A friend of ours had recommended this to us as close to Beverly Beach where they were camping and we were going to visit them. I read the reviews prior to making a reservation. Some things seemed peculiar, but attributed that to people's writing styles. Do make sure to read this review and others well - for some people this place will be fantastic but for others you will be very unhappy.
Hugh Plus - the view is incredible!!! We stayed in #1 and loved every minute we had viewing the ocean, beach and sunsets. Big elevated outdoor desk with 2 andironback chairs and a foot rest for one chair (hubby and I took turns putting our feet up).
Getting to the beach - the stairs are steep and narrow - hubby usually bounds down stairs, but he said even he had to be careful heading down and there are a lot of steps to go back up if you haven't been a regular at your gym. If you have problems with stairs, there is an access trail you can walk down to the beach, but the last bit where the trail ends at the beach is very rough.
Overall - the unit is very clean. The owners are trying to play up the older cottage bit and so furniture doesn't match, flowerly bedding, homemade headboard in bedroom, etc. to help one feel like you are staying at a friend's beach house that was built back in the late 1930s / early 40s (which it was) and has not been changed much since then. The furniture is in good condition and it looked like the sofa had recently been shampooed in our unit. The other plus is they are trying to make this a retreat style motel - no telephone, no clock radio - however they do a 180 and have a large TV in the room that plays DVDs so not sure about the mixed message. There are new windows throughout the unit and it stayed snug with just a little input from the wall heaters. The fireplace can be set to put out heat as well (electric) - it was a disappointment as I didn't read closely and really expected a fireplace - this is a little imitation electric unit that they have enclosed in a fireplace mantle - not convincing at all, but can be used for additional warmth on cold night.
Bathroom - They have lovely scented hand soap and moisturizer products in the bathroom for your use while there (grapefruit and ginger). The shower unit (about 3'x3') contains soap, shampoo and conditioner products which are a good quality so that saves packing space. For those who like to bathe note that there is no bathtub. The bathroom is truly turnaround space - a bathtub (even a small one) wouldn't be able to fit one in there. There are two cautions here - toilet is walled in (no front) and is very narrow - people of size might have an issue here as the space is just a few inches wider than the toilet itself (felt claustrophobic). There is no place to store towels and so they put the fresh towels in a basket under the towel rack - hubby and I noted that our wet hands dripped onto the fresh towels when we went to wipe them - hoping they just change out basket after each visit. For those who like to dry their hair after a shower you will need to bring your own dryer.
Kitchen - The kitchen is well stocked for enough dishes, glassware, pots and pans for a family of 4. The coffee pot is full sized, the microwave standard size and power, and there is a 2 slice toaster provided. There was a complimentary bag is excellent coffee for our first pot. The refrigerator is full sized with a freezer on top. Cabinet space doesn't exist as small kitchen and dishes, etc. take up the two cabinets in the unit. However, if you don't mind leaving everything out on the countertop you can use that. For seafood lovers please note that you are not allowed to cook crabs or any seafood in your room - there are cookers over by the main office and you can use those outdoors. In summer this is fine, but if craving salmon during the rainy winter..sorry Charlie!
Dining room - it's just a little table with folding sides off the living room - there are two matching chairs and two folding chairs you will find tucked away in the bedoom between the wardrobe and the wall. Not much to say except with flaps up you lose in and out ability for deck.
The bedroom - this area really needs work. In our unit, the queen size bed pretty much filled the entire room. Hubby gallently took the "far" side and had to turn sideways and shuffle between wall and foot of bed to get to his side. No closet or dresser, but there was a wardrobe which had a mirrored exterior (jarring against the country / beachhouse theme for everything else). One side had a nightstand but the other side we had to bring in a little end table from the living room for glass of water, place for glasses, etc. The problem with that is then the table (it was little) jutted out into the doorway and we bumped it every time in and out of room. Also, when you leave each day make sure NOTHING is on the bed - their cleaning people have been told not to touch the bed if any personal articles are on it. I travel for a living (25 years) and have many many nights accumulated at a lot of hotels and have never run into this before and find it a bit on the 'weird' side. Another bit of 'weird' - the morning after we arrived we stayed in room till about 10:30 with the do not disturb sign up. We took it off when we left for day to visit our friends. Very surprised returning at 10 that night to find the staff interprets that sign to mean all day - even when sign no longer up....Would have said something the next morning (since they close up around 9 at night so too late that night) but checking out anyway so just looked at each other, made up our bed and went to sleep.
Big negative - the hotel manager. When I made my reservation I had made a point of explaining that I would be returning home from work, quick pack and then on the road so would be arriving some time between 8 and 9 pm. When we got there we got a tongue lashing from the manager that she had called us 3 times on our home phone and no one answered, it was 9pm and she had to wait just for us and no idea if we were coming or not, ready to give our room away to people inquiring for weekend, etc. I pointed out that we had to pay in advance for the first night and that they had charged my card immediately and then sent me an email that while credits would be given if enough advance notice there were no refunds. The room was paid in full for that night so she would be wrong to give away the room we had paid for and I HAD made a point of stating when we would be arriving. She then tried to explain it all away as her being "worried" about us. We tried to brush it off, but after a long drive (2 hours) to get there it really put a damper on the evening. We also found it distasteful that Sunday the cleaning staff drove by our place 2x looking in to see if we were still there (yes, when car in carport people are there) and then, as pulling out just before 11, found manager in driveway walking to our unit to make sure we were out in time. Held out hand for key. I asked if I needed to stop by office to check out and get reciept and she then said no receipt was needed and "we were out". Amazingly poor attitude towards customer care. We did not appreciate being treated so poorly - we visit the coast monthly and have lived here in Oregon 50+ years so finding someone so uninterested in customer experience was a huge shock - I have never encountered this during my travels outside Oregon or at the coast. The place is cute and clean. The view is just overwhelmingly beautiful from living room or on deck. Nice quiet location and plenty of grounds for kids to play and dogs to run. However, the manager (Maggie) so soured our experience we are unwilling to spend any more money on this property.
- Also Known As:
- Agate Beach Motel Newport, Oregon