The hotel owners have done an amazing job restoring this unique heritage property. The original character of the building is maintained and yet the place doesn't have an "old" feel...it feels clean and up to date.
Our room was small (typical of what you would expect in Europe or in a historic property) and had a sink and mirror but no other bathroom facilities. There are shared toilets and showers at the end of the hall. We very quickly got over this unusual feature (heritage building...) because the showers and bathrooms were always impeccably, spotlessly clean, and also we never encountered any waits or issues with other guests all trying to use the facilities at once. The hotel owners have made an interesting choice to leave the building like this but in doing so they avoided major renovations that would only show up as higher room fees.
Quirk number two is that there is no hotel parking. There is street parking nearby but you have to pay careful attention to the signs as the streets closest to the hotel have time restrictions and other restrictions. If you go about 3 blocks away, you can park without restrictions. We pulled up and offloaded our car and then just parked it 3 blocks away for the whole time, was really not a big deal.
Finally, the only thing that really bothered me about this hotel and the reason I knocked a star off was the fact that it is right near a busy highway and as you'll typically have your windows open in the summer (no a/c), the constant sound of logging trucks and other traffic definitely affected my sleep.
Despite all of the above I would definitely stay here again and for the price I think it's a great opportunity to stay in a centrally located, beautifully restored heritage building in Astoria, if you're willing to accept some things that are different from a typical American hotel.
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