Within easy walking distance of Nye Beach, the Comfort Inn (531 SW Fall St., 541/265-6203 or 800/443-7777, www.newportvaluinn.com, $90 and up) is a newer, though rather generic, hotel in a good location. While these aren’t oceanfront guest rooms, the Comfort Inn is just minutes from the beach, and the rooms are a few bucks less expensive than many other places in town.
If you don’t mind a nonview or partial-view room, similar options are available for about $90 at the very comfy Hallmark Resort (744 SW Elizabeth St., 541/265-2600 or 888/448-4449, www.hallmarkinns.com).
For location, you can’t beat the The Whaler (155 SW Elizabeth St., 541/265-9261 or 800/433-9444, www.whalernewport.com, $129 and up). Each of the 73 rooms has a view, and some have fireplaces, wet bars, and private balconies. Guests are treated to fresh-popped popcorn, pool facilities, and continental breakfast. Dogs are permitted in some guest rooms.
The Hallmark Resort (744 SW Elizabeth St., 541/265-2600 or 888/448-4449, www.hallmarkinns.com, $129 and up) is a large hotel complex sitting atop the Newport bluffs, looking westward over the Pacific and miles of sandy beach. Of the many modern hotels that share this vista, the Hallmark is one of the nicest, with large well-maintained guest rooms. Facilities include an indoor pool, a spa, and a restaurant. Many guest rooms are pet-friendly.
Stay on the bay-front at Anchor Pier Lodge (345 SW Bay Blvd., 541/265-7829, www.anchorpier.com, $125 and up), up a long flight of stairs from street level, where you’ll truly be living “above the store” (there’s a gift shop down below). The rooms are simple, with wood-plank floors, but tastefully and individually decorated. Although the bay-front can be a little noisy with carousing people and sea lions, the inn provides earplugs. Rooms that overlook the bay have balconies; they’re the ones to go for.
The extremely popular Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina (1000 SE Bay Blvd., 541/265-8521 or 800/547-4779, www.embarcadero-resort.com, $109 and up) is bay-front but not beachfront; it overlooks Yaquina Bay and the soaring bay bridge, arguably one of the best views in Oregon. The Embarcadero has an assortment of suites and townhouses with full kitchens and fireplaces. Facilities include an indoor pool, a sauna, two outdoor hot tubs, a restaurant and bar, a private dock, and boat rentals.
If you want to get away from it all, Little Creek Cove Condominiums (3641 NW Oceanview Dr., 541/265-8587 or 800/294-8025, www.littlecreekcove.com, $139 and up) is a small condo resort that might be what you’re looking for. Little Creek Cove resort is two miles north of Newport, perched just above an isolated stretch of beach. You have a choice of studio, one-, and two-bedroom units, each with a private deck, a full kitchen, and a fireplace.
North of town, perched above a great stretch of beach, the Moolack Shores Motel (8835 N. U.S. 101, 541/265-2326, $99 and up) is a quiet spot, even though its parking area is just off the highway. The rooms are individually decorated, and more than a little bit quirky, but most have good ocean views, and the beach is just down a long flight of wooden stairs from the motel.
You may not find any riverboat gamblers aboard the Newport Belle Bed & Breakfast (2126 SE OSU Dr., 541/867-6290 or 800/348-1922, www.newportbelle.com, $145 and up), a recently constructed sternwheeler designed as a floating inn, but this 97-foot-long B&B on the H Dock of the Newport Marina evokes the ambience of the sternwheeler heyday. Choose from five generous staterooms, each with its own personality and private bath. Most have fabulous vistas of the bustling marina and bridge area. In the evening, guests either retire to their staterooms, enjoy the open afterdeck, or socialize in the main salon, where a gourmet breakfast is served every morning. No pets, children, or smoking are allowed. Soft-soled shoes are required.
The Sylvia Beach Hotel (267 NW Cliff St., 541/265-5428, www.sylviabeachhotel.com, $100 and up), a favorite of many Oregonians, combines the camaraderie of a hostel with the intimate charm of a bed-and-breakfast. Built in the era when the Corvallis-to-Yaquina Bay train and seven-seater Studebaker touring cars from Portland ferried the summer folks to Nye Beach, the hotel and its National Historic Landmark designation and literary theme have attracted an enthusiastic following. The 20 guest rooms, named after different authors, are furnished with decor evocative of each respective literary legacy. The Edgar Allen Poe Room, for instance, has a pendulum guillotine blade and stuffed ravens, while the Agatha Christie Room drops such clues as shoes underneath the curtains and capsules marked “Poison” in the medicine cabinet.
Most of the rooms (“best-sellers”) run $139, with several oceanfront suites (“classics”) featuring a fireplace and a deck going for $193. “Novels” go for $100 (no ocean view, but still quite charming). All rates include a full breakfast and reflect double occupancy. At breakfast, you have a choice of entrées and share a table with eight other guests, so misanthropes beware! No smoking, pets, or radios are allowed on the premises, and small children are discouraged.
To get there, turn off U.S. 101 onto NW Third Street and follow it down to the beach, where NW Third and Cliff Streets meet. Look for a large four-story dark green vintage wooden structure with a red roof on a bluff above the surf.
Elizabeth Street Inn (232 SW Elizabeth St., 541/265-9400 or 877/265-9400, www.elizabethstreetinn.com, $169 and up), in the Nye Beach neighborhood, sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean. All of the spacious rooms in this newer property face the ocean and have private balconies. They come fully equipped with fireplaces, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Guests also get a complimentary continental breakfast and have use of the indoor pool, spa, and fitness room.
The Best Western Agate Beach Inn (3019 N. Coast Hwy., 541/265-9411 or 800/547-3310, www.newportbestwestern.com, $159 and up) is a tall oceanfront hotel with a fine view overlooking Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Agate Beach. The rooms are comfortable standard-issue hotel rooms, and although it’s a little bit of a hike down to the beach, it is one of Newport’s best beaches. A sports bar and a decent restaurant are on-site. Nonview guest rooms run around $119. Pets are permitted in some guest rooms.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel