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The Lyle Hotel

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The Lyle Hotel Restaurant & Bar is an historic railroad hotel that has been newly renovated. Nightly stays and local delicacies in the heart of wine country. Wine tasting, fresh local beers & cider, small plates, weekend brunch, afternoon tea & banquet facility. The hotel has shared bathrooms and private showers. The area is designated as a national scenic area.
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Non-smoking hotel
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The website for Lyle Hotel says it is like a European hotel. Actually it is like an upscale European Hostel. All of the rooms are separate with mostly queen sized beds, although there is one room with a king and one room with two fulls. The shared bathrooms are in the middle surrounded by the rooms on the outside. All are on the second story. All of the bedrooms are decorated in an older somewhat Victorian style. There are a total of 5 separate shower, toilet, or combination bath/toilet rooms. All have locks so one can use with privacy. The disadvantage of this is that not everyone has the same hygienic habits so if you are squeamish about sharing a bathroom with other guests (like staying in a family house) then I would not recommend this place. For us, it was okay just to say that we stayed here, but likely won't return because we want a bit more privacy versus a shared bath. There is a restaurant/bar on first floor under the west side of the guest rooms. Unfortunately we were tired and wanted to go to bed early our first night there, but the one man band and bar noise from downstairs directly beneath our king room (rm 10) was a little loud on Thursday night--not so bad on Friday night. Had we gone to bed later it would not have been a problem. People have also complained about the trains that go by multiple times during the night, but that wasn't as big of a deal. Ear plugs are provided, although I slept right through the trains even without earplugs. If you want the quieter rooms, I recommend staying in the NE corner with the lowest numbered rooms. The rooms on the east side also are across from the combination bath/toilet rooms, whereas those on the west are across from the separate shower rooms and a separate toilet room with two toilets. Anyone can use any bath/toilet/shower room they desire, though. Those on the south would likely have the best view since they face the river full on, but also face the train track full on. We had a half view of the river to the west from our room in the northwest corner.The rooms were clean, the shower/bath/toilet rooms were average clean and as said before were dependent upon who was using them. The restaurant downstairs was outstanding as far as service and food provided (especially for those of us who cannot have gluten)...all of this is run by the same couple. I wrote a separate review on the restaurant/bar. The location is great. Lyle is about half way between The Dalles and Hood River, but on the Washington side. There is great hiking in western WA to the west just north of Carson, as well as at Beacon Rock State Park, but also some good eastern WA trails at the Cherry Orchard trail a little east of Lyle and the Kittitas River Trail and at Columbia Hills. From the hotel/hostel one can quickly cross to the south via an overpass over the train tracks and walk down to the water's edge. This is land that belongs to the Yakama Nation. Lyle Point is a sacred fishing ground for them as well as a place of burial for a Native American village that died of small pox, then was burned with the bones later buried...sometime in the distant past. I have tried contacting the Nation about whether okay to visit this site but they have not responded. I think that so long as you respect the area , they won't have a problem with it. No one approached us about our presence, but gave us plenty of space. There are various long term residents in trailers/campers on the outskirts, I think to keep an eye on the place and to take care of it. The rocky area that juts out the furthest into the Columbia is somewhat fenced off to keep vehicles out and is separated from the main area, but there are foot trails leading there. It is a beautiful place to visit. For a little different experience, I recommend staying at the Lyle Hotel. This would be a great place to stay with friends.
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From start to finish, this was one of the best hotel experiences my wife and I have ever had. We were greeted by the owner Richard upon arrival. He noticed the room we had reserved was one tucked back with no view so offered us a few other choices, which we did change and get a room with a view! Self serve coffe/tea/granola was a nice way to fuel up and settle in. Room was large and very well appointed. Amazingly comfortable bed, tasteful decor and lots of unique features in this very old building. We took a pre dinner walk to the water. Do be aware that part of the area I believe is Tribal so you may want to see about permission before accessing. We had a few drinks at the bar with our very talkative, creative and fun bartender Mary. After a while we got some olives and crab cakes. The crab cakes were LOADED. So good and being form the coast I have had a lot of crab cakes in my day. Dinner was bacon wrapped chicken and pot roast. We usually don't do this, but my wife and I shared our meals with each other, they both were that amazing. Richard is not only the owner, but also the chef and these two things were among the best we have ever had! We ended the night with a few more drinks and got to mingle with the owner and his wife. Had a great time talking beer/food/the business and had a very memorable night. Plenty of restrooms and showers for the AM. They had nice products for hair and body and great bath robes. Check out in the AM was a breeze as we left our keys and were on our way. Off the beaten path, in the middle of nowhere and done perfectly. We have already recommended this place to family and friends.
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Our family needed accommodations for a wedding in White Salmon, so we booked the entire hotel, all 10 rroms. (There were four children and 15 adults.) We had a great time. All of the rooms were clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. The shared bathroom situation worked out just fine, clean, enough of them, no waiting, no crowding and nice bathrobes to wear. The trains didn't bother most of us - I liked them, in fact - but we had one crabby person who didn't sleep well, so if you really are a light sleeper take them into consideration. (It was hot when we were there, so most of us used the air-conditioning, which muffles the trains a bit.) I can't stress how helpful and nice the owners and staff were - when booking, in creating individual checks/bills for each of us, letting us store bicycles, and lettting us use the dining room when it wasn't in use so we had a place to get together. It made to whole experience so easy and fun. We had a large family dinner the night before the wedding in the hotel restaurant. It was so handy to be able to eat onsite and everyone loved the food. The dining room is lovely, and the wait staff was great. They accommodated everyone - noodles for the kids, and sophisticated food and wine for the grown-ups! One last note - the Lyle Hotel is perfectly situated to see some of the areas attractions. Maryhill Museum and the Stonehenge replica are a short drive away. The river is nearby, and White Salmon is a quaint town to visit.
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We a fabulous time at the Lyle Hotel. We were a little worried about having to share a bathroom but there are plenty of bathrooms and showers available and we never had an issue with having to wait. The room was clean and comfortable and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I appreciated that they provided both bathrobes and earplugs. We also enjoyed a delicious meal downstairs along with some live music. The band was great and it was a fun evening.
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Drove over an hour on 7/4 to check out this place; enjoyed ourselves. Great jazz music played by two fellows who've 'been around the block'. Sat on the patio & since it was a warm night, the change of atmosphere was perfect. Our food was fairly good BUT something was off that night as it took over 40 minutes to get one salad & a brie dish. Both were VERY GOOD. But I had to chase down the waitress to find out "when" our order would be delivered. And it was a good 15 minutes longer before it appeared. Perhaps the staff was low that night (that's what it looked like to us) but we did have a terrific time.
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$114 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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