We booked this room for one night through Travelocity's secret hotel deal and, after reading some of the other reviews, I was a little nervous. If it is a modern, convenient, with all the amenities, bells and whistles etc., you are seeking then book another hotel. If you are interested in a historic building in a great part of town, surrounded by great pubs and restaurants then read on. The Montvale was built in 1899 and is listed on the National Historic Register. It has had a life of hotel rooms, apartments, brothel, back to hotel etc.
At some point, probably in the 80's or 90's, a developer bought the hotel with the intent of restoring it to its former glory. The building was basically gutted but most of the historic and original features were retained. Make no mistake, it is a very grand dame indeed. Yes, it's old. Yes, it has creaky floors. Yes, some of the carpets could use an update. Yes, there is minimal parking (you can't jack an old lady up and stick a parkade under her!) and yes, it is a long way away from being a top notch hotel. But what it may lack, it makes up for with lots of character just like you'd expect from a hotel built in 1899.
Our room was on the top floor and it was very satisfactory. The ceilings are high, the old wood and beams have been retained and the bathroom was clean. Our queen bed had nice, white linens, a comfy mattress and a nice light comforter. It had some nice antique pieces in the room which added to the ambiance. Our room was a little noisy at night (we were on 1st avenue) but that soon died down and we both slept really well. I enjoyed the products in the bathroom (can't remember the name) and the shower had lots of pressure. The TV was a little bit small but it worked and you had to be closer to the door to get a strong wifi signal but those are insignificant. We did take some time to walk around the hotel to look at some of the antiques.
When we arrived we were treated very well by Jessica - she checked us in quickly, put us in a great room and helped with advice on what food options might be available at 10:00 pm. We had no problem getting parking in the lot right behind the hotel and it was safe. The next morning we were treated just as well by the morning desk clerk (sorry I can't remember her name).
One disappointed was the closing of the Catacombs Pub - connected to the hotel. It would have been great to go there to have a couple of drinks and some food. Entrepreneurs???
If some money was spent on the hotel to upgrade carpets, soundproofing, painting etc., it would be fabulous. Still, I would absolutely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The oldest hotel in Spokane, the Montvale Hotel is Spokane’s premier boutique hotel destination.This nationally registered Historical Place sits amid downtown Spokane’s bustling West First Avenue, the center of an emerging arts and entertainment district. Dozens of restaurants, theaters and music options are all within a short walk from the hotel. Today, the Montvale Hotel has been reborn into a dynamic new hotel destination. Its historic look, coupled with fashionable amenities makes the Montvale Hotel Spokane’s premier spot for fun, excitement and most importantly – a good night’s rest.The Montvale’s Art Deco steel canopy, designed and built by Spokane artist, Hazen Audel, the two story grand lobby featuring a large fireplace and cozy furniture, and the second and third floor glass atrium all give the hotel a distinctive atmosphere. You will be left with a lasting impression from the hotel’s unique mix of contemporary and historic furnishings in a classic setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montvale Hotel Spokane