This hotel is an example of why I love tripadvisor. Without tripadvisor I would have probably never stayed at this little gem. It isn't a chain, and its charm definitely isn't captured on its rustic web page. As a matter of fact, its web page made me question whether I wanted to stay, as the rooms are hard to get a gauge on.
However, with the many positive ratings from tripadvisor, I felt safe. I was right. What a great little place. Our room was small, but well organized, homey, and clean. We had Suite Sea, with its two bedrooms and small living room, gas fireplace, and dvd/vhs player.
The hotel feels like a little resort, with its own free video store, dock, kayaks, barbecue grills, and so on. The hosts are constantly on-the-run, tending to guests needs in a down-home sort of way.
Wheeler itself is very small, but has a magnificent view. It is just a few minutes south of the more populous Manzanita, and about 20 minutes south of busy Canon Beach.
We had a blast kayaking, though the hotel is a bit too far north to make it easily into the larger bay where most kayakers in the Tillamook area spend their days. The kayaks are free if you spend two or more nights, which is a nice feature.
The breakfast items are small, but they can tide you over until an early lunch. The hotel owners pointed us in the right direction for some great ice cream at a good price.
We really enjoyed our stay, appreciated the hospitality of our hosts, and felt like the hotel and tripadvisor didn't disappoint.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.