Known for being the birthplace of Bing Crosby, Father’s Day, and its purple blooms (it is nicknamed The Lilac City) Spokane is Washington state’s second biggest community. Its collection of hotels is also pretty special and there are plenty of exciting and creative places to stay. To help you choose, from boutiques to modern apartments; here are my favorite trendy and fun hotels in Spokane, Washinton…
The Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection
I stayed at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, one of my favourite places. It fills an entire downtown block, making it an impressive sight. Right across the street, I found the scenic Riverfront Park, the First Interstate Center for the Arts, and the Convention Center, making it incredibly convenient.
The rooms and suites had this simple yet neat corporate design adorned in a striking red and grey theme. As for the public areas, they were a bit more extravagant, boasting a glitzy vibe still beautifully accented with red hues.
What stood out were the dining options. It was a culinary delight with three restaurants within the hotel, a specialized whiskey bar, and an amazing terrace bar offering panoramic river views. It ticked all the boxes I’d expect from a sizeable convention-style hotel: no surprises, no letdowns. And the cherry on top? Its prime location is in the heart of Spokane.
My favorite aspect was the amazing terrace bar offering panoramic river views.
Interstate Center of the Art
Igloos and fire-pit seating outdoors
Offers flavourful American dishes
Slick floor in the shower
Subpar Starbucks on-site
Ruby River Hotel
At the Ruby River Hotel, nestled by the riverbank opposite Downtown Spokane, the exterior resembles a fusion of industrial structures beside a parking area.
Yet, the riverside charms with its dual serene outdoor pools and calming vistas of the Spokane River. Only the Centennial Trail stands between you and the water, offering delightful strolls to nearby parks, sports venues, the arts center, and Gonzaga University.
This uncomplicated lodging at the Ruby River Hotel encompasses typical rooms and suites. Opting for a poolside or river view room proves worthwhile, steering clear of waking up to a parking lot view. Regardless, a tranquil night away from the bustling city center defines the essence of this hotel.
One of my favorite places was the serene outdoor pools with calming vistas of the Spokane River.
In-house Osprey Restaurant & Bar
Outdoor pool and a large hot tub
5-minute drive to the center
Reservation needed for parking
Breakfast not included
At the north bank of Spokane River, overlooking the stunning Riverfront Park, lies the Centennial Hotel. It’s more of a resort feel, close enough to the city center for exploring or unwinding.
The architecture emphasizes the riverfront’s beauty and the famed waterfalls. Inside, it boasts an industrial charm adorned in shades of grey.
Rooms and suites offer variety, some with pool access or riverside balconies, all comfy, practical, and adorned in—you guessed it—grey hues.
There’s a decent grey restaurant with an outdoor terrace for sunny days, a friendly 24-hour gym, a business center, and a surprising burst of color in the perfect pool area.
The location? Superb. Right on the riverfront, a short walk from Spokane’s best offerings—restaurants, bars, theaters, and entertainment. Plus, less than a 10-minute stroll to the Spokane Arena for sports and concerts.
Throughout my stay, my personal favorite was the superb outdoor swimming pool overlooking Riverfront Park.
Fabulous outdoor swimming pool
Onsite bike rentals
No private balconies
Parking is quite far
Difficult to navigate
Oxford Suites Spokane
Oxford Suites, nestled by the Spokane River, offers a cozy retreat. Initially unassuming, the building transforms inside, exuding warmth with its modern, inviting decor.
During my stay, I found comfort in the suite’s amenities: a sitting area, minifridge, microwave, and coffeemaker. Some suites boasted luxurious granite soaking tubs, and balconies with river views – a gem to secure if available!
Indulging in the offerings, I frequented the bar and restaurant, relishing American cuisine. The spa, sauna, steam room, indoor pool, and fitness center were delightful add-ons. I cherished the complimentary perks: parking, a hot breakfast buffet, and an evening reception with drinks and appetizers.
One of my favorite places was the evening reception with complimentary drinks and appetizers.
Free transport service to the airport
Steps away from Centennial Trail
Indoor swimming pool
Pool closes at 10 pm
Bar and restaurant closed on Sundays
Hotel Indigo Spokane
I found a gem at Hotel Indigo, nestled by Spokane Falls in the historic district. Though the red-brick exterior seemed modest, stepping inside revealed a newly renovated space. The rooms were surprisingly spacious and elegantly modern, creating a cozy yet roomy feel.
