What a disappointment. For those of you who read my reviews, you know we travel the world and try to find those special places that just hit the spot. This, unfortunately, is not one of those places.
On the plus side Tim, who checked us in and served breakfast in the morning, was very nice and interested in making our stay pleasant. He was, however, the only staffer on duty and was totally stretched between checking people in and serving supper to others on our arrival night.
We paid extra for the Hunter, but nothing about this room was worth it--- it smelled musty and stale—in fact the room just did not feel clean (although there was not specific evidence that it wasn’t.) The carpet in the hallway leading to our room was stained from one end to the other and some of the outlets in the bathroom area did not work. The spa tub was stained and the shower/toilet area was beyond tiny.
The amenities were almost non-existent -- no body cream, no conditioner, cotton balls that looked like they had been sitting around uncovered for months, no Q-tips, and a shower bottom that was separating from its frame.
The bed was fine, but was not even triple sheeted. The pillows were thin foam and anything but inviting, and the sheets were what you would expect to find at a 2 star hotel and at least one of the towels was torn. The TV offered just a few local channels and was a vintage model—small, not a flat screen, and very out of date. I am sorry to have to say it, but Birchfield is a 3 Star property at best.
Breakfast was nice, but it was what it was, there were no choices. Tim was kind enough to accommodate us by setting a separate table instead of having to eat communal style, which we do not enjoy.
At $180 a night, the Birchfield was totally overpriced, not just for all the reasons stated above, but this is Yakima! We stayed a few nights later at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane in the Tower and paid only $125 a night for a lovely room with a big shower, great bed and linens, and a new flat screen LG TV.
Birchfield simply failed on virtually every level. We would, however, recommend having supper at Gasperettis in downtown Yakima – it was a pleasant surprise. Finally, there are some really good wineries in the area with some unique wines so the wine region definitely worth a visit if wine tasting appeals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A historic 1910 farmhouse ran by chef/owner. Surrounded by hop fields and vineyard two miles East of Yakima. In the heart of wine country. 11 guest rooms to choose from, all with private bath and shower. Most with double Jacuzzi tubs. Multi-course Gourmet dining available on weekends nights. wonderful selection of local wines. ... more less