The Davenport Grand, located on the Spokane River, features an artistic and modern design in the heart of Washington State’s second-largest city. With 16 floors, 680 rooms, and 36 suites, along with significant meeting space, this Autograph Collection Hotel has a skywalk connecting it to the Convention Center across the street. You’ll appreciate that if you’re doing business in Spokane during the winter when snow and below-freezing temperatures are common.
The lobby is decorated in shades of black, red, white, and cream, with dark wood. The lobby has high ceilings, lots of light, and some fun architectural cutouts. A modern-styled fireplace provides a cozy background for a couple of couches, and a large round cutout above the fireplace gives a view to the always lively bar area. Despite numerous stays at the Davenport Grand, it seems like I’m always noticing some new little touch that I’d overlooked before.
Equally artistic and modern, the guest rooms have cream walls with dark wood panels. Bedding is white, with touches of black, and a red corner chair really makes the room pop. There’s plenty of workspace, room to spread out, and fun art on the walls.
Bathrooms are small, but well laid out with a walk-in shower, and white walls and large mirrors make it feel bigger than it is. Full-sized products are provided in refillable units on the wall.
The hotel is the kind of place that’s hip enough for the cool kids but isn’t a turn-off to us old fuddy-duddies.
If your budget can stretch to a suite, the Davenport Grand really shines. The Presidential Suite has a pass-through fireplace between the bedroom and living room, and a fireplace and large round cutout (similar to the one in the lobby) which separates two sitting areas. A kitchen and bar area, multiples tables, lots of seating, and a lovely view. And there’s a piano! If you have guests to entertain, this is the place to do it.
Wifi is complimentary in the lobby and public areas, available for a fee (two-level pricing) in the guest rooms. It’s long past time to get rid of fee-based wifi.
Dining options available include:
- Table Thirteen – Winner of the 2018 Spokane Culinary Arts Guild’s Award for Best Hotel Dining, the restaurant features small plate tapas and an impressive selection of wines housed in a wall-to-ceiling display.
- The Grand Restaurant – Open for breakfast and lunch, with an elegant, yet casual flair, you’ll find American classics. The Eggs Benedict is worth trying.
- Grand Lounge – A crescent-shaped bar creates an atmosphere for lively conversation, and the menu of beer, wine, and cocktails keeps that conversation going. Located just off the lobby, it’s a great spot for meeting up to begin your evening.
- Whiskey Bar – Offering specialty cocktails, many containing its namesake liquor, it’s warm and dark and a perfect stop for that nightcap before turning in.
If your schedule has time for exploring, Riverfront Park (built for the 1974 World’s Fair) is across the street, with its carousel, sky ride, and skating park. The sky ride provides a great view of the falls. The Performing Arts Center is a short walk away, and there are over a dozen winery tasting rooms within a two-mile radius. It’s worth adding on an extra day or two to your business trip if you have that kind of flexibility.
The Davenport Grand is located at 333 West Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, Washington. The hotel offers an airport shuttle from 5 am-midnight ($25); reservations are required.
Rates start around $155/night. Parking is $17/day and valet parking is $22/day. There are two electric charging stations, $22/day. You can also check rates and book your stay on Hotels.com or Expedia.