When I think of hotels with rooftop terraces, destinations like Mexico, Vancouver, and Arizona come to mind. Not usually Astoria, Oregon. But, that's exactly what I've found at Hotel Elliott, and the view is beyond amazing. On one side is the Astoria-Megler Bridge, which spans 21,474 feet over the mighty Columbia River. From there the scene continues to downtown, the Astoria Column, and in the distance the green coastline of Washington State.
On my Oregon travels, I had the pleasure of being hosted by Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel Elliot. This historic hotel tucked into the heart of downtown, is the perfect base for exploring Astoria. And, with views like these, you might find yourself lingering on the rooftop with a latte or a glass of wine until its time to leave.
Hotel Elliott – Renovated and Revived
In the 2000s, this former 1924 hotel underwent a 4 million dollar renovation. Its 68 rooms were transformed into 32 spacious guestrooms with modern amenities and comforts like heated tile bathroom floors, handcrafted cabinetry, and their signature pillow-top Wonderful Beds.
Throughout the hotel are unique touches of its former life, such as the original and fire-safe doors, Art Deco sconces, and transom windows above the doorways.
Boutique and Classy
As soon as I enter Hotel Elliott's lobby I'm charmed by its warm and inviting space. Outfitted with a gas fireplace, a chessboard, and a spittoon, the hotel's decor tells me I've landed at a place where the past mingles with the present. And, I wouldn't have it any other way. After all, Astoria is the “oldest American settlement west of the Rockies.”
A Column View Room at Hotel Elliott
My queen deluxe room is elegantly appointed with luxury bedding and contemporary dark wood furniture. While my room does not face the water, I'm pleased to discover it has a view of the famous Astoria Column.
Surprising for its boutique size, guests will find they have plenty of room choices such as deluxe rooms, guest suites, double-bedded suites, junior suites, executive club suites, premium suites, and the presidential suite that is a two-bedroom apartment-style suite with a baby grand piano, wet bar, and a spiral staircase to a parlor room with another bed and private access to the rooftop terrace. A guest was kind enough to let me take a look, and wow! If you have a group, this is the way to go!
Some rooms have fireplaces and soaking tubs, and while the majority sleep two to four persons, the presidential suite sleeps eight.
Hotel Elliott Amenities
Next to the lobby is the wine bar. Here, you can enjoy a drink, take a bottle up to your room or the rooftop terrace and watch the sunset.
In the morning, the seating area of the wine bar is where the complimentary breakfast is served. Breakfast includes hot items, pastries, juices, yogurt, fruits, and coffee.
On a sunny day, there is no better spot than the rooftop terrace. I found it a pleasure to relax in the sunshine. There's plenty of seating and a gas fireplace to warm you.
On the basement level, there is a billiards room, ideal for less spectacular weather.
I had a short stay in Astoria, and it left me wanting more. The stop you can't miss is the Astoria Column. The 125-foot concrete column is a hand-painted spiral frieze that captures the spirit of the local Native Americans and those that settled in the Astoria area. The Column is the last constructed of a series of 12 historical markers constructed between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Astoria, Oregon under the direction of Ralph Budd, who was president of the Great Northern Railroad.
Erected in 1926, there are 164 heart-pumping steps to get to the top. Don't let that stop you, for the view is worth it! The column is open from dawn until dusk and has a five dollar parking fee. I suggest making a late afternoon or evening visit to take in the glorious setting sun.
If you are a theatergoer, you'll want to see what is playing at the Liberty Theatre. This fully restored historic theater showcases a range of local and national musicians and theater productions. It is also right across the street from the hotel.
Garden of Surging Waves
Another attraction close to the hotel is the Garden of Surging Waves. Built to honor the city's bicentennial it is a reminder of the role Chinese immigrants played in Astoria and the town's continued ties to China.
Dining and Drinks
For dining, shopping, and drinks, the hotel is steps away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and the waterfront so you'll not be hard-pressed to find someplace to dine or drink. If you are a beer lover like me, you might even heed the call of the 5 p.m. whistle at Fort George Brewery and swing by for a burger and a craft beer.
When You Visit Astoria and Hotel Elliott
For travelers wanting to experience historic downtown Astoria, Hotel Elliot is in the perfect location. Even though my stay was short, its boutique rooms and rooftop terrace provided a quiet place unwind after a day's activity. And, for those visiting from Portland, it is an easy two-hour drive. To book a room visit Hotel Elliot Astoria.
For more information about the area visit Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.
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Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations and meals for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.