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“A Place to Avoid” 2 of 5 stars
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The Whaler
155 SW Elizabeth, Newport, OR 97365   |  
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“A Place to Avoid”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2009

Three companions and I were on a motorcycle tour of the Oregon coast. During this trip we stayed in many fine establishments, in separate rooms. The Whaler was the most expensive ($118) and by far the least value for the money. The rooms were small and dingy.. Each room had a balcony facing the ocean; however, what good is a balcony if you're not even allowed to smoke a cigar on that balcony?

There was no wi-fi, but they did provide a cable to plug into the wall.

Another pet peeve of mine is the "save the planet" ploy, which they pushed to an extensively annoying point. This is a "save money on the laundry bill," not a "save the planet" deal. If you want me to be careful about using the towels, knock ten bucks off my room rate and I'll be glad to use my towel twice.

The breakfast consisted of bagels and juice. For the price of the room, we expected--and we have received--more.

All in all, a disappointing experience. Next time we're in Newport, we'll go someplace else.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2009

First time at The Whaler, won't be our last, this is our new home away from home, loved it all, great time.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2009

We really enjoyed our stay at the Whaler in Newport OR. This is not a review of the weather that could have been better. The hotel has easy access to the beach. We loved the balcony, the Shilo doesn't have them that is one reason we picked the Whaler. None of the hotels were right down on the sand. We paid $108 the room was big, very clean, comfortable beds and a great view. We also travel with our dog they are pet friendy. What else could you ask for.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2009

The staff was very nice and the rooms were clean and good sized. The balcony had chairs and a table and had a great ocean view. The rooms did not have much personality but the beds were very comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

Overall disappointed in The Whaler and Newport. Newport was very cold, always windy.
We came from Cannon Beach and it was 75 degrees, Newport was 60. We could sit on the beach in Cannon, We sat in our room all weekend in Newport. Check out the bridge and the Bayfront and get back in the car and head to Pacific City, Cannon Beach, or Seaside. The Whaler was Super 8 quality with a view of the ocean. Can't see the beach, you are not ocean front. I wouldn't recommend staying at the Whaler or Newport.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2009

We have stayed in many places in Newport--the Whaler is the best. The Staff was very friendly and accomodating, room was spacious and VERY clean, view was beautiful, and the beach was fantastic. The price was very reasonable--especially for oceanfront rooms.

The breakfast was nice--good coffee all hours and free popcorn--yummy. Very homey and comfortable. Room was nicely updated--fp, balcony, with a lovely view of the ocean--waves crashing to lull you to sleep.

Best part was the very kind and helpful staff. WE've stayed at all sorts of places in Newport--Elizabeth Street Inn---Moolack Shores--staff makes the difference- at both places we had to put up with very snotty, unhelpful staff--thay acted like they were doing us a favor letting us stay there--when we asked for help with bags because our room had a problem, the manager said, "what do I look like--a bell boy?"

Go to the Whaler--you will be treated wonderfully and will have a great time--watching whales, walking the beach at sunset, and relaxing.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2009

Friendly staff
Clean and comfortable room
Nice view
Quiet
Central location

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 155 SW Elizabeth, Newport, OR 97365
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Newport
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Newport
#4 Romantic Hotel in Newport
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Newport
#7 Family Hotel in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Whaler offers 73 quiet,spacious, hotel rooms,each with private balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful heated indoor pool & spa and exercise facility. Easy beach access to one of the most scenic beaches on the Oregon coast. The Whaler is adjacent to the Newport Performing Arts Center, and only a short distance away from Yaquina Bay, the historic Newport bayfront, a variety of restaurants, unique shopping and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. ... more   less 
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