Stayed here with friends last week. We originally tried to book at the Overleaf Lodge (Fireside's sister hotel next door) but since I have a dog (a 6# pomeranian with deformed back legs so he doesn't even walk!), we were forced to stay at the Fireside which is their "pet-friendly" annex.
This place is clean enough although it desperately needs updating. The decor seems sort of 80's era. Our shower head was so loose it was about to fall off the wall. I hand-tightened it as best I could which seemed to fix it temporarily. The first night we stayed, the alarm clock went off at midnight, blasting music and waking all of us in a fright. Very annoying!
The ocean is very close and the view is nice but the deck has very little privacy. If you are of average height and sit in the deck seats, your view is completely blocked by the railing so you have to stand up if you want to see the view of the ocean. Really pathetic design flaw.
Yes, pets are allowed (for a $10 per night fee) but they are not allowed on any of the furniture and you are not allowed to leave the pet in the room alone, so it's really not very "pet-friendly". My 6 pound pomeranian doesn't even walk and normally sleeps with me at night (he's more like a cat than a dog) so this "pet friendly" hotel gets a D- from me. Anytime we went anywhere, I had to leave him in my car. It seems to me that if you're going to allow pets, then ALLOW them! In any case, the decor is outdated and worn and in no way warrants this level of fussing over the furniture.
We made spa appointments for all three of us at the Overleaf Spa next door, amounting to over $100 each. Since our appointments were scheduled first thing in the morning, we went directly to Overleaf when we woke up. WOW! I was shocked when I entered the Overleaf. The difference between Overleaf and Fireside is PROFOUND. Beautiful lobby, very modern with a nice "lodge" feel. I was surprised to see a lovely complimentary breakfast laid out for the guests. The Fireside feels more like a low-quality roadside motel. It seriously PALES in comparison.
Yes, the Fireside IS less expensive, but the Overleaf is SO MUCH NICER! We would have happily paid to stay at the Overleaf which is where we originally tried to book a reservation, but since I have a "dog", we were not allowed at the Overleaf.
So when we arrived for our spa appointments, my friend asked the girl at the front desk if we could have a muffin or something from the breakfast spread so that we weren't going into our massages on an empty stomach. I mean, we were about to spend over $300 in addition to the three night stay at the Fireside...you'd think they could spare a muffin.
Their response? NO! We were not allowed to have a muffin! "The complimentary breakfast is for the OVERLEAF guests," she told us, "NOT the Fireside guests." My friend then asked if we could BUY a muffin because our appointments were so early, we hadn't had time for breakfast and we didn't want to get an hour long massage on empty stomachs. "NOPE."
So we saw the manager a few feet away, listening in on our conversation but not getting involved. She called him over and asked him if we could buy a muffin before our spa appointments. His response? "Well, we don't usually do that because the complimentary breakfast is for the Overleaf guests, but we'll make an exception today.." I cannot convey how offensive this was! We're talking about a muffin here, folks! And not some fancy muffin either; we're talking about an ENGLISH MUFFIN (what do you suppose that is their cost? TEN CENTS?) Here we were spending $700 at their establishment and we had to argue with them over a muffin -- and we were even offering to BUY it!
Well, I was so offended I was hard-pressed to indulge in their english muffins, but my friend toasted one for herself and ate it on the way up to the spa.
After we left here, we travelled up the coast and spent the night in a brand new one bedroom condo - with beautiful marble counters, a full stainless steel kitchen, a deck and a dining table - right on Cannon beach for $109 per night.
We will not return to the Fireside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax, refresh and rejuvenate at the Fireside Motel on the oceanfront. Most of the rooms have breathtaking oceanfront views and are amazingly close to the surf pounding on the rocky coastline. Tide pools abound with life in the surf in front of your room and a well maintained State Park trail meanders along the bluff and ends at a nearby sandy beach. Many of our rooms are pet friendly, so bring your favorite pet(s) too! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fireside Motel Yachats, Oregon
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