This was our 1st trip to Seaside. We used to live close to NJ beaches, and so it takes some getting used to when visiting the PAC. NW. The ocean is freezing cold, but clear. I missed not being able to gather shells with the kid's. Yet the sand is so fine, light colored, and soft! This made walking (what felt like 1 mile to get from the boardwalk to the water) kind of difficult, and challenging with little ones. Prepare to carry 3 & younger, or it will take you a long time (even when it's high tide). The entertainment in Seaside is not great. The 10+ min walk to the boardwalk got old. But we made the best of it, because it was warm & sunny & the hotel was wonderful. Except the pool. Yes, as someone said, it was cold. And small. It's not a pool you'd want to spend longer than 10 min in. But due to the cost of the hotel, we let the kid's have their extended pool time. (we have been spoiled in the past w/ trips to the GWL water park). The hotel has coupons for an Italian restaurant. Don't go. Being Italian, this was the worst food we've ever tasted. There's a nice/popular Italian restaurant (but noisy as it's connected to huge arcade) on the boardwalk. I know this is supposed to be about the hotel, but the whole beach experience was not really worth the cost of the hotel (the main cost of the trip). Save your $ & fly somewhere warmer with definite sun. It got to be depressing to constantly hear that the weather is rarely sunny & warm. We got lucky. The day we left, the clouds (dense mist) rolled in & I couldn't wait to get out of there. We also drove to beach with Haystack rock & parking was scarce, we were too far to walk to Haystack rock, & the wind was unbearable! People own homes there? Why? Sand was forever blowing everywhere. We made the best of it & so that was our shortest beach trip ever. Our kid's liked the swings on the beach @ Seaside. And we had fun watching the sun set while recreating Mt. Rainier out of sand. God forbid there's a tsunami, there's no running on that beach in that powder like sand. It would be like running in quick sand. So the hotel is beyond perfection. But, we couldn't enjoy the balcony due to excessive stinky mildew on the balcony surface. And I wouldn't pay more for river view. The river is more like a ditch full of smelly green water. Nothing pretty to look at. The hotel parking lot is tiny, but we always had a spot. Don't go when events are going on. (Hood to Coast, etc). The elevator was slow. I wish there was some sort of mat to wipe sandy feet on before tracking into the hotel room. We had to request our room to be cleaned & swept. It was missed. House cleaning promised to come back later, and never did. Main bath shower had sand on the shower bottom. The windows inside & screen smelled like mildew (& mildew could be seen) so cracking the window was not great for my mold allergies. The breakfast was 'ok'. We had 2 BR's. The angles to the rooms is goofy...and makes it difficult to feel comfortable in the 1st room. It's stuffy feeling. At least we could keep the window open in that room. Lastly, our toddler had a 4'+ mirror fall off the wall right near him in the hallway. Thankfully he was fine & the mirror didn't break. But it fell due to it not being secured properly. Overall, when I take a vacation, I want to see things & feel away from home. The hotel is like a home. We ended up staying 3 nights. Two is probably enough for Seaside. I do wish they had more than 2 luggage carts. That was a little ridiculous to check in & have to take 6 trips. Again, save your $ & visit a warm beach! Hope this helps! :)
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- A first-class All-Suite hotel located along the extraordinary Oregon coast in Seaside, Rivertide Suites welcomes guests with spacious suites, plentiful amenities and first-rate service. Guests who stay with us rate our quality, cleanliness and attention to detail best-of-class in the North Oregon Coast community. ... more less
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