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This beautifully designed hotel is in the perfect location in Astoria - coffee, shopping, and restaurants are all within walking distance.
This is a small, boutique hotel in downtown Astoria, mere blocks from the best microbreweries, hip coffee houses and small cafes and eateries. The Norblad is among the most tastefully renovated early 20th century hotels I’ve ever visited, here or abroad.
I came to see this hotel as a minimalist work of art - why aren't all hotels like this?
This hotel is one of the reasons I fell in love with this town.
They put a lot of care into the amenities they offer. Some of the showers/bathrooms are shared - but single use - and spotless! This hotel totally changed my mind on shared bathrooms.
WHAT WE OFFER
INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND THOUGHTFULLY RESTORED, THE NORBLAD WAS BUILT IN 1923 AND IS THE LONGEST RUNNING HOTEL IN ASTORIA. THIS MINIMAL 17 ROOM HOTEL IS INTENTIONALLY CURATED WITH VALUE IN MIND. EACH ROOM FEATURES CAREFULLY CHOSEN FINISHES, WITH HIGH-QUALITY PIECES THROUGHOUT WHILE KEEPING THE FEEL LAID-BACK AND COMFORTABLE.
THE NORBLAD HOTEL IS TRULY IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN ASTORIA - SITUATED WITHIN ONE-BLOCK OF:
FORT GEORGE BREWERY
BLUE SCORCHER CAFE
REACH BREAK BREWING
BRIDGE & TUNNEL BOTTLESHOP
PILOT HOUSE DISTILLERY
DOE & ARROW
STREET 14 COFFEE
THE HISTORY OF THE NORBLAD HOTEL
A.C. Miller and J.H. Jeffers, proprietors of the Sunflower Diary, hired architect John E. Wicks to design a two-story business block. On November 1923, a ten-year lease on the second floor was signed with George F. Norblad and, in January, the Norblad Hotel opened its doors. The Bank of Commerce moved their new headquarters into the building and opened on February 28, 1924. This building is significant for its connection to architect John E. Wicks and its contribution to the historic streetscape through its quality of design and attention to detail. This building is rare in that it has two doorways with terra cotta surrounds. The glass and pressed tin awning was considered the finest in the area. The building is also significant for its incorporation of a hotel, a common trend during the period.
In the fall of 2007, Paul Caruana and a business partner purchased the Norblad building, whose hotel was operating under a different name. The new owners saw an opportunity to not only revitalize the building itself, but the hotel as well. They sought to do more than simply create a branded hotel within a historic building. The owners wanted to bring a sense of subtle modernity that complimented and celebrated the architect's design of the building, while providing travelers with all the amenities they need and less of what they don't.
They managed extensive renovations to the interior and exterior, yet maintained the original floor plan, retained and restored historical fabrics, and kept many authentic pieces throughout - including apron sinks, crystal doorknobs, and the original check-in desk. The hotel was also fitted with new marble showers for the Euro-styled rooms and a community kitchen was added. The idea was to cultivate a community atmosphere within the hotel but one that also extended to the town itself. Caruana acquired the property outright in 2017 and continues to further this vision for the building and the hotel. The Norblad Hotel remains the oldest hotel still operating in the oldest settlement west of the Rockies.
The owner, Paul Caruana, is inspired by everything around him - from travel and architecture to art, design, clothing, and the people he meets. His ever-expanding catalogue of inspirations provides him with an endless source of insight, ideas, and concrete plans that feed the collaborative process and make each project exciting and unique.
Paul was born with an affinity for precision in all forms. He spent his youth around construction and real estate development which helped advance his innate abilities and started him on the road to developing a strong sense of craftsmanship and artistry that is all his own. His journey has taken him from small residential undertakings to ambitious award-winning commercial projects, and he hasn't stopped learning yet.
To learn more about Paul Caruana, click here.
*Primary photo courtesy of Amelia Hatcher