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Astoria's Commodore Hotel

A newly-reopened hotel on the Columbia River mixes modern touches with maritime history.

The Commodore Hotel in Astoria, Oregon
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The Commodore Hotel in Astoria, Ore., gleams again.


From the 1920s to 1965, when it closed, the Commodore Hotel in Astoria, Ore., sheltered travelers along the Columbia River. Newly reopened, the hotel blends modern amenities with wry vestiges of maritime history.

Browns and cool grays and blues fill the lobby, where a whimsical chandelier made of twisted red cord hangs by a wall of vintage heat registers, door handles, and suitcases. Inside the 18 rooms, sleek furnishings and photos of boats and fishing nets mingle with old-fashioned sinks and wood-framed mirrors.

Blocks away at the Maritime Museum you can refresh your tugboat-piloting skills or watch a simulated Coast Guard rescue. Hop on the antique trolley for a river view or stroll to the Sunday market. Back at the hotel, let the sounds of ships' horns lull you to sleep. (503) 325-4747,

Photography by Michael Mathers

This article was first published in November 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.