My wife and I stayed there the night of September 8th. We started the day at Crater Lake National Park. From Crater Lake, our GPS directed us to I-5 and then had us take the Merlin exit (believe Exit# 61 just north of Grants Pass). We went into the 90 mile drive from I-5 to Gold Beach expecting a scenic but curvy road. I can't remember the amount of time our GPS recommended for this drive, but I believe it was anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 hours. This road is nicely drawn on my 2013 Rand McNally Atlas too. The first 10-15 miles were fine, and the last 15-20 miles were fine. The 60+ miles in the middle were very frustrating! In the simplest sense, these 60 miles were on a paved logging road. The road had no painted lines and no guard rails; plus, there were stretches of pure gravel, stretches of cracked pavement and stretches with rocks on the pavement. The road was not very wide - definitely not a comfortable width for RVs, campers, etc. For the majority of the time, I drove between 20-30mph. The 90 mile drive took us 3 to 4 hours. Since I am not from Oregon or the Pacific Northwest, I can't advise you on a great route to take from I-5 to Gold Beach; however, if you are anxious to get to Gold Beach or even the ocean, I strongly recommend you take a different route. On the positive side, we loved the hotel!! The front desk service, our large and clean room, the view of the ocean from our patio room, the nearby sound of the ocean and the delicious food from the Chowder House made our stay perfect! We can't say enough about this wonderful hotel and can't wait to stay there again! The only frustrating part of hotel was the sandy walk to the beach which was expected. My wife is in a power wheelchair, so she was unable to enjoy the beach. Hopefully some day, the city, hotel or whomever will pave or boardwalk the trail to the beach so that people with all abilities can easily enjoy the ocean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- #1 Rated Oceanfront Lodging and Vacation Rentals. Pacific Reef Hotel sits on 6 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean with direct access to the the beach. Oceanfront guests will enjoy clean & comfortable rooms, a nightly 16 minute outdoor theater presentation and a $10 Breakfast Room Credit to the Chowder House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pacific Reef Resort - Gold Beach Hotel Gold Beach
- Pacific Reef Hotel
- Pacific Reef Gold Beach