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Venues in Hood River, OR,
(541) 387-5421
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4.5 out of 5
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    Colleen Hoheisel

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  • We worked with the wedding coordinator, Elisa, at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. We had an excellent experience, and would recommend her and the hotel to anyone! It is a beautiful location that ourselves and our guests won't ever forget!

    Kassidy

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  • After the coronavirus dismantled our original wedding I was ready to just go to the court house and get it over with. One day while searching quant wedding options I found the Columbia gorge hotel had the perfect package for 25 of our closest friends and family. It offered ceremony and reception including drinks appetizers and cake and of course Elisa the wedding planner. Elisa is the most detail oriented person I have ever met. I really appreciated her vision of day that I lacked. She was patient and flexible. They accommodated adding a wonderful dinner to our package. The team that served our food and drinks were so pleasant and attentive. The grounds are perfectly manicured and beautiful views of the river and waterfall. I am so happy I found this option.

    Sandra K Miller

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  • Many, many thanks to Alyssa for putting together a wonderful reception. Thanks, too, to Don, Great and Allie for the personal service throughout. The venue was beautiful, the food was exceptionally good, and this venue was a terrific value.

    Maher

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  • Everything was perfect. All my needs were met and the wedding planner was very accommodating and made me feel very comfortable and the service was impeccable. The ceremony took place near the romantic waterfall that tumbled into the river. After the ceremony my guests were served complimentary hor d'oeurves and champagne that they enjoyed while looking out at the stunning view of the gorge. The dinner was delicious and the cake was beautifully decorated with sea shells to go along with the "Aloha" themed wedding. The highlight was the garden that surrounded the vintage style hotel. I was able to get the perfect photos with an enchanting backdrop of roses and exotic flowers among bridges, swinging chairs and statues. Little squirrels and ducks also found their way into my pictures. The hotel tower also gives an impressive view of the gorge for amazing pictures. Five stars for food, service and atmosphere. We are still savoring the experience. Thank you from the Cole family!

    Erin Baumgarten

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our original wedding was scheduled on a different date, at a different venue, in a different state had to be postponed out a year due to Covid-19. We were disheartened. We still wanted to get married, even if we had to have a VERY modified wedding. We reached out to The Columbia Gorge Hotel and were put in touch with Elisa their wedding coordinator. She was absolutely wonderful! She made our now small-scale, 1 month planned, somewhat impromptu wedding feel just as important and special as any other “normal” wedding at the hotel. Elisa’s attention to detail, organization, attentiveness, compassion, and kindness, helped salvage and elevate our day. She was so easy to work with, she accommodated our every need/want, and made the entire planing process flawlessly easy and fun. We are so thankful to have had her with us during this process and know that our special day would not have been as spectacular nor would it have gone off SOO smoothly without her. Beautiful grounds, great sta... Read more

    Tatum

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our wedding day was absolute perfection at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Alp (the GM), Elisa (event coordinator) and their staff took care of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g the day of. We purchased one of their packages, so not only was wedding planning a breeze, but Elisa was available by email and cell leading up to the wedding. As expected, there were a few hiccups the day of, but they were handled so smoothly that we didn't even know about them until afterwards. Honestly, our day wouldn't have been the same without Elisa and the staff at CGH. Highly, highly recommend this venue and a huge thank you to Alp and Elisa!

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    Thank you Tatum! I appreciate the recognition as I try to always be available to my clients around the clock. I'm so glad it felt like a breeze. That's my mission! Cheers to you and your new hubby, congratulations!!

    Natalie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Alp and Elisa were absolutely wonderful to work with! They took over after the previous wedding planner left. They were very communicative and accomodating since we were planning from afar. We were able to enjoy a chef's dinner prior to our wedding to select our appetizers for the cocktail party and main entrees for the reception dinner. The food was great! The venue is gorgeous and is a photographer's dream. Both Alp and Elisa made our special day stress free and amazingly everything went without a hitch. The value of CGH is very competitive compared to other venues and we are so glad we shared our special day here. Highly recommend!!

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    Thank you Natalie! You and Roy were an absolute joy to work with. I'm so happy we were able to make your wedding stress free. You guys were so friendly and easy to work with. I wish you both happiness in your future and new chapter together! Cheers!

    Ashley

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    5 out of 5
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  • We changed our date and planned a wedding in leas than 4 months. Teresa was amazing and super helpful with everything. We thought our dream wedding was unobtainable, but she made it all work within our budget. She is amazing, the place was absolutely beautiful, and my guest gave us so many compliments.

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    Dear Ashley, We are so pleased Teresa was able to make everything work for you on shorter notice for your special day. With her over 15 years experience planning weddings, and her knowledge of this hotel, she knows what we can do and exactly how to get it done. Thank you for choosing the Columbia Gorge Hotel to celebrate your wedding day at. We wish you a lifetime of happiness! Sincerely, Tamara EB, Marketing Manager

    Rachel

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  • Teresa was a dream to work with and the venue was absolutely stunning; our guests could not stop complimenting the natural beauty of the gorge and the waterfall while appreciating the meticulously maintained landscape around the hotel. It was a dream day and we could not have asked for a better wedding planner, more accommodating hotel staff, unforgettable venue beauty, and the overall comfortable yet beautifully vintage, sophisticated design of the hotel! Every detail, and I mean EVERY detail from adding rose petals in the creek to attract the ducks during your ceremony to keeping the event on track, is considered by Teresa, the chefs, the hotel staff which ultimately makes the day seamless for the bride and groom! We can’t wait to have our anniversary here and recommend this venue to anyone who is looking in Hood River for their special day!

