Old St. Francis School - Soaking Pool

At Old St. Francis School

700 N.W. Bond Street, Bend, OR 97703

Hours:
Hotel guests: adults welcome daily, 7 a.m. 'til midnight; supervised minors 7 a.m. ‘til 9 p.m.
General public over age 18 welcome daily, 11 a.m. ‘til 8 p.m.
General public supervised minors welcome daily, 11 a.m. ‘til 6 p.m.
10 p.m. 'til 11 p.m. is "Quiet Hour"

  • Seasonal Jam Session ISA

    Seasonal Jam Session ISA

    Now On Tap Across the Land

  • Seasonal Blackberry Cider

    Seasonal Blackberry Cider

    Now on tap

  • Edgefield Wines

    Edgefield Wines

    Available by the glass at all locations

  • McMenamins Coffee Roasters

    McMenamins Coffee Roasters

    Roasting beans from small-farm growers

  • Handcrafted Spirits

    Handcrafted Spirits

    Edgefield & Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery spirits available only at McMenamins

About Soaking Pool

The Old St. Francis School soaking pool is a sparkling gem – semi-enclosed in shimmering turquoise tilework, one is reminded of tropical locales, even while the central Oregon snow or rain falls in through the open ceiling! Admire the luminous stained glass window by David Schlicker and the tiles that were handcrafted, fired and painted by Justyn Livingston and installed by Boyer Tiles into a beautiful mural depicting St. Francis and others harvesting grapes. 

The pool is filled with soft, buoyant water, which makes for a more environmentally friendly soak. You can feel a difference.

Overnight guests may use the pool as part of their overnight package. The general public is also invited for $5 per person (please bring your ID).  Cubbies are provided with paid soaking pool admission however if you wish to lock up your belongings you must provide your own padlock. 

  • All Soakers must be signed in at the front desk and admission paid when applicable
  • A valid photo ID is required for all adults entering the pool 

Perhaps a glass of wine after your soak is in order?

Soaking Pool Rules

Please note that the Soaking Pool will be closed the third Tuesday of each month for maintenance.

  • Minors (persons under 18 years) must be with a parent or guardian at all times 
  • 21 and over only after 7 p.m.
  • No smoking in the pool
  • No Glass containers
  • Please be respectful of other guests
  • No horseplay, jumping or diving
  • No pool toys or recreational flotation devices
  • Swimsuits are required & swim diaper required for any child not potty trained, NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Do not add bubble bath, soaps or fragrance into the water
  • No outside beverages or containers are allowed
  • The Hotel cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items

Items left behind in the soaking pool will be kept for one week before being donated.

Failure to comply with these rules and regulations is grounds for us to deny access to the soaking pool.

Thank you,
Management

About Our Soaking Pools

It is important to know that chlorine is present in our soaking pools. All of our pools (Edgefield, Kennedy School, Old St. Francis School, Grand Lodge, Crystal Hotel) utilize salt cells that convert low levels of salt (sodium chloride) to chlorine. This means that a saltwater pool is not actually chlorine-free – it simply utilizes a chlorine generator instead of a direct addition of chlorine.

To meet health department requirements, we also add granulated chlorine to break down and release contaminants from the pool.

The benefits of our saltwater spa systems include:

  • Smoother, softer-feeling water
  • Diminished chloramines formation
  • Less odor
  • Eco- & earth-friendly
  • Gentle to hair, even colored or blonde
  • Reduced eye irritation
  • Soothing to skin
  • Health benefits when using mineral salts
  • Easily adjusted sanitizer level

Many people previously convinced that they had an allergic or other aversion to chlorine found no such problems after experiencing a salt-based system. A salt system allows us to more precisely control the sanitizer output, often requiring lower levels to achieve water purity. The mineral salts have many health benefits of their own.

Additional chemicals that we use to maintain proper chemical balance for bathers include: sodium bicarbonate, soda ash, calcium chloride, sodium bisulfate, muriatic acid, and monopersulfate (commonly referred to as MPS).

