This hotel lies on the edge of Willapa Bay, and if you have a second floor room you will get a decent--even very good--view of the Bay and wetlands that surround it. And the room that my wife and I stayed in is nice.
But...the facility was purchased by the nearby casino recently so changed their smoking policy so now smoking is allowed on the COMMON balcony that all units on our floor have. So because the casino is a major draw (and it's a real dive, by the way. I went there to get some food to take back to the motel and it's a dirty, dingy, smoke-filled dungeon-like place), the motel changed its policy to allow smoking, Thus, smoke drifts in at ALL times, so instead of the beautiful salt breezes of bay and ocean, you're just as likely to smell the stench of tobacco smoke. (They even provide smoke cans for smokers on the balcony). Thus, your room is likely to just plain stink at times from this.
Also, as I said, food options are VERY limited here The Tokeland Hotel is nearby, but the proximity of the casino makes it seem an attractive option for food. It isn't. Stay away from that!
So travelers beware of this place's limitations, regarding smoke and food. And since pets are allowed, you will likely hear and see them as well.
This place could be so much more with the location. As it is, however, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend it. A backwards smoking policy (favoring the minority of people who smoke) impacts the majority, and does so at the expense of the ambiance of the place. Also, the limitations of local food should be a consideration. Out of ten stars, I would give it anywhere from 4 to 6--the good views and newly done rooms are indeed balanced by a poor smoking policy that partially ruins it. You pay to stand on the balcony, enjoy the salt air and views, NOT to smell the stale smoke wafting into your area and your room--and it will.
- Also Known As:
- Tradewinds On-The-Bay Hotel
- Tradewinds On-The-Bay Hotel Tokeland