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McMenamins Gearhart Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Gearhart B&B and Inns
Portland
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40 reviews
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“These hotels are always such FUN.”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

I had made reservations about a month ahead hoping for great weather. Well as my luck never holds it was raining and windy. High winds and lots of rain. So the golf course was empty, the hotel was almost empty and the service and staff was very attentive. I love the McMenamins hotel and if I can stay with them I usually do. Thanks for all your art and great saves with these historic properties.

Room Tip: Get a view of the golf course, only a couple blocks from the beach.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Taz D, Manager at McMenamins Gearhart Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thnaks for the review I know your time is important and taking the time to tell us we did good or how to do better is very much appreciated.
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Keizer, Oregon
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

My wife and I needed to get out of the Willamette Valley with its recent cold, foggy inversion and thought that we would try the Gearhart Hotel. We like McMenamins properties generally, the beer and food suit our needs, and since this hotel took dogs we were anxious to try it. First, let me tell you my review will be skewed because it was sunny and 60 while we were there so the stay was great weather-wise. Our room was neat, cozy and clean. They made us and our dog feel welcomed. It was quiet since it was a Sunday night and I didn't see a single golfer so that made the grounds easy to walk my dog around.
The beach is about three blocks away and you can't see the ocean from the hotel. There is a road to the beach and you can drive on parts of it or walk where there are no cars on other parts. We walked there and it was nice since the walk back got most of the sand off of us. We saw a herd of elk the first evening we were there and the beach is big so there was plenty of room for my dog to play fetch in the waves.
We were disappointed by the dinner service upstairs Sunday night. We "seated ourselves" but no one came to serve us. So we got up and went downstairs to the smaller eating area in the basement. There was only one server for the bar, small restaurant and extra seating area for the football playoff games, but we were served timely and she was friendly. The food and beer is your typical McMenamins fare so that was nice.
We did return to the main dining area for breakfast the next morning and we were served promptly.
We also went outside Sunday evening and there was a fire going but at night, it was way too cold to be out long.
There is an elevator handy and there was good coffee in the hall at the top of the stairs Monday morning.
We enjoyed our stay so much we are going back for a night next month.

Room Tip: We had a corner room, so in the morning we could have the shades closed on the south side and open o...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Taz D, Manager at McMenamins Gearhart Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thanks for the review I am very sorry to hear of your experience in the Pub but hope you will join us again, i have reviewed your info with the pub manager and hopefully we can work out the kinks.
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Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

We decided to stay here after a couple nights at the Edgefield. We wanted to check another McMenamins and we really enjoyed this location as well. It was very cozy and comfortable. We got a king room with a balcony. Staff were great and good food. Not much for a town but close to the beach and driving distance to Seaside and Cannon Beach. Edgefield had more places to explore but this place was also worth it.

Room Tip: We chose the king with the balcony. It was very nice.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Taz D, Manager at McMenamins Gearhart Hotel, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thanks for the review we are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to you visiting us again.
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Bowen Island, Canada
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We found this beautiful little (16 rooms) inn on our drive up the Oregon coast. Our room (#210) was spacious and beautifully appointed. The king bed was comfortable and the shower was spacious. The balcony overlooking the golf course was a little tiny but made for a comfortable spot for a glass of wine before dinner. Dinner now is another matter but I'll get to that. Staff were very accommodating (Linda at the front desk was a fabulous ambassador for the hotel) and made one feel at home immediately. In spite of the staff's enthusiasm for the hotel's cuisine, we found it mediocre. Presentation was simple and preparation was...well very average pub fare. Nonetheless an extremely beautifully appointed hotel and we'll be back - this time to golf.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

As native Oregonians, we tend to take for granted the allure the Oregon Coast offers to many. Since it is less than an 80 mile drive for us, we unusually take a spring or summer day trip, complain about the traffic and vow to never do it again. We took a new approach this time and visited the McMenamins Sandtrap Gearhart Hotel over a weekend in November with far less traffic to deal with... Well, less people in general to be specific.

This was our second mcmenamins property to spend an overnight. Our first was at the Kennedy School which we adored. Knowing that we aren't huge fans of the types of lodging and entertainment offerings located along the northern end of the Oregon Coast, we chose to stay at Mcmenamins hoping it would provide some entertainment for the evening.

Our entertainment consisted of watching the timbers playoff game on a tiny tv in the downstairs bar. Not exactly what I had hoped for, but I learned that Friday nights has live music.... Saturday's, not so much. One of us was more entertained to be honest. Fortunately we dined elsewhere because the food service appeared to be very slow downstairs. After the game, we headed upstairs to see that bar was any more lively. And continued upstairs to our room. I guess we hoped there would be a little more going on at the bars... It was remarkably sleepy for a Saturday night.

The good news is the hotel rooms are very nice, very clean and quite comfortable. We had no issues with noise as other had mentioned but as it was like a morgue the weekend we were there, that should not come as a surprise. We had a links view which I think was a win as the ocean is a good 300+ yard walk with two condo units blocking your view. I was surprised to find a tv in our room. We enjoyed the complimentary coffee and room service breakfast was great and we were THRILLED to see vegetarian options!!! Service was a little slow on room but it was very nice.

Would we stay here again? Maybe with a group of friends? The problem isn't Mcmenamins, it's the location. If you golf or love endless frequenting gift shops or walking on the beach all day, then this is a great place for you.


Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

The king bed was comfy, the desk service was friendly and helpful and the food was yummy. Their seasonal porter was delish. The room faced the ocean though condos blocked the view. a short walk took us to the beautiful beach. we had a lovely view of the beautiful challenging golf course. There is no movie theater or wading pool, which I knew ahead of time, so no big deal. it is awesomely located with Astoria 1o miles north and Cannon Beach 10 miles south. Zip Lining

Room Tip: weekdays are less expensive off season, and quiet. The room size was adequate with a king and a tabl...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews
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Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

I love all the McMenamin hotels and pubs. This is a great recent addition due to its coastal location. I was somewhat disappointed by no pool but the staff are friendly and the artwork is wonderful as always. Fun to learn the local history of the town. Food is a bit overpriced. The room was very comfy.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Property: McMenamins Gearhart Hotel
Address: 1157 N Marion Ave, Gearhart, OR 97138-4072
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Gearhart
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Gearhart
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — McMenamins Gearhart Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
McMenamins Gearhart Hotel is located in the historic Kelly House, the same building that houses McMenamins Sand Trap Pub and Gearhart Golf Links pro shop. Eighteen guest rooms were constructed on the third floor of the Cape Cod-style building, featuring king- or queen-sized beds with en suite bathrooms and decorated in a Pacific Northwest coastal style integrating McMenamins' signature artwork. ... more   less 
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