My wife and I stayed at the CPH after a few days of road travel and after saying at a few boutique hotels in Portland. The CPH is located in the water, recently built on a restored pier at the mouth of the Columbia River where salmon canneries historically processed fish. The location is truly unique; it is a bit isolated and provides views of the water and Astoria-Megler Bridge so striking and mesmerizing it almost gave me vertigo. We stayed in a corner suite. The design of the suite was good with a separate king bedroom, large bath with jetted tub and separate shower, and a small seating area with a gas fireplace and wet bar, and settee at the water-view side. There was also a small balcony, which we put to good use for talking photos of the bridge, each other, and of the many merchant ships traveling in the nearby shipping lane. TVs were not HD, were older tube style and not impressive. The wet bar was well appointed with a drip coffee maker, French press, teas, electric hot water kettle, and corkscrew (but no wine glasses). Wireless interned did not work (weak signal) and the Ethernet connection in the room also did not work.
Upon arrival at the hotel we were welcome at the desk nicely, and were told we could have help with our bags if we “needed it”. This was a stark contrast in the level of service we had just experienced at other boutique hotels where staff would customarily say “I will gladly help you with your bags” as they extend a hand. No one paying close to $400 per night wants to carry their own suitcases. This was not a big deal but it did appear to foreshadow a casual level of service. The complementary wine reception held in the evening in the large lobby was pleasant and it was enjoyable to meet other guests. The complementary breakfast buffet was similarly well done with all the usual breakfast-bar foods.
The view of the bridge and water is what you pay for, and it does not disappoint. The hotel appeared to do quite well with bookings and seemed to be at capacity during our stay. The building is of somewhat unique architectural character, and being an architect of sorts myself I appreciated the common areas of the building, use of openness, light and windows, and overall well executed design. I did not admire the cheap building materials and finishes: Pergo floors, cheap doors, cheap moldings/trim and cheap room furnishings. Finishes appeared to be sloppily constructed with building boom labor. The cleanliness of the room was not exceptional but was tolerable. The fireplace glass was dirty and some wear and tear was evident on furnishings and surfaces throughout the room. There was a fresh lipstick mark on one of the coffee mugs in the bar and we needed to wash the mugs prior to our own use.
Upon checkout there was an apology for the internet not working, but no discount was offered. Addressing my wife and me, the young hostess at the desk then said “have a great day guys” with no offer to help us out with our bags. At other hotels we stayed at recently we were addressed properly (by our names) and wished a safe trip after our bags were placed in our car. Expect to pay more for exclusive views and casual attitudes at the CPH.
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- Also Known As:
- Cannery Pier Astoria
- Hotel Cannery Pier