On our recent trip to the Columbia Gorge, we "stepped back in time" and spent two nights in a third floor River View room and two nights in a third floor Garden View room. The hotel is comfortable with modern conveniences, but you can sense the grandeur of the old hotel. The river view room was clean, a nice size with a queen bed, two comfortable chairs and a desk. There was a closet with a refrigerator and a flat screen tv. The bathroom was large. We had a view of the river, but keep in mind this is a historic hotel and the windows aren't big. The windows needed to be washed and there were lots of cobwebs on the outside of the windows. The bed was comfortable and we slept well, even though trains pass frequently. The garden view room was clean and spacious with a unique canopy queen size bed, two rockers and a desk. Bathroom was a little smaller than the river view room, but still a nice size. This room overlooked the gardens but you could also see the hotel's garbage bins. You definitely get more highway noise with the garden view room. The rooms do not have coffee makers. Room service is available or coffee and biscotti are available in the lobby.
The front desk was friendly and knowledgeable about the area and the history of the hotel. We felt the wait staff (except Jennifer and Chelsea) could use a little more training and lacked attention to detail. We ate one dinner and every breakfast in the dining room. There wasn't one meal that we didn't have to send a glass, napkin, or piece of silverware back because it was dirty. The food at our dinner was good, but service was slow. There was a wedding that evening so that could have been the problem. The breakfast wait staff were attentive and food was good. Two evenings we visited the lounge. One evening the service was adequate, the second evening it was exceptional.
The grounds are lovely with nice gardens, walking paths and bridges to cross the creek that flows through the property. There are some resident ducks that are fun to watch. The hotel property even has its own waterfall. There are some swings and benches throughout the gardens where one or two can sit and enjoy the beauty. It would be nice if the hotel would add seating where more than two could gather and enjoy the gardens or the river. The garden areas could have used some attention and the last day we did see gardeners giving them that attention.
Keep in mind this is a historic hotel and there is one elevator and it must be operated by hotel staff. That's not always convenient, so we found ourselves using the stairs most of the time.
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