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    Dear Rachel, Congratulations on your marriage and we're so excited that you and your guests had such a wonderful celebration day here! Teresa's experience and attention to detail is only exceeded by her absolute love of her brides and grooms. She truly loves her work and it shows with every wedding she coordinates. We look forward to celebrating your anniversary here with us. Be sure to let us know you are one of our bridal couples when you make your reservation! Best Wishes, Tamara EB, Marketing Manager

    Kylie

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I had a great wedding here. We had a little over fifty quests and the Teresa made sure everything was perfect for us. There is a bridal suite onsite that is complimentary in the booking fee, and their are multiple locations to have your ceremony, inside and outside. The food was also wonderful.

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    Dear Kylie, Thank you for entrusting our entire staff, including our amazing wedding coordinator Teresa, with one of the most important events in your lives. Our congratulations to both you and your husband, and we wish you a lifetime of happiness! Sincerely, Tamara EB, Marketing Manager

    Jenna Paternostro

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  • We had our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception at Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa and boy did it live up to all of our wedding dreams!! The weekend went flawlessly! It was beautiful and our guests did not stop raving about the incredible views. The venue provided all of our food and drink for the weekend. There were many meal options, drink options, and the staff was consistently helpful while also unobtrusive. The grounds were expertly maintained and perfect for all of our photos. Elisa took over our event coordination and was a pleasure to work with. She knows how to run a venue, coordinate with the couple, handle minor issues that inevitably develop, and keep the day running smoothly. She was great and we really appreciated her! What a great place to have a wedding, we couldn't have been happier!

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    Thank you Jenna! We are so grateful to be able to host such lovely guests as Alex and yourself. You both were so gracious and happy it was a delight to serve you and watch your special day unfold. We wish you the best in your happiness together!!

    Samantha

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  • We had our wedding here on 8/24 and it was the best night ever! We had a blast and all of our guests were raving about how beautiful the grounds were. My, now husband, and I toured the venue after a handful of other tours. We knew this was the spot the second we saw it. Our guests rented out the whole hotel too so it felt like we had a private hotel the whole weekend. Our venue coordinator changed mid-summer so we were a little nervous at first but Elisa was amazing! She did a great job catching up on everything from the previous coordinator and we were very lucky to have her.

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    Thank you Samantha! It was fantastic helping you and Anthony on your special day. I'm so happy to have assisted in such a milestone for you. Cheers to your happy future, congratulations!

    Sarah

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  • Pros: The hotel and surround landscaping are stunning. Perched along the gorge, there are many superb on-site locations for photo opportunities. Food is delicious (kudos to Chef Mike). Front desk staff and restaurant staff are courteous and helpful. Cons: The Event Coordinator (Elisa) and GM (Alp) are difficult to work, even for our simple event that included only 13 guests. The team was slow to respond, flaky, unorganized, and inexperienced. For example, we were unable to get a finalized event order until the day before the wedding, despite reaching out to Elisa multiple times. Responses from the management were often full of excuses, unprofessional, and misleading. I strongly advise couples to get all services promised in writing, and perhaps consider hiring a professional event planner to interface with the hotel.

    Megan Smith

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  • I'll start with the good--this venue is completely gorgeous. My guests were blown away with the views, the greenery, and historical hotel decor. It's conveniently right off the highway, close to downtown Hood River, and there are additional lodging options on either side. They can do pretty much all aspects of the wedding in-house: furniture, accessories, food, drinks, etc. and we liked that. My wedding day itself was great (despite a few errors), but planning was an absolute nightmare. Communication was really spotty and confusing, we would be told one thing from one employee, and the opposite from another. Simple requests were met with exasperation--(ie. having my 3 bridesmaids rooms next to each other, when we had booked out the entire hotel). We were promised a tasting for our food, and when we drove all the way from Portland for it, we were met with confusion and eventually told "we don't do wedding tastings." I later met a couple who had been married there a few months prior... Read more

    Karina

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    2.8 out of 5
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  • Sorry, this is going to be long, but if you want an honest review of the venue then I would continue reading. The reviews were mostly good for the Columbia Gorge Hotel, but I was highly disappointed by many things that day of our wedding. First, one of the reasons why we picked the venue was because it comes with a wedding planner. My mom, being the florist, was excited because that meant she had to do less working setting up. WRONG. She did most of the set up the day of the wedding. The things that the venue set up were done incorrectly. They put the polaroid guestbook and memorial table together, which should have been two separate things. There should have been enough tables for this. Many guests missed taking a picture because it was not set up out front with our gift/guestbook table. If my mom hadn’t taken care of the set up, then I don’t think any of it would have been done correctly and in a timely manner. During the ceremony, nobody could hear a thing. I don’t know if ... Read more

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    Dear Karina, We’re very sorry to hear you are unhappy with the events surrounding your wedding here. At the Columbia Gorge Hotel, our staff works very hard to make every wedding unique and special. Our wedding planner Teresa is very detail-oriented, and dedicated to ensuring everything runs smoothly, so her brides and grooms enjoy the wedding of their dreams here. On the day of your wedding, Teresa was concerned about the dark overcast sky and that there wouldn’t be enough light on our Point Lawn for your early evening vows. She consulted our grounds crew, who came up with the idea of wrapping twinkle lights all around the tree and branches next to the wedding dais, the bridge over our waterfall, and some trees that line the walkway. Many of us here thought your wedding site ended up stunning with the fall color of the trees and the lights against the dark sky. Things do not always go according to plan, and on occasion miscommunications do occur. If they do, we do our best to make things right. Significant recompense was offered and accepted, so it’s regrettable that you are still unhappy. We appreciate your choosing to have your wedding here. We hope that, even with the few missteps, you were able to create wonderful memories of your special day here with your friends and family. Sincerely, Tamara Emler Ball Marketing Manager
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