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“Authentic...good and bad”

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Grandview Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #7 of 8 Astoria B&B and Inns
Kelowna, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Authentic...good and bad”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

There are not a huge amount of options within Astoria and the reviews on this were a bit mixed when we booked. However, my mom wanted an older house to get the authentic feel of Astoria. The reviews weren’t lying about the woman that runs this place. She’s certainly older and she has a very sarcastic sense of humour. She said one or two things that could easily be taken as offensive, but honestly we didn’t see her again after check-in. Well, we only stayed one night as well. The room was like a doll house, creeky beds and very old floors and walls. But it definitely felt like we were staying in the 1900s and that’s what we wanted. The doorknob to the bathroom fell off in about two minutes so we mock-fixed it and carried on. There was free wifi in the house which was very useful. The breakfast was served by a young college guy who was working there in the summer. Coffee or tea, fruit and bagels and lox. It was extremely tasty and we sat with another couple and gabbed away. This place was cute but not very welcoming or warm. I’m not entirely sure if I’d stay here again but it wasn’t bad.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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GREELEY
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We have stayed at the Grandview B&B two vacations in a row now. The view is fabulous especially from the Tree Tops balcony. The breakfast is wonderful, served in a beautiful dining room or breakfast nook overlooking the Columbia river. The owner, Charlene, made us feel at home each time we have stayed at her B&B. Each of the rooms have their own victorian theme. It is truly a lovely place to stay.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2012

It is hard to know where to start, but suffice to say, we left this B&B and paid to stay somewhere else rather than stay the second night. When I booked this room for 2 nights , the proprietor (Charlene) informed me that there were rules to be followed; No drinking alcohol in the room and there was no watching TV, since I'm not a big advocate of either it was okay with me. We arrived, paid for the room and went to our room. That is when we should have left, the whole room was subpar. There was a canopy bed that looked like it had been purchased at WalMart, along with the linens. There was a PLASTIC chair like the kind you would use for your deck. That was bad enough,but it actually was leaning against the electric wall heater (fire hazard)? The bed was vintage, but not in a good way, it was a metal box spring, the kind from victorian days that squeaked everytime you moved. We slept badly there for the night. We then had to deal with a shower whose door would not close and a toilet that would not stop running. We were told that there was WiFi but could never get it to connect in our room, no problem downstairs though. We went down for breakfast hoping they would redeem themselves, we were to be disappointed. Breakfast consisted of Lox and a bagel for each of us, fresh fruit and mini chocolate muffin, all were very small portions. Nothing else was offered, not even to a couple that stated that they had a seafood allergy. We left after breakfast, and as previously stated, paid to stay the next night somewhere else. I HIGHLY recommend you avoid this place!

Room Tip: Don't stay in the Little Hummer room!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thousand Oaks, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2012

My husband and I recently spent one night at the Grandview B&B. We arrived late in the afternoon. The house is beautiful and on a quiet street uphill over looking the river. The innkeeper Charlene was very welcoming, and helpful with dinner suggestions. We stayed in the Secret Garden room on the third floor. I loved it. Everything was spotless and the bathroom looked like it was just remodeled. Having the sink with an electric plug in the main room made it easier for the both of us to get ready in the morning. The bed was very comfortable. I did not see a blow dryer in the room and asked Charlene if she had one. She told me where I might find one and if not she offered me hers to use. They did have extras in a second floor cabinet. The breakfast the next morning was so good. The breakfast room has the most amazing view of the Columbia River. The tables were set with an assorted mixture of china. We loved the smoked salmon, fruit, and chocolate chip muffin for breakfast. The service was great and they were willing to bring coffee, tea, hot chocolate,or water. We would definitely stay here again. Our experience at the Granview is why we love staying at a B&B.

Room Tip: There is no elevator so if you can't bring your own luggage up three flights of stairs you shoul...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is a charming old house. I suggest asking for a room with shades. The sun comes up very early. I also recommend the rooms facing north with a view of the river. Be prepared for smoked salmon for breakfast or let them know ahead of time if you have diatary needs. The two ladies serving breakfast are very nice and will make some adjustments if needed. The Iris room has an extra single bed and is good for a small family or girl night out, but does not have window shades so it gets very bright very early in the summer months.

Room Tip: Ask for the room with the beautiful bay window.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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BC, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2012

First of all, Astoria is obviously an historical place, gradually undergoing a refit, or a rediscovery of itself. A few places (houses, buildings, businesses) in town look run down or abandoned, and a few places have been fabulously renovated and rejuvenated to Victorian Glory. And there are places everywhere in between these extremes. I am guessing that the Grandview was one of the first places to be energized and revitalized... probably twenty or more years ago (well, that's what it looks like) so the reviews below about paint peeling and bubbling wall paper are, well... true. So it doesn't get a 5 out 5. But the staff is great, the owner is hilarious (and please... don't be creeped out just because she uses a walker to greet you when you arrive as I have read in another review), the rooms are clean and comfortable (we had a room overlooking the river... nice, nice), the breakfast very good.

Room Tip: Get a room with a view of the river.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ashland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2012

We had a great time at this B& B. When we were driving into town, we saw an old building and we thought looks kind of scary. (Just kidding) When we entered the house, Charleen welcomed us and inside was very clean and beautiful. She explained to us everything we need to know about B&B and gave us several good restraunts to eat out and etc. Our room was very cheep (Secret garden) and had a small veiw of Colombia river. It was a very nice room! If you can find a sink, you are lucky! We had our own pillo so slept good! We stayed in the middle of the week, so there were only 1 or 2 other couple staying and very quiet. Breakfast was well prepared and all the dishes were very pretty. Lox is excellent and fruite was delicious, coffee was good and chocolate muffin was great too! Next day, we had a diffierent breakfast which was eggs, french toast stick, sausage, fruite etc. My husband had a corn flakes too! The staffs are very nice and friendly. Wifi works well so I did not have any problem using my iphone and computer!
We stayed for 4 days so we sure felt like we were going home everynight after the sightseeing!
I hope we can come back again. Thank you to everyone!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grandview Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1574 Grand Ave, Astoria, OR 97103-3720
Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Astoria
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Ranked #7 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Astoria
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Number of rooms: 13

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