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“Just Excellent!”
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Balch Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dufur
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Ridgefield, Washington
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6 reviews
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“Just Excellent!”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

The hotel is lovely, grounds beautiful, beds comfortable and Samantha and her staff wonderful. My husband has disabilitites and it was difficult for him to get down stairs to the tastey breakfast so without even having to ask they made him up a tray on our first morning. And on our second morning they put together a "to go" box for him as we were checking out. Samantha gave excellent recommendations for places to eat and see in the area. Sitting in the parlor or lobby reading or playing cards or a game with a glass of wine/beer was a popular activity and everyone seemed to be having fun and enjoying themselves.

Definately would go back!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Baltimore
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

This is a wonderful bed and breakfast. My wife and I stayed here one night in early June and found that the Balch Hotel is all the wonderful things you read in the reviews. We would come back again. The staff is welcoming. The hotel is beautiful. The view of Mount St. Helens, weather permitting, is beautiful. The bed was comfortable. The breakfast was very good. The coffee very drinkable, and the company much fun to chat with. The building and the grounds are immaculate. It is a comfortable place in which to hang around and read quietly or chat with other guests. You will definitely enjoy your stay.

But, wait, there is more. In the room in which we stayed, we could easily hear people in adjacent rooms. It is curious that none of the other reviewers have mentioned this. It may be that the other wonderful things have pushed this inconvenience to the side. The couple in the room next door was having a quiet conversation (voices not raised, calm) and we could hear everything. At one point before we fell asleep, we could hear someone in an adjacent room (below us?) snoring. We sleep well, so once we were sleeping sound was no issue. On the whole, this was a minor inconvenience. The ease with which sound travels may be one of the reasons there are no televisions or other sound-making electronics in the rooms. But this is something for guests to keep in mind.

Also bear in mind that the dining choices in Dufur are very limited; The Dalles is 15 miles to the north. It is a beautiful drive through grain and fruit farms.

Despite the caveat above which guests should know, we would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Skirwin, Owner at Balch Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for the review!! One of the "charming" things about a historic building is that there are not modern sound proofing walls, etc. Being a light sleeper myself and living at the hotel, I understand the need for a restful night - especially when traveling. We want all our guests to leave refreshed. We've now made sure all rooms have a fan to give some white noise for sleepers. While that might not drown out a super loud snoring neighbor, we will also keep on hand earplugs to be available for guests to help even more. Thanks for visiting AND for writing the review!
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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

This hotel is an anomaly in such a tiny town as Dufur (population just over 500, but seems smaller) but it is a welcome and most pleasant place to stay. The owners are very cordial and accommodating. The rooms are nice and quite charming. They even give you a choice of a bottle of champagne or wine, and a yummy raspberry-chocolate brownie - delicious! The grounds are immaculate and the lawn is lushly green and neatly mowed. It was very relaxing to walk around in the morning with a cup of coffee in hand as I strolled around the property. There is a classy breakfast served every morning, and it was very good. I might suggest to the owners that they serve a meat of some kind, either bacon, sausage or ham, and that would make for a complete and delicious meal. Be forewarned that there is no television, telephone and refrigerator (however, there is WI-FI) in the rooms, but that is part of the charm of The Balch. It's almost like a step back in time, and a breath of fresh air (literally and figuratively) to stay in such an out-of-the-way but worthwhile destination.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Boston
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

I was visiting a friend in Portland and we came to the Balch Hotel as she needed to take photos in the area. The hotel has old world charm and is a nice mix of original features and modern amenities. The beds are so comfortable I didn't want to leave. The owners are two of the nicest people you could possibly meet and do everything to make you feel welcome and comfortable. The warm cookies in the evening were so good and there was even gluten free ones for my friend. Breakfast was also very good. We ended up going for a hike at the waterfall nearby. A couple at breakfast were there checking the place out for their upcoming wedding. It would be a great spot for a wedding, reunion or other event.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

If you travel from Bend OR to the Columbia Gorge, plan to spend at least one night in Dufur OR. The Balch Hotel has a lot of charm, breakfast is wonderful, and the owners and staff were warm and accommodating. We stayed in the suite (only room with a king bed) and enjoyed the jacuzzi too. From Dufur, we were able to go to Mt Hood, visited the historical Timberline Lodge, traveled the 'fruit loop', had dinner in The Dalles, and drove back to Dufur for a second night. We highly recommend this wonderful hotel that creates a great experience for their guests.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen, Washington
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

These are awesome people! Not to mention the hotel is beautiful and clean. From the hot chocolate chip cookies to the amazing breakfast, they cover it all. We will be back. Also, caught a shuttle for a very fair price to and from the Maryhill winery concert. So thankful we found this place. :) Aura

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

Went here in May for a getaway and left feeling relaxed and refreshed. We were completely taken care of with excellent service and wonderful charm of the building. The beds were relaxing and we left feeling so refreshed. We work all the time and The Balch is just what we needed to get us through the summer. We are still thinking about how much we enjoyed it 5 months later. Thanks!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Balch Hotel
Address: 40 Heimrich St, Columbia River Gorge, Dufur, OR 97021-3031
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Location: United States > Oregon > Dufur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dufur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Balch Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic hotel operating as a B&B! Relax. Reconnect. Rejuvenate. Come with a group for a fun gathering of friends, or choose a quiet romantic get-a-way for you and your sweetie. We hope to surprise you with this gem in the country. Visit the sunny side of Oregon! ... more   less 
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