Very nice hotel with a great location. We had a river view queen and spent the hour after check-in enjoying a pair of gin and tonics looking out over the river. Very relaxing.
The only real complaint I have is that from the moment we checked in I couldn't shake the feeling that we were at a Best Western. Duh, right? I had just read so many reviews about how nice it is, how it's not like a BW at all, etc., that I was hoping for something with a little more personality, a little less sterile.
And please let me clarify-- there was absolutely nothing wrong with our room, the view was fabulous and we had a very pleasant stay. Heck, even the free breakfast the next morning was quite good, I think I'm just used to staying at smaller places that feel less corporate.
One other thing to consider is that the hotel is just a bit removed from the rest of the town which could be good and bad depending on your objectives. It's certainly nice because the river facing rooms look away from the highway and train tracks that run through town. But personally, I like to be able to set the car down at the beginning of our stay in a town and explore on foot. Specifically, in Hood River, I wanted to hit a few of the microbreweries in town, have dinner and a couple beers and not have to drive myself home afterwards. We ended up walking in to town (a little over a mile) but then elected to take a cab home just because the route back to the BW takes you under the highway through a somewhat isolated area that I didn't want to walk through at night with Mrs. Hencini. Note that there are only a couple cab companies in HR, and I believe only one of them offers 24 hour service. Lolz.
Anyway, if you don't mind driving yourself around at night and are fine with a place that feels like a polished up Best Western, this is a fine choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hood River's ONLY waterfront lodging and dining, on the breathtaking Columbia River with convenient access to all activities. Featuring rooms for every budget; from riverview rooms and suites to standard no-view rooms. Rooms feature mini-fridges, microwaves, hairdryers, irons & board, coffee makers, and high-speed wifi. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Riverside restaurant or Cebu Lounge. Take a dip in our gorgeous riverside pool and spa, or relax in the sauna. We pride ourselves on delivering excellence in customer service and high quality cleaning standards. Our friendly, helpful staff is ready to ensure a memorable stay. ... more less
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