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“Comfortable, quaint hotel in Republic” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Northern Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Republic B&B and Inns
Chula Vista, California
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183 reviews
145 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Comfortable, quaint hotel in Republic”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

The Northern Inn is a comfortable, family-run motel in the small town of Republic. It had a lot of charm and the staff was very friendly. Our room was large and comfortable. We were told in advance that the refrigerator was out of order, but we didn't need it so that wasn't a problem for us. I must have forgotten to ask fror a non-smoking room and our room smelled strongly of cigarette smoke (or perhaps something else) so that was quite annoying. There was no chain or deadbolt for the door and the furniture in the room was in need of refurbishing. No breakfast was included, but Kathy recommended a nice place just a block down the street. Overall we were satisfied with our stay and would stay here again ... IF we could have a non-smoking or cleaner smelling room.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank DCH47
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

We came thru Republic, Washington on our trip and we saw the Northern Inn. The owner was pleasant. We enjoyed our room that had two queen beds. Morning coffee in the Lobby which is decordated with pictures from the older days. Lots of History in Republic! No coffeemakers in the room, but understand why the owner did this. The owners think of the customers. Rooms are very clean.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Matt G
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NA
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29 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

Great place to stay in Republic. Rooms were clean & comfortable and front desk was very friendly. Republic is a nice town to spend the night. Sportsmen Roost down the street is a super friendly diner that offers great food options throughout the day. Great breakfast and good pies.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank concorde20
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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167 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

On a one-week driving tour to see places in Washington state we'd never been to before, we arrived in late afternoon in the little, remote town of Republic in the far northeastern part of the state, just 30 miles from the Canadian border. Our AAA Oregon/Washington guidebook listed just one place in Republic so we called them to inquire about prices, etc. It sounded OK, but not great, so when we arrived on the one main street, we noticed the Northern Inn Hotel on S. Clark street. Hard to miss it, actually, with its barn red exterior, and turreted three-story building. The very appealing lobby was decorated like a Victorian time piece, including historical photos of the town and the inn. Turned out the owner had a king-bedded room on the second floor, which we took.

The hotel consists of three buildings -- the lobby building on one side, the turreted three-story building on the other side, and a two-story row of motel rooms with porches between the other two buildings, with very ample parking in front of it. We asked about continental breakfasts, and the lady said they don't offer them because they don't want to take business away from the town's cafes and restaurants. Oh. Or -- could it have been she just didn't want to bother with the time and expense? Whichever it was, we asked if there was a coffee maker in the room. She said no, they were too dangerous! Dangerous? Yes, she said, it's too easy for the meth heads to cook their dope on the hot burner plate!! In 25 years of traveling the world as a co-owner of a travel public relations agency and member of the Society of American Travel Writers, I had never heard that before! So -- for all you meth-heads out there, take this warning: forget about going to Republic and staying at the Northern Inn hotel!No cooking up your meth on the coffee pot burner plates there!

She did say that we could come to the office for coffee, which I did the next morning, only to find both pots were filled with leaded coffee -- no decaf. Darn. But in commenting on this, the owner came out in her white terry cloth bathrobe and rummaged around to see if she could find some -- she didn't.

Our room at the top of the stairs was fairly large, rather plainly furnished, but with a good king size bed and a sofa and a TV in a console, plus microwave and small refrigerator -- the room was presentable and seemed clean. We had our cocktails sitting out on a bench on the wide porch running in front of all the rooms, observing the light traffic coming and going. The bathroom had a nice feature, with the toilet and shower in a separate room with a door, leaving the sink and counter available if someone was using the other facilities. The cotton flannel sheets on the bed and pillow cases were rough, almost grooved, and when I asked my wife about this, she said she thought it was because they had been washed so often, they had gotten rough. Nonetheless, we had a good night's sleep.

We walked up one side of the main street (Clark) and down the other, noting all of the historical markers on the buildings, noting that most had burned down in 1917, and then had been rebuilt. The look and feel of the Northern Inn, and the small town, is very much that of a western small town -- we felt we could have been in western Montana or somewhere in Colorado.

Although she was a little quirky, the owner was very pleasant, the room clean, the setting quiet. The Northern Inn is not a great hotel with a lot of amenities, but it seems to be a well run, fairly priced ($82 including tax, no AAA discount) much loved, family business in this small, quaint, remote mountain town. If you find yourself passing through Republic on a road trip and are looking for a place to stay, give it a try.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank ThorneBirdGT
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Tacoma, Washington
Level Contributor
60 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

We were traveling through Republic and realized we would not make it to Spokane by nightfall. We decided that we should try to stay the night in town and see if we could get a room. We saw the Northern Inn and stopped in. They were very nice and said there was a room available. We thought it would be expensive since we did not have a reservation. It turned out that we got an upstairs room that was very clean for under $80.

We had a room that had two queen size beds. It was a clean room and just as good as other places I have stayed at that cost $100 and more.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Raven479
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Calgary
Level Contributor
34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

Republic was not on our itinerary but we wound up here on a recent motorcycle trip. The hotel was terrific and we would all strongly recommend it. Everything you look for on a road trip including a very helpful front desk. Value was excellent , building is new and comfortable, quiet and well looked after. It is on our list for next year.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank daleinclagary
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west richland, wa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2011

Clean comfortable room, great service from Cathy and staff.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank yalrise
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Property: Northern Inn
Address: 852 S Clark Ave, Republic, WA 99166-8776
Region: United States > Washington > Republic
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Republic
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Northern Hotel Republic

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