Featuring views of the Columbia River and located on the Historic Homes Walking Tour, this beautiful Victorian style bed and breakfast offers a choice of three 2-bedroom and three single bedroom guest rooms, all with private baths. Conveniently located close to downtown, museums and a riverwalk.
It was OK. I guess I got what I paid for. Very small room (Secret Garden), no real common sitting area, minimal grounds. Very basic breakfast. Lots of dust on furniture but OK. Staff were nice. Good location.
Next time I'll pay more and stay somewhere a little more upscale.
Beds hard. Might as well have slept on the floor.
There is a "parlor," but there's a computer desk in the middle of it. Seems to function as an auxiliary office. It's locked after the hostess goes to bed. So indeed, there is nowhere to go but one's room. We arrived late, although the hostess was still up to check us in. I had brought a laptop because I still had a couple of hours' work to do before commencing on our vacation. Apparently there is wifi at Grandview, but the network key is a well-kept secret. The hostess had vanished by the time I realized this, so I couldn't get my work done, which is just as well because there was really no place to do it, given the lack of a proper common room.
If you're going to have wifi for your guests, it's easy enough to print the network key on the card you give them when you check them in. Or just make it an unsecured network.
Lox was excellent, bagels were third-rate Safeway product. Fruit good, juice good, coffee acceptable. One of the other guests was eating scrambled eggs when we came down, so apparently alternatives are available for the asking.
The thing is, lox is not a one-size-fits-all dish. Lots of people don't like it. But not everyone wants to admit that because it can seem impolite ... and the breakfast hostess is rather an intimidating presence. So my wife just ate her bagel and fruit quietly. If this inn has the CAPACITY to prepare hot entrees, then it should offer them as an OPTION on a flippin' MENU, instead of shoving LOX at everyone without even asking what they WANT.
When another couple asked the breakfast hostess about shopping, she went on and on in great detail about big-box stores like Fred Meyer and Home Depot ... and dismissed Astoria's entire downtown shopping district as "little shops for your wife." Forgive me, but I doubt most people on their vacations want to shop at Home Depot.
This is one of only a few B&Bs in Astoria that accept children, which is why we chose it. But it's not the only one, which is why we'll choose another if we come back.
We spent the next two nights of our vacation at the Astoria KOA, where we slept better on our own air mattress than we had on the plywood mattresses at Grandview. And the KOA has free pancakes.
The Grandview Bed and Breakfast looks like a very quaint, quiet inn with a reasonable price. For this reason, I called to inquire about room availablility when my fiance and I were in town. However, the woman on the phone was extremely rude and belittled me. I believe this happened because I have a young voice. She asked if I was with my family. I responded that I was not, somewhat confused by the question. She then told me I "must be traveling with some friends, or a boyfriend perhaps". I responded that I was traveling with my fiance, and was curtly told that there were other places in town I where I could find a room. I am sure this is a very nice place to stay, but I do not believe such discriminatory practices or probing questions are ethical.
My husband and I decided to book the New Years Weekend at the Grand Hotel we got in on their winter special 2nd night for 39.00. We chose the butterfly room which was very cute and romantic! We were greeted by its host and owner and was immediatly told the history of the home and shown a book of all the best restaurants in the area and a little bit of what was going on for the weekend, as this was our first time to Astoria. The room was cozy and we had our own electic kettle in our room, there was ample tea and cookies but only coffee in the morning. We were on the 3rd floor of this victorian home so we had 3 flights of stairs to lug our stuff up to ! My husband said the next time it is the 2nd floor for us!
The first morning we were served a lovely breakfast in the turret of the house of bagels,smoked salmon and fresh fruit with coffee or tea. Both my husband and I don't really care for salmon but we did enjoy the rest of the breakfast, but the next day our gracious cook realized this and she served us a great country breakfast with fresh chocolate muffins(yum). My only gripe with the house was that they needed some throw rugs in the rooms, those wood floors were very cold and maybe more light and room in the parlour but otherwise I would highly recommend it and will go back again this winter!
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