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Grannymacs Kitchen. Agave Grill. Olsens Patio Cafe. Roadrunner Java. All restaurants in Ajo A shared lounge and meeting facilities are also available. Desert Rain Spa Hotel has been welcoming Booking. We're sorry, but there was an error submitting your comment. Please try again. Free parking. This room features a refrigerator and a view of the outdoor pool. Sorry — there was an error submitting your response. This room has a full kitchen and views of the mountains and the outdoor pool.
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Our Spa welcomes you, to relax and enjoy the best of our mineral water. Refresh your self in our pools Perfect for family gatherings or a picnic in our barbeque area. Come Reasonable price. When it was dark the lights came on in the spa area, i really loved the feel. I enjoy Prices you can't beat! WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge. Free private parking is available on site reservation is not needed. It looks like something went wrong submitting this. Try again?
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Read more. There was a problem loading the reviews. Try again. Open your list. Not clean at all the floors were stained. The carpet looked like it wasn't shampoo in years. The room smelled like cigarettes.
The jets for the front hot tubs were empty. I didn't feel safe to get in the pool. I had my 2 yr old with me and only stayed in the room for sleeping but couldn't wait to get out of this hotel. I feel like the guy in the front was also too flirty. It was bare bones with barely basic amenities. Cleanliness was sub par. We actually left the room cleaner than we found it. The hotel did not looked nothing like it was promoted, I guess you get what you pay for. The hotel looked fair, the big pool was the only one in service, the other little ones were out off service, plus there were bed bugs.
Air wasn't cooled enough. Friendly staff and environment. Location was good close to shopping and Cabots Museum. There was nothing i did not like. I see they ate still working on the spa and on the picnic tables in the back, but that is okay I know it will be well worth the wait. I cant wait to go back again. Management was awesome.
Housekeeping was awesome.. Room was degrees and took till the middle of the night to cool off. Got bit on my arm while I was sleeping. There was a mini fridge but not even plugged in. Not 1 thing! Staff was great and made our stay perfect. They didn't have all the jacuzzis working but other than that everything was great. The exterior needs to be painted.
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Otherwise, it is very nice. The property is being renovated. The lower pool is finished and is beautiful. According to the Manager, the upper mineral pools will be finished in Sept. Vary bad i not like. No very bad is the point i not want stay there. In the pics were four additional little pools.
They were all under construction. Very friendly staff, clean. Nice little pool and hot tub. Error: Please enter a valid email address. Error: Oops! An error has occurred. We've sent you an email so you can confirm your subscription. Invite Hosts List Your Property. We have more than 70 million property reviews, and they're all from real, verified guests. The only way to leave a review is to first make a booking. That's how we know our reviews come from real guests who have stayed at the property.
When guests stay at the property, they check out how quiet the room is, how friendly the staff is, and more. Rock outcrops were constructed in the landscape for functional and aesthetic objectives. Rock work was used to create microclimates for species adapted to those environments, as structural components to reduce erosion and control sheet flow, and as an aesthetic element by providing structure and beauty to the landscape. Rocks collect and radiate heat early in the growing season, and create cool and moist areas by providing shade in the summer.
Numerous native plants are adapted to those specific environments, and recreating those features in a landscape helps mimic natural patterns and creates a self-sustaining landscape. In a similar fashion, shrubs in desert environments act as resource islands, concentrating organic matter, nutrients, and retaining moisture that supports forbs and grasses. The team recreated these patterns in the landscape at Desert Rain to help develop a naturally functional planting. This landscaping, which mimics the sagebrush steppe plant community, can thrive on less and eventually, no irrigation.
The High Desert plants that thrive in the Bend area are adapted to cope with wide temperature swings and less than twelve inches of rain each year: shrubs such as rabbitbrush and sagebrush, hardy bunchgrasses and forbs such as Oregon sunshine and purple monkeyflower—and of course, the ponderosa pine.
Some native species, including Oregon grape, sagebrush and bitterweed, grew in pockets around the site, but non-native plants—annual ryegrass, cheatgrass and mustard—dominated other parts of the property. These non-native plants posed a significant challenge since the team wanted to avoid the use of any herbicides on site. As this landscape matures and grows, it will provide food for wildlife and become habitat for insects, birds and mammals. A pollinator hotel is included to attract nesting pollinators, such as native bees, flies and wasps.
Much of the site is solid basalt; the little soil present is poor and thin. This posed a difficult challenge in relation to the urban agriculture requirements of the Living Building Challenge. The region typically receives an average of 11 inches of water per year, often even less in drought years, and food plants typically need lots of water.
Along with established apple trees already on the site, serviceberry, choke cherry and elderberry trees were added. The list of shrubs that produce edible berries includes currants, Oregon grape and roses for their rosehips ; wild strawberries provide an edible groundcover. In addition, a dedicated food garden irrigated by treated graywater lies northeast of the Main Residence, near the constructed wetland.
A critical fungal community was introduced by inoculating plants with mycorrhizal fungi and increased organic matter and bacteria in the soil by incorporating compost in all landscaped areas. This technique, in conjunction with establishment of mycorrhizal fungi, reduces water use significantly and is a method the team found very successful in dry land plantings.
As a result of these efforts, the site has fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season. Rhubarb is available in May and June, wild strawberries in late June and July, currents, service berries, and Oregon grapes in July, apples and crabapples in August. The food plot is planted with garlic, spinach, various lettuce varieties, radishes and other garden vegetables. The owners purposely picked this site because it is in a diverse neighborhood with very easy access to human services: library, stores, and recreation.
The neighborhood surrounding Desert Rain includes a mix of older, Craftsman-style homes, and contemporary homes along winding, comfortable streets. Mixed into the neighborhood are restaurants, markets, a public library and various retail outlets. Tom and Barb utilize cruiser bicycles for many errands, although the project provides sufficient energy to charge two electric vehicles year-round.
