Spokane, Washington Lodging

by Lisa Mercer Google

Spokane, Washington, blends the best of urban amenities with an accessible outdoor lifestyle. The city boasts more than 75 parks, and the Olmsted brothers, who designed Central Park in New York, designed most of Spokane's park system. Mount Spokane looms as the city's backdrop, providing affordable skiing and snowboarding for winter sports enthusiasts. Spokane has a diverse culture, arts and nightlife scene, with an abundance of hotels to accommodate all tastes and budgets.

Renovated Victorian Hotel

The city of Spokane built the Montvale Hotel in 1899 to provide temporary lodging for local miners and laborers. It was used as a a hotel and a youth hostel during Expo 74, but lay dormant for the next 25 years. The building was scheduled for demolition and fated to become a parking lot, but in 1996 a patron purchased it and listed it with the Register of Historic Places. After $3 million in renovations, the hotel reopened in 2005. The Montvale provides Gilchrist & Soames bath products, and during Oktoberfest offers packages that include full-breakfast with Bavarian pastries, late-afternoon cookies and two steins filled with beer at the Catacomb Pub, the hotel's German-style beer pub. Its downtown location places you close to dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

A Spa Hotel

In 1889, a young man named Louis Davenport came to Spokane to work in his uncle's restaurant, and that summer, a fire destroyed downtown Spokane. Davenport salvaged some of the rubble, bought a tent and opened Davenport's Waffle Foundry. A few years later, he hired architect Kirtland Cutter to build a full-service restaurant. As Spokane prospered, local business owners desired a place to entertain and board their associates. They hired Cutter and Davenport to design a luxury hotel, which now has a full-service spa and fitness center. The Davenport Hotel lobby houses the Flower Shop, the oldest continuously operated flower shop in Spokane. Romance packages, which include flowers and champagne, and couple’s spa packages, are available. Amenities include Lady Primrose bath products and dog walking for pet owners. The Palm Court Grill, the hotel’s steak and seafood restaurant, serves Crab Louie, named after Louis Davenport. In January, 2007, the company opened the Davenport Hotel Tower across the street from the Davenport Hotel, with 328 luxury guest rooms featuring an African decor.

Pet Friendly

Spokane has an eclectic mix of pet-friendly lodging venues. The budget hotels, such as Motel 6, Econo Lodge and Super 8, all offer pet-friendly lodging, but the Red Lion Hotel at the Park elevates pet hospitality to an art form. Pets receive a welcome treat bag, which includes some cleanup bags. Register for a free membership with the Red Lion R&R Club and your pet stays for free. The hotel also partners with ASPCA by partnering with local animal shelters and raising adoption awareness. Purchase a Red Lion stuffed toy for $5 and the proceeds support the ASPCA. While many pet-friendly hotels are located on highways, the Red Lion Hotel at the Park is located at the edge of Riverfront Park, on the banks of the Spokane River. Free breakfast is included with most rates. The Madison Inn by Riversage, next to the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, is another pet-friendly hotel. Free continental breakfast is included in your room rate.

Romantic Getaways

Many people come to Spokane on business, but some of the city's hotels make it easy to mix business with romantic pleasure. The Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center in the Spokane Valley offers a Romance Sampler package, which includes lunch and dinner at Max at Mirabeau, the hotel's restaurant; a snack tray that includes cheeses, fruit, crackers and chocolate-dipped strawberries; champagne delivered to your room; a box of Dan's Chocolate truffles; and an in-room movie. The Romantic Dinner package at the Oxford Suites Hotel includes a balcony king suite overlooking the Spokane River, a complimentary bottle of wine served with cheese and crackers, and a $50 gift certificate for Clinkerdaggers, a local restaurant.

About the Author

My articles have appeared in Aspen Magazine, HerSports, The Professional Skier and other print and online publications. When I'm not teaching fitness or writing, I work at Copper Mountain and at the Breckenridge History Society.