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The Historic Union Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Union
Ashland, Oregon
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19 reviews
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“You'll never forget this place!”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Union, Oregon, is a funky western town with a hardware/espresso/liquor store. What more can I say? The Union Hotel is the only choice in town, a huge, old brick hotel that has been through the good and the bad. Currently its star is rising again, thanks to Charlie and Ruth who are determined to recreate its formal glory. They have a long way to go, but do not be put off by the repairs yet to be done. You enter the grand foyer with original tile floor and woodwork and meet Rosie, the English Sheepdog who doubles as the 'dog bell'; to the right is a large dining room (open for dinner Thursday and Sunday) and wonderfully evocative and well-stocked bar (open on demand). The rooms vary in size and price. I stayed in the only room downstairs, which was large, king bed, beautiful stained glass chandelier, good towels and pillows. The bed engulfed me, and the hotel was completely silent all night.

Two friends and I were cycling the sublime Grande Tour state Scenic Bikeway and were thrilled to have a comfortable, quiet and friendly place to crash after a day of raging headwinds and thunderstorms. In fact Ruth locked the hotel and came to rescue us just before we got drenched 20 miles from home. Subsequently she bar tended for us and gave us the fascinating history of the region.

Give this place a try.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Corvallis, Oregon
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

The owner described the hotel as a 'work in progress' but we were not inconvenienced by any work. Our western themed room was filled with interesting artifacts, which we continued to discover during our stay. The large two-headed shower was a delight, the room spacious with a variety of lighting options and the bed comfortable. What a treat after several days of motel living. Freshly made bagels and cinnamon rolls just a short walk down the street. If you need espresso or liquor, stop by the local hardware!

  • Stayed July 2013
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oregon
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

This hotel is well worth the drive through farmlands, and country roads. The town of Union is very interesting in history, especially this hotel, and dont miss the cemetery, too.
The hotel owners are very nice, and dinner there was great and plentiful, served in a beautifully restored dining room. The rooms are very reasonably priced, each a theme room, with comfortable beds. TV is available in a TV room, otherwise there is wi fi available, and the rooms are quiet. If you want a fast pace with lots of noise Union is not for you. Breakfast across the street was huge, with a very friendly waitress. We would certainly return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grants Pass, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Every year we take our toys to a spot out of the way and stay a week. We chose the NE corner of Oregon for the last week in July 2013. We decided to try the Historic Hotel in Union because we were curious about the place, and wanted a small-town experience. Ours was nothing like the somewhat tainted experiences of others listed before. We found the place charming, clean, and indeed small-town. It is situated to share a lawn with the city park and a creek runs about 100m (300ft) benind the building. We spent a day riding trails in the National Forest 50km (30mi) from town, and tried unsuccessfully to find a pace to run waverunners. The nearby golf course, Buffalo Peak, was an unexpected delight, equal to Crooked River Ranch but not as good as Mt Shasta Resort course.
We didn't notice that there was not TV until we were ready to leave. We did take a chance to play in the creek nearby, with several preteens that were ambitiously building a rock dam to make a swimming hole. It got to about four feet deep before they had to quit for the night.
A cafe across the street is great for a redneck burger and a wonderful homestyle cinnamon roll. We were warned that the day's bake of rolls may be gone shortly after they come out of the oven at 8a, and we scored a pair of them. WORTH IT.
We took mountain bikes, as there is a riding area about 18km(10mi) from town, but we didn't get to it. There is a real MTB shop in La Grande, and we stopped in briefly, finding that it was after hours but the doors happened to be open because a yoga class met in the back of the store.
We left to take in the Cheif Joseph Days Rodeo in Joseph, finding the Rodeo competitive on the scale of anything we had seen in CO, OR or ND. The Lake Wallowa is clear enough to see the bottom at 30-40 feet, and in July was warm enough to swim.
We think there is a difference between updating and restoring. This place has been restored, but you will have trouble finding more than two electric outlets in your rtoom. WiFi is plenty fast and good signal. Water quality is excellent, shower and bed were excellent.
It's not a five-star place. If you're looking for one, go to Portland and spend 450/night, miss the stars and get awakened by the noise of the city. You'll be totally bored w Union, anyway.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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SACRAMENTO
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We planned a bike ride loop in the area and since the lodging options in La Grande were not that interesting, we opted for this historic hotel. The sense of history is strong, and the rooms offer comfort while being ecclectic in decor. The owners were very friendly, and the dinner in the dining room/restaurant was excellent. If staying in the area, we would stay again knowing that it is not refined like historic hotels that have been completely remodeled.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Had a old smell and no televisions in any of the rooms!!! Nasty blankets from the 1950's and not very clean!!! I booked for 4 nights because Ruth said it had been remodeled with different themes to each room!! Sounded good but when I got there it was rather spooky and not what I would call remodeled!!! I told her that would be the only night I would stay because they had no TV in the room!! They were not very honest people and still billed my company for 3 nights. I would not recommend this place to anybody unless you want to go ghost hunting!!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Oregon
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

The foyer of this old building is still beautiful, but that seems to be just because it has held up well on its own; we didn't see much evidence of real renovation or restoration, just some tacky decorating. As a place to stay, we'll never be back. Here's a short list of reasons:

1. It's DIRTY. When we pulled back the bedcovers, the sheets were old and pilled and there were long hairs caught in them. The sink wasn't cleaned and had hairs in it. The baseboards were dirty and cobwebbed; the carpet was ancient and gross.

2. It's weird. Our room reminded me of some of the cheap, run-down apartments I lived in when I was a college student. We realized that long ago the original hotel rooms had been reconfigured into efficiency apartments, and the place had been a men's residential hotel. The owners are just renting those boarding-house units as hotel rooms now. The shower was creepy -- this big, dark box of a room retro-fitted with cheap tile (mildewed in the corners), with a feeble shower head on one wall.

3. They seemed pretty apathetic about their business. When we arrived, no one was at the desk, so we pushed the Page button, and eventually we heard someone in the bar saying, "Go on out, you may as well start learning." A young woman emerged and nervously fumbled her way through registering us. We poked our heads into the bar, and there was the manager (owner?) sitting and playing solitaire. He was friendly enough but never welcomed us, didn't even get up! We got a better greeting from Rosie the sheepdog (though we didn't pet her; her hair was matted and dirty and she smelled).

4. The walls are paper-thin, so you won't get much sleep.

5. The view from all the windows is of the parking lot out back, which they have turned into an RV park.

The only pluses are that they allowed us to bring our dog and the mattress was passable.

My photos make it look nicer than it is. Our room was fairly bright, but the desk clerk told us we had the "best" room because it was the brightest. I couldn't imagine how dark the other rooms were -- and why. The cheery-looking bedspread is, on closer inspection, threadbare, rough, and seems to date back to the 1950s.

There aren't many good lodging options in the La Grande area, so we tried this hotel ten miles down the road in Union. Next time, we'll just drive on to Pendleton.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Historic Union Hotel
Address: 326 N Main St, P.O. Box 522, Union, OR 97883-8901
Location: United States > Oregon > Union
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Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Union
Number of rooms: 15
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