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“Excellent Value in Cannon Beach”
Review of The Lighthouse Inn

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The Lighthouse Inn
Ranked #1 of 17 Cannon Beach B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 June 2012

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.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

We had a last minute weekender at this property over Easter weekend. The weather was predicted to be beautiful (and it was), so hotels boosted all their rates for the occasion of coarse. We tried to book at the sister property and they were full, so recommended The Lighthouse Inn for alternative. Special low rates were offered for the Fresh remodeled rooms. We had a top floor end unit with one bedroom, mini kitchen and balcony. Room is pet friendly with a basket of goodies for Fido. Room was spotless and everything was new and fresh. Giant shower in remodeled bathroom with tons of towels. There are only 8 units in complex keeping it a quiet and private stay.
Best part is the walking distance to everything. Block off of beach. Markets, Coffee, and shopping all a nice close stroll away.
Check-in/out is at sister property a cpl. miles down the street as well as continental breakfast if you like. We chose a little coffee house within blocks to enjoy a light breakfast and a Latte.

Overall, we would stay here again if the price was right again. Dog friendly, great people at desk, and spotless room.
Great job guys!!!

Room Tip: Choose top floor, for balcony and vaulted ceilings.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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8  Thank SoggyMoss
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

was one of the only places with a room available for the nights I wanted, but was underwhelming for the price.

Cons:
* minor annoyance of having to go to drive to various sister properties to check inn / out / breakfast
* the shower head flipped out constantly spraying the whole bathroom
* the wifi was extremely slow
* it smelled very strongly of paint
* no views of anything
* first floor handicapped accessible unit doesn't have the same amenities as the other rooms but has the same price (to be honest I think I was warned about this when booking but didn't really pay attention since it was last minute/last room available) and is tucked away in the corner of the building making it claustrophobic feeling, the upstairs rooms might be a lot better.
* when I mentioned these various issues on checkout no apology was made.

Pros:
* was very clean
* was quiet
* good for sleep

some of these are probably just growing pains as the place was just remodeled a few months ago. but given the price I had expected better.

Room Tip: upstairs rooms are better
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Tim T
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Escape L, Manager at The Lighthouse Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2012

Thank you for sharing your experience! We always like to hear your comments, and would like to thank you for making us aware of where we need improvement. We are glad you found your room clean and quiet, and we appreciate your acknowledgement that you were told about the ADA accomodations. Our staff prides itself on its thoroughness and attention to details such as these. Most guests choose this property for its fantastic location. We strive to clearly communicate the amenities each of our properties have to offer, and usually find that the percieved inconvenience of checking-in at our managing property is far outweighed by the convenience of the Lighthouse's central location and privacy. You are correct in observing that this hotel was recently renovated. Several upgrades occurred, including retiled showers, new carpet, mattresses and furnishings, and of course: new interior paint! Regrettably, we were unaware of the lingering 'newness' that diminished your stay. As time has passed, we are confident this issue has subsided. We are disappointed to hear that we did not appropriately acknowledge the disappointments in your experience upon check-out. We are committed to delivering "second mile service", and clearly we missed our mark. We do hope you continue to patronize Excape Lodging properties in the future, and give us the opportunity to grant you the stay you deserve. We will not disappoint!

Thank you!
The Lighthouse Inn Managment team

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Additional Information about The Lighthouse Inn

Address: 939 & 963 South Hemlock, P.O. Box 1388, Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (Formerly Van Buren Lighthouse Inn)
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Region: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Cannon Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Cannon Beach
Price Range: £131 - £190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Lighthouse Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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Van Buren Lighthouse Hotel Cannon Beach

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