Two years after a fire nearly leveled Astoria in 1922, Hotel Elliott rose from the ashes. Guests now get “the historical aspect as well as modern amenities,” says John C. Nelson, general manager. “It’s in an urban setting and very walkable.” The hotel is also just around the corner from another preservation success story, the Liberty Theater.
Completed in 1927, the 10-story Heathman Hotel is a barometer for downtown Portland's rejuvenation. Guests today are treated to old-time elegance, a tearoom with original decorative wood from the 1920s and Andy Warhol prints on every floor.
The Columbia Gorge Hotel, a scenic getaway for Portlanders, actors and presidents of the past, once earned the nickname “Waldorf of the West.” These days the hotel has newer amenities but the same elegance, charm and amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River. (Photos by Richard Hallman.)
Built in 1917, Frenchglen Hotel offers visitors the chance to soak up Oregon history as well as delightful breakfast, lunch and family-style dinners. Many visitors come to the area to enjoy the dramatic desert beauty of Steens Mountain and enjoy the tranquil environment of this quaint hotel. (Photo by Tyler Roemer.)
Like other McMenamins properties, the Hotel Oregon’s history is illustrated with vintage photographs and illustrations throughout to help guests slip back in time. Get an exceptional view of downtown from the cool rooftop bar.
Settle in for some downtime near the Rogue River with crafted homemade meals after a long day outdoors. Built in 1934, the Black Bar Lodge offers the same old-school hospitality that your parents — and even grandparents — enjoyed. (Photo by Jared Cruce.)
Constructed and in operation since 1908 in the small town of Dufur, the Historic Balch Hotel features views of Mount Hood and delicious meals in a gorgeous dining room. However, there are no phones or TVs in the rooms. Unplug from the present and connect to the past.

Towns sprouted around Oregon during the 19th century on the heels of the Oregon Trail, and hotels were some of the first buildings constructed. Historic hotels like these have many lives, their hallways filled with stories and memories lingering in the lobby. This list represents some of the finer historic buildings in Oregon, some luxurious, some homey — and all on the National Register of Historic Places.

about author John Chilson

When John isn't exploring and celebrating Oregon's recent past, discovering hidden gems and new places, he's walking Portland's numerous neighborhoods (from downtown to the eastside). Otherwise, he's reading and producing new media and old media alike, and enjoying local Oregon beer, coffee and food and bounty - in all seasons. John chronicles all his adventures over at his blog, LostOregon.org.

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  1. McLaren Stinchfield says…

    John Chilson missed a bet by not including the Historic Hotel Condon (1922), located on Main Street of Historic Downtown Condon, at the convergence of State Highways 206 and 19.
    Condon is worth the trip; two-and-a-half hours from Portland into a ‘different Oregon!’

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  2. Deanna Eisinger says…

    How about the historic hotel in Diamond, Oregon, or th beautiful hotel in Baker City? And I’m sure there are others….Wolf Creek Inn, State owned on I-5 near Sunny Valley…..the list goes on.

    Written on September 5th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  3. Sharon says…

    Can you see Crater Lake in November? The roads are not close to it are they?

    Written on September 17th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  4. ellee celler says…

    Historic Jacksonville has the Famous Jacksonville Inn and restaurant. The Inn even has a room or two purportedly housing friendly ghost!

    Written on September 18th, 2013 / Flag this Comment

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