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“Midweek at Ester Lee” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ester Lee Motel
Ranked #6 of 36 Hotels in Lincoln City
Certificate of Excellence
Salem, OR
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Midweek at Ester Lee”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

This was the second time visiting the Ester Lee. The view was exceptional, and we enjoyed the large room with a full kitchen and fireplace. Very relaxing! The staff is very helpful, also.

Room Tip: On their website you can actually see each room and the amenities. We asked for one of three rooms a...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Carol P
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Salem, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

We have been going here for several years and we recommend Cabin #2. It is very private, very quiet and has a view of the beach and ocean that is second to none. Perfect place for a couple and even a couple animals if you are so inclined. Close to the beach and parks for lots of good walking. You can just lay in bed and watch and listen to the ocean. Even if it is raining outside; it doesn't matter. If you need a bigger cottage, they have many to choose from. We go there to relax, unwind and yes, that too.

Room Tip: Cabin #2 for two people.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tom B
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Sandy, Oregon, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

We have been visiting the Ester lee yearly for the last 8 yrs and we love the rooms and the staff there. They are very personable, and always call and check in before we get there and invite us to bring our dog Queen with us. The rooms are always very clean, and the views are amazing. We recomend the Ester Lee to all our friends and family!

Room Tip: If you are bringing a dog the cottages are what you should look into. We have stayed in the cottage...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Desiree B
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Graeagle, California
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55 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

We were traveling with our dog, so were grateful to locate the pet-friendly Ester Lee. We were shown several rooms, all with views, but one (cottage 1?) had a strong odor of animal urine. We told the receptionists about the smell, and they identified that it was a problem that would be corrected. They offered us a different cottage with an amazing view, the sounds of the sea lulling us to sleep (cottage 2). Unfortunately, the view from the bed was obstructed by a large window that had a leak or broken seal. However, everything else was perfect, including the delightful kitchen. Well, we went back three weeks later, were shown the same cottage with the aforementioned smell - and the smell was just as strong. We asked the receptionist about the smell, she apologized, said the carpets had just been cleaned, but when she came over to review the room, she agreed that it still reeked of urine. The solution was to give us a bottle of air freshener! We stayed one night and they moved us to a different room. They clearly care about the institution but just haven't been successful at eradicating odors!

Room Tip: Avoid cottage 1 until the smell has been successfully dealt with.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SimnCaite
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Vancouver, Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

The Ester Lee was a fantastic stop on our trip. The free wood for the fireplace, alternate room when ours became unavailable (upgraded!), dog riendly and great staff made our visit to Lincoln City memorable. Don't orget to stop at the Otis Cafe for breakfast on your way back towards Portland!

Room Tip: Room #2 is the best view and quiet... #125 is good too.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dick_parker
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Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

This is an adorable retro style old school hotel; views can't be beat; very cool about pets in the cottages and comfortable. Great deal for the price.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Judy F
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Salem Oregon
Level Contributor
25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

First off let me say. that you simply can't beat the views from the Ester Lee. The large windows provide excellent views, either from the cottages or the motel rooms. We have stayed in both the cottages and the motel over the past 10 years and have always enjoyed our visits. The motel is like the cottages in they both are in need of updating. Although the carpeting and paint in the motel rooms are more up to date than the cottages. The motel room at the east end on the second floor takes about 5 minutes to get hot water, but when it finally gets there, it is plenty hot. The appliances are out dated but they work. The oven door glass is screwed on and not very safe in our opinion. The rooms are always clean when we arrive, and well stocked with dishes, cups, glasses, etc. Bath towels were plentiful, but a bit worn. Check-in was OK, but very adamant about the 3 PM check-in, and kept repeating the room will not be ready until 3 PM. Check-out was much better. The easy chairs are in desperate need of replacement, unless you don't mind sitting just above floor level. The couch appeared to be relatively new and was fine, the table chairs were too low to sit at the table and eat comfortably. The mattress was OK, better than some worse than some. Week nights are a little expensive for what you get. We have stayed in nicer for the same price. We have been happy in the past at the Ester Lee, but we were disappointed this time and probably will stay else where in the future.

Room Tip: Pets allowed in cottages only. Room 212 of the motel has excellent views, and rooms 4 and 5 in the c...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank wlncl
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Property: Ester Lee Motel
Address: 3803 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367-1640
Region: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Lincoln City
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Lincoln City
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lincoln City
#7 Family Hotel in Lincoln City
#7 Romantic Hotel in Lincoln City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ester Lee Motel, a Lincoln City landmark, has been a vacation destination on the Central Oregon Coast for families for generations. Each room has a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. We have cottages and Suites that sleep up to seven people. Many of these units have a full kitchen and a fireplace in the living area. We are pet friendly and allow pets in most of our cottages. “Ahh… What You Can See From The Ester Lee” ... more   less 
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Ester Lee Lincoln City

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