written by Cara Strickland photography by The Davenport Hotels
Long considered to be the lodging heart of Spokane, the Historic Davenport Hotel is a beautifully restored hotel that is luxurious and special enough for a romantic getaway, but is family-friendly and well-appointed enough for bringing the whole crew or for business travel. When you stay, you’re within walking distance of nearly everything you might need, from shopping, to nightlife, dining and the beautiful Riverfront Park, which was the site of the 1974 World’s Fair.
ACCOMMODATIONS + AMENITIES
Each room is somewhat unique, as befits a historic hotel, but you’ll find the same level of charm and attention to detail in each, whether you’re in a king or queen room, a suite, or even the Circus Room, which is the only hotel room that remains from the original hotel before it was restored. The lights are made to look like balloons, and it’s fun for a celebration or just to sleep in a bit of history. Rooms are dog friendly with a deposit, and you’ll find lots to do on site, from browsing the lobby shop, to having a spa day or hitting the fitness center, pool or hot tub.
If you want to dine on site, you’re in luck. You can enjoy coffee and snacks in the morning at the small coffee corner in the lobby, or sit down for a delightful meal at just about any time of day, try the Palm Court, known for their signature Crab Louis salad (legend says it was invented right here). Settle in for a drink at the sophisticated, yet relaxed Peacock Room Lounge, or skip it all and have room service delivered right to you. There’s a new chef in the house, and if it’s been a while since you’re been here, it might be time to put this one on your list, whether for a meal, or a stay.
This hotel was the brainchild of a man named Louis Davenport in the early 1900s. His vision was a place you could come and experience all the corners of the world without ever leaving Spokane. Each part of the hotel is themed to a different country, and each touch represents a lot of care and thought. As the century was winding down, the hotel had seen better days. After Davenport had to sell due to illness, a series of mismanagers sent the hotel downhill. But fortunately a local couple, the Worthys, took on the project and helped the Davenport sparkle and shine again. Now the hotel is owned by Davidson Hospitality Group, and the people involved continue to bring all the heart and care that Louis Davenport showed by caring for this beautiful spot, and the lovely city of Spokane.
10 S. POST ST.