A pool with a view of Yosemite Falls // © 2015 Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Feature image (above): Salish Lodge & Spa is set over the Snoqualmie Falls and just a short drive from Seattle. // © 2015 Salish Lodge & Spa
While ocean and city views offer undeniable beauty, it’s only so long before your clients say “been there, done that.” Keep things fresh by suggesting a stay at one of these hotels, each of which boasts a jaw-dropping view of a world-famous waterfall.
Following are three favorites that don’t skimp on bedside views.
Salish Lodge & Spa and the Snoqualmie Falls
Just a short drive from Seattle, this hotel has 84 elegant guestrooms inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Salish Lodge & Spa combines the area’s natural assets with man-made luxury: Your client can enjoy a warm fire, a jetted spa tub and a pillow selected from a six-choice menu while the Snoqualmie River flows on just outside the window.
For ultimate serenity, suggest a visit to the lodge’s hidden terrace, an enclosed room with floor-to-ceiling windows and an unparalleled view of the Snoqualmie Falls, where yoga is offered daily and couples massages are offered by appointment.
Salish’s two dining options both boast scenic views of the falls while serving up homegrown food, locally brewed beer and an extensive wine list featuring the property’s own private label. The Dining Room serves gourmet dinners as well as a four-course country breakfast while The Attic specializes in mouth-watering cocktails and wood-fired pizzas.
The Tower Hotel and the Niagara Falls
A few miles across the Canada-United States Border in Ontario lies The Tower Hotel, a boutique hotel and architectural gem that stands quite literally above the big franchises lining Fallsview Boulevard. What the hotel lacks in amenities, it makes up for in views: Each guestroom has massive windows through which clients will enjoy either a city view or an unrivaled view of the falls.
The in-house restaurant, Marilyn’s Bistro and Lounge, offers an innovative menu that features “Leading Roles,” instead of main courses, served in a casual environment, as well as an upscale bar with live music and a signature cocktail list. Named after Marilyn Monroe, the restaurant offers funky decor and awesome views of the Niagara Gorge, located just 525 feet below.
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and the Yosemite Falls
The closest property to Yosemite Falls, this newly remodeled lodge uses huge windows, indigenous landscaping and wooden details to make each room feel like a natural extension of Yosemite Valley.
Your client won’t have to look far for adventure —the trail to the 2,425-foot high Yosemite Falls starts just across the street and can be traversed via foot, horse or mule. For those who’d rather enjoy the view from a distance, the falls can be seen right from the lodge’s own swimming pool. Plus, an on-property amphitheater hosts naturalist programs year-round in addition to showing movies in the summer.
But, the best way to enjoy the falls is by gazing at it over a world-class dinner at the in-house restaurant, Mountain Room, open nightly. Executive chef Michael Gover specializes in serving up delectable dishes prepared with local, organic ingredients.