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Historical Traveler Reviews Suehiro Gamagori
Great view, overpriced food,
I came with some friends for an overnight stay and was very unimpressed from the get go. We had to wait at the front desk to get checked into our rooms to start out with. and we were checked into a room that was occupied by other guests and had to go through check in all over again and were eventually sent to another hotel in Bonneville because your hotel was booked full. Not good. The bellman seemed unsympathetic to our situation when loading our bags back into the car stating that this kind of thing happens all the time here. We came back for dinner that night because we had a voucher that we wanted to use and found the accommodations to be vary sub par to say the least. When we were sat at our table we were handed a bill and the waitress said that she would be our casher and we had not even ordered food yet. Turns out that it was the bill for the table behind us. We all ordered steak and had salads beforehand and a bottle of wine. The wine was great however all of our steaks were overdone. The vegetables were overcooked and the potato was cold. Just not a good meal at all. As well as the fact that the service was slow and it wasn't busy at all in the dining room. I had to ask three times to get a refill on my glass of water. Just not a good dining experience at all. And way overpriced for the value. The next day we had breakfast at The Bonneville Resort where we were sent for our room and found the environment 100 times better. Better food, the rooms there are wonderful as well as the staff. We ended up staying two more nights there and had a great time. The restaurant was decked out in fresh linens for dinner; they have a Spa menu there that is top notch. You guys should take a good hard look at what the other hotels in your area are doing. I would recommend the Bonneville Resort to all my friends. Sorry to say, for the value. Your hotel needs some work.
Beautiful location, just ok rooms
The location is spectacular, and the trails that Skamania maintains around the lodge are lovely, although short. The lobby is a wonderful place to relax and have a drink, but the rest of the hotel is just so-so. The rooms aren't any better than your standard travel motel. The first I was given had a view of another wall and was right above a generator of some sort. So much for the quiet of the forest. The bathrooms are also standard, and could benefit from better toiletries. There is a gym, his/her saunas and jacuzzis, an indoor pool big enough to do laps, an indoor shared jacuzzi and an outdoor jacuzzi. The indoor pool is ok, but there is so much chlorine in the air that it may be toxic to do too many laps. The outdoor jacuzzi is lovely, but not very hot. I was there for a meeting, and the meeting food is terrible. Avoid it at all costs, although there aren't any alternatives unless you pack in your own food. The main restaurant has good food, but beware, there are zero vegetarian entrees. This place survives on meetings and conferences, and knows it.
Stayed at the Dolce Skamania Lodge for a week during a conference. I was very impressed. The rooms were good, the conference facilities, meals and service great. There is a business center in the conference area to check your e-mail, which was good, because I didn't want to spend $10 a day to connect to the internet in my room.
There are some nice trails on the property to work off your lunch. One of them is a one-mile fitness trail. There is also a nice fitness center at the lodge along with pool, hot tub and spa services.
The best part of the lodge is free. It's the sitting room off the main lobby. This huge room looks out over the Columbia River Gorge - a fantastic view you can stare at for hours. Turn around and you can read a book or chat by the fire that's kept constantly lit in a very, very large freestanding fireplace.
The lounge also has great views and its own fireplace, in case you want to socialize over a drink. Definitely want to go back to this place with my wife (and no kids).
Great and Reasonable
Drawn to stay there for the Sunday Brunch...we were captured by the enormous fireplace, where we lounged in the rocking chairs and took in the awesome view of the Columbia Gorge. It just doesn't get any better. Being from the SW, this was the perfect place to experience the area. 3 of us had massages, and all reported them to be the best ever! Also, the kids menu's are fabulous...with real food for kids to eat. Not the typical mac & cheese junk. We extended and stayed an extra night as our group of 13 just weren't ready to leave. The rates were great, perhaps due to it being February, and the Sunday Brunch is not to be missed. Otherwise, the food was all good, but not outstanding...although the servers and attention was great.
Distinctly Northwest Elegance!
The view is superb, the service outstanding and the beds are the most comfortable I have ever found in any hotel anywhere! I was craving a chocolate chip cookie, so I went to the front desk which sent me to the dinging room and the hostess looked everywhere and finally found some - complimentary - it's the little things!! Dolce goes above and beyond to keep their customers happy and returning. We only had one complaint: we had the Romance Package that comes with a free movie and apparently each movie is only viewable by a certain number of guests at a time; the hotel was full, so we had to wait quite a while before the movie of choice was available. When we called the front desk, the agent told us to pick a different move - which I thought was not in line with the rest of the service. Unlike some of the reviews we read, we didn't hear a single train all night - must depend on which side you're on. If you go for the weekend, the Sunday Brunch is NOT TO BE MISSED!!
Wonderful retreat! Casual elegance.
We spent 4th of July at Skamania Lodge and it was absolutely wonderful. I don't have one complaint about this lodge. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the lodge was beautiful and the views unbeatable. The lodge is in an incredible location overlooking the Columbia Gorge. The weather while we were there was fabulous so we had great views the entire time, even for the neighboring fireworks on the 4th. The entire lodge is in excellent condition and immaculate. There is a craftsman like motif in the design so you don't feel like you are in a franchise hotel like the Marriot or Hilton. The lodge and furnishings are made of high quality and more unique materials than the typical American hotel. It made for a relaxing and luxurious stay. If you want to relax in nature in one of the most scenic parts of the country while staying at a top notch lodge this is the place for you. There are also nice shortish hiking trails on the property ( under 2 miles), but if you are a serious hiker there are numerous stunning hikes very nearby in the gorge. Beautiful golf course on the premises and excellent food too! I would even recommend this to Europeans as it far exceeds standards of many American franchise hotels that have more of a commericialized/gaudy feel. And by the way, in regards to an earlier review I never heard any trains and I am a light sleeper. I do consider myself more of a world traveler, but this place is so nice I am sure I will be back even though it is almost in my back yard!
Nice place, too bad about the trains
Skamania Lodge is a nice place for a weekend getaway. Our room, a deluxe king with fireplace, was large and very nice but there was no minibar. There are two restaurants and both were excellent
Unfortunately, trains run along the river and blow their horns all night (at least five trains went through both nights we were there). Not too relaxing, to say the least.
Very, very lovely hotel!
We stayed here in July, 2003. This hotel is in a beautiful setting overlooking the Columbia Gorge. It is in a great spot to explore the gorge. We had a room with a view of the Gorge, it was very spacious & well appointed. The food, service & staff could not have been nicer. There is also an outdoor/indoor pool which my family very much enjoyed. There is much to do in this area & this is a great place to be situated to see it.
Beautiful place, what a view!
We stayed here in August, 2003, and had a wonderful time. The grounds are beautiful and the room we had, which was a newer one, was spacious and wonderful even if we did look out on the parking lot. We got an excellent rate by calling the hotel the day before and asking if there were any rooms available. The spa/pool/gym is free to hotel guests and the lodge lobby has a breathtaking view. We don't even golf and would stay here again in a minute.
A Little Bit of Heaven!
I stayed at Dolce Skamania Lodge in mid-May. I attended an environmental conference. The rooms were very clean and neat. The staff was so accomodating and kind. The fitness area was very relaxing,esp.my massage and pedicure. Very clean as well. The location right on the Columbia River with the Cascade Mtns. for a backdrop was just spectacular. I highly recommend this lodge,and would consider staying here and other Dolce Lodges in US or Europe. Oh, and the salmon and halibut was the best I have ever eaten.
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