by Joanna Nesbit
Mt. Bachelor Village Resort is an all-inclusive location, offering a variety of lodging options and amenities. Amenities start with free passes to the onsite Athletic Club of Bend featuring a fitness center, tennis courts, pools and Jacuzzi. The resort also offers complimentary cruiser bikes (seasonal), a playground and another outdoor pool and Jacuzzi separate from the Athletic Club. Families will find two condo options. The River Ridge Condos offer one/two/three-bedroom layouts with a king master suite, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room with a sofa bed and private hot tub. The Ski House Condos are smaller, featuring one-bedroom or one-bedroom with a loft. These smaller condos include a master queen bed and sofa bed. The River Ridge hotel rooms are located next door. Rooms include a queen bed, mini-fridge and coffeemaker. For larger groups, rent a RiverWild Forest Home with three bedrooms. The village offers nine restaurants for all palates.
Our Editor Loves
- Playground and indoor/outdoor pools
- Condos for all group sizes
- Multiple restaurants to choose from
- All Inclusive Rates
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Just completed a 2 month process trying to secure refunds for 7 reservations which were booked under the old ownership of Mount Bachelor Village. I was a previous owner for 12 years, had 2 previous very successful Family Reunions here; but had numerous problems securing these refunds under the new management. Their transition to a new accounting system is the culprit and a very steep learning curve for the Group Sales staff. After 3 tries to credit my credit card and numerous phone calls over 2 months my problem was resolved satisfactory. Read the fine print of the contract, stay vigilant on charges for deposits and if canceling do it early!
by Steven B
We stayed once again at MBVR for a late Winter ski trip and a fun time was had by all. The resort is under new ownership and we were delighted to discover the rate was substantially less than last year ($195 vs $95/night now for same time frame). That makes the resort an even better value, all things considered.
We stayed both years in the River Ridge condos. Most, if not all, of these condos are privately owned and the resort manages them by renting out a number of them. In our experience, they are quiet and comfortable and include full, well-stocked kitchens, private hot tubs and excellent wifi. The beds are comfy and the guest services are friendly and efficient. The condos all have large picture windows with great views of wooded hillsides and the Deschutes River. And there is a nice walking path along the river too.
The only downside we experienced was related to housekeeping. For some reason, there were dishes left in the dishwasher, old coffee grounds in the coffee maker and the BBQ grill had not been cleaned. Had we notified guest services, they would have taken care of these issues. Also, the sofa was a little tired and the unit could have used a general freshening up. But with these exceptions, the rest of the unit including the kitchen and bathroom were clean.
We like the location of the resort too, being on the west end of town and right on Century drive makes getting to and from the mountain very easy. It is also not far from Old Town Bend which offers a good variety of pubs and restaurants.
The resort fee includes free entry to the Bend Athletic Club, which is a full-featured facility offering exercise activities for just about anyone's interests including jogging, swimming, weight training, cardio, tennis, basketball, etc. If this is your thing, it's a really good value.
So from our perspective, the takeaway is this: the issues we found were relatively minor and easy to overlook in relation to the overall value of staying at MBVR. As a result, we will stay here again and would encourage others to do the same.
PS – Note that if you rent a River Ridge condo, you'll want to make sure there is a carport associated with it. Some of the condos have an enclosed garage and, if you rent one of those, you won't be able to use it and you'll have to park outside. This might be inconvenient only if there is a snowstorm.