The Chinook Winds Hotel consists of two large building complexes: budget accommodations without balcony and a smaller deluxe building of small suites with balcony and spa and exercise room. We stayed in the deluxe room since it was only $125 with casino player's card. The exterior of the building is underwhelming but the room is amazing: large, modern and nicely appointed with 2 LED TVs, fireplace, separate dinning and bedroom area, and balcony overlooking the beach. I've stayed in hotels that cost three times as much and were not nearly as nice. And, yes, it was squeaky clean and quiet save for the pounding of the Pacific and the cries of gulls.
This place is all about long walks on the beach and basically a hop and skip from the room and, bam, you're treading sand. The beach is every bit as nice as Seaside but with far fewer humans.
Of course the 800 pound gorilla in the room is the Chinook Winds Casino, about a 5 minute walk across the parking lot (they have shuttles on call as well). If you can control yourself and stay out of the casino, this is a great hotel and location for a relaxing vacation. My brief time in the casino was somewhat soured by security stopping me from taking pictures. I shoot inside Vegas casinos all the time but apparently Indian casinos forbid it due to superstition or fear. Not sure as the guard wouldn't tell me. Also, unlike Vegas, no free alcoholic beverages for players. Finally, the Chinook was the tightest casino I have ever played in. Nobody ever seemed to win.
My main purpose when I walked in the casino was to visit the buffet. It was terrible. The worse I have ever had. Twenty minutes away Spirit Mountain has one of the best buffets in the state so you'd think the Chinook would try harder.
Basically the Chinook hotel has a great location, killer view, wonderful rooms but a poor buffet and casino. I'd stay there again to enjoy the beach but will stay out of the casino.
- Also Known As:
- Chinook Winds Resort