While Oregon offers 363 miles of Pacific coastline and ample accommodation options in coastal cities large and small, only a limited number of hotels occupy coveted spots directly on the oceanfront. These include golf resorts, boutique hotels and small inns, a handful of which are especially notable for their award-winning hospitality, family-friendly facilities, exceptional luxury or special theme.
Sylvia Beach Hotel
The family-owned Sylvia Beach Hotel is designed specifically for book-lovers seeking an escape from noise and distractions. The property, which sits on a 45-foot bluff over the Pacific, is characterized by a complete absence of televisions, radios, Internet access and in-room telephones. Its reading room offers a fireplace, overstuffed chairs and a well-stocked library of books and board games, as well as tea and coffee all day and hot spiced wine in the evenings. The book theme continues with the guest room categories: budget-friendly "Novel" rooms; mid-priced "Best Sellers"; and "Classics," rooms with fireplaces and decks directly over the surf. Each room is individually named for a renowned author. Most rooms offer views of the coast with the Yaquina Head Lighthouse in the distance. A sense of community among guests is established by the family-style meals served in the dining room.
The Stephanie Inn is located on Cannon Beach overlooking Haystack Rock, a natural landmark of coastal Oregon. The boutique hotel, which takes inspiration from a New England country inn, was awarded four diamonds by AAA for the 15th consecutive year in 2010. It boasts ocean views from every guest room, as well as luxurious features like fireplaces, whirlpool bathtubs and LCD-screen televisions. Four private, secluded suites are located in the separate Carriage House. Guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet in the dining room, which is open nightly for four-course dinners prepared with locally sourced, seasonal produce.
Overleaf Lodge is a beachfront hotel in the small coastal town of Yachats. Guests have a choice of four room and two suite categories, all boasting panoramic ocean views. There is also a two-bedroom apartment available, which is steps from the main resort and the beach. The Grand Pacific Suites feature two bedrooms, a three-way fireplace in the living room, a full kitchen with granite counters and a jetted tub with a rainfall shower; the one-bedroom Sunset Suites have kitchenettes and fireplaces. The guest rooms, which are named Restless Waters, Inglenook, Cook's Galley and Whale Watcher, offer either a balcony, patio or picture window, and most feature a fireplace. Guests have access to a fitness room and the soaking pool, hot tub, steam rooms and saunas of the on-site day spa.
The Coho Oceanfront Lodge
The Coho Oceanfront Lodge in Lincoln City, Oregon, is a boutique hotel with retro-modern, coastal-inspired decor. Its suites and studios feature ocean views, colorful sea-themed wall art, spa robes and eco-friendly bath products. Contemporary in-room amenities include 32-inch LCD-screen televisions, HD DVD players and iPod docks. Some rooms have a fireplace, balcony or jetted bathtub. The lodge welcomes families with special kids' suites equipped with video game systems and a separate children's room with a bunk bed. On-site facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a fitness center. A continental breakfast is included with room rates, and complimentary home-baked cookies are provided, as well as a wine social every Wednesday.
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