by Courtney Elko
When guests enter the pet-friendly Hotel RL in Spokane, it’s easy to see that it’s not your “typical” hotel lobby and offers more of a town center or coffee shop vibe. The Living Stage, a stadium-type seating area decorated with fun pillows, overlooks a small stage where live music is often performed. Guests can hang out in the space, while charging devices because there are plenty of outlets and USB outlets tucked into the benches. Along with live music, lectures, performances and hands-on demonstrations also take place on the Living Stage.
On the opposite side of the Living Stage is an even more fun seating area that the kids will love. There are large bean bag chairs and hanging cocoon swings in what looks like an indoor campsite.
No matter the weather here, families can go swimming. The outdoor resort-style pool features a waterslide and lifeguard, while the indoor pool area features a hot tub. The Summer Concert Series features live, outdoor musical performances on the weekends and families can use the hotel’s free bicycles to tour around the nearby Riverfront Park or Centennial Trial.
The spacious guestrooms and suites feature warm hardwood floors, views overlooking the Spokane River and free Wi-Fi. The onsite restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and craft coffee is always available in the cafÃ©. If you’re looking for something more than the “typical” chain hotel when visiting Spokane, this is your spot.
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- Free bikes
- Resort-style pool with waterslide
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 400 guestrooms and suites, in three different towers at Hotel RL, and all of the rooms feature a refrigerator, microwave, complimentary Wi-Fi and bottled water. Cribs are available upon request.
The guestrooms feature full, queen and king beds, a flat-screen television and warm hardwood floors. A cool, Spokane mural can be found on the wall and sliding glass doors open up to a patio or balcony in some of the rooms. A shower and tub can be found in the bathroom.
The spacious suites feature a separate living room area, multiple flat-screen televisions and warm hardwood floors; some offer a Murphy bed or a sleeper sofa. A dining table or fireplace can also be found in some of the suites. A shower and tub can be found in the bathroom. A powder room is also found in some of the suites.
The front desk attendant, McKenna, gave us a high, good view room. L’Occitane bathroom amenities greatly appreciated! The service at the Starbucks in the Lobby was absent for over 5 minutes and rude when she got there.
My bf and I travel a lot, and this was hands down the worst “accessible” room we’ve ever stayed in. The only reason I’m giving 2 stars is because I feel we were compensated very fairly, and Heather really listened and cared about our struggles with the room.
First, the entryway closest to our room is not ADA compliant. There’s no button to push for auto-open, and it’s a quite heavy swing out door with awkward rails- same with the inside. Had my bf not been there, I would’ve had to wheel myself up the steep incline to the main lobby, somehow open the large doors myself, and then take the elevator down to the 1st floor and down a hallway.
Secondly, it was not the size advertised- which was the main reason I chose the room; when I see the claim, “larger than most rooms...,” that’s what I expect. They advertise the room at 337sf, but when measured, only came out to approximately 200sf (including the awkward hallway, bathroom and main area). I could barely get my wheelchair into the room (aisle was about 28”, ADA requires 32” minimum for doorways and 36” for access aisles), there was no way to turn my wheelchair around once in the room (had to back all the way out or have bf fold up my wc and lift it up and over the corner of the bed) and I kept scraping my knuckles on the walls since I didn’t have enough space- unlike what the pictures deceivingly depict. The space on one side of the bed was only about 22” and it was an *extremely* tight squeeze to fit between the bed and the cabinet in front of the bed.
Thirdly, the bathroom was a far cry from “accessible.” Pictures online show a large bathroom with roll in shower, a toilet with vertical and horizontal grab bars and plenty of space to move around. What we got was a toilet with a single horizontal grab bar BEHIND the toilet, causing me to embarrassingly have to ask for assistance to get up and a roll in shower so small and with a bench so awkwardly placed that it rendered the single shower I took extremely unenjoyable and risky, as I flooded part of the main floor because I was hanging out of the shower from the awkward placement of said shower bench.
Finally, for having to pay a “resort” fee AND a parking fee, I expected better than a view of the parking lot and hardly any parking to no parking. We were constantly forced to play the “drop off & pick up” game because there was no accessible parking after 11pm- other disabled guests parked in access aisles where there were no spots, creating a difficult entry to the hotel. Pictures online also showed a view of the city and pool- HA. That was not the case with our room; we were shoved into a lower level like disabled people usually are- apparently we’re not worthy enough for a view like advertised. There was nothing “resort-like” about this hotel except maybe the lobby and landscaping.
As I said before, Heather was great and listened to our concerns and fairly compensated us, but I’d expect that with the building being recently remodeled that it would be in compliance with the ADA- the law has been around for almost 30 years and I’ve stayed at plenty of other hotels that were up to par, so there are no excuses. I don’t expect that this hotel will fix their “accessible” rooms anytime soon, so I urge extreme caution when considering booking this hotel if you have a disability that impacts your mobility.
Families will be delighted by this resort-style pool in Spokane. A large patio area surrounds the pool, which overlooks Spokane River and Spokane Falls. The kids will love the waterslide and the adults will love relaxing on the lounge chairs. There is a lifeguard on duty from 10 a.m. to dusk from Memorial Day to Labor Day; the waterslide is only open when the lifeguard is on duty). Pool towels are provided. A snack shop offering things like hot dogs is situated poolside, too.
Guests are welcome to use the complimentary bicycles to pedal over to Riverfront Park or the Centennial Trail, which are not far away from the hotel.
Summer Concert Series
Next to the pool area, families will find a large patio area with a stage that features live musical performances. The Summer Concert Series is offered on Friday and Saturday nights from June to August. A fire pit and Adirondack chairs can be found nearby and an entrance to Riverfront Park is only a short walk or bike ride away.
No matter the weather in Spokane, families can enjoy the swimming pool and hot tub inside. The indoor pool is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and pool towels are provided.
A few different dining options are offered here. Families can sit down at the restaurant or outside on the patio, order from the restaurant, but enjoy meals in your room or pick something up from the grab-and-go area as you head out to explore Spokane.
Simply called The Restaurant, this place offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open from 6 a.m. to midnight, families will love the large communal tables inside or the outside patio seating that overlooks the outdoor pool and Spokane Falls.
Victrola Coffee Roasters
Free Victrola Coffee (Seattle's craft coffee) is always available in the lobby. One complimentary, high-end cup is offered to each guest daily and then the full service coffee cafÃ© also offers snacks, grab-and-go items and more coffee drinks.
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Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The hotel shuttle is available to take guests to the airport or anywhere within a 2-mile radius. The standard transportation vans are used, but if you're lucky, you may get to ride in the retro "hippie" van (fully equipped with standard seat belts).
Free parking is available.
A cool and large fitness center with a great view of the Spokane River features cardio machines with personal TV screens and weight machines. Water and gym towels are provided.
Pets are welcome to stay here for an additional fee.
The Art of Smart Timing
June through September is the peak season for this hotel. However, April and May can be busy with guests attending conventions or children's sports events in the area. November through January is usually the quieter season for Hotel RL.
The Spokane International Airport is less than 15 minutes away from this hotel.
Hotel RL is situated in downtown Spokane and within walking or biking distance to Riverfront Park and Centennial Trail. The hotel's shuttle is a convenient mode of transportation, as well as taxis. A vehicle is needed to venture further outside of downtown Spokane.