Nestled in the heart of central Washington, a 59-room boutique hotel sits in historic downtown Ellensburg. Recently opened in January of 2020, Hotel Windrow blends stellar hospitality, urban luxury and preserved history into an unparalleled experience for its guests.
The name Hotel Windrow is inspired by central Washington’s rural landscape. Hay farmers labor over fields throughout the growing season, then cut their crops into long “windrows.” These rows force hay into a necessary period of rest. The Hotel Windrow team applied this concept to their hotel as rest is crucial to being successful.
Hotel Windrow is committed to their guests’ relaxation and it shows in how much effort and decision making went into their amenities. The beds themselves make staying at Hotel Windrow a memorable occasion.
In addition to the beautifully rebuilt historic building, now known as Hotel Windrow, the hotel also has two in-house restaurants. Basalt features an exhibition kitchen, craft cocktails and the “Top of the Burg” rooftop bar. Located at the base of the hotel’s atrium lobby, Basalt combines high-end food by acclaimed Executive Chef Kelley Cook with flavors inspired by the region. Basalt is open all year round for hotel guests and Ellensburg visitors and locals to experience elevated cuisine. No matter the occasion, everyone is welcome to experience the delicious bites and drinks from Basalt.
Basalt recently launched a Wednesday night special; Flights, Pies & Pints. Every Wednesday at $25 a person, guests will start by picking 3 on-tap beer tastings of their choice for the flight. Guests will then pick a personal, wood-fire baked pizza from the menu. Lastly, guests will choose their favorite beer from the flight lineup to enjoy a pint with their pie.
Top Of The Burg
Although Top of the Burg is only open seasonally, when it is open the breathtaking panoramic views of the Kittitas Valley are unbeatable.
Adjacent to Hotel Windrow, the historic Elks Building displays a 130×70 foot rooftop mural created by local Thorp, Washington artist, Justin Gibbens. This piece can be seen as guests indulge in small bites and bar service at Top of the Burg.
Hotel Windrow also just opened Back 40; a more casual dining experience featuring craveable comfort food, buckets of brews and the perfect place to catch a Seahawks game. Back 40 is also open seasonally as it is outside, however, this new space will definitely be successful for visitors and residents alike.
Hotel Windrow also offers additional amenities including event spaces. The renovated 3,000 square feet Elks Grand Ballroom is perfect for larger dinners, networking events, parties, reunions or weddings.
The hotel also has smaller spaces for upcoming conferences and business meetings to book as well.
One of my favorite things about Hotel Windrow is how the owners and staff pay extra attention to the small details. Many of the amenities and products used in the rooms, restaurants and event spaces come from local and/or regional sources; making the experience very authentic. Also, the proximity to downtown Ellensburg is a plus too!
Next time you are looking for a special getaway, think Hotel Windrow!
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