So, 3 reviews on the same hotel?... yes, because I won't bother staying anywhere else in Astoria.
I may be a sucker for a diamond in the rough, but there's always something new to see and experience each time I visit.
Free DVD rentals. Yes please! The selection is HUGE (seriously, there's everything from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to The Avengers). And you are treated like a responsible adult, it's refreshing to not have to offer up your first born son to check out a dang movie.
Same goes for the bikes.. they're not rentals! They're free, offer up your room number and pick out your bike. (New ones. Nice ones. Excellent cruisers, kids bikes, tricycles, and fat tires.) They also offer up chains so you can cruise around downtown and lock it up and not have a care in the world but enjoying yourself.
I've read a couple reviews from other people and I keep wondering if they're staying at the same hotel that I did. The rooms are always -spotless-. I've been in over half a dozen throughout my travels and I've never had a complaint. It's Astoria, it doesn't get THAT hot, and if it is toasty out, then open the door to the balcony and enjoy the soothing sounds of the water lapping at the docks and the boats rocking in the waves. Heat is never a problem if you're cold, the rooms warm up quickly.
Each room I've stayed in has a mini fridge (and I've never found anything but an empty one), a microwave (to pop that popcorn you can snag in the lobby, along with some old school candies that I haven't seen elsewhere in ages.. very retro), big TVs that are either flat screen or, well, big old fat ones, but who cares? Seriously, it's a TV, and a DVD player.
The beds are insanely comfortable. The sheets are clean, crisp, and fresh. The pillows are fluffy and abundant (and if you need anything more, the front desk is happy and quick about finding what you need.)
The showers have great water pressure and HOT water. The shampoos and soaps offered are really nice ones and not bottom shelf. And the towels are BIG.. bath sheets, such a nice treat.
The lobby is newly remodeled (well, in the process.. the new wood floor is a beautiful touch). The breakfast area is always offering up more. More seating, more selection, and more accommodations for the people that tend to sleep late and wander in hungry. The waffles are always delicious. The cereals offered are aimed at keeping adults AND the kids happy. (Who doesn't like a bowel of froot loops once in a while?). There's also whole wheat toast and fresh fruit. Would still love a few more protein offers, but with all the other perks, I don't mind (besides, if you're on vacation, isn't that the time to splurge?). Oh, and the coffee is DELICIOUS.. no crappy truck-stop at this place.
The wifi.. I keep hearing about that, but again, I'm on vacation, and that means avoiding the computer for a while and appreciating the beautiful view and the abundant activities offered in the area.
Now.. for the service. I have never had anything but good experiences in my interactions with the crew that works here. It seems to me that the people that work here are happy to be doing so. They are courteous and accommodating. I've checked in.. and out.. late.. without inconvenience. And when there is a time when they can't help you immediately with what you need, they are always apologetic and helpful in offering other ways to keep you happy.
This place is a great value and it's been really fun to watch it grow and change over the year.
I hope to see it thrive so that others can enjoy it as much as I have.
A few new additions that are fun... an exercise room (just a few things to get the heart rate up). Free washer/dryers. And.. get this.. FREE video games (old school arcade games!) to keep you entertained while your clothes dry.
It's refreshing to see a place that is trying to make the guests feel like they're valued as guests and not as a dollar sign.
- 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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