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Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Stevenson
Tacoma, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

My sister and I stayed at NW Passage Cabin, the grounds are beautiful, there is no AC/ No TV, and the WiFi is sketchy...we didn't care about not having a TV, but AC would of been nice to have since it was 97 degrees out...the trains that blow their horn all hours of the night...every 30-55 mins the train comes threw and in the middle of the night the train WILL wake you up..even the earplugs that are placed on the bedside for you to use does NOT help because the train is only a few hundred feet from the cabin...the staff is very friendly and helpful. Other than the train and not having AC it was perfect. loved the little kitchenette.

Room Tip: if you can afford it, stay in cabin 1, it is much larger, and furthest from train noise...and privat...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2013

They warned me about the trains on their web site and if you stay in the Afrika cabin, take heed! We had 10-12 trains during the night and they are l o u d . It was in the 90's during the day and the cabin lacks AC or a fan so it was stuffy until it cooled off at night.

But...it was great in spite of the limitations. The bed was comfy although their "futon" was only 1/2 sized and more appropriate for a young kid more than my 6 foot son. The view of the river is fantastic and you can walk to the restaurants in town.

Given that we paid $69 for the night, I would say this is a superior value. A fun and unusual place to stay and the staff was friendly and helpful. I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2013

First of all, if you're looking for a great Pacific Northwest experience, this is the place to stay. We (party of 3) stayed in Afrika and it was plenty of room for the all of us. There was a mini kitchen and the view of the Columbia River from the room was amazing. As far as the view goes, it looks like there's no bad room on the property. For under $100, it's hard to find a room with a kitchen and a nice relaxing soaking tub on the deck with the view of the Gorge. I love that great food is within walking distance, if you decide not to cook in their mini kitchen.

Trains come through once every few hours, and the trains do whistle when it goes through Stevenson. I find it entertaining to listen to the whistles and its patterns, but most train engineers are courteous about not laying down the whistle in the middle of the night. With that said, I usually hear the train whistle in my sleep, wake up for 10 seconds and pass out again. No big deal at all. They even have earplugs for you if you need, but we didn't use them. After a long day whitewater rafting on the White Salmon, we were so tired that the train was the least of our problems. The owners told us that the train whistles will be a thing of the past soon (not that we really cared).

Some people find the trains a burden, we find it a lot like the Gorge: another wonderful experience.

Room Tip: There's a fan in the closet if you get warm!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Clean, large space with cool loft sleeping area for kids or friends. Kitchenette with coffee maker, micro, toaster, etc. Next to a public beach, which is a good thing cause during the day we had great views of the Columbia River from the back porch maybe 20 yards from the water and there were kite boarders and wind surfers all over the water, and at night, we had the river view to ourselves. Easy walk to everything in Stevenson. I was a little concerned about train noise but there was almost no noise. If you don't want the monster lodge experience, this is a terrific place to stay.

Room Tip: If you can get the room that fronts the river, do it. Well worth a few extra dollars for the privac...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Burien, Washington
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We loved our Africa-themed cabin right next to the Columbia River. We stayed three nights while attending a conference at Skamania Lodge, and our little log cabin was clean and comfortable. The trains going by did not bother us. The deck and hot tub offered great views of windsurfers and kiteboarders - even an old-fashioned riverboat churned by. We liked being right next to the park called Bob's Beach, where the windsurfers put in. The walking trail along the river's edge was steps from our deck, and we enjoyed the lovely flower gardens between the cabins. I'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Eureka, CA
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Nice efficiency cablins with an upscale twist. We really enjoyed our stay here. Love the town and access to the river. Well maintained cabins have great little efficiency kitchens and comfortable beds. Angus is a delight and very knowledgeable about the area. Was nice to not have phones or TV and we ended up walking a great deal and truly enjoying the area. There is a train that comes by at all hours, I was not bothered nor my partner, but I could see where it might bother some folks. I was too relaxed to care. I plan on comng back and staying longer in the off season when I have more time. This place is well worth the time and not your average night's stay.

Room Tip: The website will show you each room (suite). If the train bothers you pick one further away from the...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2013

We stayed one night at the Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge and enjoyed it. We were in Room 8 which is farthest from the river but still has a partial view of the water. The log cabin construction is very atmospheric. Our room was compact and comfortable. The lodge has no tv or phones in its rooms, a welcome relief for people who want peace and quiet on vacation. Angus, the manager/owner, was very helpful and knowledgable. There are several good restaurants for all three meals within easy walking distance in Stevenson. The train does run very close to the hotel, and the sounds of the crossings guard clanging and the train whistle are easily heard. The hotel does provide earplugs. We wanted to stay another night but hadn't made reservations and the lodge was full.

Room Tip: Reserve as early as you can to get a room or cabin with a full river view.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge
Address: 381, Stevenson, WA 98648
Region: United States > Washington > Stevenson
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Stevenson
Number of rooms: 8
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