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Balch Hotel

#1 of 1 Hotels in Dufur
Certificate of Excellence
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40 South Heimrich Street, Columbia River Gorge, Dufur, OR 97021
Balch Hotel
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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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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The town Dufur has an interesting past and present -- has character and is full of characters. The hotel is from a century old era but the beds are comfortable, the food good, the staff hospitable and the gardens inviting.

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you Clark. It was a pleasure meeting you during your stay and it is always a treat having folks who enjoy the history of the area. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay in Dufur. More 

San Mateo, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I found the Balch Hotel very last minute on my way to Hood River - all of the lousy, expensive hotels in The Dalles and Hood River were booked, so I had to go off the beaten path. What a stroke of luck - this hotel is a gem! The property is beautiful, very nicely kept, and the rooms super... More 

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Judy, we are so glad you found us and we will look forward to seeing you again! More 

Lake Oswego
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66 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I heard about this old historic hotel through Living Social. It's located in a small town called Dafur, Oregon, and I thought I'd give it a try as a quick getaway from Portland. I had no idea what I was in for... The classic old hotel is beautifully maintained, the rooms are comfortable, the view out our hotel room window... More 

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for the friendly thoughts. Our staff works hard to ensure your stay is pleasant and we are blessed to be located in such a wonderful spot. We appreciate the review. Love your pictures too! More 

Sonoma, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not on the ordinary tourist route, the Balch is well worth a detour! Character galore, with ample doses of history, and a starkly beautiful landscape are only the start. The new owners are warm and inviting -- helpful and engaging, and with a clearly abundant love for the hospitality business. The rooms are spotless, with period furnishings. The view of... More 

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It is wonderful to meet folks from so many places and backgrounds. Having folks like yourself who appreciate the architecture and character of the hotel makes it so fun to share. Having the Maryhill Museum of Art nearby is wonderful for us because we got to meet you because of your trip to the museum.... More 

Keller, Texas
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an amazing example of going out of your way for your guest. My husband and I came in late and left early. When we got up we had not planned on breakfast because breakfast was not until 9 and we had to leave early. We told the inn keeper that we had to be going and he went... More 

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Brenda, It is always our pleasure to accommodate each of our guest's needs. It was wonderful meeting you and your husband and I am so happy you enjoyed your stay. More 

Cave Junction
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26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful trip to the past. No TV or pones but lots of charm and character. Some rooms have shared bath rooms but they are very clean and there are 2-3 per floor. Other rooms have been upgraded to include private bathrooms. The grounds are park like and even in 100+ degree heat you could stay comfortable lounging... More 

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

It was so wonderful to host you and your husband, Mary. I am so glad you enjoyed the 'step back in time' and had a chance to relax under the trees. We are looking forward to seeing you again. More 

OLYMPIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will not be disappointed in your stay at this beautifully maintained historic hotel. It is so comfortable as you step back in time, with comfortable appointed rooms and period furnishings throughout. The grounds make you want to lounge in hammocks, if only it had not been 102 degrees outside. Fun sitting in the parlor playing cards in the evening... More 

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

Wow Ginnip what can we say? It's folks with kind words like yours that really make all the hard work worthwhile. I am so glad you had a great time and that you had a chance to enjoy the area. Thank you. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Balch Hotel is a step back in time with fantastic details for the most astute historyphile. The building itself is immaculate and both elegant and comfortable, the grounds are inviting, and the staff is very friendly and accommodating, and makes a wonderful breakfast. Dufur is off the beaten track, and the drive is incredibly scenic. The living history museum... More 

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Willow! We love being a part of the history of Dufur and sharing that passion with you. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Scappoose, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The owners have done a great job restoring this historic hotel. Rooms were clean and beautifully appointed with period furniture. The staff is extremely attentive and the breakfast was fantastic. No cold cereal from a dispenser!

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We work hard to help you unwind, it is great to read your reviews. More 

Happy Valley, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Driving our Model As and wanted to stay the night in the vintage hotel. It was perfect. Quiet and relaxing. Beautiful grounds, ornate sitting rooms, lovely breakfast. We'll be back to spend a quiet weekend. Very clean and comfortable.

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BalchInnkeeper, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review

It is so wonderful to see a row of nice Model A's parked out front of the property. Thanks for stopping by and we really love your feedback.. More 

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