The Davenport Hotel as it was 90 years ago.
The Davenport was a Great Hotel in its prime, some 90 years ago.
It fell into decay and over the last few years it has been restored to its former glory. It is now open for business and while we did not stay there we did enjoy an excellent lunch after touring the public areas on the hotel.
The Davenport is downtown at 10 S Post Street.
There are some of the original photos of the hotel in the years just after1910, hanging in the hotel. My photo is a shot of one of these original photos. The other photo of mine shows the finished restoration as it appears today.
A credit to Spokane
Having just returned from a fabulous vacation that took us from Alberta into Montana then across Washington and back into British Columbia I have to say that The Davenport Hotel was an absolute treat and seriously worth the detour to Spokane just for the pleasure of staying there. I was last in Spokane in 1970 when the Davenport was still highly regarded but something of a fading glory and of course in the 80's it closed for 15 years and was almost demolished. Saved by a couple who must have poured millions of dollars into the hotels restoration it is now a truly magnificant hotel and an absolute credit to the good people of Spokane who should cherish and support it to ensure its well deserved survival.
All the other reveiws are spot on - wonderful rooms, fantastic bathrooms, amazing reception areas, incredibly helpful staff - I could go on and on. Happily for us with the current exchange rate it wasn't even that expensive, but frankly worth every penny ( or cent). If you get the opportunity stay at the Davenport and you will not be disappointed
I stayed at the Davenport in October of 2005. To this day I still remember the fabulous rooms, the best staff, the most beautiful atmosphere. Everything about this hotel is more than first class. The soft music and the turned down bed at the end of the day was nothing short of fantastic. The huge marble bathroom and luxurious shower made me reluctant to leave and go to work1 The friendliness of the staff was unsurpased. As a very frequent business traveller, this is the onlky hotel that always keeps coming back to mind. I have stayed in hotels all over the country ... this one is truly memorable.
Another wonderful stay
We stayed here in mid winter, then again in May. The second stay was as wonderful as the first. This is a truly beautiful hotel that has mastered the art of outstanding service. Again, I will compliment the housekeeping staff as it is the best I have ever seen.
A "Grande dame" hotel circa 1914.
We had first stumbled on the Davenport on a dark cold evening of Valentine's week-end.
We had just driving throught snow and ice over the passes on I-90 from Montana and Idaho. Simply looking for lodging, I waited in the car while Jordan checked the availabilty.
The only room left was a $ 2000 , 3000 SF suite. My companion insisted that I come and take a look inside the hotel. What a surprise, we were transported back to the elegance and the oppulence of a pre-Art Deco , past Art-Nouveau era. Hotel Davenport has been completely, I do mean completely, redone in its orginal splendor.
We knew we would be back, on June 3rd 2006, we were fortunate to obtain the key to room #602. The hotel lifts require use of your room key to function. The room was large, high ceiling, 3 windows, thick and soft carpet, feather bed and top duvet, spongy bathrobes, separate large shower and comfy tub, excellently decorated with original paintings and obviously carefully chosen pieces of furniture. We viewed a well-done documentary of the origins and the subsequent renaissance of the Davenport. We had lunch in the Peacock room and as its name implies decorated with peacock- wall paper and a wonderful leaded glass ceiling. Late evening brought us back for a small snack while a jazz duo entertained the crowds until midnight.
Brunch (11 until 2 ) brought us to the Palm court which is conducive to low voiced conversations, lingering over tea or coffee drinking with a fine array of well presented food.
We sat enjoying the luxurious ambiance and the impeccable service for about 2 hrs without feelling any pressure from the well trained staff to "work on our food" or to vacate the high backed club chairs.
The Hotel Davenport is not for the low budget travelers, however when you want to treat yourself and your loved companion, it is highly recommended.
Micheline and Jordan
Seattle, Wa Mich1@spryne.com
Spokanes "Intimate Arms Hotel"
There are a precious few hotels where one feels as welcome as ones own home...where everything within walking distance becomes ones own neighborhood.
One is the Davenport in Spokane.