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In 1921 Oregon lumber magnate and philanthropist Simon Benson observed in part of the region fledgling tourism industry We have built good roads and invited the world to come view our beauty spots but we have done nothing toward taking care of them after they arrive.In response to that need Benson built the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Our property was first described in the Lewis and Clark Journals and originally the site of Phelps Mill in the mid-1800s after which our creek is named. The mill made staves for the whiskey barrels carried by mules from Hood River to the east. In 1904 Hood River pioneer Robert Rand capitalized on the area spectacular beauty by constructing the Wah Gwin Gwin Hotel named for the 208 waterfall on the property. The hotel operated successfully as a summer resort for 17 years until it was demolished by Simon Benson to make way for his new hotel. The layout of the grounds and trails that were developed by Rand remained the setting for the new Columbia Gorge Hotel. The hotel was designed by Portland architect Morris H. Whitehouse as the Hotel Benson and constructed in less than a year. The Italian stonemasons brought over to work on the new Columbia River Highway built the stone walls and bridges for Bensons new Waldorf of the West. The wooden beams visible in the public areas are actually made of plaster and required five artisans working in concert to construct. On June 21 1921 the Columbia Gorge Hotel opened with a grand reception and quickly developed an international reputation.Notable visitors in the early years included Presidents Roosevelt and Coolidge plus actresses Clara Bow Myrna Loy Jane Powell and Shirley Temple.The hotel is rumored to have been a favorite hideaway for Rudolph Valentino after whom our Valentino Lounge is named. During the depression the hotel fell on hard times and was purchased by the Neighbors of Woodcraft as a retirement home. It remained for a quarter of a century until the ongoing restoration began in 1977. Private


· 24-hour front desk
· 24-hour room service
· 24-hour security
· Air conditioning
· Barber shop
· Beauty shop/salon
· Bell staff/porter
· Breakfast served in restaurant
· Bus parking
· Business center
· Children welcome
· Children's play area - (In Area)
· Cocktail lounge
· Concierge desk
· Continental breakfast
· Dinner served in restaurant
· Direct dial telephone
· Early check-in
· Elevators
· Evening reception
· Exercise gym - (In Area)
· Fire safety compliant
· Front desk
· Full american breakfast
· Full service housekeeping
· Game room - (In Area)
· Gift/News stand
· Hairdresser/barber
· Health club - (In Area)
· High speed internet access for laptop in public areas
· Housekeeping - daily
· Indoor pool - (In Area)
· Interior corridors
· Interior corridors
· Jacuzzi - (In Area)
· Jogging track - (In Area)
· Late check-out available
· Lobby coffee service
· Lounges/bars
· Lunch served in restaurant
· Massage services
· Meeting rooms
· Non-smoking rooms (generic)
· On-Site parking
· Outdoor parking
· Outdoor pool - (In Area)
· Parking
· Parking lot
· Pets allowed
· Phone services
· Playground - (In Area)
· Pool - (In Area)
· Public area air conditioned
· Racquetball - (In Area)
· Restaurant
· Room service
· Sauna - (In Area)
· Security
· Snow sports - (In Area)
· Spa
· Tennis court - (In Area)
· Wakeup service
· Water sports - (In Area)
· Wheel chair access
· Whirlpool - (In Area)
· Wireless internet connection in public areas

Room Information

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bathtub only, Cable television, Color television, Connecting rooms, Cribs, Direct dial phone number, Double beds, Fire alarm, Non-smoking, Remote control television, Shower only, Smoke detectors, Wake-up calls, Wireless internet connection, Extra person charge for rollaway use, Pets allowed, Extra adult charge, Extra child charge, Single bed, Maid service, High speed wireless

Miscellaneous Information

· American Dollars is the native currency.
· Check in time is 4:00 PM
· Check out time is 11:00 AM
· Time Zone is GMT
· Opened in 1921
· 41 rooms.
· 4 suites.
· 3 floors.


Our manicured gardens provide an amazing backdrop to an already stunning view. The gardens are filled with color and native Oregon plants which give The Columbia Gorge Hotel a distinct identity. Take time to stroll the grounds and let the world pass by. Listen to the sounds of Wah-Gwin-Gwin Falls as it tumbles 208 to the Columbia River below. Do not miss the grounds in the winter as we set the stage for a magnificent display of over 500000 dazzling white lights.

Guarantee Policy

A guaranteed reservation assures you of a room even if you check in very late after 6.00 pm. All reservations made through this web site must be guaranteed to a major credit card.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations for a hotel room reservation must be received 24 hours prior to arrival. If cancellation of a guaranteed reservation is not received by the required date and time we will charge for one night accommodation. Exceptions may apply - Please see

Restaurant Information

Simon Cliffhouse

Regional. Inspired. Genuine. Our award-winning culinary team is passionate about featuring the cuisine bounty and wines of Oregon.Our menus reflect a commitment to locally grown sustainable ingredients from farmers fishermen ranchers cheese and wine maker

Valentino Lounge

Valentino Terrace is open for the 2016 season weather permitting. Take a beautiful drive to sit outside and enjoy your magnificent meal surrounded by all the grandeur that is the Gorge.

Recreation Information




Fitness center on-site

Health club

Hiking trail

Jogging trail



Racquetball court


Scuba diving


Snow skiing


Squash court

Tennis court



Indoor/outdoor connecting pool


Mountain climbing

Nature preserve trail

Sports court onsite

Snow mobiling

Indoor pool

Outdoor pool

Children's program



Cardiovascular exercise

Area Attractions

- Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway

When the highway first opened in 1916 President Roosevelt praised its scenic grandeur and remarkable engineering. The Illustrated London News went on to call it the king of roads. With its mossy stone walls and graceful viaducts winding past dozens.

- Hood River Event Site
- Multnomah Falls
- Port Marina Park
- WAAM Museum
- Cascade Kiteboarding
- Indian Creek Golf Course/ Divots Restaurant
- Springhouse Cellar


- Viento Wines
- Cascade Locks Bridge of the Gods

Cascade Locks is named for the locks that were built in the late 1800s to navigate boats past what were once dangerous rapids. Marine Park a National Historic Site that includes the old canal and three lock-tender houses is the starting point.

- Portland Intl Airport
- Tri-Cities Airport
- Restaurants

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