We spent three nights in a deluxe King room as we were attending a concert at Maryhill winery and exploring the area. As others have mentioned, the room was clean, tastefully decorated, with adequate space. Our room did have a strange odor that I think may have been coming from the air conditioner. The room had a comfortable chair with a round table and two side chairs so there were plenty of places to sit, read or work on the computer. The hotel sits on a hill above I-84 and the Columbia River. We enjoyed watching the activity on the river and the many trains that passed on both sides. Some reviewers mentioned overlooking some houses, but our room was closer to the lobby so did not have those houses in our view.
The staff was always friendly and helpful. We did have to request a different room as the first room had a problem with the toilet. They quickly found us a different room. The seat of the toilet would not stay up which isn't good for men or small boys. I would suggest if there is a man staying in the room, check this before you unpack the car. The staff knew the area and were able to give suggestions on what to see and where to go. There is a nice patio next to the lobby where we could sit and watch the sun go down and the stars come out. There was a fire pit to take away the evening chill. It would be nice if the hotel added some kind of sun protection to the patio as it was too bright and hot for us to sit there during the day.
If you were attending a concert at the winery, for an additional fee, you could take advantage of a bbq on the patio and shuttle buses (school buses) to and from the winery. This was a disappointment and not sure I would choose to do this again. The bbq started at 3:00 and the shuttle buses left at 5:15. Since the concert started at 7:00, this was too early for people with reserved seats. I realize those with lawn seating need to get there early so maybe it would be better to stagger the time the buses leave. As for the bbq, there were hamburgers, potato chips, grapes and one free drink of your choice, including beer or wine. The bbq seemed chintzy to us so think a little desert and salad would be a nice addition. We were told the buses would leave 20 minutes after the end of the concert to return to the hotel. We waited closer to 45 minutes for people to get back to the bus so it could leave. Not a pleasant wait as the bus was running so had to smell the fumes and the windows of the bus were so dirty couldn't see anything outside.
The hotel advertises coffee 24 hours a day and a continental breakfast. The coffee is very good, when it is hot. Unfortunately, in the evenings, it was always cold and we had to ask for fresh coffee to be made. It surprised me that they didn't make sure there was hot coffee after the concert as many needed it after drinking wine all evening. The breakfast is adequate with hot cinnamon rolls, granola, bagels, yogurt and juice.
This hotel is probably the best in The Dalles, but you do pay more for it and the location is not my favorite as it is not close to town or restaurants. There are no snack vending machines on the property so it makes it difficult to have a snack in the evening, if you haven't thought ahead. I found this particularly bad after the concert as there were many who were hungry and had no business driving to get something to eat.
Would I stay here again? Maybe, if I had to go back to The Dalles. Not sure that is necessary now as there are many other venues to see the same bands that are performing at the winery.
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- The Dalles Celilo Inn Hotel in The Dalles Oregon has modern rooms and spectacular views. Our Columbia Gorge lodging features patio with firepit, fitness room and complimentary wine at check-in. Ask about our Winery Tour package: Special Rate for two people, Deluxe King View Room and Guided Wine Tour. ... more less
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