The original Mt. Hood Hotel dates back to 1888, the year the town of Hood River founded. Strategically adjacent to the railroad depot, the hotel formed the social center of Hood River. It was where explorers and settlers alike conducted business, gathered together, ate, drank, and slept.
As word spread throughout the country of the town’s successful fruit industry and scenic beauty, the town began to boom. Finally in 1912, the Mt. Hood Hotel expanded with an Annex. This building is what’s now today’s Hood River Hotel.