Guesthouse FAQs

How much notice do I have to give to arrange a private retreat?

It is helpful for you to arrange your private retreat in advance. Same day reservations are usually not possible. You can check the Calendar of Retreats page to find open private retreat times. When you have dates in mind for your private retreat, please call or email the office to check availability at 503-845-3025 or The office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voice messages and emails are not responded to during weekends and closure days.

Due to construction and renovation of the guesthouse and retreat center, the facility will be closed from June through March 2019 while the new building is tied into the existing structure and necessary upgrades are complete.

The turnaround and elevator from the south side parking level to the Abbey mall and church level will be closed from June 11 through the end of construction. There are spaces reserved on the mall level on the north side of the Damian Center, #9 on this Walking Tour map, for vehicles with disabled parking permits.

Keep track of construction progress on the Guesthouse Renovation webcam.

Is spiritual direction available?

Spiritual direction may be available.* Please let the office know when you arrange your private retreat that you would like to have spiritual direction; you will be given instructions and contact information. There is no charge for spiritual direction.


Does the guesthouse have dorm-like rooms?

The guesthouse has private rooms with one double (full) bed or one queen bed and also a limited number of rooms with two twin beds (no bunk beds).

Each guest room can accommodate a maximum of two adults.

Will I have to share a bathroom?

Guesthouse rooms each have a private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. You will only share a bathroom with those who share the guest room with you.

If I'm assigned a room with two twin beds, does this mean I'll be expected to share the room?

Families and friends are welcome to share rooms with two twin beds. However, we will never ask you to share a room with someone you don't know. You may be assigned a room with twin beds when the guesthouse is busy, but you will not be asked to share.

Do I need to bring my own bedding and towels?

The guesthouse provides bedding, towels, and small soaps.

Are minors allowed to be overnight guests?

Minors are welcome to stay at the guesthouse, provided there is an adequate number of parents or guardians who will accompany the minor(s) during the overnight stay, and that adequate rooms are available. Minors must be supervised at all times.

The Abbey and Seminary welcomes all visitors, including children. Children on the hilltop under the age of 18 are the sole responsibility of their parent or guardian and must be supervised at all times.

Is the guesthouse air conditioned?

The guesthouse dining room and the conference level are air conditioned. The guest rooms have ceiling fans and opening windows.

What times are the meals?

All meals follow a Prayer Service, which guests are encouraged to attend. If you have arranged to take meals, please make your way to the guesthouse dining room on the first floor following the prayer service. The times below are approximate and are determined by service times:

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.
(and 7:30 a.m. Sunday)

Lunch: Meet at 12:15 p.m.
Dinner: Meet at 6:00 p.m.

Are all the meals in the guesthouse?

Guest meals are typically served in the guesthouse dining room on the first floor (we reserve the right to change the venue without notice). 

We encourage guests to have all three meals as part of their retreat experience.

I want to skip meals for part of my retreat. Do I still have to pay for meals not taken?

Please arrange any skipped meals with the office when you book your reservation.  You will not be charged for meals not taken when arrangements are made in advance.

What if I have food allergies or I'm on a diet. Can I bring my own food?

Guests are welcome to use the private guest kitchenette on the fourth level of the guesthouse. There is a refrigerator, microwave, crock pots, and utensils available for guests' use. We ask that guests put their names and the dates of their retreat on their food items. Please notify us at the time you book your retreat that you do not require meals.

The Abbey kitchen can prepare vegan and vegetarian meals. Since we can't guarantee an absence of allergens in the open kitchen system, we're not able to offer any other specialty meals. Please let the office know at the time of making your reservation if you require vegan or vegetarian meals.

Do I get a lower rate if I don't have meals?

Yes. The lodging only costs are listed on the Private Retreats page.

Can we attend the prayer services with the monks?

Yes! Our guests are encouraged to attend the Liturgy of the Hours with the monks of Mount Angel Abbey.

How do I get to Mount Angel Abbey?

Follow the directions on the "Visit Us" Abbey web pages.

Where do I park?

The parking area is on the south side of the hilltop. Click here for a view of where to park.

Arriving by Train

Salem-Keizer Yellow Willamette Valley Cab (503-362-2411). (Usually a flat $45.00 fee, but be sure to verify this with the company.)

Going back to Salem you may want to call Silverton Taxi (503-873-2716).

Arriving by Air

Most will arrive at Portland International Airport (PDX). It is about an hour's drive from the Portland airport to Mount Angel. All major rental car companies are represented there. Many guests choose to take the HUT shuttle. It departs frequently, and one can disembark in Woodburn. The shuttle does require reservations. A new service called Oregon Express Shuttle offers affordable service to nearby Woodburn, OR.   Information is available on their Facebook page.

You may call ABC Taxi 971-338-0590 for transportation from Woodburn to the Abbey.

Do you accept credit cards?

You may make payment using Visa, Mastercard and Discover. When paying the deposit with credit card, the charge is made while you are on the phone. Credit card information is not kept on file and will need to be re-submitted when paying the balance. You may also pay by check, money order and travelers check. You may also pay with cash but we do not keep petty cash on the premises and are unable to make change.

Where is lost and found?

For lost and found items, please check with the guesthouse office at 503-845-3025. All items will be held for one week, after which time items will be donated to a local charitable organization. Mount Angel Abbey is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Are pets allowed in the guesthouse?

We are sorry, pets are not permitted in the guesthouse, although medically required service animals are welcome.