Residence Inn by Marriott (8005 N.E. Parkway Dr., Orchards, 360/253-4800 or 800/331-3131, www.residenceinn.com, $159 s or $189 d) has apartment-style rooms with kitchens and fireplaces, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, and airport shuttle.
The Heathman Lodge (7801 N.E. Greenwood Dr., 360/254-3100 or 888/475-3100, www.heathmanlodge.com, $119–159 s or d) is not affiliated with the über-luxurious Heathman Hotel across the Columbia in Portland, but it is one of the nicest hotels in Vancouver. It features spacious rooms and rustic lodge-style touches like wood beams, leather lampshades, and handcrafted furniture, as well as modern comforts like an indoor pool and complete exercise facility.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel (701 S.E. Columbia Shores Blvd., 360/750-1100 or 800/225-5466, www.homewood-suites.com, $169 s or d) is a luxurious business hotel right on the Columbia River with kitchen suites.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition