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“Hood River Rocks” 5 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Hood River Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1108 East Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031   |  
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“Hood River Rocks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Hood River is an idyllic small town in North Central Oregon. It sits on the banks of the mighty Columbia River. One of the beauties of Hood River is that it has its own transitional micro-climate. It sits just on the east edge of the Oregon Cascades. The Cascades block a lot of the rain and snow that falls in western Oregon. In fact, just west of Hood River there is twice the rainfall and just east of it is half the rainfall. So it has an extremely pleasant, four season climate.

I travel a lot and stay in a wide variety of accommodations, ranging from places that don't even get a star rating to 5 star resorts. In my own personnel rating system, the Best Western Plus at Hood River gets a 4. A four to me means that it is quiet, comfortable, convenient,spacious enough that you don't get claustrophobia, stylish enough that you actually know they planned it and it didn't "just happen", very clean, and has a great view and has food either in the facility or within a three minute walk.

The Hood River Inn meets all of those requirements. The restaurant actually is a really good one that rivals most of the restaurants in town. That is saying a lot because for a town the size of Hood River, it has many excellent restaurants. They provide you with the requisite "free" breakfast, or you can choose to pay for any of the other great options from the full menu. The Corned Beef Hash is excellent as is the Chorizo.

Of course the view is the "Piece de Resistance" here. The motel is located right on the Columbia River. And when I say it is right on it, I mean they even have a dock that you can tie your boat to. They have a wonderful patio attached to the restaurant that makes full use of the view.

Sometimes when you stay at a place close to the water, you frequently get a "rustic" motif. Not so here. It has a modern look and feel to it.

Hood River is the "windsurfing" capital of the world. So, not only is the view spectacular, you get to watch, or perhaps participate in a wide variety of (mostly) self or wind propelled water sports.

The rooms are quiet, clean, and comfortable. I personally prefer the mini-suites. To me they offer the best value. You kind of get the feel that you are at an upscale Bed and Breakfast when staying in the mini-suites.

I think that Best Western has hit on a great concept with their "Plus" accommodations. You still get to build points like you would at any Best Western and you get a REALLY nice place to stay. You don't feel as if you need to clean the room before staying in it as you do in so many of the non "Plus" versions.

If you are planning a trip to the Hood River area, this is an excellent place to call home for a few days. But, plan ahead, especially in the summer months. It is extremely popular. That holds true for any accommodation in Hood River during the summer. I have tried to get a last minute room in Hood River in the summer and have not found anything within 30 miles!

Room Tip: Ask for a river view and a mini-suite if at all possible.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CVHinman, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Hood River Inn, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear N701AZ, Wow, thanks for the Five Star Review for both our hotel and the special town of Hood River. You're a travel writer right? Well if you aren't you certainly should be, you have captured the essence of Hood River and of our hotel. I will share your fabulous and informative review with our entire staff. Thanks again, we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Have stay at BW's recently only because of a stay 3 times/get a free night promotion. but have loved each hotel and stay - this property no exception.

Big, remodeled rooms. Steps away from the river - beautiful views. For $100, was on first floor with access to walking path. Across the parking lot from Starbucks, right off highway, 1 mile or so to "downtown"

The deck here in the summer is going to be unbelievable, but as $250- 400 per night on the weekends in the summer... don't know if I like BW THAT much....Supply and demand wins....

Staff is the best. Suzanne the bartender was great - Dinner was the best I have had in a long time - Veal Scallopini.

My only issue, was I was directly across from ice machine and my luck, someone wanted ice at midnight, 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.... super loud and woke me up each time, but that is easily fixed for next time..

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CVHinman, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Hood River Inn, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Dear LP1009, We are happy you've discovered Best Western and especially happy that you've found our hotel. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for mentioning the great service you received from Suzanne and the fine meal you enjoyed in Cebu. Both she and our chef will be delighted when I share your comments with them. We strive to provide the best lodging and dining experience in the Columbia River Gorge and also to be the best value. As you mentioned, summer rates are higher than in the off season but there are many room choices well below the $250 to $400 price point. With think our rates are very competitive for our market as we are the only hotel in Hood River with the full complement of amenities including, a full service restaurant and cocktail lounge, a served complimentary guest breakfast, a river front swimming pool and exercise facility, a sauna, an indoor and outdoor spa and free high speed WI-FI. Follow us on Facebook for the best deals available year around. Thanks again for your review, we look forward to seeing you this summer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I have stayed a week at the Hood River Inn for four straight years at a conference. I think it is a great little hotel, comfortable and clean, extremely nice staff, good bar, great location in a wonderful town. 4 stars

Room Tip: River view, 2nd floor is best
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CVHinman, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Hood River Inn, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear FAC12, Welcome back and thank you so much for your five star review. Group business is very important to us so to hear of your satisfaction with our property during a week long stay is especially rewarding. I will share your kind comments with our staff. Thanks again, we look forward to seeing you next year if not before.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We had a girls weekend trip planned to Hood River/Dalles area. Decided on the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn for location, price and previous review ratings. We were not disappointed. We had a room on the non-river side to save money. We knew we would be out hiking, exploring (geocaching) during the day...and most likely not in the room or at the hotel during the daylight hours to enjoy the views...which were spectacular!! The room was very roomy. We had the double queen room, which also had a desk with a chair on wheels. The room also had a table with two chairs. Still plenty of floor space for the luggage of four woman travelling together. Everything was very clean and fresh looking. The price was very fair, especially considering the breakfast that was included for the four of us. The restaurant was superb. My only complaint was the wait/crowds on Sunday morning. We waited over 30 minutes just to have our order taken. Another 15 minutes before our drinks arrived. The only complaint with the room...and not much of a complaint...is the walls are very thin. We brought a box fan with us...so we did not hear the noise I'm sure we would have otherwise. The staff at the front desk were very accomodating. They went above and beyond with any request we made. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: If you plan on spending time in the room...the views on the river side were spectacular. We enjoyed...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CVHinman, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Hood River Inn, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Debbie W, Thank you for choosing us for your girls getaway and for sharing your experience with our Trip Advisor friends. It's a pleasure to know that you enjoyed our great location, all of the amenities our hotel offers and especially our great customer service. We very much look forward to welcoming you again when you next visit Hood River.

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Address: 1108 East Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031
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Location: United States > Oregon > Hood River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Hood River
#1 Family Hotel in Hood River
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hood River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Hood River Inn 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hood River's ONLY waterfront lodging and dining, on the breathtaking Columbia River with convenient access to all activities. Featuring rooms for every budget; from riverview rooms and suites to standard no-view rooms. Rooms feature mini-fridges, microwaves, hairdryers, irons & board, coffee makers, and high-speed wifi. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Riverside restaurant or Cebu Lounge. Take a dip in the new riverside pool and spa, or relax in the sauna. We pride ourselves on delivering excellence in customer service and high quality cleaning standards. Our friendly, helpful staff is ready to ensure a memorable stay. ... more   less 
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