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Inn At Cape Kiwanda
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pacific City
Certificate of Excellence
Portland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't Stay Here”
Reviewed August 20, 2009

It is extremely noisy even with the sliding doors to the balcony closed. There is a busy road and big parking lot between the hotel and the beach so all the big trucks and cars that go by are really loud. We could not even sit on our balcony and relax. When we mentioned this to the people at the front desk, they said "wow! no one has ever complained about the noise before."

Our phone didn't work properly & our key didn't work the second day there. What was really annoying is that we received 2 wake up calls when we didn't even request them. We got a call around 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM and when we picked up the phone it was someone breathing and office noise in the background. Weird! We had to take the phone off the hook.

The Pelican Pub across the street, which is owned by the same people I guess, was nasty. The beer was awful and we didn't even finish our food. After we ordered the food it arrived about 3 minutes later which means it was not cooked fresh. I felt like I was eating at an expensive McDonalds.

One more thing...they say they accept AAA for discounts and they refused to give us one. The front desk had a mix of rude and really nice people. On a positive note, there was 2 women working there that were very helpful and nice.

Overall, we were extremely dissappointed with our experience. We just had to get over the whole thing and head to the beautiful beach. The beach is wonderful and there were amazing sunsets while we were there.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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Seattle WA
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Reviewed August 11, 2009

My husband and I, with our dog stayed in Room 217, The Nestucca Suite.
Avoid that room if at all possible. The website gives a misleading description of this room. While the room itself was very nice, the location was horrific. Located on the ground floor we were exposed to all foot traffic, so forget about soaking in the hot tub with the very small view of haystack rock. Drapes needed to be closed for privacy.
There is no air conditioning in their efforts to be "green" so our room maintained a very uncomfortable stuffy 77 degrees. Opening the sliding door offered no breeze, only the very loud road noise. Seriously, the road noise is atrocious...no relaxing. I wish I had a decible reader. REALLY!

The staff was friendly and the town quaint, but we will not be back.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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124 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2009

We stayed for a few nights here in room #308 and had an enjoyable visit. There are few accommodations in this small beach town so it is the best place to stay in my opinion.
The room is large and nicely decorated. Besides the bed, there is a nice big comfy leather sofa and chair in front of a fireplace. There is also a small table for two, a mini fridge, microwave and coffee pot. The bathroom is large with lots of counter space and plenty of hot water for a nice bubble bath after long hikes. All the rooms have a nice view of the ocean and the balcony has two chairs to take in the view of the Haystack rock and to watch the surfers. They have a good selection of latest DVDs that were complimentary that you could check out which was very nice.

We were a little concern after learning about the road in front of the inn but it didn't brother us and the noise wasn't bad. We weren't in our room that much during the day and in the evening the road is quiet.

You are only a few feet away from a beautiful sandy white beach. I believe the beach stretches for 6 miles and is lovely to walk on. There is a huge sand dune hill that is right across from the Inn and lots of people (especially kids) found it fun to run down it. It's a huff and puff walk up it but the view is worth it.

There are several trails at Cape Lookout that are nice and shady and have wonderful views. There was a few spots where it was a bit muddy but manageable. I highly recommend driving this scenic route and stop in for lunch at Roseanna's restaurant in small Oceanside. I think it may be the only restaurant in Oceanside but it was a good lunch place and they serve wonderful homemade desserts.

There is a deli/market next to the Inn that is very convenient. We were surprise how good the pizza was at Dorry Pizza which is next to the deli/market. The small Stimulus Cafe in the Inn is ok and had a limited menu for breakfast. We ate a couple of times at Pelican Pub across the street. They have excellent award winning beers here. Also, had dinner at Riverside Restaurant. It was a funky small place that is on the river and the service and food was good.

All in all, we had a great relaxing stay here.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2009

We were looking for a place on the Oregon coast we hadn't been to - and also a place that took dogs. The Inn is recommended in some guide books I have, and Trip Advisor seemed to have some positive praise with the negatives seeming mostly about price. So we decided to "push the boat out" and incur the extra expense to see somewhere new.

Initial impressions of the Inn are pretty much exactly as the photographs lead you to believe. It's right across the road from a small car park and then the beach, with Haystack Rock (not the Canon Beach one!) in sight. It's laid out on 3 levels with each room facing the road/beach. Don't worry about the road, you won't hear much noise - unless those dreadful Har(d)ley Davidson riders go past.

Check in was fine and we're off to the room. First impression is a bit disappointing. As people have mentioned, it's expensive. You're not paying for facilities at the Inn, so it's got to be a combination of the location and the room you're thinking..... The room is actually well equipped - fridge, microwave, fireplace, TV with DVD (with a good library of DVD's you can borrow from reception) & sofa. It just lacked that "wow" factor I was expecting - you're paying for the view/location!

My major gripe with the Inn becomes obvious as soon as you open the guest book and look at the first item - A.C. There isn't any. Now this is the Oregon coast and you wouldn't really expect to need it 360 days a year. We chose one of the hottest days of the year to visit - however it cools way off in the evening, so by about 10pm it's down in the 60's. Despite the nice temperatures the Inn seemed determined to actually have their heating on. At 4:15, 5:15, 6:30 & 7:15 I awoke in a pile of sweat. The temperature controller in the room said 80+ degrees and despite turning manual override way down, lack of A.C. (or their insitence on heating) lead to an uncomfortable night.

