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The Gilbert Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   341 Beach Drive, Seaside, OR 97138-5707   |  
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Ranked #10 of 24 Hotels in Seaside
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“Gilbert Inn is MAGICAL! Will return!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

We stayed in the turret room for our first anniversary. This room was beautiful. Immaculate and quaint. So clean. Like others have said, unfortunately there is a huge condo right next door which was under construction when we were there. However, this didn't affect our trip, and we could still see the ocean. I wouldn't disregard Gilbert Inn because of this. Also there were fresh cookies, fruit, etc, upon our arrival in the beautiful sun room. The main living room is AMAZING. Staff was great! Also an easy minute walk to the beach or any restaurant. The only down side was the hot water in the shower was limited! So shower early or plan on being chilly :) However, I will definitely return. I loved it here.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jeannievick, Manager at The Gilbert Inn, responded to this review, July 6, 2011
Thank you for your thoughtful review! After you brought the room's hot water problem to our attention we had our plumber service the tank and install new heater elements. We appreciate the feedback!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

I purchased two weekend nights' stay through LivingSocial.Com at nearly half the original price. My wife and I were not disappointed in our expectations. The manager, Jenne ---, was so very welcoming, providing us with a quick history of the Inn, fresh baked cookies, information of the city of Seaside and its offerings, and an offer for a tour of the Inn the following day. It's located within a block of the downtown area and a block from the beach. The only unfortunate thing about its location is its immediate proximity to a high rise condo. We didn't feel, however, that this took anything away from the uniqueness, elegance, and beauty of the Inn. As for Seaside itself, it offers an myriad of shopping opportunities, restaurants, candy shops, expressos, etc. We especially enjoyed the almost two mile promanade along the beach. While we felt it was still a little cool to actually get into the water we still enjoyed our beach strolls and simply sitting on one of the many benches and enjoying the ocean. We'll definitely be visiting Seaside again and strongly consider staying at the Gilbert Inn. Also, for anyone going to Seaside traveling on Highway 26, a don't want to miss place to visit is Camp 18 just four miles east of Highway 101 Junction. Camp 18 is a beautifully built log structure that incorporates a wonderful restaurant (when ordering remember they're logger portions), acres of ground with much historic equipment used in the logging industry, and a very fitting logging memorial which commemorates many who have lost their life in the area's logging industry. A visit to Camp 18 was definitely a highlight of our trip.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

The place is immaculately clean, and the staff are wonderful. The location is great - although it does border several newer mid-rise hotels and condo buildings, the place is an oasis, but just a block off of the main drag and a block off the beach. One of the best inns I've visited.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2011

My wife and I first heard about the Gilbert Inn on a Living Social escapes offering but were too late on the draw to make a reservation. Upon review, though, we decided to book a two night stay in Seaside as part of our trip up the coast, and I'd say we were absolutely delighted. The Inn is one of the nicest places we've stayed, and upon arrival, we were presented with a full run-down of the Inn's history and were also offered an opportunity to change rooms. We were also given some wonderful, freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.

Seaside is a quiet town, and definitely one that gears for the big summer season. We came for May, which was probably a little cooler and quieter than their peak season.

It's a unique place in that the owner used to come visit the house when she was a young girl, while it was still owned by the original owners who, among other things, helped to found the town, at least according to the history presented when we arrived.

Delightful staff, wonderful details (like granola bars and chocolates in our room) just made this possibly our best stay for the trip. I would definitely recommend it and wouldn't mind coming back. The only catch for me, is, like I said, Seaside seems to be predominantly geared towards the transient summer visitors. Once you see the main road of gift and souvenir shopping, I can't really see much else to do. I guess it's best, then, to visit in the summer, because, although the beach was beautiful, it was a little too cold and windy for us Phoenicians.

One last note - after all of the other positive reviews of the breakfast here, I was a bit disappointed (but not surprised) that the Inn no longer serves breakfast. That said, there were plenty of other restaurants within walking distance, and I wasn't surprised (it says on the website).

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

We purchased a Living Social coupon for this location. The Innkeeper was very accommodating to our needs and provided excellent advice on places to eat and see. She offered us a room upgrade (The Turret room upstairs for an additional $50 per night). I say this not to infer that we were pressured or "baited and switched" into something else. The room we originally were going to have appeared comfortable and suitable. The innkeeper used to visit the house as a kid to play with friends (back when it was still just a house!). She had great stories of the history of the home.

The room was very comfortable and charming. It had a bathroom with shower and all the amenities one would expect. We even had a few extras; cookies, bottles water, granola bars.

If I did have any critiques they would be the floors tended to creek so if you aren't staying on the top floor you are going to here people walking around above you, flushing toilets, taking showers, etc. The view out our window did have a slice of the beach but was mostly consumed with a large high rise condo complex just next door.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would gladly stay again in the future.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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The Woodlands
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

We had a wonder trip to the Oregon Coast and stayed at the Gilbert Inn in Seaside, Oregon for two nights. The victorian house is a great escape from the bustling tourist town of Seaside. We stayed in the 1880's room and loved the decor and the extra sitting room. The whole house is very beautiful and clean. The inn keepers are very warm and welcoming. We loved exploring the coast area and coming back to such a quiet and quaint room. When is Seaside, you will find us at The Gilbert Inn.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2010

The Inn is welcoming from the minute you walk into it's beautiful gardens and onto the front porch. The Inn keeper greets you and will gladly tell you the story and history of the Inn, as well as point out the pictures of the original owners. I stayed in the Garret for two nights. This has to be the best room. It's the attic of the home, and has a great peak-a boo view of the ocean. The bed is cozy. The room is good sized and includes a wonderful reading alcove. There are two flights of narrow stairs to get into the room, so be warned when thinking of carrying your luggage. The only sad thing is a huge time share has been built next to the property and is a huge eye soar on this otherwise beautiful coast.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 341 Beach Drive, Seaside, OR 97138-5707
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Seaside
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #10 of 24 Hotels in Seaside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Gilbert Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We invite you to stay in the romantic Gilbert Inn and make this historic 122 year old Victorian your home while on the Oregon coast. Its original owner, Alexandre Gilbert, was a soldier, hotelier and a mayor of Seaside. In 1892 he and his wife, Emma, built the house that would become the Gilbert Inn. According to the local newspaper, the Seaside Signal, the Inn is now Seaside's oldest surviving house. But don't worry about comfort! Each room has a full private bath, television, and modern, comfortable beds. To preserve a place for couples to retreat, guest must be 18 years or older to stay. Come and discover this coastal treasure that provides a window to the past with all the fine comforts of today. ... more   less 
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