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“Amazingly human and accomodating...Great energy"”
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Balch Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dufur
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Cascadia
1 review
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“Amazingly human and accomodating...Great energy"”
Reviewed March 13, 2010

I found this place by accident as I was trying to locate a good breakfast in Dufur, Oregon! I was originally going to be spending a quick night in The Dalles as a friend and myself were heading up to go snowshoeing near Dufur early the next morning. I couldn't arrive until 12:30 am, as I had to work late in Portland that night. The hostess, Samantha, arranged for a late arrival(with a plate of homemade cookies at the front desk to greet us), and early breakfast the next morning to accommodate us, even with my short notice! The hotel is historic, charming and very clean and comfortable based on my very brief stay. I hope to return again in the future and enjoy it more! I'm sure I missed much of what it has to offer. Very impressed!
Thank You Samantha!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Woodinville, WA
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Reviewed March 4, 2010

We stayed at the Balch Hotel to hear my favorite author, Jane Kirkpatrick. It was wonderful. We had a really wonderful dinner prepared by a chef from Portland. The room was nice with a private bath. Everything was clean and the service was outstanding. We plan to stay there again this summer. They also serve a wonderful breakfast. The owners Jeff and Samantha are very nice and helpful in every way.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sunland Washington
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

We came though Dufur, Oregon on a Harley ride on our way to Portland, the Balch Hotel was the best place we stayed on our whole 4th of July hoilday.Samatha and Jeff the owners were so over the top with service and very geniune concern over our well being. The rooms were very lovely and clean.And the hotel felt like home. A very wonderful home.
We slepted comfortably, so quite in this country type hotel. Claw bath tub the best after a long ride on the bike. Perfect place, hammock in the beautiful yard of flowers.Large outside patio for visiting or having your morning coffee before a delicious breakfast.
We will be back, over and over.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2009

We spent one night in a room with a private bath. The hotel & grounds are lovely & the owners are super nice! We really enjoyed our stay. Dufur is a cute town...not much to do but we took a nice walk & had a couple beers at the local bar which made for some fun people watching. The breakfast the Balch was delicious although fairly sugary (is that even a word??). Next time we go we'll get the suite for sure!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2009

We chose Balch Hotel on our way from Portland through the Columbia River Gorges and towards Bend (Oregon). The hotel is a real Gem. Dufur is a small town in the countryside. We followed the directions the hotel provided when they confirmed the reservation and driving through the forests was great specially that we had a view of Mount Hood all along. We really enjoyed the character of the place. The room we stayed in was very good. We loved the grounds also. The highlight of our stay was the breakfast we had in the morning. It is the best breakfast we have ever had in a hotel. It was a real gourmet experience. The quiche and muffin are the best we have had. If we come back to Oregon we will definitely spend time there again. We really felt at home.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Florida
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Reviewed July 16, 2009

Stayed 2 nights in this restored hotel now run as a B&B. We chose a room with an attached bathroom and air conditioning. The nights were cool so the ac was not really necessary! Room was well furnished with a sitting area and a very comfortable bed (quality linens and mattress). The breakfast was well served and very good. The grounds include a sitting area for relaxation. Especially enjoyed the cookies at the front desk and early moring coffee. Will plan to stay here again next time in the area.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Portland
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Reviewed July 7, 2009

My stay in the Balch Hotel was a perfect ending to unwind after a rather fast-paced 8-day trip. The hotel, run more like a B&B, is nestled in a small town 15 miles south of the beautiful Columbia Gorge. The setting is very relaxed and peaceful with lovely grounds, rolling fields of grains surrounding the hotel, a breathtaking view of Mt. Hood, and a tree-shaded patio to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. The hotel has been beautifully renovated, in keeping with its historic designation. The rooms are charming and comfortable. Our room had a shared bath and did not have air conditioning, but was comfortable despite the hot outdoor temperature -- nights are cool in that part of Oregon. The stairs and claw foot tubs will likely be a challenge for people with mobility problems. The three-course gourmet breakfast, included in the very reasonable room rate, was a real treat. The hostess, Samantha, was very gracious and welcoming and made us feel like guests in her home. Right next to the hotel is an interesting local museum focused on early life and farming in the valley. The area is great for cycling. Hiking trails and river paddling and fishing are not far away. Good dinner restaurants can be found in surrounding towns.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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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, boutique hotel among rolling wheat fields. Relax. Reconnect. Rejuvenate. We hope to surprise you with this gem in the country. The Balch Hotel is an excellent spot for outdoor weddings, reunions, retreats, business meetings, bike trips, car clubs or a romantic getaway for two. Winter weddings, retreats, engagements and elopements are cozy and charming. Join us at a place that inspires personal re-connection and rejuvenation …. To help ensure a peaceful environment for our guests, we unfortunately do not allow small children or pets. ... more   less 
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