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Norblad Hotel And Hostel
Ranked #10 of 14 Hotels in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, OR
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52 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great view, rooms and reception”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

I told a friend I was staying here, and he said "DON'T", but when I called, the girl on the phone (I believe her name was Hannah) was so enthusiastic, I decided to at least look at the rooms. What a pleasant surprise! The European style hotel rooms (with shared bathroom) were just beautiful, newly remodeled, and classically furnished with just the things you need. Out the huge windows of the bright room, you can watch the huge ships passing along the Columbia river.
I told Hannah that I had read terrible review of this place and didn't understand why, but apparently those reviews were written before the remodel. I can highly recommend this place as a great value, and have to say that Hannah's awesome attitude has everything to do with why I gave this place a try.
She's also a great resource for all the things to do in town which, by the way, is right outside the door of the hotel. That is to say, this place is perfectly located downtown within walking distance of the waterfront, trolley, Maritime museum, restaurants, and even the Astoria column, if you're up for some elevation gain.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Coos Bay, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Great location here! Located just a block off of 101 Northbound. Right next to Fort George brewery and Blue Scorcher bakery. From the entrance of the hotel you can see the Commodor Hotel just a block over. We stayed in a deluxe cabin on the corner of the building. Simple room but very clean. The shared toilet area and the separate shower area were well maintained as well. Be sure to have a cell phone on you when you arrive, as you will need to call them in order to be let into the building. We knew this hotel would be noisy, as they even advertise this--but boy is it true. I was woken several times through out the night from drunken patrons leaving Ft. George brewery. The girl at the front desk was very helpful and friendly. We did enjoy our stay and the price was right!

Room Tip: Our corner room had nice views but was very loud. I would suggest a room in the middle of the buildi...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Whitecourt, Canada
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Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

After arriving in Astoria at 9pm after being on a motorcycle since the Canadian border, we needed to find a room fast. We could only find two vacancies in the whole city...and the Norblad was one of them. We hesitated at first because of the shared bathroom (we have stayed at a lot of hostels), but we were desperate and needed a place on a budget. Thank goodness we chose to stay! The lady at the front desk was wonderful and pleasant to deal with! The room was freshly renovated and beautifully but simply decorated. A very comfortable bed, and a sink and towels in the room. You can't beat the location, centrally located, easy to find off the main road, lots of parking, and within walking distance of the pier and the Flavel Museum. Only a short drive to the Goonies house. The building is secure and quiet. The shared bathroom and showers were clean. You can't ask for more. Only a block from the Fort George Brewery...very convenient. And a coffee shop close by that opens early. Would stay here again no questions asked.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Ingolstadt, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013 via mobile

The Hotel is newly renovated and now called "Norblad". The rooms were nice and clean, also the showers. There are sinks in every room, showers shared on the floor. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Althogh there was no breakfast, it is not a big problem, as local cafes are just ariund the corner.
The best you can get for a low-prized hotel. The Hotel of choice in Astoia!

  • Stayed August 2013
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1 Thank Christoph B
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State College, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

We stayed at the Norblad Hotel/Hostel (previously called the HideAway) because we couldn't get a room at their "sister" hotel, the Commodore. Honestly, I'm glad I didn't spend the extra money for the Commodore. The Norblad is on the same street and right across from a fantastic brewery (Fort George Brewery). We loved our room. It was very big, clean, had beautiful hardwood floors and a nice little table/chairs area for having coffee. Great simple, modern decor. We had a corner room, so it got great light.

The bathrooms were plentiful and clean. There were bathrooms with just a toilet and sink, and other rooms with just a shower. When you had either room, it was all yours. There was also a coin-op laundry room. There were no refrigerators available as far as I could tell, and no ice. The wireless connection from the hotel was spotty, but I was able to get onto some other wireless network with no problem. Previous reviews mentioned noise. We could hear other guests coming and going, and a bit of traffic noise from the street, but we weren't bothered by it. I guess the traffic noise could be much worse on a weekday -- we stayed on a Saturday night. Parking on the street was free after 6 p.m., and we got a spot right out front.

The woman who checked us in, Debbie, was above-and-beyond helpful. She had lots of recommendations of where to eat, and steered us in the perfect direction by suggesting the Fort George Brewery. After we checked in, there was a group of travelers there trying to get a room. Even though the Norblad was booked, Debbie called around to other hotels for them to try to find them an affordable room somewhere else.

We would definitely stay here again, and wished we could have spent more time exploring Astoria. Seemed like a great town with a lot of cool stuff going on.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2013

I believe the Norblad is undergoing a complete renovation in 2013. We stayed in a newly renovated suite room. The Norblad is a bit of a hostel/shared facilities place with some private rooms that have their own bathroom. That said everything was very clean. Things were a little bit on the spartan side but I attribute that to the fact that our room only became 'finished' a week or so prior. But even so, if it were to remain as spartan I think it goes with the type of lodging it is. The bed was comfy and the covers and comforter very soft and plush. Shower was nice overhead type rain-shower style for a person under 6'. Wood floor was nice, TV had full cable channels. Given it is right next to Ft. George brewery it is an excellent spot. Our room had a view to see the river and bridge actually, looking out across the tops of other buildings. I think it was an excellent value. The front desk person was also very helpful and cheerful.

I cannot speak to how the shared facilities are or how it may be if there were other people there and how their behavior would be with shared accommodations but that is a challenge as one drunk or loud person can be a bad apple that the staff will have to manage.

This would be a great place for people looking to crash after an event at Forge George Brewery, who were on a bike or hike trip looking for cheaper accommodations and to do laundry or other things like that. Probably would not consider it a specifically good place for a family to stay but you could. There was some street noise but it tailed off around midnight. But I believe the hotel discloses this as a potential issue when you book--its just part of staying there as they cannot be responsible for drunk people being loud out on the street.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

Showed up with my bicycle. They gladly gave me a room at a decent price. Room was good(comfy bed, tv, refrigerator). The problems arose as the sun went down. Quiet hours were not enforced and many guests were drunk and hollering in the halls well into the night. The kitchen also had few or any cookware.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Thank Runcdub
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Property: Norblad Hotel And Hostel
Address: 443 14th St, Astoria, OR 97103-3911 (Formerly HideAway Inn and Hostel)
Region: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Astoria
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Astoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
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