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“VAGABOND GOES TO THE DOGS”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Westcliff Lodge

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Westcliff Lodge
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Hood River
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palm beach fl.
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9 reviews
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“VAGABOND GOES TO THE DOGS”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2008

We stayed in the front older section without a view. The room was old in need ot TLC. In the morning ,we found ourselves surronded by pets. The place is very pet friendly. I will not return.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — Rooms old.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2008

The view from our balcony was great - the room large, clean and quiet and the staff helpful and friendly. A coffee maker would have been nice.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Springfield, OR
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2008

I admit, I based my decision to stay at the Vegabond partially on price. But also on location and the availability of a river view room, which was actually nice. The property is actually beautiful, but we were there to sleep, not for a pic-nic.

It was supposed to be a non-smoking room but the overwhelming smell of the room was definitely not smoke free. The bathroom was the worst! Once the steam from the shower hit the walls, out came the smoke smell. The furnishings were very dated, and included a nice iron shaped burnt spot on the carpet. Yes, someone had dropped an iron on the carpet and branded it.

Also, I had read an advisory about fancy toiletries and that there wouldn't be any at the Vegabond. That was an understatement. There was no shampoo. None. Not even the cheap kind.

Overall- the smell of the supposed non smoking room really "fogged" our stay. With no other redeeming qualities, I will pay the extra $10 next time and stay somewhere else.

Stayed March 2008
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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2008

Stayed for two nights at this two-storey timber clad motel just off junction 62 on I84, opposite Hood River.

It doesn't look particularrly inviting but the views from the rear balcony are excellent and quiet, apart from the occasional train trundling by on both sides of the river.

The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was spacious if a little old fashioned but it was clean and comfortable. It had a fridge but no coffee making facilities. The microwave cooker didn't work but we didn't make an issue out of it.

The front door was difficult to lock and required maintenance.

We didn't like the recommended diner up the road. We sent two meals back because they were not properly cooked. How do you undercook roast chicken and spoil smoled beef?

Overall though we enjoyed the stay and the area is both scenic and interesting.

  • Liked — The views
  • Disliked — Microwave didn't work and door difficult to lock
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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windham ny
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2008

We showed up looking for a room with a view. A room was available but it was early and the room was not ready. We were told we could look at the room and if we liked it we could bring our bags in. Pam was cleaning the room when we got there. She could not have been nicer or more helpful. We sat on the balcony while she finished cleaning. The view from the balcony was breathtaking. The river, mountains, huge trees. At night you can see the lights from the trains passing by and hear the whistles.You can also see the lights from the tug boats and barges. The colorful windsurfers were on the river during the day and there is an eagles nest in one of the trees along the river. It was wonderful! The room was OK, nothing special although it was clean. The carpet is old and very stained but we didn't go there to look at the carpet. The staff that we ran into were friendly and helpful, the hotel was quiet, the price was right and I would stay there again.

  • Liked — the view
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2008

I stayed here 2 nights. Fairly attractive and clean, comfortable beds, and odor-free. I paid extra to stay in the back, have a larger room, and a full bath, but it was still very reasonable.

Minimal adjacent room noise (some from water pipes in the morning, but infrequent), and one night the place was relatively booked up. Nice view of gorge from balcony of room. Excellent freeway access. Some slight nuances in a few of the furnishings (minor stains on one chair, too much pressure in water faucent, a rubber seal for the tub drain to accomodate worn-out fixture drain), but no drips or complete failures. Nothing I would consider serious or dirty. Carpet and walls were unmarked. Bed was firm and comfortable.

Very good quality for the price. I would stay here again.

  • Liked — quality for price
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
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WA
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2008

I have stayed in 4 or 5 different rooms at the Vagabond, from the budget rooms facing the town side, to the view rooms facing the gorge. My wife and I like room #34 best; it is a corner, second-floor fireplace suite with a double and a queen bed I think. The view is fantastic and it's nice to have a fireplace to sit by. The room itself is large, and the exposed wooden beams in the ceiling are a nice touch.

This is not a fancy hotel (e.g., shower, but no tub, and you probably have to fetch your own firewood from the woodpile), but it has a comfortable, rustic appeal and a great setting. Although there of course is a highway not too far away, it is out of earshot in the gorge view rooms. The lodge is bordered on one side by a fancy historic hotel which many could not afford, and on another side by the edge of the gorge itself. The grounds are characterized by mossy rocks, boulders, and oak trees. See attached picture.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — fireplace could use a cleaning
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Westcliff Lodge
Address: 4070 Westcliff Dr, Hood River, OR 97031-8711 (Formerly Vagabond Lodge)
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Location: United States > Oregon > Hood River
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Hood River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Westcliff Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge at the Gateway to the Beautiful Hood River Valley, the Westcliff Lodge is the ideal place for you to stay while exploring the area. Set on over seven acres overlooking the mighty Columbia River, on our grounds you will find a botanical wonderland including 110 foot tall pine trees and native wild flowers. ... more   less 
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