The public spaces echoed this fusion of modernity and historical nods, capturing the essence of the building’s heritage.
What I loved most was the fantastic American restaurant and bar right within the hotel. Beyond that, the nearby streets offered a plethora of dining options. Exploring the neighbourhood led me to discover Spokane’s finest bars, theatres, and eateries, all within a stroll.
My personal favorite? The fantastic American restaurant and bar within the hotel.
Delicious American dishes
Industrial-style boutique building
Themed after history of the hotel
Valet parking only
No fridge in guest rooms
The Montvale Hotel captivated me with its charm and tasteful styling. The central atrium welcomed natural light, glowing warmly throughout Downtown Spokane’s historic art nouveau building. Instead of mimicking the past, clever interiors embraced its legacy.
Restored extensively in 2005, it felt like a cozy boutique hotel, yet boasting amenities and dining options akin to grander establishments. Situated in the vibrant heart of Spokane’s entertainment district, its location was magnificent.
The rooms and suites perfectly balance polished elegance and cozy comfort. Every corner exuded a welcoming vibe, from the friendly public areas to the meticulously preserved original features complemented by modern furnishings.
One of my favorite aspects was the 24-hour coffee-tea bar and the relaxing atrium.
24-hour coffee-tea bar
Premium cable channels
Building is somewhat dated
A little noisy
The Davenport Tower, Autograph Collection
I entered the Davenport Tower in Downtown Spokane, another gem with the name of the renowned Davenport. From the outside, it appeared as a stark white structure, but within, Marriott had woven an intriguing tapestry of African safari motifs. The blend of wildlife designs and textures aimed for charisma, a fusion that intrigued me.
Washington State’s essence seeped through the spacious, comfortable rooms and suites. However, the artificial leopard-skin accents and rhinoceros artwork seemed a tad excessive.
Venturing into public spaces, the animal-skin fabrics, galloping giraffe paintings, and a conspicuous stuffed tiger (hopefully faux) adorned the surroundings. I half-expected a wildebeest herd or lurking crocodiles, but the excellent restaurant and delightful indoor pool were devoid of such surprises.
Despite the initially bland exterior, the hotel had embraced a robust and quirky identity. It was a gamble that offered a refreshing departure from ubiquitous corporate neutrality.
My favorite aspect was the unique safari-inspired décor and ambiance.
Luxury linens and custom-made furniture
Unique safari-inspired décor
Located in the center of downtown
Hot tub and indoor swimming pool
Parking is extra and pricey; Breakfast isn't included
No fridges in the room
Spokane Club Hotel
I adore the Spokane Club – one of my favorite places to stay while visiting Downtown Spokane. The grand building, standing tall since 1901, feels impressive, especially with the new extension linked by a footbridge.
Being just steps away from Downtown and close to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, it’s super convenient. The proximity to Riverfront Park and all the nearby eateries, bars, and entertainment options is fantastic.
With only 37 rooms and suites, the place exudes a classic American style, keeping many original features intact. The rich, comfortable tones of the furnishings make it a cozy haven.
The fantastic gym here offers a stunning view of the Spokane River through its vast windows. And can you believe it? They have an indoor swimming pool that’s so bright and inviting. There’s even an indoor running track and a sports court – talk about a complete package!
The food at the restaurant is top-notch, and the on-site delicatessen is perfect for grabbing quality snacks any time of the day. I loved sitting on the terrace, soaking in the views of the river – such a historic, refined, yet elegantly understated experience.
While visiting, I highly recommend enjoying the stunning view from the gym overlooking the Spokane River.
Indoor swimming pool and gym
10 minutes walk from Riverfront Park
Member-exclusive amenities only
Parking garage is 1.5 blocks away
Limited number of plugs in the room
The Davenport Lusso, Autograph Collection
Staying at the Davenport Lusso was such a treat. This hotel, fondly called Hotel Lusso, has a charming Greco-Roman theme that immediately caught my eye. The faux stone, pilasters, and intricate lion heads and urns added an elegant touch to the ambiance.
