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“The View's The Thing!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ester Lee Motel

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Ester Lee Motel
Ranked #6 of 36 Hotels in Lincoln City
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“The View's The Thing!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

My wife and I made our fourth foray to the Ester Lee just this past weekend. Though we were only able to stay one evening, a Friday Night, it was still well worth the 130 mile drive from Springfield.

The staff, as usual, are extremely friendly and professional. Our room, #327, provided a wonderful view of the coast from due-west to the north. We got lucky - the weather was beautiful, and the views (as usual) were spectacular.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Marty L
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Rating summary
  • 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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Maple Ridge, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

We found Ester Lee's on-line and what a fabulous find! The view is stunning - staff very pleasant and helpful. Our room was exactly what it looked like on line - dated, but with enough space and bedding for our family of four, kitchenette was very handy, and the view - absolutely gorgeous! We are from Vancouver, B.C. and this view from Ester's is magnificient! Couldn't get enough of it. The walk down the hill to the beach was easy. The location we found was probably the best in Lincoln City - quiet, relaxing and easy access by either walking - the beach or driving to Taft shopping area. Great stay for beachcombing, walking, roasting marshmellows. Staff is friendly and kind! Will definitely be back and stay @ Ester's. The Cooke family

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Yakima, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

We stayed in a 2 bedroom cottage, pet friendly, with a wonderful patio and grass. The view was breathtaking. The cottage was clean and charming with a full, very usable kitchen. The part I loved most were the windows. Almost total view of the ocean standing anywhere in the kitchen and living area plus one bedroom. The living area had a modern gas fireplace although we didn't use it because the weather was beautiful while we were there. I love the quaintness of an older, well made motel. So if you are looking for a new modern motel which you can hear the people staying above you and beside you, this place is not for you. It was such a quiet and peaceful place to stay. Can't wait to return.

Room Tip: The lower level cottages are great because they have a concrete patio with chairs and some grass
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Denise W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

We are a family of 6 who wanted to stay one night in Lincoln City, but it is very difficult to find affordable accomodations for all of us. We either have to reserve one VERY expensive room or 2 separate ones, also very expensive! My husband and I had stayed at the Ester Lee before, though it was years ago. But even then it had been a good experience. When we arrived the staff in the office was very friendly and quickly got us checked in. We stayed in one of the cottages. It wasn't sleek or modern but it was clean and charming and accomodated us very well. The view to the ocean was wonderful and it was a place that we could easily stay for a week or so. It had a full kitchen and a woodburning fireplace which we loved. They do have a newer part of the motel which is also very nice. But the cottages are also very quaint. So, would I recommend the Ester Lee as a place to stay when traveling to Lincoln City?? You bet! We'll be heading there again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lafayette, Oregon
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

We only stayed one day and night but wanted to stay much longer. The views were amazing! The value of the room, combined with the friendliness of the staff, and then access to beach and GORGEOUS view....we will be back, for sure!

Room Tip: Try to get a corner room if possible..the panoramic views are incredible.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John M
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Monza, Italy
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

The one-bedroom room was on the first floor, wonderful view on the Ocean, good quality, well-equipped kitchen corner in the living room. But again, the view (and easy access to the beach) is unbeatable in relation to the price you pay! A place to go!

Room Tip: corner room, first floor!
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Oregon
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We would definitely go back to the Ester Lee. We rented one of the cottages, which was all windows on the west toward the ocean, plus a big one facing north that gave a beautiful view up the beach. The place was immaculately clean, bathroom newly tiled, kitchen was equipped with better-than-average cookware, plus dishes and utensils. Stove top worked well, even though the words on the controls had worn off and it took awhile to figure out where the settings were. The fact that west-facing windows opened helped make up for the lack of a balcony. The staff was very nice. There is a large selection of DVDs for rent. The bed was decent. We needed to replace a light bulb in order to see in the kitchen area. The place is within walking distance of Robert's Book Store, a must-do stop whenever we're in Lincoln City. We could also walk down the beach and up a short road to the Nelscott area, with its Christmas shop and other little stores and coffee shop. There's a nice paved road down to the beach that might be a bit of a challenge for some coming back up the hill.

Our only frustration was the WiFi. This might not be a problem for some, but since I was there partly as a business trip that involved writing and internet access, my progress was definitely hindered at times. Connection was great at 4:30 a.m. (!) and into the morning. Evening was almost impossible at times. Apparently the more solid construction of these older buildings, plus the erratic nature of internet on the coast contributed to this. If you're counting on accessing the Internet, this might not be the best place for you.

If you're looking for a great view, good service, clean rooms, and a good price, and aren't worried about a modern look or lots of frills, this is the place to go!

Room Tip: They have a great website that allows a video tour of EVERY room. Look for a corner room to get the...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Ester Lee Motel

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 Romantic Hotel in Lincoln City
#7 Family 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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