In all the times I have stayed at the Vagabond over the years, I am always amazed by the beauty and tranquility of the grounds. It is very much like a park with benches, picnic tables, shady trees, flowers, and huge boulders. Try to visit in the autumn when the leaves are in their golden or fiery splendor.
Then, of course, there is the spectacular view of the Gorge. Three of the hotel's buildings hug the cliff above the river. If you stay in one of these rooms, you will be drawn to sit by the window and just soak in your surroundings. There is always something to see: a tug on the river, birds, a long freight train across the river... The TV in the room is not a flat screen, but you probably won't be watching TV anyway, since there is so much else to look at right outside your window!
On my last visit, I found the bed to be comfortable; I slept better than I do at home. And the room was quiet! Even though the hotel was quite full, I did not hear any of my neighbors until mid-morning when I heard the faint sound of water running. The bathroom was very clean and the water pressure was good. I appreciated the rainfall showerhead. Even the coffee in the room was good.
On one side of the hotel is the Charburger which serves a pretty decent breakfast, and on the other side sits the historic Columbia River Gorge Hotel. It is a great place to go for a drink in the evening. With its extremely reasonable prices and superb location, the Vagabond is definitely a great value!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vagabond Motel Hood River
- Vagabond Hotel Hood River