The Lighthouse Inn is an excellent value with a lot of nice amenities for families and a convenient location, but with some limitations as one would expect at this price point.
Stayed in a second floor king suite during mid June, 2012 with my wife and two kids. Recently we stayed at its sister property, The Lodges at Cannon Beach, so much of this review will be in comparison to that hotel. Our average nightly rate at the Lighthouse Inn, taking advantage of a “2 nights for the price of 1” special, was $125 + tax. In comparison, the two bedroom condo at the Lodges at Cannon Beach would have been about $300/night for the same stay.
On the positive side, the staff are uniformly friendly and helpful. The room at the Lighthouse Inn was recently remodeled and spotlessly clean. It comes with a lot of nice amenities: a small refrigerator, microwave oven, 2 burner stove, coffee maker, 2 small flat screen TVs and a DVD player. You also get a nice continental breakfast, free fresh baked cookies, coffee, tea, salt water taffy, and DVD rentals at the main office, which is a less than 5 minute drive away. We were impressed with how comfortable both beds were. Our large, 12 and 14 year old boys commented that the queen size sleeper sofa was surprisingly comfortable, and the fact that they could share that bed for 3 nights without fighting was notable. We also liked the walk in shower which had great water pressure. They provide lots of towels. One of the nicer advantages of the Lighthouse, Inn compared to the other properties that are further south, is its convenient location. The beach is one block away and the shops and restaurants of “downtown” Cannon Beach are also within walking distance. There was a quaint farmer’s market one afternoon one block south of the hotel, and the Sleepy Monk Coffee Shop and Irish Table (our favorite Cannon Beach restaurant so far) are right next to that.
The negatives for the resort are pretty minor. Although the room is spacious, because so much stuff is packed into it, the layout can be strange. For example, the silverware is in a tray in a cupboard about one inch off the floor and right next to the front door. The bathroom has no vanity, so there is no place to put a dopp kit, except on the toilet or the floor. Although the sleeper sofa is comfortable, there are a couple of windows in the main room which do not have shades, and the room can get quite bright in the morning. Also, the room is overall not as luxurious as the condos at the Lodges at Cannon Beach: the towels are not as plush, the countertops are formica not solid surface, the appliances are functional but not luxurious like at the Lodges, and the TVs are a lot smaller. Of course, this is not unexpected given that the Lodges are 2.5x more expensive. Overall, our family was divided in our opinion of the hotel. I prefer the space and luxury of the condos at the Lodges at Cannon Beach, whereas my wife (who is more value-minded) thinks the Lighthouse Inn is perfect for our family. Both are really nice hotels and excellent values, it just boils down to which price point you prefer.
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- Also Known As:
- Van Buren Lighthouse Hotel Cannon Beach