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.
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