Geiser Grand Hotel
Travel Blogs from Baker City
... sure, just keep going another 5 miles or so. Five miles later, we meet another hunter on an ATV which I carefully did not run off the road (he had the gun, which to me, implies right of way) and he says, "Sure, sure, just keep going another 5 miles or so. You get the picture. By the way, Bobby picked this campground. I think, you think there is a disaster looming here. No, not yet. OK, so another 5 miles or so, totaling about 35 ...
The RV park at Boardman was lovely but that is about all Boardman has going for it. I can see now why Mike spent his free time in the pub when he work there just after we got married. In the campground Taylah and I climbed over the rocks at the edge of the Columbia River in order to paddle our feet but Taylah slipped on a wet rock and ending up slipping unceremoniously into the river. We had a laugh. That was her introduction to the mighty Columbia River. ...
... all the way to Pendleton ending with almost 100 miles of paved eastern Oregon Forest Service roads to Baker City. However, by the time we got to Pendleton it was 5 pm and there was no way we could make it to Baker City before dark. While we could have stopped early and ridden the Forest Service roads in the morning, it would have come at the expense of time in Hell's Canyon. So, the decision was ...
Staying a couple of nights in bucolic Union, Oregon visiting Brenda's brother, Bob. Had a nice, warm run this morning passing herds of Angus burgers on the hoof and were accompanied by a very large and friendly Malumut for most of the way. A small rodeo was in it's last day at the stock yards. Saw a couple of cowboys get bucked silly. Off to Boise tomorrow for more family ...
... you've watched New York CSI, but you've not seen anything until now with CSI Road Kill Edition! Starring Dr. Cash Markus as a wandering detective solving the multitude of murders taking place on our Hi ways daily! "Sees here Sheriff Bambi was murdered! I estimate it was about 7 days ago. I'z can tell because I can get 3 big ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Geiser Grand Hotel Baker City
The price was a little spendy considering it's eastern Oregon, where "sparse" and "desolate" are the norm. But if you pass through Baker City, it's the obvious place to stay - at least once.
The building was gorgeous, the food excellent, the dining staff service superb. The room was very cute and roomy. I had the basic room. Large bath, plenty of room to move around. No on site exercise facilities, but as a hotel guest you can go to the Y 1/2 block away and work out.
Our family booked two rooms for two nights. The "basic" room with two queens for the three teenagers was spacious, beautiful and a good value. The "Corner Suite" for the parents, however, was a disappointment. Although priced at $35 more than the basic room, the "suite" was much smaller than the kids' room and had no separate sitting area from the sleeping area -- it wasn't really a suite. Moreover, there were noticeable stains on the upholstery and torn wallpaper on the walls. The front desk staff courteously and promptly responded to our request for another room. We were given the "parlour suite" for the same price as the corner suite. This room was very large and well appointed -- a huge improvement!! It had a king sized bed and a separate curtained area for sitting, complete with windows, a sofa bed, wing chairs, table and tv amoire. All in all, our two days and nights at this hotel were enjoyable. Room service was prompt and our other requests from the staff were all handled professionally and satisfactorily.
What a nice surprise!
We spent one night last week at this grand old hotel. We had a corner room on the third floor. The bed and bedroom were beautiful, the bathroom very large. The food in the restaurant was terrific. We had a wonderful waitress for our dinner meal. Her name was Sarah and her good service and friendly smile made for a memorable evening. The town of Baker City has a lot of closed store fronts and not that much to do, however we visited just to stay in the hotel and it did exceed our expectations.
Pet Friendly (and Ghost-Friendly too?)
My husband and I and two Shelties stayed in this fabulous hotel. Our room was huge and well appointed. Room service was prompt and the food was still hot (even though we were on the top floor of the hotel). The front desk staff kept dog biscuits behind the counter so every time we walked through the lobby, our dogs were quick to approach the front desk and sit pretty for a treat. History claims the place is haunted. We didn't feel any spirits but if they are there, we know why they'd take up residence at this hotel. It is one of the nicest (and best hotels for the money) on the West Coast and we'd gladly stay there and eat there again. The chicken dishes are highly recommended, and the breakfasts (no matter what we ordered) were fabulous.
We've stayed here twice and will return next year, when we go back for the Baker City Bronc Bust (a great little rodeo!) and Mining and Jubilee Days (wonderful live music in the streets, a grand parade!). We booked a suite--well worth the extra money--and enjoyed fabulous, friendly front-desk service, excellent room service (orders delivered within 10 mins. even when bar and restaurant were packed), and a very comfortable bed. Our only complaint is the noise, which is unavoidable since the parlor/restaurant is right in the middle of the open area downstairs, where much reveling was taking place. We arrived during several class reunions, and felt like a part of them at times! However, the answer is simple: ear plugs. It's worth using them to be able to stay in such a fun, unique place.
Grand only in name
We made a reservation at the much-advertised Geiser Grand for an overnight stay. Upon arrival, (not when we made the reservation 2 days before) we were informed that a wedding party was planned, but as our room was on the third floor and away from the party, noise would be minimal. This was a lie. We were repeatedly awakened by loud music, P.A. announcements, and even people running around on the roof over our heads. This wonderful hotel has been spoiled by poor management. Or as my wife said, they forgot about the Grand part of their name. This hotel needs to decide whether they are in the party business or the hotel business.
I discovered the Geiser Grand Hotel by accident online while searching for a place to stay on the way to Boise last Fourth of July. I booked the Parlour Suite. And no, as other reviewers have pointed out, you shouldn't expect major hotel chain service, but staying in the historic (built around 1880), restored building is worth the sacrifice. We didn't know it before we arrived, but the hotel is reportedly haunted.
We made plans to stay here on our family vacation in 2002, after reading rave reviews of the place. We have two small children, and one required a crib. We noted this on our online reservation, which was subsequently confirmed. But when we arrived at the hotel after a hard day of driving for several hours, we were suddenly informed that the hotel did not have any cribs. That's right--NONE AT ALL, despite the fact that the online reservation system for the hotel listed cribs as an option. I was finally told this fact after waiting a considerable time in line because only one person was at the check-in desk (even though there were other employees lounging around doing nothing). The couple in front of us also apparently had some problem with their reservations, and it took a long time for their problem to be fixed.
Luxury on the Oregon Trail
The Geiser Grand Hotel is worth the stay, especially for it's luxury, beauty, and mostly history. The bartender at the GGH made one of the best margaritas I have had since we were in Scottsdale, AZ-order a cadillac. The restaurant, although beautiful, was not the culinary delight we had anticipated. We much preferred other restaurants in town. The location is easy to get to and a perfect "hub" for touring the whole north eastern section of Oregon. We look forward to returning, however we do hope for a friendlier welcome and farwell by some of the lobby staff.