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“Older, but GOOD”
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Westcliff Lodge
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Hood River
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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11 reviews
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“Older, but GOOD”
Reviewed 10 October 2011

An older motel but very clean AND comfortable and the price was right. We were traveling on a budget for 2 weeks mid-Sept. in the Pacific NW. This motel met our needs perfectly. We stayed in a unit closest to the interstate so had some traffic noise. Only thing missing was a hair dryer. No breakfast (which we knew) so we were able to enjoy Betty's in downtown Hood River.

Room Tip: You might want to spend more and stay at the back of the property because of traffic noise, but for...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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VagabondLodge, Owner at Westcliff Lodge, responded to this review, 11 October 2011
Thanks for your review, hairdryers will go in the front building within the month! We want to put a small shelf in first so we know the best place for it, and we are currently building and installing the shelves. We've also been looking at replacing all of the windows in the front units to reduce that road noise best we can. Glad you enjoyed staying with us and thanks again!
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

9/17-20/2011 We did a great deal of research via computer and phone contact before choosing this motel, and it turned out to be even better than we expected! Of course, this is an older establishment, but the room was clean, comfortable, and well maintained. Choose #63 for a tremendous view from your queen bed or balcony of the Columbia River and mountains of Washington State. The vanity is separate from the shower/head area, which I appreciate. The refrigerator was larger than the ordinary cube ones you get in motels. It also had a microwave. The table and chairs were positioned so that you could look out the window at the river while eating. The front desk ladies and housekeeper went out of their way to be helpful. Just to walk around the grounds was relaxing and quiet! You certainly can't beat this place for room rate and still get the amenities you desire!

Room Tip: Room #63 has a great view!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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VagabondLodge, Owner at Westcliff Lodge, responded to this review, 29 September 2011
Thanks for your review! Glad we could be even more than you were expecting! We do prefer to keep our rates reasonable and fair and get items for the rooms that people enjoy using, like the larger fridges, but definitely let us know if there's anything additional you would like and we'll see if we can make it happen! Thanks again
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2011

My family spent two nights at the Vagabond Sept 22 and 23. We were very pleased with the rooms and the view. The rooms (51 and 52) were large and very clean. We enjoyed the balconies. The furniture-cherry wood- appeared new as did the lamps. A nice touch was two wine glasses in each room. We called the office about a glogged bath tub drain. Someone came to fix it within minutes.I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: We had rooms 51 and 52. We could hear footsteps from the units above us. If you select the top floor...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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VagabondLodge, Owner at Westcliff Lodge, responded to this review, 29 September 2011
Thanks much, Pam does like to make sure guests have a couple wine glasses at the ready in case they sit out on the balcony with a bottle of wine from the bistro next door. We'll check the floating subfloor upstairs for sound, or see if it's heavy walking (like I do sometimes). Thanks again!
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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

The manager is so pleasant and accomodating. She does everything she can to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. It's such an amazing value, I hate to let people in on my secret. Yes this is an older hotel, but very comfortable and clean, with nice personal touches. Even with a room with half a view, you will still be amazed with your view. The Best Western and Hood River Hotel have lovely rooms but are so loud from the train, you can't sleep. The Best Western even supply earplugs in each room. You won't have a noise problem at the Vagabond Lodge.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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VagabondLodge, Owner at Westcliff Lodge, responded to this review, 26 September 2011
Thanks for your review! We do like to make sure everyone has a great stay with us, glad your was as well. Give us a call in advance anytime you'd like to visit, so we can reserve your room for you and keep being your secret spot! Thanks again.
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Cadiz, Kentucky
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

Don’t let your first view of this motel scare you off. After passing the first unit, you will see how nicely the property is landscaped. They have a friendly staff, MW, fridge, and good WIFI. We had a partial view room which was a very nice size with a queen-size bed, table and chairs. It overlooked the Columbia River Gorge where we could view the windsurfers enjoying the “windsurfing capital of the world.” It was definitely a distant view, but still enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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VagabondLodge, Owner at Westcliff Lodge, responded to this review, 29 September 2011
Thanks for your review; we do look small from the front! A lot of people who live in HR don't even know of the additional buildings we have in back by the cliff. The building you were in, if we could physically pick it up and move it closer to the cliff for an even better view we would! We will be putting together a couple more nice viewpoints in the meantime, so everyone can enjoy the view regardless of which room they are in. Thanks again!
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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2011

Older motel but clean and nicely landscaped. Helped to have restaurants right next door. Had a nice dinner at the White Bear.

Room Tip: Paying extra for a River View is not worth the extra money in our opinion.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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VagabondLodge, Owner at Westcliff Lodge, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Thanks for your review. If there's anything additional we should do so your stay is even more than pleasant if you visit us again, please feel free to let me know or call our office. We'll keep improving our rooms, and always like the feedback. Thanks again.
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Glen Allen, VA.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2011

Loved this place! We were next door to the Historic Columbia River Hotel, and probably paid half the price for the same view! We had a very large room with a very comfortable bed and a nice balcony to sit and watch the river flow by. They were nice enough to give us an early checkin, and we stayed till the very last minute of checkout. Didn't want to leave. It was so relaxing. They had a frig and microwave too. highly recommend!

Room Tip: Definitely pay the extra for a room with a view of the river! You will be so glad you did!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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VagabondLodge, Owner at Westcliff Lodge, responded to this review, 20 September 2011
Thanks for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed every minute (literally!), especially the view from balcony. If you visit us again in winter, the view is nice during or just after a nice snow when everything is hushed. It's best bundled up on the balcony with a coffe / cocoa / spiced cider. Thanks again!
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Property: Westcliff Lodge
Address: 4070 Westcliff Dr, Hood River, OR 97031-8711 (Formerly Vagabond Lodge)
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Region: United States > Oregon > Hood River
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Hood River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Westcliff Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge at the Gateway to the Beautiful Hood River Valley, the Westcliff Lodge is the ideal place for you to stay while exploring the area. Set on over seven acres overlooking the mighty Columbia River, on our grounds you will find a botanical wonderland including 110 foot tall pine trees and native wild flowers. ... more   less 
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