Are you looking for the best Columbia River views during your stay in Hood River, Oregon? Look no further than the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. This hotel is a Best Western Plus property which means you’ll receive extra perks at this upper-midscale inn. If you are visiting the Mount Hood area for recreational pleasures, the 194-room inn is situated steps from the Columbia River. The majority of the hotel rooms offer views of the Columbia River, as does the restaurant and swimming pool.
Remodeled in 2011 and built in 1965, this property has a resort feel but comes with a Best Western hotel price. Approximately a one hour drive from Portland, along the scenic interstate 84, this Best Western Hood River property will be enjoyed for business gatherings or family vacations. Some of the unique features at the hotel are the private beach with Columbia River access, a large outdoor pool with Columbia River views and the Riverside restaurant with additional Columbia River views. You get the picture. People come to this Hood River hotel for the views. The beds are comfortable, too.
King bed, queen bed; what’s your preference
There are several room categories at this Best Western Plus hotel, from ADA rooms to pet-friendly rooms and Riverside Suites. Many of the rooms offer scenic river views and some have private balconies or patios. Our first floor king room on the east wing included a patio and looked out to the parking lot.
Room amenities include cable television with HBO, in-room refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. Additionally, a desk/work area with chair was appreciated for those of us who have to work on holiday. As mentioned, some rooms are pet-friendly with two dogs maximum for an additional fee.
We didn’t have a chance to dine at Riverside restaurant or experience Cebu Lounge, but I have heard good things about Riverside restaurant. We did enjoy the Grab and Go breakfast of yogurt with fresh fruit and granola, hard boiled eggs, muffin and a bottled water. My only complaint with the breakfast was the excess amount of plastic used. We hope to have a chance to experience dining by the Columbia River on a return trip.
Plenty of activity around Hood River
As a new resident to Oregon, we are truly enjoying exploring Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge wine country. During this trip we visited Phelps Creek Vineyards, Stave and Stone Wine Estates and Wy’East Vineyards, Wy’East is the indigenous name for Mt. Hood. We also tasted some fabulous Pinot Noir wines. If you are visiting during the summer or fall months, you’ll want to stop at the numerous farm stands and wineries along the famous Hood River Fruit Loop drive.
Winter brings snow to Mount Hood, and with the snow comes skiers, snowboarders and cross country ski opportunities. No matter the season, you’ll enjoy your time in Mount Hood Territory.
Oregon Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown stayed at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn while attending Wine Media Conference. Text and all photography are her own. As always, all opinions are her own.