From the moment I stepped in, I felt at ease. The public areas, rooms, and suites were comfortable and incredibly comforting. The warm tones of deep gold and brown gave off this cozy vibe, especially with the ample natural light streaming through the large windows.
The location was perfect. Right by Riverfront Park, it made exploring Downtown Spokane a breeze. I loved quickly accessing the best shops, dining spots, and entertainment options. Plus, the craft ale house on-site was a gem. It offered delicious local beers and food, perfect for those lazy moments when I didn’t feel like venturing too far.
My favorite aspect was the craft ale house offering local beers and food.
Bikes available to rent
Housed in historic building
In-house grill restaurant
Wide selection of special drinks
Breakfast not included
The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection
I adore The Historic Davenport Hotel, a grand establishment that opened its doors in 1914 at the heart of Spokane. This place is my favorite, exuding elegance with its exceptional American architecture and a captivating interior design that blends a French château with a Venetian palace.
Nestled conveniently close to the Knitting Factory Concert House and Downtown’s vibrant restaurants and bars, it offers the perfect location to immerse oneself in Spokane’s urban culture. A short walk takes you to the scenic Riverfront Park, adding to its allure.
Stepping into the lobby feels like entering a world of luxury, with its ornate, classical decor adorning luxurious guest rooms and suites draped in aristocratic shades of brown and gold. Everywhere I look, a visual feast of grandeur feels perfect.
The hotel offers more than just a place to stay. It houses a full-service spa, salon, and a stunning indoor pool alongside a state-of-the-art gym. To unwind, there are three lounge bars, one boasting a delightful summer terrace overlooking the cityscape. As for dining, the options are abundant both within the hotel and just a stroll away. This place truly spoils you with choices!
One of my favorite places was the stunning indoor pool alongside a state-of-the-art gym.
High-rated spa and salon
Three in-house restaurants
Heated indoor swimming pool and gym
Can be expensive
Slight noise in rooms
SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Spokane Airport
Staying near the airport in Spokane was a smart move for me. SpringHill Suites were just a quick walk from the terminal. The suites were cozy and stylishly decorated with vibrant, modern furniture.
Despite being an airport hotel, they didn’t compromise on amenities. There was a 24/7 mini-market, a laid-back restaurant/bar, a gym, and a small indoor pool. Plus, the complimentary breakfast buffet was a great start to the day.
Marriott nailed the focus here—inside was where the magic happened. It was practical, functional, and oh-so-comfortable. A perfect spot to kick off or wrap up my time in Spokane.
One of my favorite aspects was the complimentary breakfast buffet—a great start to the day.
Small heated indoor pool
Close to the airport
Shower water pressure
Mirabeau Park Hotel, Spokane Valley
I found myself at the Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, nestled thirteen miles east, between Downtown Spokane and Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. The setting was serene—a low-rise resort-style spot with balconies overlooking charming gardens and a heated outdoor pool. While the hotel seemed a bit older, it was impressively well-kept.
The rooms and public spaces had a touch of that vintage feel, but they offered great bang for the buck. I particularly enjoyed the amenities—a pool, hot tub, fitness center, and restaurant that served delicious meals.
What made this spot shine was its location. With a car, I could easily explore 76 lakes, hit up five major ski areas, and tee off at 49 golf courses. It was just minutes from downtown Spokane, the Industrial Park, and numerous other attractions like Liberty Lake Technology Park, Spokane Valley Mall, and more. Not to mention, it was a hop away from Spokane International Airport.
Sure, it might not be the most thrilling spot you’ll find, but as far as honest, pocket-friendly stays go, this place ticks all the boxes.
Throughout my stay, I cherished the amenities—a pool, hot tub, fitness center, and restaurant.
Large heated outdoor pool
Low-rise peaceful building
Older yet well-maintained
Close to lakes and ski parks
Hotel feels a little dated
Lighting can improve in rooms
Hotel Ruby in Downtown Spokane stole my heart. It’s nestled amidst the vibrant city life, a stone’s throw from Riverfront Park and Spokane Falls. The energy of the historic Bing Crosby Theater and the Fox Theater dances across the street. I loved being within walking distance of fantastic restaurants, cozy coffee houses, and the bustling Spokane Arena.
