Status summary field for Deals Dashboard or single-object deal report

Currently I'm using Excel to manage deals as it gives me the flexibility to see the latest status of deals on one page. Ideally I would like to move deal tracking to Hubspot, but one thing I miss is a field for a concise update on the latest status. One way to address this would be including a link to the latest note. Alternatively a status field. I could create create a custom field, but I would want to see the date it was last updated and a change history of that field so I could check how the status had changed over time.