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“Wonderful room & view but stay out of the casino...” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1501 NW 40th Place, Lincoln City, OR 97367 (Formerly Shilo Inn)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 36 Hotels in Lincoln City
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“Wonderful room & view but stay out of the casino...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We enjoyed this location. The staff was very nice. Accommodations comfortable. Great view of the beach and easy access to lots of things. Wasn't really WOWed but don't have any complaints.

The restaurant on site is phenomenal!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank BobandJoP
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Danville, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in rm 204 of the 4 story building next to the beach. After reading some of the reviews, we were apprehensive of what the hotel rm would be like. It is far away from the casino building. The room was large with a separate living room containing a sink g table, gas switch fireplace, refrigerator, and great views of the beach and ocean right off the balcony. We had a king sized bed that was very comfortable for our short stay. We had two 32" flat screen TVs . Bathrooms were clean and had granite-look corian counters. Separate sinks and vanities. This was a junior suite at $165 after getting a player card first and our AAA membership. Carpet throughout in very clean and met expectations for a decent hotel room. We were her at the end of August

  • Stayed August 2013
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in D-376. It was 59.99 and you get what you paid for. The room was as small as an average bedroom... Maybe even smaller. Yes, the walls are thin.. Only because there is only one door separating you from your neighbor. There were four rooms per section... Really small! The plus side? The bed was comfy... And it's right on the beach.

  • Stayed August 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is a late review of our summer 2012 road trip. We began traveling south on the Pacific Coast. Our first stop was the Chinook Winds, as my wife loves the slots. The hotel was spread out over a number of buildings. We roamed the beach, just outside of our door. It was a little chillier than the weather at home in Daytona Beach, FL. The view was very scenic, and the room spotless. The only negative was the lack of WiFi.
We ate at the casino's buffet which was plentiful and delicious. The waiter however, served drinks and left, never to be seen again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Cranbrook, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Boy...talk about going back to the 1980's. While we are not gung-ho casino goers, we have stayed at numerous properties in the past. We have found that all previous ones offered many benefits whether or not you were losing all your money in the casino. NOT HERE. We reserved an ocean view, wheelchair accessible room, allowing a pet ( Lab about 65 lbs). What we got was a room downstairs, accessible by a steep sidewalk ramp which I was barely able to climb by myself and I am pretty good in my chair. No wifi, a 24 inch CRT TV with 13 fuzzy channels and dated worn out furnishings. Not even a box of tissues in the place. We were instructed to only walk the dog in designated areas which turned out to be a patch of ground about 10 sq. ft. in size. The view of the ocean was spectacular but because of all the foot traffic at all hours right outside the room, we had to keep the curtains closed all day and night. There were other issues as well such as no room numbers on beach side doors so until one stays long enough to remember which one is yours, you have people looking through you windows to locate their room. Me included. Keys that would not open beach side doors so if you deadlocked the front door, you were now looked out. The night staff were not to helpful with our concerns although did call maintenance to let us in then explained not to use the ocean side door to enter or leave the room. We told them we would probably look for a different place in the morning and were told to be out by 10am if we were leaving. In the morning we went to McDonalds to access the internet (with no wifi, roaming fees a very expensive ) and secured a different hotel. The day staff were very understanding and apologetic and although it was now after the 10 am deadline were told it would be no problem and there would be no charge for that day although the room had already been cleaned. We could not pack and move fast enough. If you need wheelchair access, DO NOT STAY HERE! If you like modern conveniences, DO NOT STAY HERE!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Gary R
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Lewiston, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here Sunday through Thursday, just my 3 girls and I. We were on a tight budget and got the compact room to save money. The total for 4 nights came to only $260! My oldest daughter and I took the bed and the 2 little ones slept in sleeping bags on the floor, which they think feels like camping. It was a tight squeeze but we got by just fine. There was a small table with 2 chairs, a nice comfy queen bed that was very clean, and a small bathroom that was very clean as well. The hotel staff did a great job of cleaning the room daily while we were out. There are nice thin down alternative comforters on the beds. It does get a bit stuffy as there is no a/c unit in the room (as is the case for most Oregon coast hotels) but the hotel staff promptly brought us a fan upon request. There is an on-site daycare located in the arcade that we utilized for 4 hours while my oldest daughter and I went school shopping, and my girls really enjoyed their time there. The price was very reasonable, only $15 for 4 hours. The inside pool and hot tub provided hours of fun, as did the large arcade, and the ocean is just steps away. People write about the walls being paper thin, but we never did hear a thing from any of our neighbors. The wi-fi isn't good, but that's all I can think to complain about. Overall, you won't find a cheaper room on the ocean! Plenty to do here, especially if you are traveling with children, and the Monday night 2 for $11.99 steak special is surprisingly tasty for the price! A good value and attentive staff. We spent 5 days and 4 nights in Lincoln City and only spent $1000, and that includes feeding a family of 4 and a little shopping. Good deals can be found if you look around! We wouldn't hesitate to visit again!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Address: 1501 NW 40th Place, Lincoln City, OR 97367 (Formerly Shilo Inn)
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Lincoln City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Lincoln City
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Hotel Class:3 star — Chinook Winds Casino Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chinook Winds Casino Resort Hotel is an outstanding option for beachfront accommodations in Lincoln City. Our warm and friendly staff is ready to welcome you to our resort with multiple restaurants, arcade, child care facility, casino, 18-hole golf course, fitness center and complimentary on-site shuttle service. Hunt for glass floats on the beach, curl up with a cup of coffee and watch the waves, hit a bucket of balls in our indoor driving range, take in a show or enjoy the 24-hour gaming action. It is all available to you at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, where it is better at the beach! ... more   less 
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