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Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Florence
Denver CO
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5 reviews
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“Hardly 5 Star”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

We booked this hotel because the website touted it as a five-star resort. What a joke. It's adequate; the rooms are big and have adequate amenities, and the location is excellent. But the place is really showing its age. Just looks a little bedraggled. A couple of light bulbs were burnt out in our room and couldn't be attended to till the next day. Service was pretty lackadaisical and the restaurant had a ho-hum menu, nowhere near what one expects of five stars. Excuse me, people, but the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is five stars: perfect gourmet food, impeccable service, the whole place in tip-top shape.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

This large hotel is really right on the beach - we were on the 3rd floor and so did have to go down the stairs (or the elevator) and then in a few steps you are there. Spent most of our time sitting on the balcony watching the sun go down.
We arrived just about 2pm and got into our room early with no problem but unfortunately the restaurant had closed until dinner. As we were on bicycles and there is nothing else close by we used the pool and relaxed until then. Went for dinner as soon as it opened and had a couple of excellent meals and great service. Unfortunately breakfast was different as service was very slow.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and the room was a good size.The fixtures were a little dated but everything was very clean and kept up..
A location not to be missed if you want a quiet and unobstructed ocean view and easy beach access..

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oregon
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

After one day on the premises, the words that came to mind immediately were "complacent" and "much deferred maintenance." They seem to be doing nothing about maintaining floors, walls, molding, etc.in the public areas which communicates real indifference. For example: the floor in the main elevator is worn through in a number of places. Oddly put steps seem to have been a problem, as they are now painted with yellow warning paint and signs. Nearly everywhere could use a fresh coat of paint. The guest rooms are dated, the sinks and toilets seemed to be engineered for second-graders, and the bathrooms could stand with some grab bars. The thermostat which clearly has heating AND cooling settings could be labeled to the reality that only heating happens, no cooling, so if you want your directly-west-facing room cooled off, open the slider and the room door and let the wind get it done. That said, however, making our reservation was easy, and the check-in quickly accomplished. The locale is beyond fantastic--it's on a part of the Oregon Coast that's relatively off the beaten track, and the beach access is so easy we even saw people with canes and walkers making the trek out to the shore line. The lovely small town of Florence is just a few miles south, with a number of small-town waterfront type shops and restaurants.

Room Tip: All rooms face straight west. They have an astonishing array of rooom configurations, from three bed...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

We booked this at the last minute while on a road trip. It is about 2 miles outside Florence which was the only negative. We got a good deal on the phone, the room itself was enormous, opening onto a balcony overlooking a huge beach and the ocean. The room has a full kitchen which was so well equipped we decided to cook a meal ( a real treat on a road trip!). The room and bathroom were very clean, there was no noise from other rooms or from outside, so we had an excellent sleep. No problem with wifi although mobile phone reception was patchy (try the car park for reception and make friends with other phone wielders!).The view alone is enough to recommend this hotel, however we also thought it was great value with friendly helpful staff. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

The room was spacious, well-equipped and immaculately clean. The view was glorious! The wifi worked well. The restaurant served a fantastic breakfast, also with an ocean view, at really quite a good price. Florence is lovely. We liked that the town is on the estuary with a harbor, while the hotel is on the beach. It kept the hustle and bustle away, though it was there (and a short drive) if you wanted it. Front desk service was great. Excellent value for money. I would like to come back.

Room Tip: I don't think you could go wrong in terms of the view: all rooms are ocean view. We chose a thir...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ball Ground, GA
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

We spent one night here on our way down the coast. The room was extremely small but adequate. It appeared the interior had some updating, but the outside needed some cosmetic work. Really not too bad for an older hotel on the ocean. The huge beach was beautiful!
The adjoining restaurant was interesting. The food was just edible, but with our selection of a steak and a salmon salad, they seemed offended that we expected bread with our meals. We are from the south, and bread accompanies most every meal here. We were told bread would cost us $3.00, so we ordered the bread, and paid the extra charge. Our drinks were never refilled. The following morning, we opted to travel down the road a bit for breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Open the door to your room, and the full beach panorama greets you. If you want a beach view, this is the place. Stayed two nights. Very pleasant room (ours had kitchen), even a recliner to kick back and watch the birds and people on the beach. Access to beach right outside rooms. Very friendly and helpful staff. A ways outside town so very quiet and relaxing. Truly a get-away from it all.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center
Address: 88416 1st Ave, Florence, OR 97439-9112
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 137
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