Wife wanted (needed?) to go down to Oregon to pick up a new pup, and we decided to stay the weekend in Hood River. GOt here way too late due to some blocked off Yakima Nation roads, forcing us to more than 100 mile detour, but once we got here, all was OK.
Got a room on top floor (3rd) looking to the East, allowing for a view of river, freeway, and the Celilo restaurant - and a great sunrise!. Given that the weather was perfect (no wind, no bugs, and about 75F), we could sleep with window open, only disturbed now and then by the horn from a passing train (as Hood River stretches out along the Columbia River and the busy train tracks, there are no places in town you will not hear the horn - unless you want to stay in a bunker). For sleep quality, the only thing that was strange was that the heat (central boiler, radiant) came on sometime in the early morning and it got HOT inside the room, even with window open. Sad, a waste of energy, but figure out heat would likely be needed during a normal weekend this time of year (it was way nicer than "normal"). And as building is well over 100 years old (and for sale), it likely does not carry the most advanced energy management systems.
The girls working the front desk were nice, and provided us with ($5) a parking pass, allowing us to park all day without having to feed the meter (both a friendly and smart gesture). Pass is NOT valid for parking along Oak Street in front of hotel, but we found parking just under our window both nights.
You get a $10 voucher/day for breakfast. Food was really good, service friendly, but not very fast. This time did not really matter, since we had a nice view from the patio for people and dog gawking. Plenty of that :-)
This is an old building with its quirks but also charm. Nice large lounge area by the front desk with tons of outdoors magazine and reading. There is also a workout room, hot tub, and sauna on the 2nd floor, but we never got a chance to even check them out (busy schedule).
Short, if you expect W standard, this place is not for you, but we'd go back in a heartbeat as this place has quality, charm, location, w/o robbing you cold.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- National Historic Landmark boutique hotel in downtown Hood River, with antique furnishings and full modern conveniences. We feature on-site dining, free Wi-Fi, meeting space for groups, spa and fitness center. Walking distance to wine tasting, brew pubs, shopping and recreation. ... more less