This quirky gem, a renovated 1960s motor inn turned boutique hotel, is a burst of color and artistry. The rooms and suites were an invitation to embrace the surroundings rather than a directive. The on-site bar was a delightful addition, and I cherished the complimentary breakfast spread. Exploring was a breeze with the free cycle hire they offer.
My personal favorite? The quirky vibe and complimentary breakfast spread.
Funky & Hip hotel
Great room rates
Free cycle hire
Beautiful Riverfront Water Park nearby
May not be for everyone
Riverfront Park Travel Apartments
While staying at Riverfront Park Travel Apartments, I was impressed despite the slight letdown of not being right by the river or park. However, being just a short walk away compensated for that.
The 27 self-catering apartments, boasting one and two bedrooms, were an absolute delight. The interior and exterior were beautifully presented, blending modern, comfortable furnishings seamlessly with the historical charm of the building. And let me tell you, they were indeed fully equipped—I found a washer and dryer in each unit, a pleasant surprise.
What truly stood out was the location. Nestled amidst fantastic dining spots, wine bars, the Spokane Convention Center, the First Interstate Center for the Arts, and Riverfront Park, there was never a dull moment. It’s rare for a place to tick all the boxes, but this one did it perfectly.
While staying here, I loved the fully equipped apartments and their historical charm.
Parks only yards away
Great for outdoor lovers
Self-sustaining fully equipped apartments
Parking is not available
Turning Leaf Furnished Townhomes
Just six miles north of the city center lies one of my favorite places, the Turning Leaf Furnished Townhouses. Nestled in the Nevada-Lidgerwood district, this tranquil retreat boasts modern one and two-bedroom bungalows. Despite their slightly dated appearance, they’re efficient and cozy, complete with kitchenettes, separate living spaces, ceiling fans, and even jetted bathtubs.
What I love about this spot is its family-friendly vibe, perfect for extended stays. Each accommodation offers comfort and free access to an athletic club. Picture this: a lap pool, saunas, sports courts, an aerobics center, and weights—all at your disposal.
Surrounded by convenience, there are shops within walking distance. Whitworth University and Ace’s Casino are just a stone’s throw away. And the real treat? The breathtaking lakes and scenery of eastern Washington and northern Idaho are just a short drive away. The drive to Canada is two hours, so it’s worth carrying your passport if you feel like an impromptu road trip.
Fully-equipped kitchenettes & Jetted bathtubs
Free access to athletic club
Shops within walking distance
Marginal maintenance is needed
Slight noise in rooms
Best Hotels in Spokane Ranked
The top 15 cool and fun hotels in Spokane are ranked in the table below.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|The Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection||333 West Spokane Falls Boulevard||$283-$311||Yes||0.2||3|
|Ruby River Hotel, Spokane||700 North Division Street||$205-$216||Yes||0.5||3|
|Centennial Hotel, Spokane||303 West North River Drive||$158||Yes||0.2||3|
|Oxford Suites Spokane, Downtown||115 West North River Drive||$182-$283||Yes||0.4||3|
|Hotel Indigo Spokane Downtown, an IHG Hotel||110 S. Madison St.||$168-$418||Yes||0.5||3|
|Montvale Hotel||1005 West 1st Avenue||$152-$271||Yes||0.55||3|
|The Davenport Tower, Autograph Collection||111 South Post Street||$193-$384||Yes||0.5||3|
|Spokane Club Hotel||1002 West Riverside Avenue||$141-$235||Yes||0.55||3|
|The Davenport Lusso, Autograph Collection||111 South Post Street||$193-$384||Yes||0.5||3|
|The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection||10 South Post Street, Spokane||$216-$236||Yes||0.5||1|
|SpringHill Suites by Marriott||8967 West Airport Drive||$210||Yes||10.0||1|
|Mirabeau Park Hotel||1100 North Sullivan Road||$194-$216||No||17.0||3|
|Hotel Ruby||901 West 1st Avenue||$130-$179||No||0.6||3|
|Riverfront Park Travel Apartments||218 North Bernard Street||$175-$213||No||0.25||3|
|Turning Leaf Furnished Townhomes||20 East Pine Ridge Court #7||$285||Yes||8.0||3|
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