by Courtney Elko
When you enter the lobby of the Historic Davenport, it may first appear too opulent or rich with history that children would not be welcome, but the opposite is true. Children are welcome to run around the marble fountain situated in the center of the lobby while parents lounge on the oversized lobby furniture that appears as if it was plucked from a 1920s furniture shop. Kids are greeted with a scavenger hunt, too, so they can explore all the history that the hotel has to offer. The kids will be busy for hours trying to find the many hidden treasures within this historic hotel. (Look for “Will You Marry Me” carved discreetly into the wood trim on the second-floor atrium. No one knows who the suiter was, or if she said yes!). And make sure to take a selfie in the Selfie Nook located in the lobby.
The Historic Davenport first opened in 1914 and was a grand hotel for visitors of Spokane. It was the first hotel in the United States to have air conditioning and a pipe organ. It was always full, even when there weren’t any rooms available. World War II veterans were also always welcome to stay at no charge and if there were no rooms available, they were happy to sleep in the lobby on a cot.
Unfortunately, after hotel owner Louis Davenport sold the hotel in the 1950s, it soon fell into disarray and eventually became abandoned in 1985. But in 2000, couple Walt and Karen Worthy saved the history-laden building from the wrecking ball. They purchased the property and brought it back to its glory after an extensive, two-year renovation and restoration.
Now, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic Davenport reopened in 2002 and could be considered an even more beautiful hotel today. The spacious guestrooms and suites were completely gutted (except for one historic gem) and modernized to suit the needs of families, complete with Wi-Fi. Families will love to hang out by the indoor pool after a day exploring Spokane and can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at any of the onsite restaurants.
This historic hotel will have the adults daydreaming about another era of luxury while the kids won’t skip a beat finding modern-day fun around every corner.
Our Editor Loves
- Filled with history and stories
- Large suites
- Pet friendly
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
There are 284 guestrooms and suites, which were constructed from the ground up during the two-year restoration project. The original hotel had 500 rooms, presumably much smaller than today's standards. Cribs, rollaway beds and connecting rooms are available upon request. The daily resort fee includes bottled water and Wi-Fi access.
The guestrooms feature one king or two queen beds, which are framed in carved mahogany wood from Indonesia. There is a flat-screen television and coffeemaker; a mini-fridge is available upon request. The bathroom features both a stand-up shower and a tub. There are outlets and USB outlets positioned next to the beds.
The large suites feature a separate living room area with a sleeper sofa, mini-fridge, large counter space with a sink, coffeemaker and a microwave. There are two flat-screen televisions, and a king bed is situated in a separate bedroom area. The bathroom features both a stand-up shower and a tub. There are outlets and USB outlets positioned next to the beds.
The Circus Room, located on the 7th floor, is the only original hotel room that was kept in the restoration. The oversized guestroom features two king beds with the mahogany wood bed frames. There is also a large window seat that overlooks downtown Spokane; colorful, balloon-like light fixtures; a sleeper sofa; flat-screen television; coffeemaker; and a stand-up shower in the bathroom.
The bonus to the Circus Room is the original circus-themed, three-dimensional mural that covers the walls. The stucco or plaster-like mural depicts all the fun of the circus with elephants, clowns, horse and carriages, circus ring masters and more. Hotel Owner Louis Davenport constructed the room for his friend, Harper Joy, who was a part time circus performer. Joy and Davenport are even depicted in the mural and during the restoration, new hotel owners Walt and Karen Worthy were added as well.
Another piece of history remains within the mural, too. The centerpiece of the mural -- which shows several national flags above circus wagons -- was defaced by Davenport himself during World War II. Davenport scratched out the Japanese and German flags during a time when they were considered enemies of the United States.
The indoor pool is a great place for kids to splash and for parents to relax. Chairs surround the pool deck and room service can be delivered here. The pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and pool towels are provided. Restrooms are located just outside the pool area as well, and the elevator goes directly from the guestrooms to the pool.
Families will love to take the hotel's bikes out for a spin. The paved, 40-mile Centennial Trail and Riverfront Park are only a short distance away from the hotel.
Kids will love playing detective with the history scavenger hunt they are provided at check-in. Candy-making demonstrations also take place in the lobby on the weekends and during the Christmas season, there are lots of holiday-themed treats and events that take place at the hotel.
Open for dinner, this smart casual, onsite restaurant allows you to sit overlooking the streets of downtown Spokane or under the high glass ceilings of the hotel's lobby.
Palm Court Grill
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this onsite restaurant offers a menu of steak and fish, among many other menu items.
The onsite Starbucks cafe is located in the lobby and offers all the coffee-chain favorites. Starbucks is open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will love to sip their drink in the historically restored lobby.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel, bottled water refreshed daily and use of the hotel's bicycles and strollers.
Valet and self-parking in a garage across the street are available for a fee. Electric car charging stations are also available.
The onsite boutique shop features jewelry, clothing and the hotel's own linens and delicious peanut brittle. The hotel's mattresses are for sale, too!
This original flower shop will have guests wanting to fill their rooms with blooms.
The fitness center, located on the hotel's lower level next to the pool, features cardio and weight machines.
Pets are welcome to stay here for an additional fee.
There are four hotels included in the Davenport Hotel Group, and guests of any of the hotels are welcome to use the amenities at another Davenport Hotel they may not be staying in.
The Art of Smart Timing
The summer and Christmas seasons are the busy times of year at the Historic Davenport Hotel, but really it can be busy all year.
Spokane International Airport is less than 15 minutes from this hotel.
The Historic Davenport is situated in the center of downtown Spokane, making it convenient for guests to walk to numerous restaurants, shops, Riverfront Park and Centennial Trail.
For Mom and Dad
A rooftop terrace with lots of cozy chairs features an excellent view of Spokane and sits on the 4th floor of the hotel. It's perfect for parents who can manage to sneak away for a bit.
The full-service spa and salon is located in the lower level of the hotel. Parents can enjoy some pampering with any number of the available treatments.