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Astoria Riverwalk Inn
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Astoria
Portland, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Don't Do It!”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We went against our better judgement and booked a night here, even after reading the negative reviews. If you enjoy staying in a terribly overpriced room with filthy carpet, stained & dented walls, very slow draining bathtub, buzzing fluorescent lighting and paper thin walls that force you to hear every footstep and bathroom habit of guests around you...well look no further because Astoria Riverwalk Inn is the place for you! As if that's not enough, they offer a mini arm work out when trying to pull up the faucet handle and open the sticky bathroom door. Finally, the dingy "white" towels coupled with little curly hairs on the bathroom from previous guests give the place real "charm." Disgusting!!! We desperately looked at other places nearby only to find out that there were no vacancies, forcing two weary drivers back to spend the night here. With socks on our feet at all times, and t-shirts to cover our pillowcases, we did our best to pretend everything was fine & not retreat to our car to sleep for the night. It makes me really angry to think any hotel owner and/or manager would be ok allowing guests to stay in a room like this. The real bummer is that there actually is some potential here with the marina and bridge views. I believe they're trying to make up for the gross rooms with cookies and bicycles available in the lobby, but it's just not possible. If only they cared about providing a comfortable night of sleep for their guests. A coat of paint, carpet cleaning, bleach, and some maintenance could do wonders. After staying here & briefly speaking with a few other guests, I'm certain that any positive reviews about this place must be fraudulent. Unless this place does some serious cleaning/renovating...don't do it. Don't book a night and have the same bad experience as us. Trust me, I wish I had listened to others.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stayed at this "hotel" after buying the deal on Groupon in December. We stayed at the Riverwalk Inn in June 2013, and had a horrible night. First, we paid for a King sized bed, but ended up in a room with a set of doubles. No explanation given as to why we did not get what we had booked months earlier. Too tired to complain, so we went with it. Once we looked around the room, we knew we had made a huge mistake. The stuffy room smelled like an old sock in a dirty dog kennel and had wallpaper peeling from the walls. There was a strange red stain on the old carpet. The furniture must have been left in the rooms while the hotel was empty and abandoned for many years. There was nothing quaint about it. We again tried to overlook the shabby surroundings, but the smell and filth made it difficult. We did not have deck furniture, and the slider had a strange sludge on it that made it cloudy and filthy. We could not even enjoy the view. When I called the front desk, no one answered. We stood on the deck and looked across the hotel and saw other rooms that had chairs on their decks. Also, the TV remote was broken, and there was no WIFI. Our experience was deeply disappointing and we felt ripped off. This hotel needs a lot of renovation to become even fairly acceptable. There is no air conditioning, so it was stuffy all night. I was awake most of the night, and trying to breathe through my mouth without smelling the disgusting smell that won't go away. We again tried to overlook things and just get through the night because it was pretty cheap. Once the sun came up, I was packed and ready to leave immediately. This was the worst night in a hotel I have ever had! When we checked out, the front desk staff asked how it was, and I could not even put into words how it was. Stay away from this dump, not worth any price! I will be consulting TripAdvisor before booking anymore Groupon deals from now on!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Willard, Ohio
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Really nice motel so don't be turned away by the looks. It is an older hotel but really clean with comfortable beds and a great view of the marina and bridge from each room. There is also free cookies and coffee in the lobby all the time. Excellent location and service.

Con: no elevators

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Rather old property, but the welcome was great and the rooms were clean. Unfortunately, we were on the ground floor and the person above clomped about their room for 1.5 hours each morning (from 5am).

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oregon, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2013

I really wanted to love this place. We stayed in a family suite, which was comprised of one room with two queen beds and one room with two full-over-full bunk beds, adjoined by an interior door. The accommodations were perfect for our situation (myself and my husband traveling with our two small kids and my in-laws), but the room was filthy. The bathroom was awful - pubic hair on the floor, black dog hair everywhere, the toilet bowl looked like it hadn't been scrubbed in months, nastiness on the walls and switchplates... The carpet floor in the room was dirty (bits of leaves and wood, a bottlecap, wrappers), and I was afraid to even think about what I was sleeping on (or with!) in bed. The freezer in our room's mini-fridge was full of old popsicles (really, housekeeping, how hard is it to at least make it *look like* you actually clean the room between guests?!). I tried not to think too much about the filth around me, because we were there for only one night, but I will definitely never return. It's a shame, too, because it's a really fun little place. We loved the free bike rentals (the tandem bike was great!), the gamecube in our room and free game rentals, and free dvd rentals. The breakfast was decent (waffles, sausage links, cereal, instant oatmeal, bagels/muffins/toast, apples/oranges/bananas, coffee, juice) and the location was nice enough (fun to look out over the marina and the bridge), and it was convenient to be right near the trolley stop. Unfortunately I can't look past the downright uncleanliness of this place. Buyer beware!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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St. Albert, Canada
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65 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Really nice motel for the price. There are 3 hotels in the same area that are a lot more money but don't be turned away by the looks or location of the Astoria Riverwalk. It's an older motel, but clean with comfortable beds, great location with views of the marina from every room. There's a free continental breakfast with waffles and hot sausages, free bikes to take out to explore the Riverwalk, and free DVD rentals. They also make cookies and provide free coffee and juice that you can get at anytime. They're trying really hard to compete with the 2 hotel chains that have moved into the area and I think they're doing a great job. Wonderful service.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Kelso, Washington
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2013

We bought a groupon 2night king room deal, after booking 5 months in advance, we arrive at 1:30 and they say come back in 2 hrs rooms not ready. When we return at 5:00 they tell me there out of king rooms. They put me in a two queen bed room, it smelled like dog, bathroom was grose dirty with hair all over and god knows what on the walls by the tiolet(looked like puke). Breakfast room was full of bridge workers that are staying there for 10 months, no food left, so we went out for breakfast.The package was 2 nights, we only stayed one, we started getting stuffed up from dog smell. When it was Red Lion it was nice with super soft beds w/down comforts and Bath& Body Works products. People bring your own soap and shampoo and room spray if you have to stay there.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Astoria Riverwalk Inn
Address: 400 Industry St, Astoria, OR 97103-6308
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Astoria
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Astoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Astoria Riverwalk Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally opened as the Red Lion – Thunderbird Motor Inn and later simply as the Red Lion, the Astoria Riverwalk Inn was the town’s first waterfront hotel, established in the late 1960s. The Port of Astoria owns the facility, and in September 2015 contracted with new local ownership to assume and improve the Riverwalk Inn operations. The new ownership group is comprised of seasoned business management professionals with significant experience in commercial property development and hospitality, including the development and initial launch of the award-winning Hotel Elliott in downtown Astoria. With a new operating team in place since September 2015, literally everything is new at the Astoria Riverwalk Inn. From the luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, redesigned dining area and lobby adorned with local, original artwork; the addition of a continental breakfast; extensive landscaping and general updates throughout (including lots of fresh paint!), guests will gain a sense of renewed care and attention to detail. Other complimentary amenities include a business center just off the lobby, upgraded high-speed Wi-Fi, a DVD library and “Beach Cruiser” bikes for exploring Astoria’s acclaimed four-mile long Riverwalk. We think you’ll find changes to the Astoria Riverwalk Inn create an inviting atmosphere for a restful stay on the waterfront. We hope to see you soon! ... more   less 
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