The Hotel was first built in 1910 to serve the travelers, ranchers, and early railroad business clientele. Since 1980, the building has not been a hotel but rather several other businesses.
The current owner, along with three friends, purchased the building in 2005 with the idea of bringing the building back to its original purpose: a comfortable, cozy hotel to not only serve the needs of the traveling public but worthy of being a destination in and of itself. This goal was reached when Historic Hotel Prairie opened its doors to its first guests on July 24, 2008.
The atmosphere of the lobby beckons guests to relax and linger in the comfortable sitting areas. Read, ponder your next adventure, or imagine living in days long past as you view historical photos of local families and scenes that line the lobby and hallways of the Hotel.
The historic photos throughout the Hotel emphasize the importance of the people of Prairie City’s past. You will find photos of some of Prairie City’s past miners, ranchers, loggers and businessmen on our walls.
Guests will understand what has made Prairie City the wonderful small town it is today. Having restored a Hotel that had an important role in the history of Prairie City, the owners now hope to guide the Hotel into an important role in the economic future of this rural town.
Historic Hotel Prairie is a non-smoking hotel offering nine rooms, including a spacious one-bedroom suite. All have private, tile baths. The Hotel features two ADA rooms on the first level. In addition to a spacious lobby, the Hotel features an outdoor garden sitting area for gatherings or peaceful reading.
While relaxing in the history inspired ambiance, you can watch cable television or monitor email using the secure WiFi provided by the Hotel. In addition, a masseuse operates from the Hotel; what better reward after a busy day than enjoying a massage!
Hotel Prairie is the place to stay while enjoying the recreational opportunities of John Day. Situated about mid-way on the Oregon Scenic Byway ‘Journey through Time‘, Prairie City offers many scenic and recreational opportunities.
Nearby you can explore the John Day River and Valley, the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness with lakes and waterfalls; the Hotel stocks bicycle, motorcycle and hiking guides for your use. Other sites include the DeWitt Museum, Kam Wah Chung Museum, John Day Fossil Beds and Thomas Condon Interpretive Center and should not be missed.
With such a wide variety of outdoor activities, all enthusiasts are invited to spend their nights in a comfortable hotel after long days of enjoying the beautiful area.
The Hotel is located on Front Street in Prairie City; a location that makes eateries, antique stores, gift shops, drug and hardware store, and fishing and hunting information all within two blocks.