Fourth of July Getaway
Reviewed 6 July, 2021
We decided last-minute to take a trip to Spokane for the Fourth of July Weekend and stayed here for two nights.
The room itself was clean and spacious, and the layout was exactly what you would expect. Bed, nightstands, bathroom (toilet and shower), vanity area, small sofa, desk and chair.
Immediately inside the door is the vanity area, with a sink and counter. This area also includes a small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.
We paid a little extra for a room with a view. There was a sliding glass door, a small concrete patio and one chair. A small wall separated each patio, so they really aren’t private at all, but we never saw the guests on either side of us. There was also a grassy area beyond our patio which was nice for emptying the dogs.
Here’s where I offer my first heads up…all of the pet-friendly rooms are on the first floor, so if you’re traveling with a pet and you pay extra for a room with a view, your view is a shrub (see photos.)
Both nights we were there, we visited friends in Spokane and arrived back at the hotel late (between 11 pm and midnight) and the parking lot was full. The front desk informed us that overflow parking was around the corner down below, but the overflow lot is unlit and sketchy, sketchy, sketchy!! I was very uncomfortable leaving our car there. So that’s my second heads up…if you’re staying at this hotel when it’s full or mostly full, parking could be a challenge if you arrive later at night and the walk up the hill to the hotel might be difficult for some.
My final heads up is in regards to the noise many people complained about in other reviews. We did not hear anything except on our last morning, which was July 5th. Lots of foot traffic above us, lots of people in the hallway outside our room, and doors slamming non-stop as people went in and out of their rooms. I wear earplugs and even so, it was a lot of noise. This is not the hotel’s fault. I mean, it’s a hotel. There are people. And rooms. And kids. It happens. Just know that unless you sleep like the dead, you’re probably not gonna sleep in at this hotel.
Okay, one more thing. The hotel has a pet policy that states your pet cannot be left unattended in the room. If you’re traveling with your pet, you sign an agreement to this and other rules that are common courtesy and perfectly acceptable. But on our last morning, someone left their dog in their room unattended, and the dog barked and whined and howled for a good 30 minutes. Maybe they were getting breakfast, but they should have taken it back to the room so that the dog was alone for a few minutes at the most. I didn’t say anything to the front desk about this because we were up and on our way out, but as a responsible pet owner, it made me angry that another pet owner would do this. It was irresponsible and incredibly disrespectful to other guests. If I was going to give any feedback about it to the hotel staff, it would be to make more of an effort to enforce those pet policies…if you know that a pet is being left unattended in the room, you should really have a chat with the guest in that room.
Overall we were happy with our stay here. The staff was friendly and apologetic about the issues we had and made every possible effort to make sure we enjoyed our stay.
Unique Stay, Friendly Staff, Several Pros and Cons
Reviewed 2 July, 2021
Excellent hotel! So fun and unique—my daughter loved coming back to ‘the castle’!
Riverfront Park is very nearby but kind of hilly and wasn’t desirable during the heat of summer, so we drove 5 minutes and paid $7 to park for 2.5 hours.
Didn’t find any reasonably priced restaurants nearby….downtown had expensive restaurants with no view, and Carl’s Jr. was the only fast food I found.
Awesome playground and splash pad just down the same street on the same side of the river.
Friendliest hotel staff I can remember ever encountering. Made a chain hotel feel like a mom and pop.
Price was a little high, given that the hotel is located in a somewhat questionable area of town. Thrift stores galore within 5 minutes!!
Reviewed 25 June, 2021
We flew into Spokane for a nice long road trip to explore this part of the USA. This hotel was where we stayed for a few days at the beginning of the trip, and we liked it so much that we returned there for the final night. It is in a primo location. A castle up on the hill with beautiful sunsets. We had planned to stay nearer to the airport on our last night but we liked this hotel and the location worked out well. The rooms were very very clean and the staff were nice and helpful. We had a little problem with the refrigerator in the room, they immediately sent maintenance to replace it. Breakfast was good, basic HIEX done well, they were keeping it clean and fresh. We chatted with the lady staffing the breakfast, and she was really nice and friendly. Nice little balcony overlooking the river, there were hotels on the river but this one is across the road. The location, up on the hill, so pretty. It’s got nice landscaping and some fragrant flowers planted near the front door. Parking was not a problem until that final night, the hotel was full and we were lucky to find a place right by the door. They bake fresh cookies every night and have them available for free at the front desk, really nice especially during these crazy times. Will stay here again when we return to the area. It was easy to walk to our car rental place, about a mile away.
Cool-looking Holiday Inn
Reviewed 19 December, 2020
This hotel looks pretty awesome from the outside. It’s perched on top of a basalt rock ledge overlooking downtown from across the river. It’s a Tudor-style castle looking thing so it definitely catches your eye. The lobby and grounds are nice as well. It’s not right downtown but it’s just a short-ish walk across the river and through riverfront park to the downtown core.
Once you’re in the hotel it’s basically your standard holiday inn and a bit of an older one at that. The hallways are narrow and out of date. The rooms are a bit better but could probably still use a facelift. Bed was reasonably comfortable though. There are views from parts of the hotel but the balconies are tiny and somewhat uninviting due to the presence of Division Street (very busy) right nearby.
All in all a worthwhile place but more for the exterior and location than anything else.