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Balch Hotel

#1 of 1 Hotels in Dufur
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40 South Heimrich Street, Columbia River Gorge, Dufur, OR 97021
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have visited a few historic hotels and this one is at the top of the list. We were treated like royalty from the time we made the reservation, to the time we left (kicking and screaming...). The employees know what customer service is all about, and the owners are on site working it as well. It is a beautiful... More 

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Orting, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It surpassed all that I was expecting. We went 'back' in time and will 'go back' to the Balch. No A/C needed. Just opened the window and and the breeze all night. It was wonderful. Community bath was great! Josiah and his wife have a very nice hotel and I hope they are the owners for a long time. Deborah... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a great place--no phones, t.v., or radio. The friendly, quiet town of Dufur and its restored, historically famous, turn of the century Balch Hotel is a wonderful place to "unwind," to rest, to revitalize oneself. Outstanding service and food from a friendly customer-comes-first staff. Go! and be glad that you did.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our stay at the Balch Hotel was truly memorable. This was our first time to the Columbia River Gorge region and we were so pleasantly surprised to arrive in the charming town of Dufur. As we pulled up to the Balch Hotel, my husband and I both immediately recognized what a special jewel we had stumbled upon. This historic hotel... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place surpassed all the web photos and descriptions. Nestled in the sleepy town of Dufur, this was a wonderful respite for us to transition after dropping our kids off at college. The grounds are well manicured and there are plenty of comfortable and scenic spaces to collect oneself outside. My favorite was the luscious patio, offering umbrella covered tables... More 

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Honolulu
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This little quaint hotel in Dufur was the site of our friend's wedding. It was an intimate wedding where about a third of the guests were housed in the hotel's lovingly cared for Edwardian era rooms. It had a feel of what it was like to be in a hotel in the early 1900's. Newhart and the Stratfford Inn come... More 

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks roikiller. Your description is wonderful and will be quite helpful for other guests. We work hard to keep the 'old world charm' and we understand that sometimes it is not for everyone. We are so happy to host weddings and we are so glad that you chose the Balch as the place to bring your family together. More 

Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Balch Hotel August 13, 2015. The owners were very nice! The chocolate chip cookies were great! The grounds were beautiful....as was the hotel! The entire staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was wonderful and the head cook was so personable! It really was like a B & B.

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Salem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another totally relaxing visit to the Balch. Great view of Mt Hood from our room on the second level, excellent buffet breakfast, very friendly staff from the front desk to the breakfast chief. We walked the grounds and wished we would of had our wedding here 8 1/2 years ago! We're here now so all is good.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An oasis in the middle of the high desert, this hotel overlooks Mt Hood. Beautifully restored, the proprietors Josiah and Claire are warm and cultured. The outdoor area has a beautiful pond with fish and lotus flowers and the food is delish. Very affordable and great to a great place to get away from it all.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You just had to walk in the door to feel welcomed. Both by the staff and the atmosphere.The hotel had extremely comfortable places inside and out to sit, to read, to talk, to eat- and of course to sleep!. It is steps away from the Historical Museum and downtown. I was here on Threshing Bee weekend and it was within... More 

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