodging rooms, a pub, brewery, a movie theater, private meeting/event space, live music bookings, and a fantastic soaking pool. It’s a property that attracts day travelers, shoppers, hikers, skiers and outdoor adventurers alike.
We love this property for how they honor its former life by featuring extensive artwork that pays homage to the history of the school and the surrounding community. Photos, memorabilia, artists’ renderings and students’ artwork adorn the walls, making the hotel a unique gallery of sorts. Take note of the unusual custom-made light fixtures and absolutely stunning tile mosaics that surround the soaking pool. And in the Art and Ed Houses, wander slowly to discover secret hallways, secret rooms and a secret bar!
Bonus: Old St. Francis School allows pets on the side patios and in hotel rooms for a $15 fee.
Hotels in Bend – Upscale Boutique Hotel
The Oxford Hotel is an award winning “eco-chic” property located in the heart of downtown Bend. They offer luxurious amenities ranging from delightful pillow menus to organic bath products to complimentary cruiser bikes.
10below is the onsite restaurant at the Oxford. It provides the same delicious food to both in room and dine-in guests. The menu features many PNW favorites like salmon and northwest prawns as well as a good selection of local craft beers and cocktails.
As you would expect from a boutique hotel, the Oxford offers a spa, saunas, steam room, and state of the art work out facility. Some other luxury features include same day dry cleaning, nightly turn-down service, and a concierge to schedule tee times at some of the best public courses in town. To top it all off, they even offer a few pet friendly rooms.
Bonus: The Oxford Hotel offers loaner Breedlove guitars for the music lovers in your group.
Hotels In Bend – Hostel Lodging
The Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House is the newest and ONLY hostel destination for the adventure traveler in downtown Bend. The Lucas House, built in 1910, is also Bend’s first and oldest brick building. You can book an entire room or just a bunk to use for the night. Either way, make sure to grab your free beer at check-in. Since these guys truly cater to the adventurous, they offer a shuttle to Smith Rock or Mt. Bachelor called the “Dirtbag Express”.
If you don’t need a bed, but want to take a load off and wash up, you can take advantage of the “Dirtbag Deal”. There is no better way to enjoy a shower, fresh towel, laundry, WiFi, and a beer!
The Lucas House is the perfect place to relax with a local beer and share stories with international travelers. You’ll also be able to enjoy a big-screen TV, WiFi, A/C, bedding and towels, and luggage storage. There is a shared, furnished, guest-use kitchen as well as a light breakfast including coffee, tea, juice, cocoa, milk, eggs, bananas, and fresh local bread. A few nice surprises are the private outdoor parking, an outdoor fire pit, a gas BBQ, and a lighted outdoor gazebo.
Bonus: The “Dirtbag Express” is actually available for hire for full or half day adventures. It seats 11 plus a driver.