We stayed in #204 of the South Grand Lodge from Dec 22-26, 2017. It is a pet-friendly unit and was covered in pet hair to prove it. The unit itself was bare bones, cheap motel artwork, worn furniture, paper goods that took your skin off, and absolutely no supplies for cooking, not even salt and pepper. We tried to grill and the gas was out as well. We laid towels on the cold tile floor since there are no rugs in the bathrooms.
I completely agree with the reviewer from 2014, the entry is so poorly designed it makes it seem like going into a downtown parking garage:
"First, the is no front door or traditional entry to the lodge building - all access between the units and the outside world is though a gated underground parking garage or nondescript emergency doors on the side of the building. Adding a real building entry would have made getting to the pool or walking into town less institutional and feel like less of an afterthought."
For $500 a night it was such a poor example of a 4-5 star resort that I really felt gypped. Many other hotels do a better job at 3 stars. If we try Govy again, it will be at a regular hotel and we'll forego the "resort" experience.
The Grand Lodges on Mt. Hood are simply amazing. They are huge and have all of the luxury you could ask for in a lodging property. If you are looking for a place to vacation this is an awesome location. It is right in the quaint little Village of Government Camp. There are shops and restaurants walking distance from your condo. There is a nice pool and hot tub on site and the recreation in the area is WORLD CLASS. I can't even list the number of things there is to do in both summer and winter.
Back to the condo.... they have gourmet kitchens, amazing showers, nice beds, large living rooms with cable tv and wifi, and all of the luxury finishes you would expect. All of this and only an hour from Portland. This is truly a great place to vacation in both summer and winter.
Loved The Grand Lodges at Collins Lake... beautiful accommodations, clean and well cared for, plush and comfy bedding and towels, great location for our family over New Years! The kitchen was well stocked with a variety of cooking items - but remember to bring along spices and coffee filters as these were not provided. There is a charming pool, hot tub, sauna area with an outdoor fireplace! We were able to walk up the hill into the Village of Government Camp for food, coffee, and rentals, or down the hill to Mt. Hood Brewing Company where we had dinner on NY Eve, amidst a snow storm that dumped over a foot of snow. The resort is situated just across the street from the trail head of great cross country skiing or snow shoeing trails... just a perfect spot! Highly recommend!
We stayed in Grand Lodge 5 for five days of winter fun. The lodge was very comfortable for the six of us plus our two little dogs. The lodge is spacious, comfortable and well equipped. We cooked most meals and ate at the generous sized table. We loved the view of snow covered trees from our window. We enjoyed the beautiful trail around the lake.
Check in was easy. We got a call that our lodge was ready early. We were on the road with groceries on board so we moved right in.
We were not the only residents with dogs. It was easy to walk the dogs in the drive and parking lot. There is a convenient dog station. We always met other friendly dogs on our several walks a day.
Staff was often seen around the complex. They were friendly and went out of their way to be helpful.
We didn't use the pool because it is oddly situated. However, I saw many braver people in swimsuit, towel and flip flops walk up the very cold snowy drive to swim.
This was our third stay. Our church mens retreat was great. We have been able to reserve room #22 everything time. It has three bedrooms with plenty of room for everyone. The kitchen is very spacious and a large dining room table for everyone to gather around. My only complaints were getting to the pool from the room. You have To go through the garage and locked gate or walk from another exit of the building. A nice trail leading to the pool would have been a nice touch. Heather was very pleasant in reservations and answered all my questions. Some of the other staff were not as pleasant. Overall it was a good experience. We will be returning next year.