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Riverhouse on the Deschutes 3.0

Bend, Central Oregon, Oregon

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Pros

  • Lovely property that completed a $10 million upgrade in 2016
  • Picturesque setting on the scenic Deschutes River
  • Attractive guest rooms with Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and microwaves
  • All units have balconies or patios, and some have fireplaces 
  • Full-service restaurant/bar features fresh Pacific Northwest cuisine
  • Large indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools 
  • Well-equipped gym with cardio and strength-training machines
  • Business center with multiple computers and a printer 
  • Convention center that can host up to 1,600 people
  • 24-hour front desk, concierge, and room service 
  • Guest laundry room and valet dry cleaning and laundry service 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and on-site parking 

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of downtown Bend 
  • Guest rooms are a bit dark and not all have river views 
  • Some past guests have complained of noisy rooms 
  • Breakfast doesn't come included in rates  
  • No elevator service to second-floor rooms

Bottom Line

The three-pearl Riverhouse on the Deschutes has a picturesque setting on a narrow stretch of the Deschutes River, about 10 minutes north of downtown Bend. The lodge-like property is spread out on both sides of the river, connected by a covered bridge, and received a renovation that was completed in 2016. Highlights include a popular restaurant/bar, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, and a large convention center. Its 221 spacious and contemporary guest rooms all have balconies or patios, and come with flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and microwaves, but they're a bit dark and lack colorful, eye-catching accents. Many feature lovely river views, although others overlook parking lots. On-site parking and Wi-Fi throughout are free. Travelers look for a stay that's closer to downtown and includes breakfast -- which the Riverhouse does not -- can consider Hampton Inn & Suites Bend.

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Scene

A busy riverfront hotel in a picturesque setting, with great views and a mix of travelers 

At first glance, guests arriving at this riverfront property might think it’s a peaceful hideaway, but this hotel bustles with activity year-round. There are wedding parties, families and couples on vacation, and business travelers attending meetings at the hotel's conference center. It can get quite crowded when larger groups stay here and hotel is at capacity, resulting in waits for service at times. It’s an older property with exterior corridors but a $10 million renovation completed in 2016 nicely refreshed it. It has a modern lobby, but the registration area is dark and has low ceilings. The handsome Currents restaurant is brighter and looks more like a rustic lodge, with vaulted ceilings and banks of windows overlooking the river. Lots of comfy seating and a large fireplace make the bar area a cozy hangout, and the fire pit on the large outdoor patio also is a popular gathering spot. 

Location

Straddling the scenic Deschutes River, north of downtown Bend

The property is located on both sides of a narrow stretch of the Deschutes River about a 10-minute drive from downtown Bend. In town, guests will find the popular Old Mill District and its numerous shops and restaurants. The hotel is across the busy state highway from shopping mall with a supermarket, department stores, and restaurants. It’s a 24-minute drive to Sunriver Resort, and 15 minutes to the ski slopes at Mount Bachelor. Redmond Municipal Airport takes 22 minutes by car, and the airports in Eugene and Salem are approximately two-and-a-half hours away. Portland is a little more than a three-hour drive.

Rooms

Modern and nicely equipped with mini-fridges and Keurig coffeemakers, but a bit dark

The guest rooms are modern and fresh from a 2016 upgrade, and while attractive, their gray-and-gold decor lacks energy and spaces are a bit dark. A predominantly gray palette includes a range of hues on walls, wooden furniture, and two-tone carpet with a busy pattern. Gold accents are used on bed throws and some of the upholstered furniture fabrics. 

Units come in four categories (including One-Bedroom Suites), differentiated by size and views, and all have either balconies or patios. The Deluxe (standard) Room we saw was contemporary and spacious, with a sofa, coffee table, and desk with leather office chair. It also had a roomy credenza that held a mini-fridge, microwave, and Keurig coffeemaker. Premier Rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces framed by natural stone, and Suites have separate living rooms.

There are en-suite wood- and white-ceramic vanities, and similar but larger vanities in the spacious bathroom, which have nice wood laminate floors, magnifying mirrors, and white tiling around shower/tub combos. Views are of either the lovely river or the property (primarily of parking lots). Units facing the busy highway tend to hear more traffic noise, and some past guests have complained about noise from hallways and neighboring rooms. 

Features

Restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, plus business facilities, but breakfast costs extra

This rustic hotel offers a well-rounded amenities package for its business and leisure traveler clientele. Currents restaurant has a lovely outdoor patio and features fresh Pacific Northwest cuisine for breakfast (fee), lunch, and dinner. The hotel also has grab-and-go items for breakfast, and a gift shop that sells snacks and soft drinks. Room service is available. 

For wellness, the outdoor pool and whirlpool are open seasonally and have bar service in warm weather, and the indoor pool and whirlpool are open year-round. There's also a spacious and well-equipped fitness center with modern cardio and strength-training machines. 

Other amenities include a stand-alone convention center that can host up to 1,600 people, a dedicated business center with multiple computers and a printer, and a cozy game room with a pool table and flat-screen TV. Valet dry cleaning and laundry are among the concierge services, a guest laundry room is on-site, and there's a 24-hour front desk. On-site parking and Wi-Fi throughout are free, and pets are welcome with a surcharge. Travelers with limited mobility should be aware that there are no elevators to access second-floor guest rooms, and that some units are located across the river from the lobby and restaurant. 

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Address

3075 N. Business 97, Bend, Oregon 97703-7511, United States

Also Known As

  • Riverhouse on th Deschutes
  • The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center

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