If you plan to visit the Waterville Historic Hotel, and we definitely recommend that you do, it is best to stay for more than a day. The peaceful ambience, the cleanliness and comfort of the fascinating decor, and the history of this beautiful stately old hotel will slowly seep into your soul until you are breathing a bit deeper. You will discover that life has slowed down enough for you to savor every precious moment.
We stayed in one of the larger rooms with a huge clawfoot bath en suite, which I found incredibly luxuriant and worth the extra money. I even got my 6'4" hubby to take a bath, as for once we had a tub big enough for his comfort. The shower down the hall worked well for our morning rinse-off and hair washing. I'm not usually much of a sleeper, but we both slept really well in the comfy queen-sized bed in the beautiful quiet room.
Waterville Historical Museum, right across the street from the hotel, is definitely worth a couple of hours or more of your time and is another good reason to stay for an extra night at the hotel since it doesn't open until 11:00 A.M. The town has lots of wonderful old buildings with an interesting history and is set on a high plateau with lovely rolling hills and wheat fields, but don't expect to find a lot of modern conveniences here.
In fact hours and days of services in Waterville are a bit unusual. Finding good places to eat was a struggle as we seemed to keep missing open days and hours of our few chosen restaurants. When we go back again, we will plan the timing of our area explorations of Orondo, Lake Chelan, and perhaps even Wenatchee, so that we can eat meals while we are out and about, if preferred restaurants in Waterville are not available. We will also take along with us a cooler of picnic goodies and wine so that we can enjoy a quiet picnic meal on the splendid front porch of the hotel, or across the street in the park, or somewhere out on the rolling hills. A bit of creativity is called for here. If the weather is bad, picnic meals can be eaten at the cozy dining table over a raucous game of Scrabble. You could also bring in a pizza as the town does have a pizza parlor, though we didn't try it.
We would agree that the owner, Dave, is a bit brusque in the people skills department, but his multiplicity of other skills are evident in the intricate remodeling and management of this graceful old hotel and the good he has done for the town of Waterville. He was also great about remembering names and details. Amy was very warm and pleasant and graciously made sure we had what we needed and even took time from her busy schedule our last morning to sit and chat with us over coffee as we ate our delicious breakfast pastries. Other than that we were left to our own devices which is just the way we like it.