Visitors to Spokane, the second-largest city in the state of Washington, will find an interesting variety of accommodations available in the city and its suburbs. Choices include properties representing familiar national and international brands, as well as a handful of independent operations, two of which boast rich and colorful local histories. The city’s hotel and motels include options that are likely to suit almost every taste and budget.
Best Western Plus Peppertree Airport Inn
Close to both Spokane International Airport and the Northern Quest Casino, this three-story, 100-unit motel offers a park-and-fly package that makes it an ideal choice for Spokane-based travelers who are planning a trip out of town. Visitors to Spokane who are traveling with small pets will be able to check in with their animal companions for a small additional fee. Each of the motel’s rooms features a microwave oven, compact refrigerator and high-speed Internet access. Although the hotel has no on-site restaurant, it does serve a complimentary breakfast each morning and is within walking distance of a handful of restaurants, including Denny’s and Subway.
Davenport Hotel and Tower
This venerable hostelry, located in the heart of downtown Spokane, first opened its doors in 1914 and has introduced several innovations in innkeeping during its lengthy history. It was the first hotel with air conditioning and a central vacuum system; the first to use housekeeping carts, designed by hotel founder Louis Davenport; and the first hotel to serve Crab Louis, so-named to honor its founder. The Davenport is the only hotel in Spokane to receive a four-diamond rating from the AAA. The Davenport’s Palm Court Grill specializes in fresh seafood and prime rib, while the Safari Room Grill & Bar serves lighter fare in a more casual setting. The hotel’s 611 guest rooms and suites feature in-room safes and high-speed Internet access.
Doubletree Hotel Spokane-City Center
This 13-story, 375-unit hotel sits on the banks of the Spokane River, only a short walk from the heart of the city’s business district. Riverfront Park and the Spokane Opera House are just steps from the hotel’s front entrance. The hotel is home to two restaurants, Spencer’s for Steaks and Shutters Cafe. The former serves up prime beef and chops, as well as seafood, while the latter, temporarily closed for repairs in the fall of 2010, specializes in casual dining. The hotel accepts pets up to 75 lbs. in weight for a nonrefundable fee of $50, as of October 2010. Popular with business travelers, the Doubletree features a well-equipped business center and spacious desk/work areas in all of its rooms and suites.
Although its roots date back to 1890, this downtown boutique hotel has been kept in tip-top shape through the years. Its interior design is reminiscent of a grand Mediterranean villa, an impression that is buttressed by the extensive use of Italian marble throughout the hotel’s common areas. The Lusso has only 48 rooms and suites, which gives it a more intimate atmosphere than is found in most other downtown hotels. Its individual units are spacious, ranging in size from 331 square feet to 650 square feet. The Lusso has no on-site restaurant but is right next door to the Post Street Ale House, which serves up light fare and has a wide array of beers and ales on tap.