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Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Hood River
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

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.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

This is a beautifully restored historic hotel on gorgeous well maintained grounds. Our room was small but very comfortable and well insulated from neighboring rooms. There was a wonderful breeze but leaving the window open meant we had to listen to the wedding reception celebration on the patio below our room until after mid-night. We went to the bar in the late afternoon for a drink and a couple appetizers. There was no one tending the bar when we arrived although there were several people sitting at the bar with drinks who said he'd be back. The bartender nonchalantly wandered in and out for no apparent business reason. It took 40 minutes to get two appetizers from the kitchen. Getting his attention for a bill seemed to put him out. The one person covering the front desk was also answering the phones and running the elevator. For a grand historic hotel the staffing was unprofessional or poorly trained and not supervised.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here. All of the staff were very nice. The hotel is beautifully restored and maintained. We had an excellent dinner in the restaurant, with a river view. We particularly liked the roasted red pepper soup. My husband had the halibut special, which was delicious. The service was wonderful.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank EugeneChristina
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

The hotel has been carefully renovated and has beautiful views of the Columbia River and Gorge. There are pathways around the property with a small stream flowing through the property. We had a single room with a great view of the river. The room itself was small, but nicely appointed. A refrigerator was in the closet area which had very ample storage. The bar is next to a large patio and since the weather was warm it was delightful to sit outside and enjoy the views. For a property of this quality the prices in the lounge were extremely reasonable, to say the least. Dinner was simply outstanding. The service was very attentive but not intrusive. Not only was the menu extensive, but here too the prices were, to put it simply, inexpensive compared to the quality. The presentation on the plate was far better than some Michelin starred restaurants we have recently eaten in. Overall, this is a hotel which offers outstanding value and quality.

Room Tip: Request a river view.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

I have heard about The Columbia Gorge Hotel for years and have always wanted to stay there. Finally this September we made it. In fact we actually stayed two times on this trip as another accommodation we had booked did not work out. I think my expectations might have been a little high. Realizing this is a historic hotel I knew there would be creaky floors, etc. That does not bother me at all. Obviously it wasn’t bad because we came back. It is a beautiful old hotel but it just seems to need a little attention. For example, in the dining room and the guest rooms the windows really needed to be cleaned of dust and cobwebs. One thing to keep in mind is that there is only one elevator and it must be operated by hotel staff. It seemed a little inconvenient so we used the stairs most of the time.

I think some of the staff could use a bit more training. The dining room staff was a bit spotty. The evening staff seemed a little harried and we had a big mix up with our credit card and another guest’s card. It wasn’t discovered until the next morning and the person at the front desk absolutely could not figure out what to do to fix it. The other guest and I worked it out between us and hopefully our credit card company. Otherwise the front desk was helpful. As for service in the bar area we had one good night and one not so good. One night the bar attendant seemed like he could hardly be bothered with us but the next time made up for that. The bar attendant that night could not have been nicer and more helpful. We were traveling with friends and the guys wanted a beer. She brought samples to try before they chose what to have. The bar was not busy either night so that was not a factor in the service.

What was important to me was that the rooms were very clean and well maintained. The room we had on our first stay was on the small size but workable. The room had a river view which was lovely. The weather was very nice and I would have liked to sleep with the window open but freight trains run hourly just below the hotel so that was not possible. On our second two night stay we were in a garden room. This room was larger but beware that the garden rooms are facing the highway which is not very far away. If you are a light sleeper this could be a problem. Each room had a small refrigerator and that was nice. I do wish they had in-room coffee makers. There was complimentary coffee in the lobby or you could order room service. I realize this is a “full service” hotel but sometimes it’s just nice to do it yourself.

The grounds around the hotel are quite nice. Scattered throughout were places to sit but only for two people. Because we were traveling with another couple it would have been nice to have a couple places where more than two people could sit together. There is a nice patio outside the bar but it we would have preferred to sit in the gardens. The garden can be a little noisy because of the highway but if you go across one of the little bridges there is a nice spot overlooking the river. We were able to find four stray chairs probably left from the wedding that had been there. It wasn’t the best but we did enjoy sitting together looking at the river. I think the hotel is missing a bet by not having a few more gathering spaces outside for guests. As a side note, it was fun to see bits and pieces of the wedding and it did not interfere with our stay at all.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Nancy S
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

We enjoyed our one night stay at the columbia gorge hotel in late August. The weather was good and the setting of the hotel was beautiful and the gardens were fantastic. The views over the gorge were amazing.Although our room was fairly small it had almost everything we needed,except tea and coffee making facilities.
The staff were very helpful and made our stay special.

Room Tip: Ask for room with a view of the Gorge
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rendle2013
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

My in-laws gave us a night at the Columbia River Gorge for our 20th wedding anniversary. The hotel is very old but, we had a very nice time. We had a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us when we arrived to the room and a hand written note from the hotel staff. That was a nice surprise. The weather was beautiful so we walked around the gardens. The staff on duty was very nice and acknowledged us everytime we left and returned. I cant say much for the bartender on duty. There were probably 4 couples in the lounge listening to the musicians play and we were never asked if we would like a drink. Its not like they were busy! Everything else was wonderful.

Room Tip: I am not sure which is better the garden view or river view. The window we had was pretty small but...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 4000 Westcliff Dr, Hood River, OR 97031
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Region: United States > Oregon > Hood River
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Hood River
Price Range: £106 - £231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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