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The Waves
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Cannon Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 25, 2007

Just returned from a five night stay at The Waves Inn in Cannon Beach. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and are already planning next summer's visit there. The suite we rented had an impressive ocean front view and was less than two minutes from all the shops and restaurants. It was well maintained, up-to-date, comfortable, and maybe even a little upscale. There were five of us (we have three kids) but we all slept comfortably and there was plenty of room for all our stuff. The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. We just could not have hoped for a better visit! Next time, we'll stay for a full week.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 17, 2007

What a great stay at the Waves Motel in Cannon Beach, it has been about 4 years since our last visit and really enjoyed some of the changes.

Once again we stayed at the Waves Motel. While still very active in our 60's we can park the car and never touch it the entire week...set in the 'village' just steps from shops, restaurants, etc. and right on the beach at the mouth of the creek it couldn't be better located. Rooms are clean, recently updated...I do miss the wood fireplaces which now seem to all be gas...but the comfort is the same I guess. The staff was great, but not overbearing or pushy...you can tell it's locally owned and operated...we received the benefit of that when the office manager (I think she was the owner) called and helped us get into the great new cooking school/restaurant called EVOO which is just down the street from the Waves.

It might be another 4 years before we are back in Cannon Beach but will once again stay at the Waves Motel.

Stayed: March 2007
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Reviewed February 11, 2007

My husband and I just got back from our second stay at the Waves Motel, specifically the La Colina building. It is a wonderful faciilty, clean, breathtaking views, great in-town location. They have everything you could possibly need - microwave, dishes, dvd player, vcr, cd player, etc. I really feel that this hotel is an excellent value for its beachfront location and views in Cannon Beach and couldn't recommend it enough.

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed September 16, 2006

My husband and I stayed at The Waves for 3 nights in late August of this year. Before booking in, we viewed two of the rooms to decide which one we like. Both rooms were apparently recently redone and were bright and airy with light neutral colors, fireplaces ( gas), windows with a view to the ocean, and compact little kitchens with granite countertops.

We chose the one directly on the ocean, as we couldn't resist its corner window looking both north and west over the ocean and the rocks.

The bed and bed linens and pillows were extremely comfortable, there were three comfortable chairs- two surrounding a small table by the window where you could eat or set up your computer as we did, while watching the waves crash on the beach. The kitchenette was lovely, granite countertops, sink, small cooktop and refridgerator, and was supplied with basic cooking utelsils. The bathroom was well done in white subway tiles and travertine floors.

The fireplace was a joy and we used it every night.( just flick the switch) There was a small patio off the room ( upper units have decks, but we were on the first floor) with chairs, which we again used regularly to watch the ocean. The Waves does not have a hotel or motel feel- which we liked very much.

The only draw back was really the lack of storage. The units only have one small closet, and few drawers in which to unpack. Difficult if you were staying a week, or had a lot of luggage, like we did. But the lovely room and its location- right on the ocean and right in the middle of town, more than compensated for that. We would definitely stay there again.

Stayed: August 2006
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Reviewed September 10, 2005

We just spent three nights in the Upper Lighthouse suite at the Augusta Inn (a part of The Waves Motel complex) and while Cannon Beach is always fabulous the same can't be said of this operation.

At check-in the desk clerk's indifference was akin to a passive-aggressive rebuke. No assistance was offered, we were not shown to our $150 room, guest parking was a possibility if we could beat another guest to one of the inadequate number of spaces - otherwise we were on the street, we were offered no information about the facilities or the town, and no instructions about how to work the fireplace, the blinds or the VCR. (Tip: the VCR is set to work on channel 4, not 3.) We put it down to end-of-season burnout and happily settled into what could be a divine room.

The Upper Lighthouse is the tastefully remodeled upper floor of an older house about 50 steps from the beach. It has a spacious deck with a priceless view of the ocean and sunsets. There is a convenient kitchenette and a stone fireplace that is truly a work of art. The translucent Roman blinds take a bit of figuring out, but they are stylish and attractive. The modest 24" TV has lots of cable channels and a VCR. (The market next to the post office has a decent library of rentals.) Sounds pretty good, and it could be great if these people would just put some effort into thinking about their guests' needs.

F'rinstance. Paper towels are supplied, but no towel holder on the wall. There is one 30" wide closet to hang clothes, way too small and it has the maid's honkin' big commercial vacuum cleaner stored in it! No place to store suitcases (they don't fit under the bed) and no stand to set them on. No coat hooks anywhere, no hooks in the bathroom to hang a bathrobe, two easy chairs but only one ottoman to fight over, no towel rack for the dish towels, a ridiculous bar-size double sink too small for more than a few cups or glasses - why not just have a useable single sink? An iron with a next-to-useless mini ironing board. No radio. These are minor inconveniences, but all the more disappointing for being so easy to remedy.

To be fair, there is a guest book filled with rapturous reviews from honeymoon couples and people who conceived their babies there. (TMI folks!) But we've been together twenty-six years now; we notice that there are no coat hooks.

If we thought that the desk clerk's attitude was an anomaly, that notion was dispelled on checkout. The older couple working in the office (we suspect they were the owners or managers) were abrupt to the point of being downright rude. Guests were kept waiting, the clerk/owners spoke in grunts and monosyllables while avoiding eye contact, and it was made abundantly clear that it was a huge imposition to print out our statement.

Sorry for the long story, but it was frustrating to have something that could so easily have been special and memorable spoiled by a lack of care and effort. You could do a lot worse than staying at the Augusta Inn/Waves Motel, but you could also do a lot better. Like staying somewhere that gives a hoot about its guests.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed August 16, 2005

We arrived at Cannon Beach for start of a 2 week Oregon vacation, not even thinking it was Memorial Day weekend. Despite driving into a town packed with holiday crowds, we managed to find one room available at the Waves, in the Southwind building. Everything was new & clean, with a kitchen, fireplace, deck overlooking the beach & rocks at Ecola Pt. and Tillamook Light. We ended up staying 4 nights instead of the 2 we originally planned for the area! Great location, grocery within easy walking distance, friendly staff gave us some tips on places to go. We'd definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Reviewed May 30, 2005

Just got back from 5 days in Cannon Beach. My wife and I went early and the kids & grandparents joined for the weekend. We stayed right on the ocean in one of the 'Flagship units'...very romantic, so close to the beach we could throw crusty bread to the seagulls and have it hit the sand from our deck. The property is right in the heart of town and right on the beach. When the family came we moved to the 'Beach House' - perfect. Four rooms, huge kitchen and yard right on the seawall, even had an old jukebox which made for fun evenings while we sat by the fire. I've stayed at other hotels in Cannon Beach and while some might be a bit more fancy (i.e. Stephanie) the Waves has charm, character and location...and I've always been satisfied with the service.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Address: 188 W 2nd Street, Cannon Beach, OR 97110-2005
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Cannon Beach
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Cannon Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Cannon Beach
#6 Family Hotel in Cannon Beach
Price Range: $78 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Waves 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Waves is a unique Ocean Front property in the village center of Cannon Beach. Eight different buildings and five classic cottages offer lodging options from romantic studios to large family suites. Most rooms have kitchens, fireplaces, private decks and are either Ocean Front or Ocean View with a few non-view options. Locally owned and family operated for 30 years, The Waves, has accommodations to meet every budget with an unbeatable location. ... more   less 
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