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Sugarloaf Mt. Motel 2.0

Bend, Central Oregon, Oregon

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Pros

  • Simple, budget-friendly affair with convenient access to major roads
  • Close to several chain eateries and gas stations
  • Contemporary rooms have TVs, desks, and coffeemakers
  • Microwaves and mini-fridges are provided in some rooms
  • Seasonal outdoor pool with loungers and tables
  • Free breakfast with fruit, cereal, and toast
  • Free parking with room for buses, RVs, and trailers
  • Pet-friendly hotel
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Cons

  • Reports of cleanliness and maintenance issues
  • Some rooms have old tube TVs
  • Not all room have mini-fridges and microwaves

Bottom Line

The 146-room Sugarloaf Mountain Motel is a simple, budget-friendly affair a nine-minute drive north of downtown in Bend, Oregon. Contemporary, albeit generic, rooms are spartan, lacking even drawers or a wardrobe (there’s a few open shelves for clothes), and some guests are dissatisfied with cleanliness. A coffeemaker and TV are provided, however, and some rooms include a microwave and mini-fridge. The hotel has few extras, but a basic free breakfast sweetens the deal, and the outdoor pool is a nice add-on for the price. For comparison, check out Holiday Motel at a similar rate, but closer to the center of town. 

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Scene

Typical roadside motel with updated decor, but some maintenance issues

This budget motel aims to provide leisure travelers the basics they need for an inexpensive stay in Bend, Oregon. The main building is three stories and has an elevator, and there are more rooms in two-story buildings across the parking lot. Exterior hallways and parking all around the building makes it easy to access rooms. Inside, the lobby is a modest space featuring a lot of wood and a leafy motif. Guests enter in a tiled hallway by the front desk where there’s free water and an empty vending machine. A sunken room to the side has a lounge with a TV and the breakfast area, and a prominently displayed stuffed cougar is the centerpiece of the space. The area is clean and organized, but feels a bit crowded, even when there aren’t people checking in or eating. Many guests find the hotel satisfactory for the price, but others complain of housekeeping and maintenance issues. 

Location

In a busy area a nine-minute drive north of downtown Bend, Oregon

Sugarloaf Mountain Motel is in northern Bend, Oregon, just removed from downtown and many of the other hotels in town. It is on a busy road behind a gas station and is surrounded by stores and chain restaurants such as Burger King, IHOP, and Subway. It’s a six-minute walk to the Bend River Promenade, a shopping area with department stores and a range of chain shops. It is an eight-minute walk to the Sun Mountain Fun Center where there are mini-golf, bowling, bumper cars, and other family entertainment. There’s a public bus stop just across the street for farther trips. 

The River’s Edge Golf Course is a four-minute drive away. Quaint downtown Bend, with its shopping, bars, and cafes, is a nine-minute drive from the hotel. It is a 14-minute drive to the High Desert Museum -- a fun, hands-on experience for kids. The slopes at Mount Bachelor -- good for skiing, hiking, or biking -- are a 35-minute drive away. Redmond Municipal Airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel, and Portland International Airport is just over a three-hour drive away.

Rooms

Modest rooms with generic decor include TVs and coffeemakers

Rooms are modestly appointed with a generic, albeit mostly contemporary look that is neat and uncluttered. A white-and-brown palette creates a warm atmosphere, and lovely artwork depicting mountain scenes adds embellishment. Beds are queen-size -- there’s either one or two, depending on room size -- and rooms include a desk and dresser with a couple of drawers. All rooms have a coffeemaker and a TV -- some are old tube-style and others are flat-screens. Some rooms also come with mini-fridges and microwaves. Rooms near the highway have some traffic noise, but those in the back and away from the pool are quieter. Bathrooms are simple, most with a curtained shower/tub combo, and a sink outside the bathroom. A hairdryer and free toiletries are provided.

Features

 An outdoor pool, free continental breakfast, parking, and free Wi-Fi  

Unsurprisingly for a motel, there are few features here, but a seasonal outdoor pool is a highlight. It is set in the parking lot, away from most rooms, on a fenced-in concrete patio with a few loungers and tables. Breakfast is a free continental buffet with choices like biscuits with gravy, cereal, fruit, boiled eggs, and make-your-own waffles. The hotel has some pet-friendly rooms. There’s plenty of free parking around the building, including for RVs and trailers. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. 

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Address

62980 N Highway 97, Bend, Oregon 97703-5734, United States

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