I expected to have a terrible stay here. Salem is not exactly chock full of fine hotels, and I chose this one strictly based on its location. And indeed, my room was barely acceptable: I had a view of the roof; the room was barely wide enough to fit its queen bed; the air quality was truly terrible; I could hear my neighbors' TVs; and linens, furniture, and the hotel itself were extremely dingy and dated.
Terrible, right? Except the restaurant, bar, and customer service were awesome at every turn. Savannah at the front desk went above and beyond helping me get a good place to complete some work on my last day. The restaurant had a lovely seasonal and local menu. And, the bar can boast a great wine list, and the BEST BARTENDER IN THE WORLD. I'm serious. I've traveled the world. James Oliver is the best bartender in it. James is worth a destination trip. He knows everything, including you, your unspoken needs, your drink preferences, what books you should read, and what songs you might like. He know every ingredient in every dish from the adjacent kitchen, and what wine you might like to pair it with. He can speak knowledgeably with clients about everything from golf to gardening, and he REMEMBERS people. He makes the bar a fantastic place to spend time.
So what I thought would be a terrible weekend was unexpectedly OK, with occasional AWESOMENESS. Thanks, James!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Salem Oregon the capital city of Oregon. The Red Lion Hotel Salem is located on Market Street, just off I-5 and minutes from downtown, the State Capitol, Salem Center, the Oregon State Fair Grounds, Woodburn Outlet Mall and Oregon Gardens. We are in close proximity to the The HOOP (5.1 miles), Garmin (4.1 miles), Sanyo (5.85 miles), Salem Hospital (5.22 miles), T-Mobile (6.89 miles) and Home Depot Distribution Center (5.45 miles).Our 148 spacious guest rooms and six executive suites are newly renovated and Red Lion's signature plush Sealy pillowtop beds, Eco Fresh Environmentally Responsible Products (ERP), complimentary wi-fi, coffee makers and hairdryers. All guestrooms include microwaves and refrigerators as well. We offer room service and valet laundry services. For fun and relaxation, swim in our indoor pool or work out in our fitness center, which also includes a dry sauna. You'll enjoy the flavors of the great northwest at Willamette Valley Grill Restaurant and 3301 Ultra Lounge, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With 10,000 square feet of meeting space, the Red Lion Hotel Salem is also able to accommodate up to 600 guests for your next conference or special occasion.Parents, students and alumni will find us conveniently close to all of the area's universities and colleges. Willamette University is just 3 miles west of the hotel and Chemeketa Community College 4 miles north. Two other universities that are nearby are Corban College, just 8 miles South, and Western Oregon University 15 miles West. The only HUT Portland Airport shuttle location in Salem. For care, comfort and value, visit the Red Lion Hotel Salem where our staff is always ready to respond to your every need. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Salem Red Lion
- Red Lion Salem