This property has waterfront aspects that are exceptionally appealing. It is strung out along the Columbia River very near the Hood Canal Bridge. Frankly, we were not bothered by the sound and as a matter of fact, found it intriguing to watch the traffic pass over the wide river. We stayed in the older (West) wing facing the river. If you can afford it, choose the riverview because the view up and down the Columbia is stunning and memorable. It is the older wing that has balconies in all the riverfront units. The newer East Wing, while it has a lot going for it, only has balconies on the third floor. This is considered the "concierge" level and was a bit beyond our budget for this trip. Our own room was large and comfortable, however, and wanted for nothing. There were lots of pillows and very nice bedding, a table, a desk and chair, enough room for two queen beds. The floor to ceiling window opened on to the balcony where there were several chairs. The bathroom was large enough for a sink with a nice cabinet in with the commode, and then another sink and cabinet in the outer area. This is particularly convenient for a couple since we could each spread out our own toiletries. Towels were white and nice. Everything was clean although this wing does show it's age a bit. Nothing that I can point to specifically, and it certainly didn't detract from the pleasure of my stay. The major downside (if you even call it that) is that it is a pretty long haul to the pool and exercise room, which is on the easternmost end of the property. The pool area is stunning. The water is warm and the pool is long enough for laps. This is a serious pool. Next to the pool is a large (about 12'-15' square, I would guess) hot tub which is dramatically situated and allows for excellent views of the river and the gorge. The water is clean and hot. There is an indoor hot tub as well, just as large and luxurious in a floor-to-ceiling glass walled unit, the adjacent section of which contains the exercise equipment. This room contained a stack of clean towels as well as a cooler full of water with a generous layer of lemon slices. The indoor hot tub room housed a large sauna as well. The restaurant also faces the river, with these same large floor to ceiling windows. There are tables as well as comfortable booths all of which have views. An outside deck is decorated with hanging flower baskets and canopies offer protection against too much sun or occasional drizzle. At check-in, we were given a coupon for 50% off the second entree and free breakfast coupons. There is a selection of "real" breakfasts -- biscuits and gravy, French toast, oatmeal, Continental fare, and we ordered the scrambled egg breakfast with choice of excellent bacon or a most wonderful sage infused local sausage. Thick sliced multi grain toast was included with this choice, as well as coffee. We ordered a bowl of fresh cold fruit on the side that was very refreshing and reasonably priced.
This Best Western Plus offers a stellar place to observe and enjoy it's wonderful Columbia Riverside and Gorge view location at a price that is not prohibitive. The hotel is clean, the room is large and well furnished, the grounds beautifully groomed and landscaped, the pool area dramatic, the restaurant convenient and very nice. Throughout, the personnel were helpful, pleasant and accommodating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hood River's ONLY waterfront lodging and dining, on the breathtaking Columbia River with convenient access to all activities. Featuring rooms for every budget; from riverview rooms and suites to standard no-view rooms. Rooms feature mini-fridges, microwaves, hairdryers, irons & board, coffee makers, and high-speed wifi. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Riverside restaurant or Cebu Lounge. Take a dip in the new riverside pool and spa, or relax in the sauna. We pride ourselves on delivering excellence in customer service and high quality cleaning standards. Our friendly, helpful staff is ready to ensure a memorable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Hood River Hotel Hood River
- Best Western Hood River
- Hood River Best Western