Hardwood flooring in front entrance?

Q: Is it wise to put good quality oak hardwood flooring in a front entrance ( 9′ x 7.5′) and up the 7 stairs to the main level? We have very expensive tile on the floors now and carpeting on the stairs and main floor.

We were trying to keep some semblance of continuity by putting it all in hardwood. We use this entrance 95% of the time.

A: The main issue in my view is how much water (snow and rain) will be walked into this entrance? If that is not an issue then you should be fine if the floor is well finished.