As we pulled into the driveway of Cape Arch Inn in the soft light of a November afternoon I felt like we were about to step into a fairy tale. The turret, the cedar glowing pink in the gray air, the architectural embellishments—all were enchanting and as inviting as the cottage Hansel and Gretel found in the forest. Kari, whose warmth and ease were welcoming, greeted us. The spiral stairs that led up from the entry spilled into a beautiful living room that led into a small sweet dining room surrounded by windows looking out onto green as only the beach can paint. The tour ended in our room, a beautiful purple space from which we could see the ocean on the other side of the highway.
It wasn’t until we returned to the room after dinner that the enchantment began to slip. The settee next to the bed, the only place big enough for Walt to sit, was coming apart at the seams and shaky. As I was settling in to sleep a strong smell of mildew wafted out of the bathroom and remained with us for our whole stay.
The next morning the coffee promised at 7:30 was not ready. A little thing, but in a place that promotes itself as romantic and carrying you away from the cares of everyday life, and that costs as much as our rooms did, it’s the little things that make the difference. And ultimately it was the little things that stripped away the last vestiges of romance and enchantment we tried so hard to find.
There was a beach view from our bedroom windows. The beach itself could not be heard over the roar of traffic from the highway that was much closer to the inn than the promotional photos led us to believe. The implied seclusion did not mention neighbors so close they could see right into our back windows with little effort.
Our first breakfast was creative and flavorful and mostly well-executed. However, we were not greeted when we sat down, and we were not ever asked how our night had been or if we had any concerns. Our second breakfast, still with no expression of welcome or asking after our comfort, was horrible. Vegetable hash that was unseasoned, raw and cold, served as a bedding for poached eggs with hard yolks and runny whites. When Walt checked us out, and stood waiting for an ancient printer to provide a receipt, he was not asked how our stay was.
If Arch Cape Inn were a standard hotel that offered breakfast it might have been worth the price. But as an establishment that promotes itself as better than a hotel, it misses the mark considerably. And with so many other incredible choices along the Oregon Coast, we won’t be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover our Romantic Boutique Hotel featuring ocean views, gorgeous antiques, lovely gardens and luxurious modern amenities. Guestrooms at our Oregon Coast Boutique Hotel are beautifully appointed with private bathrooms, fireplaces, refrigerators, and free Wi-Fi. Don't miss Complimentary 3 course breakfasts and afternoon wine and appetizers at our Cannon Beach Hotel. Find out why our pet-friendly Cannon Beach Romantic Hotel is the perfect Oregon coast retreat! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arch Cape Inn & Retreat Hotel Arch Cape
- Arch Cape Inn And Retreat