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When A Hotel Ride Is A Hotel RIDE

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September 3, 2014 at 7:25 AM | by | ()

There are rides, and then there are Rides. This is definitely a Ride.

This is a 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne and it’s the house car at the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, Oregon. One of the house cars, to be precise – there’s also this 1937 Studebaker:

The vintage cars come complete with chauffeur, and will ferry you in and out of town for free on weekend nights. You don’t have to reserve a slot, though it’s recommended – we didn’t, and had to wait an hour or so until there was space.

Usually, there’s only one car running per night, though if it’s not the one you want, you can ask nicely if they’ll bring out the other one for you. We tried the Chevy, though Dick, the Cannery Pier chauffeur, normally prefers the Studebaker (more power for racing around the streets of Astoria).

Your other options for getting to the town center aren’t bad, either – you can walk along the Columbia River, under the Astoria-Megler Bridge, or get the tram. But obviously the Chevy is best. Also, a million times more stylish than the look-at-me Mercedes/BMWs/Rollers that most luxury hotels tend to break out, but that's another story.

[Photos: Julia Buckley for HotelChatter]

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