Hotel Elliott Astoria – Views, Luxury and Oregon History

Written by Lara Dunning

April 11, 2018
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When I think of hotels with rooftop terraces, destinations like MexicoVancouver, 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 downtownis 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.

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There are stunning views at Hotel Elliott’s rooftop terrace. Photo by Lara Dunning

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.

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This former 1924 hotel has undergone a renovation resulting in an upscale, boutique hotel. Photo by Lara Dunning

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.

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You’ll notice original decor throughout the hotel. Photo courtesy of Hotel Elliott

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.”

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The lobby is a warm and inviting space with historic touches. Photo courtesy Hotel Elliott

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.

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From my room, I had a view of the Astoria Column. Photo by Lara Dunning

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!

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For larger groups or a special occasion, the Presidential Suite has plenty of luxury appeal. Photo courtesy Hotel Elliott

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.

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Guests can enjoy a drink in the wine bar, or take their beverage up to the rooftop terrace. Photo courtesy Hotel Elliott

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.

With plenty of seating and a gas fireplace,

After touring the town, the rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to relax and take in the view from all sides. Photo by Lara Dunning

On the basement level, there is a billiards room, ideal for less spectacular weather.

Wandering Astoria

Astoria Column

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.

The Astoria Column is not to be missed for the art, history, and the climb! Photo by Lara Dunning

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.

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The expansive view from the top of the column is worth the climb. Photo by Lara Dunning

Liberty Theatre

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.

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The historic Liberty Theatre is right across the street from the hotel. Photo courtesy Hotel Elliott

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.

Close to the hotel, the Garden of Surging Waves is a unique and artistic space. Photo by Lara Dunning

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.

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Fort George Brewery and Pub is the perfect spot for a burger and beer. Photo by Lara Dunning

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.

Read more about travels in Oregon from Wander writers.

Hotel Elliott Astoria


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.

 

Written by Lara Dunning

Lara Dunning lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest and freelances for a variety of travel magazines. Her work can be found at Experience Anacortes, Bainbridge Island Magazine, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, RealFoodTraveler.com, WaggonerGuide.com and Whidbey Camano Islands. She also owns the travel site Small Town Washington & Beyond (http://smalltownwashington.com/), where she shares her passion for small town travel. Lara has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, writes young adult novels, nonfiction essays, and likes to hike with Hazel, her Australian Cattle Dog.

17 Comments

  1. Kemi

    Chinese immigrants in Oregon? The things you learn daily. Very thorough. Would love to visit the West and experience its nature.

  2. Kreete

    Ok, a piano in the residential suite? Now thats extravaganza! Haha! I am loving the rooftop, I would probably spend most of my time there and probably not with a latte, but with a glass of wino haha! You have certainly put the historic Oregon on the map for me!

  3. AMBER

    This looks like the type of luxury I could only dream of, it looks so beautiful! I would love to stay somewhere like this in the US.

  4. Angela @ Dang Travelers

    You had me at wine bar and rooftop view! LOL You are right, I don’t necessarily correlate a cool rooftop in Oregon for some reason. BUT thanks to you, now I do!

  5. Jing

    The rooftop looks like a great spot to have coffee in the morning. I love the homey feel of the lobby and that it is close to Astoria’s places of interest.

  6. knycx.journeying

    Wow, I love terraces and especially a rooftop terrace! You are right, the terrace is definitely the highlight of the Hotel Elliott and you captured it with great sunshine, comfy environment and amazing view of the river, thanks a lot for the introduction! @ knycx.journeying

  7. aimee horgan

    Oh, how I love a hotel or even a bar with a good rooftop – I could sit up there for hours admiring the view. And your room here looked very quaint and quirky, a room to remember for sure. I haven’t been to this part of the US yet but will be sure to save this great list for when we road-trip here.

  8. karen

    Really interesting and informative piece. The rich history and architect of Oregon looks lovely. If I am ever in this part of the world I would check out the hotel for a stay. Did they have connecting rooms at all? Many hotels these days I find don’t and its rather annoying for families.

  9. jack

    Looks like a beautiful place to stay, never been to Oregon but Astoria would be a nice place to stop on a road trip, thanks for sharing!

  10. Danik

    I would love to stay here, not because the rooms are quaint etc but the rooftop terrace looks like an awesome place to chill out and relax (whilst eating of course). Love the old fashioned decor of the rooms, reminds me of English hotels. 🙂

  11. Danila Caputo

    I absolutely love hotel rooms with a view so Hotel Elliott would be definitely an interesting option. And the rooftop terrace looks like the cherry on the top, so cozy and cute!

  12. YUKTI Agrawal

    Hotel Elliott Astoria looks very elegant and beautiful place for staying. I love that it is very near to Liberty theatre and we can walk down to watch late night plays.

  13. Punita Malhotra

    I have to get on top of the Astoria column for sure for those breathtaking views. And the hotel is really cozy and lovely too. The piano in the Presidential Suite did surprise me.

  14. Holly

    Wow so beautiful. I would definitely be hanging out in the Garden of the Surging Waves. That is a nice spot near the hotel. Looks like a great place to stay. I have meaning to get out that way too.

  15. Tami

    Astoria is a great little town! We’ve driven through and camped nearby, but haven’t actually stopped to explore. I can see that’s a mistake, easily remedied on my next trip up the coast. Somehow I missed hearing about or seeing the Astoria column — that’s pretty cool. And so are the rooftop views from the hotel. Nice post, Lara!

  16. Nicola Hilditch-Short

    Wow, what a wonderful place to stay. I just love how cosy it is on the inside and yet how you can also sit outside too, those views are just lovely.

  17. Marteen

    When you said it was renovated I assumed it would be ultra modern but I’m pleasantly surprised from your pictures that it has a homely feel with the decor and wood finishings. It’s just beautiful