Otherwise, the Inn is good. The little coffee shop serves great breakfast items, the Pelican brewery across the street has nice food and beer (although it can be 90 minutes to get a table at busy times and the prices are a bit steep - city prices). The beach is awesome, with the huge sand dune to climb, the surfers and fisherman on the beach and the long quiet expanses of sand, the sunsets on the Pelican's patio.

Pacific city itself is a bit of a dive, so there isn't really anything around that would keep me busy for more than a 2 days.

One last thing - forget about emailing them. I emailed 2 days before we went for the reservation and heard nothing until 3 days after we returned. I also emailed their "comments" email to give them a chance to respond before I posted this - 5 days later still nothing.

Good points:
- location
- Pelican brewery & coffee shop right next to the Inn
- picturesque
- very welcoming of dogs (for a fee of course!)

Bad points:
- everything (inn, brewery) are expensive for what you get
- rooms were too hot (for me)
- not much to do after the first day

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank hod01
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Keizer, OR
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2009

Booked the room, was told $169 a night plus pet fee for their cheapest room. Well I wrote it down, but evidently it wasn't entered into their system that way. Ended up being charged $199 night plus $20 night pet fee for MID WEEK end of June stay. When I argued the rate at the hotel I was informed it was not documented that way and that this was the fee I was being charged! I just about passed out. $220 night for a hotel across the street from the ocean and next to a really busy, noisy road... great view of the crowded parking lot across the street by the way... just don't leave your slider door or window open... there's no point, you won't hear the ocean, you'll just hear the trucks (and there are tons of them) revving up their engines to get up the hill right outside. And on top of that... no breakfast.

I felt really taken advantage of and had no idea how to fight it. But, but, but THIS IS WHAT I WAS TOLD! meant nothing compared with their, well that's not how it's documented response. My first and last trip to this place.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Essex, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2009

We totally loved this place – ideal location, fantastic accommodation, friendly staff – almost perfect in every respect. The staff are excellent - efficient, helpful and friendly.

We stayed in the Haystack Suite. There is a huge bedroom with a large, very comfortable bed, armchairs, fireplace, TV/DVD and balcony. There is also a big living room with a comfortable queen sofa bed, armchair, table & chairs, fireplace, TV/DVD, kitchen area with fridge & dishwasher and balcony. There is one large bathroom off the main bedroom, with two sink areas, two-person Jacuzzi tub, shower and toilet. Another toilet & sink are off the hall. Both are well-stocked with excellent toiletries. In an alcove in the hall is a sink area with a coffee maker (filtered and espresso), wine fridge, glasses and mugs. The kitchen area has plenty of crockery and cutlery – everything you could need.

There is in-room wi-fi access, plus a PC with printer for guests to use on the landing.

The view from the suite was of the beach and Haystack Rock. Yes, you can also see/hear the road and see the Pelican Brewery & Pub across the road, but we didn’t mind this at all and didn’t find it intrusive.
As we arrived on a Friday night, there was a wine/beer and cheese reception in the lobby area. Although it was nice to taste some local wines and beers, it would have been better if a member of the Inn staff had been present to chat to guests.

We had booked the extremely good value Bed, Breakfast & Brew package which gave us (each night) either the beer taster tray or two 12oz beers + $25 credit towards food in the Pelican Pub. The first night we ate in the Pub and had the misfortune to be seated in the Haystack Room at the back, which is a big barn of a space with plastic tables and chairs and incredibly noisy. The noise level was partly down to the fact that there were mostly family parties with lots of children, but also I think the acoustics left a lot to be desired. Having said that, the food and beer were good (although the margaritas weren’t up to much), which made it even more of a shame that it was like eating in a fast-food cafeteria. The next night we ate at the bar in the main room, which was altogether different and we enjoyed our meal so much more.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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1 Thank Carole G
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Washington
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 25, 2009

The Inn at Cape Kiwanda is the perfect place to stay. The view is amazing even though the hotel is across the street from the beach. The hotel staff is kind and welcoming and the rooms are among the nicest we've experienced on the Oregon coast. I think what I love most is the fact that the Pelican Brewery is right across the street; I am already making plans to go back!

Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank waltsB
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Property: Inn At Cape Kiwanda
Address: 33105 Cape Kiwanda Dr, Pacific City, OR 97135-8012
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Pacific City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pacific City
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Hotel Class:4 star — Inn At Cape Kiwanda 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at Cape Kiwanda is located just steps from the beach in beautiful Pacific City, Oregon. This 35 room boutique hotel features all ocean-view rooms; each is equipped with a gas fireplace, private balconies facing the ocean, flat screen televisions, pillow top mattresses, luxurious bedding, microwaves, and coffee makers. Cruise the laid back beach town on the complimentary beach cruiser bikes, stay in on a rainy day and watch complimentary DVD movies, also enjoy the Friday & Saturday night fireside managers reception where they will be serving Pelican beers, fine Oregon wines, sparkling apple ciders, and fruit and cheese platters from 5:30-6:30pm. On-site is the ocean view mini-spa where you may schedule a massage, manicure, pedicure, or facial. ... more   less 
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