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Balch Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dufur
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Reviewed 26 January 2009

My husband and I along with a large group of bicyclists descended upon the Balch Hotel for three days of cycling in the glorious Columbia Gorge. The Balch hotel was a perfect base with an abundant breakfast that fueled our riding, a large outdoor stone patio where we congregated at the end of the day, and comfortable rooms with excellent beds for recuperation. The hotel has been restored but instead of being a museum, seems like someone's lovely home. We will be back!

Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed 11 July 2008

Say you are taking a scenic drive around Mt. Hood, and you want to stay overnight in a place that is scenic, quiet, tasteful and affordable - consider the Historic Balch Hotel. Its a recently restored 3-story brick hotel, on the National Historic Register. It is decorated with muted colors, high ceilings, antique furniture, and lots of old-growth wood trim. A tasty breakfast is included, and they honor special diets. All this for under $100/night.
Being and old hotel, it may not be for everyone (no in-room phones, TV, AC, elevator, and not all rooms have their own bath). And the town is tiny - there is only one bar/restaurant (across the street). If you can live with these old-time restraints, then you will be rewarded with a nice view of Mt Hood, a great breakfast, and possibly even fresh chocolate chip cookies and homemade ice cream when you check in (at least that's what we were offered on a Friday night in July). The owners are nice people who genuinely try to accomodate their guests.
If you prefer lots of choices for dinner, stop in Hood River or The Dalles before you make the half hour drive up the hill to Dufur.

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Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Balch Hotel

Address: 40 Heimrich St, Columbia River Gorge, Dufur, OR 97021-3031
Region: United States > Oregon > Dufur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dufur
Price Range: $96 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balch Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic, boutique hotel among rolling wheat fields. Relax. Reconnect. Rejuvenate. We hope to surprise you with this gem in the country. The Balch Hotel is an excellent spot for outdoor weddings, reunions, retreats, business meetings, bike trips, car clubs or a romantic getaway for two. Winter weddings, retreats, engagements and elopements are cozy and charming. Join us at a place that inspires personal re-connection and rejuvenation …. To help ensure a peaceful environment for our guests, we unfortunately do not allow small children or pets. ... more   less 
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