A previous reviewer mentioned the issue of the room being warm. I also encountered this upon first entry, but the problem was solved and mentioned to the front desk. They now have a solution for future guests who happen to find the rooms warm.
The hotel was recently renovated to nice effect, including gas fire places added to [i assume] most rooms. The pilot light on these fireplaces is very large, nearly the size of a gas stove/range burner. The pilot light alone heats the room when the balcony door is closed, as you would do after a guest moves out and the room is cleaned. This happens even if the fireplace is "off."
I noticed these details and asked if they could turn off the pilot, or quench the gas flow. They were going to send their onsite maintenance person to do so, but he was called away to another task offsite. Initially I opened the balcony door to let in the cool October sea air [wonderful!] -- this mitigated the heat somewhat.
Then I took a look at the fireplace a little more closely. I quickly discovered that it is really simple to turn off the pilot light by popping open the bottom decorative hinged panel and operating the control, which is exactly like those used on gas water heaters.
Problem solved! As I say, the front desk now knows about this, and so hopefully won't require their official maintenance personnel to go to rooms that some consider warm. It is a very simple thing to do.
Of course, with the typical cool weather at the NW Oregon coast, you may really like the room to be warm. To each their own in this case.
The hotel has a good location, and yes, the sea views, ocean air, and sound of the Pacific are magical. I slept so well.
In this example I was in town for the Newport Jazz Festival, occurring just a 4 minute walk up Elizabeth Street to the Performing Arts Center. It was a fabulous festival, including performances by Monty Alexander -- a great pianist one owes it to themselves to check out.
Back to the hotel -- checkin was quick; staff were very helpful. Parking is ample and partially sheltered. The chowder and cookies, as someone else mentioned, are a nice touch in case you're feeling a bit peckish by end of day after a long oceanside walk, or tour of the Oregon Coast Acquarium (http://http://aquarium.org/).
Someone else mentioned the slow elevator in the hotel. I only ever used it when first going upstairs with bags, and when leaving going down with bags. Otherwise I take the stairs whenever I can and did so on this occasion. I realise some may not have the stairs option, but the elevator isn't overly slow in my humble opinion. I would guess you're on holiday, so slowing down is ok, yeah?
I found it another nice touch that they had a dedicated breakfast room / lounge. Breakfast is more than a cold continental, including waffles and other yummies, with the usual suspects of cereal, rolls/pastries/bagels/croissants, etc.
The hotel WiFi functioned just fine. Although it wasn't fast enough that you would want to download a large file, email, surfing, youtube, facebook, twitter -- these uses were all perfectly fine in my room on the fourth floor. I was roughly in the middle of the building, a tad south of the centrally located elevator.
I detected no issues in the room with odors, as it was a tightly regulated non-smoking room in my case. Pets, if you have them, are also restricted to dedicated rooms. Having some allergies in this area, I had a non-smoking room.
Someone mentioned the couch in the room being a bit tired; in my case the couch was fine.
Also, the rooms are pretty large. I paced mine off, and came up with a rough figure of a bit under 450 square feet (41m^2). This is quite spacious in my estimation.
The bathroom area had the toilet and shower in one room with user-selectable fan/evacuation switch, and then outside this room, adjacent to the main body of the room, two separate sinks with amenities, and a huge mirror behind the sinks.
Other amenities included a quarter sized fridge, a microwave oven that I used to revive leftovers at one point, and a basic coffee+tea service including small 4cup kettle (coffee pot to USA'ers).
I had been to this hotel before and enjoyed it, so I suppose I was predisposed to like it. I did come away with the fondness I had felt earlier reinforced, especially because of the nice renovations that had been done since my last visit.
All in all, though it is the location that makes it work. When you drive into town and bridge the crest of the hill that allows you to see the beach and the ocean thrashing away, with the smell of sea spray in the air, you know you have arrived and things will be kewl.
I hope you have a chance to visit. There are other hotel options on the same beach so you should compare prices if this is something that drives your decision. I, however, will continue to stay at the Elizabeth Street Inn whenever duty calls to visit Newport, Oregon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come enjoy the warmth and quiet comfort of the Elizabeth Street Inn with all oceanfront rooms. Ideal for couples, families and even limited dog friendly rooms for you and your four legged best friend. Located high on a bluff overlooking the beach, the Elizabeth is within walking distance of distinctive dining, galleries and shopping of historic Nye Beach, the Newport Performing Arts Center, an historic lighthouse and miles of Oregon's pristine beaches and tide pools. The Oregon Coast Aquarium, golf, fishing and many other area atrractions are close by.Just a few things you can expect from the Elizabeth Street Inn, all oceanfront rooms with a fireplace and balcony. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet, seasonal smoked salmon chowder appetizer, nightly fresh baked cookies in our lobby at night. Indoor oceanfront salt water pool, jacuzzi spa and exercise room. Meeting room, business service center and complimentary wireless internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elizabeth Street Hotel Newport
- Elizabeth Street Newport
- Elizabeth Inn Newport Oregon
- Elizabeth Street Inn Newport, Oregon