I am being very generous giving out two stars. I'm not even sure why I'm doing it. I think it's because it could get three stars if it wasn't so horribly overpriced. There were only two good things: the location and the tap water. Location: It's only a couple minute walk to some good restaurants and D River. Water: I mention this because I remember thinking to myself "this may be the only thing good about this place and it's Lincoln City's doing, not the hotel." The tap water tasted better than what I get in Portland.
Now, the bad:
PRICE. We were charged $233.10 for one night in a queen suite on the bottom floor. I try to avoid posting prices in reviews, but this has to be pointed out. WHY? Even for a busy summer weekend in Lincoln City this is ridiculous for this type of hotel room. We paid less for our beautiful room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on a Friday night. I figured that it was good enough to be a Best Western "Plus," so hopefully there would be something nice about it to offset the price. We could afford one night at the beach at this price, so why not? Well, keep reading. That's why not.
Layout. The room was set up so that the bedroom was back against the hallway. No hope at a view, no hope at it being quiet. It was loud all night and we were at the opposite end of the air conditioner, so it was also hot all night. When I choose a hotel on the beach, I'm not going to be sitting around at the hotel during the day enjoying the view, I'm going to be out and about doing things and enjoying the view. It's nice to wake up to a view, not in a tight, dark box.
Cleanliness. The dishwasher had food in it (no dishes), partially used detergent and was stuck on "dry" when we arrived. We pulled down the murphy bed (or tried to - see below) and it was gross. The room had been cleaned, but it wasn't clean. I wasn't willing to sit on the couch. The shower smelled really strongly of mold. There was garbage out on the patio.
Disrepair. The disposal didn't work. The murphy bed was bent and wouldn't pull down. The remote was broken and scotch taped back together. The air conditioner wouldn't even turn on at 70 when we arrived when it was clearly warmer. We had to turn it down as far as it would go (60) and it still turned off at about 72-74. I'm not sure if that was due to lack of maintenance, though, or intentional tampering with the thermostat to save the hotel some money. The wi-fi was really slow. The bathrooms had clearly been remodeled, probably out of absolute necessity, but the whole hotel needs to be gutted. It's time.
Staff. The staff was mediocre at best. There was nothing terrible to say about them, but they weren't welcoming.
Price. Oh. I mentioned that. It's worth repeating.
I know the lodging options in Lincoln City that are actually on the beach are getting run down, but it's just not worth it to stay in one like this. You're better off staying on the other side of the highway at a newer hotel and not having a view than you are putting up with this.
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