“Originally built in 1899”
The Montvale Hotel is a boutique hotel in Spokane, Washington. Originally built in 1899 as an SRO (Single Room Occupancy Hotel), the Montvale Hotel also served Spokane as an apartment building, a brothel, and as a youth hostel during Expo '74 and then was abandoned for 30 years.
My husband and I stayed at the Montvale Hotel last night. I was a bit apprehensive when we pulled up out front - it looks rather seedy and run down. However, inside, SURPRISE!
The desk staff was extremely welcoming and helpful, directing us to a local pub for a delicious dinner. But the biggest surprise was when the elevator opened onto the most charming, delightful 2nd floor lobby I've ever been in. Antique furniture, lots of comfy seating, charming old wood floors with an authentic "squeak" and "creak". It was a bit of a challenge to find the door to the room, as the rooms are set back off the lobby and a bit hidden.
The biggest surprise was the room. Well appointed with a working fireplace, comfy bed, flat screen TV, mini fridge and microwave, and a completely remodeled and modern bathroom. There was quite a bit of road noise from the HUGE windows, but it is the city, after all, and after 11pm it was quiet.
I will have to rank this as my favorite hotel on our month-long vacation!
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