The garages are located on the alley of the property to minimize their visual impact. The Desert Rain residence is located in the arid high-desert region of Eastern Oregon. Local average annual precipitation is only 12 inches and dry years can produce as little as 7 inches of moisture. Precipitation falling on the standing seam metal roofs is collected and directed to gutters at the bottom edges of each roof.
Each gutter is covered by metal screening to prevent coarse debris from entering the system. Water then flows through downspouts to gravel filters located at ground level. Since achieving Net Zero Water is difficult enough in an arid climate without adding losses from FFDs known to be relatively water inefficient in practice , the team requested and achieved approval for a design that replaced FFDs with gravel filters at the bottom of each downspout.
The gravel filter consists of a 1 square foot by 20 inches deep box filled with three layers of gravel separated by screens that can be accessed and cleaned if needed. After passing through the gravel filters, harvested rainwater is conveyed via underground plumbing to a centrally located cistern beneath the main garage. The 30,gallon cistern was built into the foundation of the garage with its roof functioning as the floor for the garage.
Harvested rainwater flows first into an entry chamber where any sedimentation can settle to the bottom. Collected rainwater passes through two additional filters before it is delivered to the house as potable water suitable for human consumption. First, microfiltration removes all remaining suspended solids and finally, an ultra violet UV disinfection unit ensures the water is sanitary and free of pathogens.
All used water — except from toilets and dishwashers — is considered greywater in Oregon and routed through the constructed wetland for advanced secondary treatment as specified in Oregon Department of Environmental Quality DEQ Type 2 greywater code. Water from sinks, showers and laundry machines is permanently plumbed out of the house towards the constructed wetland treatment system.
Greywater code requires that all fixtures have a valve capable of diverting water to the sewer in the event that water does not meet their greywater definition e. Blackwater is generated in the three residential buildings of Desert Rain from toilet fixtures and dishwashers. The Jets vacuum toilet fixtures are extremely water efficient, allowing the attractive commodes to be connected to a composting system located at a distance.
The project team worked closely with the vacuum toilet system manufacturer Jets, Norway , the Bend building department and local plumbing engineers Interface Engineering to secure what is believed to be the first non-institutional vacuum plumbing system building approval in the U. Because the Phoenix is a large robust compost system, it is able to handle the water load and still compost efficiently — provided the occupants are able to stay within a reasonable average water budget.
A single conventional waterless compost toilet fixture is located directly above the Phoenix mechanical room. Sensors are in place that monitor the compost system water level affording warning prior to a maintenance issue and allowing occupants to modify their behavior i. The Phoenix system includes an evaporator to ensure that compost leachate will not overflow to the public sewer. This evaporator was enlarged to allow it to be able to also evaporate the dishwasher discharge — plumbed separately from the main residence — provided again that the occupants stay within a reasonable water budget.
Monitoring of the evaporator storage tank will allow occupants to modify their behavior e. This meant nearly doubling its capacity.
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The Enphase micro-inverters allow each module to function independently and to be individually monitored. Central Oregon is an excellent place to harness solar energy, with many sunny summer days and cold, clear winters. At Desert Rain, there were no issues with shading, but the orientation, which angles just slightly west, lowered their solar resource score to just below a perfect 1.
But the array was sized before Desert Lookout was built; additional loads, such as pumps for the graywater wetland and composting system, had not yet been accounted for. Because there were so many variables, the homeowners had Desert Lookout pre-wired to accommodate additional solar panels, if needed. The infloor radiant heat system allows for combined water and space heating in the Main Residence. The system is powered primarily by a solar thermal drain-back system. The solar collectors are located on the south-facing roof of the Main Residence; the primary and smaller drain-back tank are located in the Mechanical Room.
A Daikin Altherma Monobloc air-to-water electric heat pump works in tandem with the solar thermal system. This unit extracts heat from outside air by passing it over a heat exchanger. This heat pump is extremely efficient, extracting 3 to 5 kWh of usable heat for every 1 kWh of energy consumed. It also includes an electric back-up heater for extreme cold weather. Unlike many combined systems, the Daikin unit supplements the solar thermal system, rather than the other way around. The Evapotron removes the water from the waste coming from toilets and dishwashers.
The panels work simply: a fan draws air into the bottom of the panels; once heated, it blows through ducts on the other side. For aesthetic reasons, the homeowners decided to have three panels mounted on the south-facing exterior wall of Desert Lookout, but this meant that the eave overhang would partially shade them in summer, hindering their performance. In addition, Timberline Construction trimmed the eave, which had already been finished with siding. Meanwhile, the HVAC installer had used a slightly smaller pipe to transport the hot air coming out of the panels, which means a smaller but hotter volume of air will reach the Evapotron.
Ultimately, the fourth panel may not be needed. If this turns out to be the case, it will be used to heat the composting room itself. One of the goals from the outset was to create and model a healthy physical and emotional environment throughout the design and construction of Desert Rain. Conversations were typically round table discussions rather than prescriptive. Decisions were collective so all parties felt empowered in the process. During construction, it was imperative to keep a clean site and ensure every worker was in compliance with the Living Building Challenge.
Every contractor, sub-contractor and crew member was required to attend a one-hour presentation on the Living Building Challenge and to sign an agreement acknowledging their understanding of the Challenge. Consequently, the site was kept extremely clean and crew members were self-policing regarding any potential contamination.
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To avoid any health hazards during times when there were potential concerns, such as off-gassing when the closed cell insulation was applied, no other sub-contractors were allowed on the job site. Throughout the project, the contractor worked to keep only one trade on site at a time. While less efficient, this practice avoided risks of distraction and cross-purposes among crew members.