Mostly based on the glowing reviews here, I simply expected more. The views and cars are well covered, I'll begin with my problems with the place.
The balcony was a huge disappointment. Standing room only, not what I think of when I'm getting a balcony overlooking the water.
Temperature issues. It was an overcast day, about 60 degrees. The room was hot and stuffy. Eventually I found the fan built into the window seat, but it took awhile for the room to become comfortable. But when we went for the wine and cheese in the lobby, I found that quite uncomfortable also, just no air movement at all. The lobby has a number of Astoria/columbia River books, but it needs a bird guide!
Speaking of stuffy, that's also how we found the staff. We weren't told about the wine offering in the lobby, but we did get several minutes instruction about going entirely off the pier to smoke, not that we cared. The driver taking us to dinner was animated and kind.
Things I appreciated: the binoculars by the window seat. The window seat. The bathtub. The attempt to be green, especially the note saying you didn't need bottled water, that Astoria tap
water was good, which it was.
And then there's Astoria itself. Not much going on after dark, and no place to park if you want to visit the myriad of doodad shops in the day.
All in all, next time we'll skip it.
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