The Roberts Mansion is my favorite place to stay. Located on a quiet residential street in Spokane's Western Addition, it's a seriously relaxing destination. If you can't live without the breathlessness of modern life, you don't want to be here. This is living as it was 100 years ago: with no rush, a sense of peace and calm, and old-world class. The mansion is three stories above ground with high ceilings, elaborate decor, and marvelously restored and rooms characterized by quaint touches such as push-button light switches, claw-leg bathtubs, down comforters on vast and incredibly comfortable beds, and period furniture. You will just have to notice all the details yourself. There's no way to do them justice in print. There are no phones in the rooms, no televisions and no computers, although a clock radio is provided to help you get up, or listen to classical music or jazz on one of the good music stations in town. Just stuff your cell phone somewhere so it doesn't ever ring. Then lie back and let the stress melt away. In the morning, you can shave in a small sink, bathe or shower, then walk the wooden hall to the long staircase that descends past a two-story high window of colored and bevel-cut glass that catches the sun and casts small rainbows all over the floor. Breakfast is at 9 and it's always plentiful and attractively presented by the warm and competent staff at the very long table in the even longer dining room, where coffee and the morning paper are already waiting for you on the sideboard.
If you want busy hotels and valet parking towers, business centers and fitness rooms, need to rub elbows with trendy people and want a wifi hookup, you will want to go elsewhere. You, and I, will be glad you did. Now for that very quiet and relaxing nap....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1889, this 23-room mansion is an integral part of Spokane's Historic Browne's Addition. After undergoing 25 years of restoration, it is now open to the public as an inn, and a facility for weddings, receptions, private parties, business meetings, and family gatherings. With the help of numerous photos from members of the Roberts' family, the mansion has been able to reflect the luxury and splendor of this Victorian period. ... more less
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