Each time I stay at the Union Hotel, I find I don’t want to leave. Consequently, each stay at this wonderful old hotel becomes longer than the last. I absolutely adore this place. I have spent birthdays here, holidays – and most recently a celebration of my Oregon homecoming. I now live clear across the state from Union, Oregon – but you can bet that mere distance won’t keep me away. It is a wonderful place when you need to escape, decompress, feel the quiet and gentility of a past age. ( I KNOW I need this place!)
You walk in the door of the Union Hotel and you feel a great sense of calm. The lobby is huge and welcoming, quaint in the way that “parlors” and your great aunt’s house were quaint. It feels right. You get a sense of history, of a less hurried, frantic time. A sign on the desk says “Be Nice or Leave.” I like that.
The present owners have taken great pains (and given blood, sweat and tears!) to renovate this old 1921 hotel that once served as a “retirement” residence. Rob and Dave have given so much of themselves to bring a little bit of Oregon history to life. And since I’m a big believer in supporting private/family ownership – as versus putting more money into the pockets of big-box hotel CEOs – it would be great if more people would follow suit and keep “small business” alive! The Union Hotel is SO worth your patronage. It is a treasure.
Besides all the necessary comforts, a choice of individually-decorated rooms, and blissful peace and quiet, this hotel gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are not getting ripped off. The price is more than fair, the accommodations clean and cozy – AND should you be traveling with your canine companion, three of the hotel’s rooms are pet-friendly . (I love “Aline’s Room”!) The pet fee is a reasonable one-time fee and is NOT per pet, per night, as many other hotels do. (If you travel with two little dogs, as I do, these fees can practically double the cost of your room!)
I’ll admit I have a special place in my heart for historic old hotels, especially those where it’s obvious the owners really care. Once you enter the lobby of the historic Union Hotel, you’ll see what I mean. And the surrounding town, Union, Oregon is a wonderful place for walking and sight-seeing and enjoying a more relaxed pace. (They even have an original Carnegie Library!) There is a park with a gazebo right next to the hotel as well as a scenic river walk. (Great for bicycling, dog-walking, picture-taking!)
It’s particularly beautiful in the fall – which is when I’m going back again!