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“Not our first visit, but our last”

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Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Hood River
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

When we wanted to spend the night in Hood River at the last minute to attend the WAAM Fly-in, options for lodging were few. We were faced with the choice of an econo-motel or the CGH (B&B's required 2 nights). As we were "childless" for the weekend (a rarity for us) we decided to make it a romantic getaway and "recreate" an amazing evening we had there about 20 years ago despite the nearly $300 per night cost. (A LOT for us). I managed to book a room over the waterfall, where we stayed the previous time. We ate dinner in the lounge so that we could listen to the live piano music (again, just like our first visit). We were thrilled when it turned out to be the same person! After 4 hours we wandered up to our room. We commented many times how nice it was to just walk up stairs after dinner. When we arrived in our room we realized that the wedding reception (2 floors below) was SOOOOO loud and the base so heavy that it actually shook the room. Mind you this is at 9:30 on a Saturday. We figured that they would stop at 10 but no... it actually got louder. It was awful. After complaining to the front desk and being told that they had the room until 11PM, the music went back to the previous level. Then the guests moved out onto the patio. The language and topic of conversation which followed was like nothing i have ever heard. It is not fit to repeat...ever... period. Disgusting, vulgar, sexual... and I am pretty liberal. Yes, the windows were closed. No chance of romance for us. I then went down to the front desk... she was polite but there was not much she could do other than to request that they quiet down yet again. The party finally wound down some time after 11PM. This completely ruined our romantic evening. I could understand if a party went until 9:30 or so. However, there is absolutely NO excuse from management to book a wedding to run so late into the night when there are other guests whose visits are so negatively impacted. (I have a 17 year history in the B&B/hotel/restaurant business) I "think" they may have given us a few dollars off the room (and I mean a few) because there was a difference in price at checkout from what I thought I was quoted originally (cant be sure) but no apology in any form other than the poor front desk clerk who had to talk to me that night. Very, very disappointed.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

The Columbia Gorge Hotel has the ambiance that takes you back to when it opened in 1921. The rooms have been modernized and for their size are outstanding. This is the first hotel we have had two luggage racks and two comfy chairs to watch tv. Thank you! It is interesting that you have to order ice and coffee, but that was ok. The room has a nice modern black and white decor bathroom. There is a soft and comfy four poster king bed. There is a flat panel tv and fridge as well. Nice view of the river from our room. Very romantic.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank Scott F
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Our son recently married and we hosted the rehearsal dinner at Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa. I live 600 miles south, so I let the bride and bridesmaids decide on the location. What a delightful experience! Our family members, who traveled from afar, let me know that with such a beautiful location, scrumptious food and the most friendly and attentive staff, the hotel was a wonderful experience for them. I agree. I was treated with utmost respect and kindness by all the staff. The food was divine, beautifully presented and delicious.

The parents of the groom (us) plan to return for a vacation and stay at this lovely hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank cycle1950
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Stayed here two nights for a wedding. We had Rm 234 and 235 which were on the river view side. One room had a king bed and the other a queen. There is a shared bathroom in a common interior hallway between the two rooms. Each room has its own door to the main hotel hallway. This setup worked perfectly for my husband, self, daughter and little grandson. The beds were very comfortable with lovely bedding. The views from each room were great. The bathroom was a bit small and needed some upgrading. The hotel on the whole is charming. If you are looking for the old charm with new interior amenities, this is not it. Check to see if there will be a wedding going on during your stay. The music can be heard on the 2nd floor and the bar and restaurant area can be taken over by the celebration. I would have found that annoying if I were not involved in the wedding. The grounds are beautiful and meticulously maintained.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

I would stay here again. It was a step back in time. The grounds are also very nice! We had a quiet room on the Columbia River. It was off season so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank Jim_Sarasota_Florida
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Our room overlooked the water fall, nice sound to put you to sleep! Staff very nice and helpful. The grounds are very well maintained. Had dinner and breakfast , excellent! Great views of the river !Only complaint would be the bed....it's worn out.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the river, or close to the water falls are better.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We stayed for just one night in the off season. The hotel was nearly empty, but seemed fully staffed and everyone seemed very happy to have us, even with our infant son in tow. The food at the hotel restaurant was tasty, the bar was a pleasant place to sit and visit and we were even able to arrange a massage, despite the spa normally being closed that day.
The rooms are on the small side., but totally adequate and with a lovely view.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Address: 4000 Westcliff Dr, Hood River, OR 97031
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Location: United States > Oregon > Hood River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Hood River
Price Range: $173 - $306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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