Check-in is preferably between 3 pm and before Vespers at 5:15 pm.
Check-out for private retreats is 10 am unless other arrangements are made. Group retreats should refer to their reservation letter and form for check-in and check-out times.
The Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center has rooms with one queen bed and a limited number of rooms with two twin beds available for guests. Rooms with two twin beds are suitable for married couples (if requested) and same gender family and friends.
Each room has a private bathroom (with shower) and we provide bed linens and bath towels. Although we provide small soaps, guests generally bring their own toiletries. Additional towels or blankets are available for guests to help themselves.
The guesthouse is a smoke-free building. One may choose to smoke on the west end of the building, or outside, 10 feet away from any entrance. Unfortunately, we cannot allow the burning of candles or incense in the rooms.
We are not able to accommodate pets at the guesthouse unless they are medically required service animals.
The guesthouse is locked each evening around 9 pm. It reopens in the morning around 5 am.
Upon leaving, please leave all used linens on the floor and leave the door ajar so that the housekeepers will know the room is vacant. Upon departure, please return your key by depositing it in the lobby key drop near the office door (parking lot level).
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.
In the Christian tradition meals are a “type” or spiritual remembrance of the Holy Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper. For this reason, meals at the Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center are typically shared in common, in the guesthouse dining room.
Meal times usually follow those of prayer: breakfast follows Lauds, at 7:00 am, lunch follows Midday Prayer, at 12:15 pm, and dinner follows Vespers, at 6 pm.
The community offers our guests meals prepared in the guesthouse kitchen. We avoid processed foods or food prepared in other facilities, preferring local, seasonal and, as often as possible, monastery grown or produced products.
Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary is blessed with both landscaped and natural grounds, and walkways offer a peaceful place to stroll and enjoy the architecture of the Abbey buildings. A walking path that runs parallel to Abbey Drive allows guests to follow the Stations of the Cross.
The Romanesque-style Abbey church is the center of life on the Hilltop. You are welcome to gather with the monks for prayer or just enjoy the art, architecture and silence.
Guests are encouraged to visit the Mount Angel Abbey Library where they may read, study and enjoy the ambiance of our renowned library with its outstanding collection of theological and historical works. The library building, designed by Alvar Aalto, houses more than 200,000 volumes, including many rare books and manuscripts.
The Abbey museum is open daily (except Mondays) from 9 am to 5 pm. It features artifacts and curiosities from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, including a North American mammal collection and Holy Land artifacts.
The Press, the Abbey’s bookstore and coffeehouse is housed in the historic Press Building. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
USPS mail may be deposited in the mail receptacle outside the guesthouse office in the main lobby, or you can walk across the Hilltop to the Saint Benedict Post Office, housed in the Press Building. It is a full-service office, but with limited hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 2 pm.