We had a wonderful stay at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn and we recommend it whole-heartedly. The hotel is far better than most BWPs and really is at least a four-star. We didn't expect to find such a fine hotel in this spot on the edge of the wilderness.
Start with the location - right on the banks of the beautiful Columbia River. This is the best place to lodge when exploring the Columbia River Gorge area - land of the waterfalls. Plan to do lots of hiking in the rainforest. There are many hikes of varying difficulty, and all are easily found on the Historic CR Highway between Vista House and Hood River. Our favorite hike was Wahkeena Falls (just west of Multnomah) - all the way up to the actual Wahkeenah mountain spring from which the falls originates. Latourell Falls was another favorite trail, but they are all fantastic: Horsetail, Bridal Veil, Shepperds Dell, and several others.
The riverfront public promenade runs the length of the hotel property and some rooms' patios even provide direct access to the walkway. The lobby is modern and very inviting. At all times, we found at least 2 or 3 staff on duty at the front desk, and they remembered our names.
There's an extremely appealing bar and lounge just off the lobby that was quite popular around cocktail hour every day. The restaurant is a highlight. Half the seating is on the outside deck, and every seat has stunning river views. Breakfast is included in your room rate and it is awesome! We tried four different breakfast entrees, and I must say every one of them was scrumptious. Portions were more than we could finish. Wait staff is knowledgeable and extremely courteous.
The pool area also overlooks the river. It's a lovely pool-deck with much seating and a great hot tub. Pool towels were available in abundance.
For the top experience book one of the unique Riverfront Suites. The best of these includes a full very well-stocked kitchen. This is a valuable amenity because local indigenous fishermen sell freshly caught salmon a few miles away in Cascade Locks. Buying your fresh Chinook, Steelhead, and Sockeye from the Native American who caught it that morning and cooking it in your own suite is an experience that you will reminisce over in your old age. There is a Safeway in Hood River where you can get everything you need. Anything you forget will be graciously provided by the restaurant staff at the hotel.
Our suite was modern and bright with three big pieces of antique chinese furniture. It also included a separate bedroom, a spacious entry foyer, a sparkling bathroom with a deep Jacuzzi soaking tub and glass shower, a dining table, a very nice living room, two flat-screen TVs with full 200-channel cable programming (yes, HBO and Showtime too), an expansive ground-level slate patio, and even our own backyard. Umbrellas were thoughtfully provided in the suite.
The Columbia River Gorge is a magical place of astounding beauty, and the Hood River Inn is the perfect accommodation to enjoy this natural paradise. We're going to make it a regular summer stopover.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hood River's ONLY waterfront lodging and dining, on the breathtaking Columbia River with convenient access to all activities. Featuring rooms for every budget; from riverview rooms and suites to standard no-view rooms. Rooms feature mini-fridges, microwaves, hairdryers, irons & board, coffee makers, and high-speed wifi. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Riverside restaurant or Cebu Lounge. Take a dip in our gorgeous riverside pool and spa, or relax in the sauna. We pride ourselves on delivering excellence in customer service and high quality cleaning standards. Our friendly, helpful staff is ready to ensure a memorable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Hood River Hotel Hood River
- Best Western Hood River
- Hood River Best Western