Given that the website doesn't have many photos, and you have to make your reservation over the phone, we were expecting old and funky but hoping for charm. It was just as we expected. The man we made the reservation with was super nice on the phone, gave us a description of the rooms he had and recommended the best one. We stayed in 26, which had a kitchen, jacuzzi bath, and a wood-burning fireplace. After reading other reviews, and looking at the property, I would recommend the top floor rooms in the hotel part. The cabins were far from the beach and didn't look so great. However, they allow kids and dogs, so if you're looking for a budget family trip they might fit the bill. Also, you only get the ocean view on the top floor of the hotel, not the bottom floor.
The lady at the front desk was really nice and laid back at check in.The room and kitchen were very clean, and everything was in working order. The kitchen was well stocked, but if you are planning on doing some cooking you may want to bring some essential tools just in case. It sounds like some of the kitchen utensils are hit and miss in the rooms and cabins. Also make sure to bring cooking oil, spices, etc. There is salt and pepper but that's it. We brought a few things but only ended up being glad we brought our measuring spoons and measuring cups.
The room could definitely use some TLC--a little superglue and some updated bedding, but it worked well. The only complaint I have was that the bed was pretty old and creaky. My back wasn't very happy and it would have been difficult to sleep in it more than two nights. If I was to give the owners some suggestions on upgrades, I'd put new mattresses at number one, followed by down comforters instead of the old bedspreads, and DVD players for the TVs. Other than that the decor could use an update, but it's not essential. I think the coffee maker was also from about 1984, but it worked just fine.
There aren't many options in Grayland, but this is a good one. Great place to go clamming if that's your thing--there is a clam sink downstairs for cleaning shellfish and the beach is right in front of the hotel. We had a very relaxing time--we made some oyster stew with oysters from Brady's Oysters down the way, tasted the cranberry wine at the winery, walked around Westport, had a nice dinner at Bennetts down the road, took a look at the cranberry bogs, and walked on the beach. At night we watched spooky movies with only the light of the fireplace. Great fall getaway. We'll be back.