The Society Hotel debuts second property in Bingen in converted schoolhouse


The Society Hotel has opened its second property in Washington, converting an old schoolhouse into a new boutique.

The Society Hotel Bingen has been created by Waechter Architecture and Blossom Design, who worked in partnership to renovate the 80-year-old schoolhouse into a new hotel with spa, bathhouse, library, café and 10 bedrooms.

Original features such as the students’ old green lockers have been retained in the main guest hall, as well as the maple floors and existing lighting.

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The schoolhouse itself houses 10 private bedrooms themed by class subjects, and two hostel-style rooms with custom triple bunkbeds.

20 private cabins also encircle the schoolhouse at the centre of the property.

“One of our primary goals was to design a hotel that not only felt connected to the Gorge, but amplified people’s experience of it,” said principal architect, Ben Waechter. “It’s exciting to stand within the hotel and cabins today and feel the complementary dialogue between the two.”

Property owner, Jessica Burke, added: “The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is one of the country’s natural gems, and we created [the hotel] to be both a basecamp for exploring the region, plus a relaxing escape for those who want to rest, relax and recharge without leaving the property.”

The Society Hotel Oregon, Portland opened in July 2017 in a former sailor lodge, aimed at ‘design-conscious travellers on a budget’.  

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