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“Overpriced, cramped, and bad customer service”

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Sea Ranch RV Park & Stables
Oakland, California
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Overpriced, cramped, and bad customer service”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

This was the worst "camping"/"cabin" experience I've ever had. We stayed on two separate occasions--we should have cancelled after our first night.

It was $110/night for my family, we stayed in a "large" cabin. It was my parents, myself, and a 3 year old. They charged us for extra people, renting a SPACE heater, and on our second time around, they came by in the morning to tell us they had under-charged us and needed more money ($20). They also told this to another group we were with (and collected an extra $110). Cushioned between the stay at the "park" was a visit to the Fort Steven's Yurts. Much better price, much larger space, and closer to the beach.

So, to spell it out a little more:
*Unwelcoming staff
*Expensive ($110+) a night--you could rent a hotel for that price!
*Bring your own bedding (I'm totally OK with that, but for $110+ a night?!)
*Water pressure in the shower was terrible (and it leaked everywhere)
*Hot water ran out after 5 MINUTES
*Noisy (there is less than 10 ft. between cabins/tent sites/RV sites)
*EXTREMELY SMALL (our large cabin was 12ft X 12ft) with a double bunk and futon. It was CRAMPED.
*They don't own up to their own mistakes. Coming by the next morning to say your lady at check-in had made a mistake and checked us in for $20/under is YOUR mistake, not OURS. Especially on an empty MONDAY MORNING, you should take from good customer service and taken responsibility for your own mistake.
*Prices on the website are NOT updated--false advertising.

If you HAD to book here because everything else was filled in town, I can understand that rationale. However, I hope you don't have to... Trust this review and the others, look EVERYWHERE else you can before booking here.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Medford, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

The location is good but that is about it. I stayed in one of the tiny cabins and we paid $140 a night for 2 vehicles and 4 people. They came by in the morning to collect more money happened to us and another group that was here. You would be better off in a motel than using their cabins, you supply the bedding to a very cramped cabin no TV and not even room for a lavatory in the bathroom. Stay away, they charge extra for everything. Sites for tent are very cramped. Buyer beware.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
76 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2013

I've been coming to Sea Ranch since 1980, but I'm going to stop going. It has gotten very expensive, inflexible, and crowded.

Pros: We like the middle hook-up sites (just water and power), like 56, 57, & 58. They are fairly roomy and have some trees. (The full hook-up sites near the bathrooms are awful. No privacy and too close the usually-overflowing garbage bins) We really like the dish-washing station outside the bathroom building, which is lit and has two double sinks. We have a pop-up trailer with no hot water, so that dish-washing area makes life a lot easier. It's nice that they've added washers and dryers in the last few years. They're expensive but when you have lots of wet towels and wet swim suits, it's nice to have the option. And of course, we love the location, which is walking distance to both the beach and downtown. The location is what keeps them going. Without that, I think they would have failed by now.

Cons:
The two main cons are the expense and the staff. Our site was $38 per night. That covers one trailer and two people. Our son was another $3 per night. Our friends had 3 kids, so their site was $47. When we checked in, they asked us how many people we had, if we had dogs. They have extra charges for everything. We paid.

The first night, my friends pitched a tiny tent for their oldest kid. She slept there the second night too. The second morning, the staff came by and noticed the tent and told my friends they owed extra for that. "Oh, okay. How much?" Are you ready for this? $33 per night! Same price as actually reserving a separate tent site. That's ridiculous. They were already charging them $9 per night for the kids. I could see charging maybe another $10 for the tent. But $33? That brought it to $80 per night. And the staff person was dismissive and rude about it. In fact, I've had a number of not very nice interactions with the staff. Nothing terrible, but they are certainly not terrifically helpful and the goal seems to make the most money possible, rather than having good customer service and encouraging repeat business. The $66 they wouldn't back off on is resulting in neither of us being willing to come back.

Another couple cons: The shower heads are really low, so if you're over 5'5", you have to crouch. The bathrooms are cleaned at times when a lot of people need to use the bathroom; usually around 7 am and 9 pm.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Kelowna
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2013

The only redeeming quality about this place is the location to the downtown area. The property is little more than a field with some utilities. The RV Resort located just across the highway offers much more at the same price (we had friends staying at that resort and wished we had been able to secure a spot but they were fully booked - for good reason). If the owners tell you that the horses are not in the pasture - I would not necessary take their word for it - thats what we were told so you can imagine when you see almost a dozen horses walking directly behind your site that you feel a little duped. Restrooms were disgusting and the place should have a complete overhaul. No cable, wi-fi only works by the office and for the $38 (and the $3 they charged for our little dog) felt it was a complete rip-off.

Room Tip: Would recommend staying at a state park or other private campground
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Little Rock, Arkansas
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 25 August 2013

Isn't it almost every little girls dream to ride horses on the beach with your boyfriend an or husband? Well my dream is finally a reality after 37 years. Jessica and her loving horses took us on a stroll we'll never forget!!! Thanks Jessica for a great experience!!! We loved walking along the beach and having a romantic getaway.... hope to visit with the stables again!!! Keep fulfilling those dreams!!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Grande Prairie, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2013

I am Canadian and definitely get spoiled with amazing campsites and free fire wood. The location of this campground is good if you want to stay right in Cannon Beach, but look further out of town for better sites. We were in a tent and there don't seem to be many tent friendly places off the highway. If we had planned better we would of stayed in the state parks. But I haven't been down this way for 15+ years. Everything in this place is an extra, the charges can add up fast. We got 7 pieces of firewood for $6, which would be ok if it was good wood, but you may as well go into the cutblocks off the highway and pick up the slash, it would probably burn better.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baker City, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2013

This dump definitely isn't a resort! All of the horrible reviews still ring true, and we had to suffer through an entire week here! Horrible check in that took too long, only 3 showers and 2 toilets in men and women's bathrooms for 70-YES, SEVENTY- campsites! Only 3 total washing machines and 6 dryers (weird on the matchup) for entire place! Nothing for kids to do in park and we felt literally placed on top of our neighbors- paid over $100 per night for RV and tent, they charge extra for vehicle but don't have anywhere extra to park. WHAT A NIGHTMARE!!! Arrrrggggg

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Sea Ranch RV Park & Stables
Address: 415 N Fir St, PO Box 214, Cannon Beach, OR 97110-3018
Region: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Cannon Beach
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Ranked #7 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Cannon Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 80
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Sea Ranch Rv Park & Stables Hotel Cannon Beach

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