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!
Ask for a river view and a mini-suite if at all possible.
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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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