Updated: December 2017
Allison Inn Hotel and Spa Newberg, Oregon:The Oregon wine industry has grown dramatically in the last decade and the only thing that was lacking for wine lovers was a nice place to stay for the night. On a recent trip (November 2010) I was able to experience the high end hotel called the Allison Inn with my wife. The hotel is practically brand new (opened up in 2009) and the staff is willing to go out of their way to make your stay a special one. We checked in on a Friday afternoon and the valet service was right out front to take our car. We asked them to park the car just across from the main entrance since we were leaving within an hour to venture into Carlton for dinner at Cuvee. The lady at the reception desk showed us to our room that overlooked the front gardens and what was the beginning of a beautiful sunset. All the little things are what stand out when you enter the hotel and the rooms are just as nice as advertised.
Allison Inn - Review of the Rooms, Grounds, and Customer Service - We had heard so much about this place that our expectations were high and for the price ($325/night) we definitely hoped for the best. Below we have written short descriptions of each aspect that we felt deserved some attention in regards to the quality of the hotel and spa:
Rooms - We had a Penthouse Level Deluxe room that overlooked the front gardens and had a nice view of the sunset on the night we were there. The room features a large bathroom, a fireplace, a small outdoor sitting area with table and chairs, good sized king bed, and a big flat panel TV above the fireplace. The bathroom had a decent sized shower, separate nook for the toilet and a big tub. The sliding window/door above the tub opens up directly to the sleeping area. The cushioned bench seat near the window was a nice touch with a throw blanket and a few pillows to relax with. The automatic blinds for the window kept out the light in the morning and allowed us to sleep in a bit. Overall the rooms are elegant, large, and offer good views. See our video below.
Service/Check-in - This was the #1 reason we had heard such great things about the hotel and spa. The service was evident from the start as we drove up and the valet parking attendant helped us with our bags and parked the car for us. As we made our way through the main entrance, the reception desk was off to the right and we checked-in. The woman who checked us in also showed us to our room - this seemed odd to me but perhaps this is the way they do it at the Allison Inn. She showed us the room and told us about the restaurant, spa, pool hours, and to call the front desk with any concerns or questions. There are definitely plenty of staff walking around the premises. The friendliest people we found were those that worked the bar next to the restaurant. We sat and had drinks after dinner and enjoyed ourselves while we listened to the live music playing a few steps away.
Restaurant/Food - My wife had been to the Allison Inn a few months before our visit and she had dinner at Jory so we decided to try Cuvee out in Carlton as an alternative. Unfortunately that was a big mistake as Cuvee was a big letdown and Jory would have been the better choice. We did, however, enjoy a delicious breakfast at Jory on the morning of our departure. We sat at the open counter where you get to watch all the food being prepped and cooked. Service at the restaurant was excellent. A little more information on Jory - They are open for breakfast from 6:30 AM to 10:30AM, lunch runs daily from 11:30AM to 2 PM, dinner is served from 5:30PM to 9 PM, and a Sunday brunch is from 7AM to 2 PM. The bar at Jory is open from 11AM daily. Reservations are highly recommended.
Allison Inn Pool/Spa/Grounds - Why are the rooms so much? One reason we can offer is because of all the ways to relax at the hotel and spa. Firstly, just wondering the grounds and gardens of the hotel can put anyone into a good mood. Whether you are sitting near the firepit outside the restaurant or meandering the trails that lead back to the vineyard. Yes, they do grow grapes right on site. The pool is on one of the lower levels and majestic. No one was in the pool the day we were there - too bad because it is nice. The spa down below is another reason to venture to the Allison Inn. The treatments are endless and the mood is one of serenity. You can see the videos below that show the pool and the outdoor grounds.
Allison Inn and Spa Location:The Oregon Wine Country has desperately needed a high end hotel or spa for quite some time. When I first moved up to the Portland area in 2001, I immediately went to several wineries in and around Newberg, Dundee, Carlton, Lafayette, and Dayton. They were wonderful and the wine was exceptional. The only thing missing was a nice place to stay for the evening. Sure, Carlton has some great spots in their downtown region, but nothing can compare to the Allison Inn and Spa. The actual location could be a bit better, but it's no more than 40 minutes from downtown Portland and even closer for those of us that live south of the city. You can see by the map image below that the spa is just north of the downtown area of Newberg. Further south is Dundee and all the Yamhill County wineries (some 200) are within 30 to 40 minutes drive. You can take 99W down from Hwy 217 or come in off of I-5 along Wilsonville Road until you reach Newberg. There aren't a lot of signs posted for the Allison Inn, so have a map or a GPS device handy so you can find it. The actual address is 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg, Oregon 97132. Phone # is 503-554-2525.
There is a detailed page on their official website with driving directions and a good Google map. Check it out at http://theallison.com/maps/directions.php. Traffic can be fairly congested on a weekend or evening as people tend to head out of town on 99W so give yourself plenty of time to get there.