I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Windermere in one of their "Traditional Family Cottages," unit #8. It was clean, and fresh with updated flooring and furniture, but still instantly recognizable as the same hotel I stayed in as a child over 30 years ago. The current owners and managers have done a wonderful job of updating and refreshing without stripping away the vintage charm.
The view from my room was fantastic and beach access is easy via a few steps and a well-maintained path. It's a pleasant stroll north to great views of Face Rock and other impressive sea stacks.
My room had a flat panel TV with a wide array of satelite channels. The Wi-Fi worked great for my tablet and smart phone. My cottage was cozy rather than spacious and the bathroom was small (no tub, no counter space), but was clean and fresh with vintage fixtures and old-fashioned woodwork. I was alone this trip and didn't need the upstairs beds, but the cottage would be perfect for a small family (Queen bed downstairs, 2 doubles upstairs). The online photos simply do not do the place justice.
The front desk staff were cheerful, friendly and very helpful. They directed me to a charming restaurant on the waterfront with a great view of the lighthouse and marvelous fresh baked bread.
Bottom line? If you're looking for forgettable, high-gloss, cookie-cutter luxury, then the Windermere probably isn't for you. After all, this isn't an anonymous suite in a name-brand hotel chain.
BUT if you're looking for a great view, room for the family, a one-of-a-kind hotel, and a vacation that your children will remember fondly over 30 years later, then the Windermere is the one for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Every room at the Windermere has an unobstructed view of the spectacular ocean along Bandon's coastline. 25 secluded and private units, some with fireplaces, kitchenettes,and decks - perfect for family vacations. All rooms have free WiFi. Pet friendly rooms available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Windermere Motel On The Beach Hotel Bandon
- Windermere Hotel Bandon
- Windermere Motel Bandon