My wife wanted to spend her 40th birthday in the Oregon wine country, and my objective was to find her the perfect place to enjoy her special day. I first discovered The Allison in the Fodor’s Oregon travel guide, then read the reviews on Trip Advisor. As we all do, I paid special attention to the negative reviews. Since the cost of The Allison is well beyond what I would normally spend for lodging, I wanted to feel some degree of reasonable assurance that my wife and I would enjoy the experience and avoid any cognitive dissonance caused by unfulfilled expectations. Most of the negativity I read about The Allison in the reviews related to the cost vs. perceived value, but the actual issues people brought up seemed a little picky and immaterial, so I went ahead and booked the stay…and I am so delighted that I did!
From the time you see The Allison emerge while driving towards it, you get the sense that it is going to be a special experience, and this holds true from the time you arrive through your entire stay. Everyone on the staff, from the valets to the front desk to the spa and beyond, demonstrates a deep appreciation and understanding of true hospitality – something that has become increasingly rare in the “hospitality” industry. We had a penthouse grand deluxe king, and it was spacious, well-appointed, and wonderfully decorated. They have given so much thought to the details – the bathtub is extra-long so you can enjoy a good soak without having your legs bent and out of the water; snacks and water in the room; comfortable robes and slippers; ultra-comfortable beds and bedding; the lovely gas fireplace; and the list goes on and on. The room was so comfortable, we found it challenging to find the motivation to leave for wine tastings….but we did. ;)
The one thing about the room that I would say is a little disappointing is the lack of a scenic view. The vineyard side faces a very small vineyard (more like a large garden) on a steep slope which limits the range of your view while the valley side faces the road and some industrial buildings which are not very pleasing. Overall, I would say the valley side is preferable for its expansive view. In truth, the room itself is so spectacular, you won't be too concerned about what is outside of the window.
On the morning of her birthday, my wife had a Mimosa massage at the spa. She was absolutely delighted with the service. While she was getting her massage, I used the fitness facility. This is the one area where I would consider The Allison to be just average – I workout 4 to 6 times per week with weights as well as cardio, and I have seen hotel gyms range from extensive to awful, and this gym falls somewhere in the middle. They have some cardio equipment, a small circuit of weight machines, a single adjustable bench, dumbbells to 50 pounds, and 2 versatile cable machines. I pieced together a couple of workouts during our stay, but it is clear that The Allison is for relaxation, not intense exertion…and I was just fine with that!
Prior to her massage, we had breakfast delivered to our room, and it was delicious! I had the Vintner’s Breakfast, which consisted of assorted pastries and a parfait, while my wife enjoyed eggs, toast, and bacon -- well…I enjoyed most of her bacon. :) It was all well-prepared, well-presented, and well-consumed!
We have been back from our Oregon adventure for two weeks, and we still talk about and miss being at The Allison. Before we even checked out, we were already planning our return! If you are reading this review and weighing your options about where to stay in the Willamette Valley, do yourself a favor and choose The Allison…then YOU can one day have great memories of it, too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the lush beauty of Oregon Wine Country's Willamette Valley, The Allison Inn & Spa boasts 85 luxury Newberg, OR hotel rooms and suites with gas fireplaces, personal terraces or balconies, spacious spa bathrooms with soaking tubs, 42’ flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Signature hotel amenities include fine dining at JORY, a pampering spa with 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio and a swimming pool. While staying at this Oregon Wine Country hotel, explore the property’s 35 acres of fragrantly elegant gardens and pathways connecting to vineyards and a beautiful picnic area. The Allison is also a premier choice for meetings, social events and weddings, offering a variety of flexible event spaces for up to 480 guests. When it’s time for an adventure, head out to enjoy a number of exciting activities on your Oregon vacation, such as hiking, grape stomping, wine tasting, and so much more. Suitable for family vacations, romantic getaways, business trips and solo adventures, The Allison Inn & Spa offers something for every pursuit in scenic Willamette Valley. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Allison Hotel Newberg
- Allison Inn And Spa