Salinity Levels: Lower Than You Think
When we think of saltwater, the ocean comes to mind. Seawater has a strong salty taste, and it can cause metal corrosion. Fortunately, the levels of salt used in our systems are very low by comparison. The table below give you some perspective:

Salinity Comparison (parts per million) 
Ocean water: 35,000 ppm 
Human tears: 9,000 ppm 
Ability to taste salt: 5,000 ppm 
Saltwater spas: 3,000 ppm

  • The Old St. Francis School soaking pool is a sparkling gem – semi-enclosed in shimmering turquoise tilework, one is reminded of tropical locales, even while the central Oregon snow or rain falls in through the open ceiling! Admire the luminous stained glass window by David Schlicker and the tiles that were handcrafted, fired and painted by Justyn Livingston and installed by Boyer Tiles into a beautiful mural depicting St. Francis and others harvesting grapes. 

    The pool is filled with soft, buoyant water, which makes for a more environmentally friendly soak. You can feel a difference.

    Overnight guests may use the pool as part of their overnight package. The general public is also invited for $5 per person (please bring your ID).  Cubbies are provided with paid soaking pool admission however if you wish to lock up your belongings you must provide your own padlock. 

    • All Soakers must be signed in at the front desk and admission paid when applicable
    • A valid photo ID is required for all adults entering the pool 

    Perhaps a glass of wine after your soak is in order?

  • Soaking Pool Rules

    Please note that the Soaking Pool will be closed the third Tuesday of each month for maintenance.

    • Minors (persons under 18 years) must be with a parent or guardian at all times 
    • 21 and over only after 7 p.m.
    • No smoking in the pool
    • No Glass containers
    • Please be respectful of other guests
    • No horseplay, jumping or diving
    • No pool toys or recreational flotation devices
    • Swimsuits are required & swim diaper required for any child not potty trained, NO EXCEPTIONS
    • Do not add bubble bath, soaps or fragrance into the water
    • No outside beverages or containers are allowed
    • The Hotel cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items

    Items left behind in the soaking pool will be kept for one week before being donated.

    Failure to comply with these rules and regulations is grounds for us to deny access to the soaking pool.

    Thank you,
    Management

  • About Our Soaking Pools

    It is important to know that chlorine is present in our soaking pools. All of our pools (Edgefield, Kennedy School, Old St. Francis School, Grand Lodge, Crystal Hotel) utilize salt cells that convert low levels of salt (sodium chloride) to chlorine. This means that a saltwater pool is not actually chlorine-free – it simply utilizes a chlorine generator instead of a direct addition of chlorine.

    To meet health department requirements, we also add granulated chlorine to break down and release contaminants from the pool.

    The benefits of our saltwater spa systems include:

    • Smoother, softer-feeling water
    • Diminished chloramines formation
    • Less odor
    • Eco- & earth-friendly
    • Gentle to hair, even colored or blonde
    • Reduced eye irritation
    • Soothing to skin
    • Health benefits when using mineral salts
    • Easily adjusted sanitizer level

    Many people previously convinced that they had an allergic or other aversion to chlorine found no such problems after experiencing a salt-based system. A salt system allows us to more precisely control the sanitizer output, often requiring lower levels to achieve water purity. The mineral salts have many health benefits of their own.

    Additional chemicals that we use to maintain proper chemical balance for bathers include: sodium bicarbonate, soda ash, calcium chloride, sodium bisulfate, muriatic acid, and monopersulfate (commonly referred to as MPS).

    Salinity Levels: Lower Than You Think
    When we think of saltwater, the ocean comes to mind. Seawater has a strong salty taste, and it can cause metal corrosion. Fortunately, the levels of salt used in our systems are very low by comparison. The table below give you some perspective:

    Salinity Comparison (parts per million) 
    Ocean water: 35,000 ppm 
    Human tears: 9,000 ppm 
    Ability to taste salt: 5,000 ppm 
    Saltwater spas: 3,000 ppm

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