My wife and I spent a week in a 1 bedroom suite with a view overlooking the boats in the harbor in a tourist "off-week" - a week in mid-March. I'll divide this up between the good, the okay, and the bad. I finish up with thoughts on the area.
It's apparent the owners are upgrading the place and I was pleased with the upgrade. It felt much like many of the newer vacation rentals we've stayed in previously. They were in the process of upgrading other rooms while we were there. In March, heat is a big deal, and the electric fireplace did an excellent job of taking off the late winter chill. The view of the harbor is very pretty. The bed was large and comfortable, and even though the bedroom was on the parking lot side of the building, was quiet until about 7:30 or 8.
We ate in the restaurant the first night we were there, and the food was very good. We were the only ones in the place (can you say "off-season?") so the service was attentive. A visit on our last night was down a notch. The pool area is indoors and very popular with the kids. That can be good news or bad news depending on if you're traveling with kids. Two heated spas are open to the sky and sitting in a hot tub in a light sprinkle is wonderful. Watch out for the hand rails to the spas, they wobbled.Because of the season, we went to the pool dressed and changed in the changing room. There is no storage for your clothes or valuables. I think there are some places in the pool area, but they are not monitored. The exercise room had only paper towels for cleaning off equipment. They were disinfectant towels, so that helped things a bit.
The wireless internet connection was... sad. While the signal was adequate, the download rate was straight out of the 1990's... early 1990's. Additionally, the hotel is in a wireless telephone "challenged" area. We traveled with the intent of doing a little work in the morning before going off to play. We ended up spending time at Starbucks. We're used to vacation rentals that supply numerous barbecues. This place had one, and it was dirty. We avoided it, but others were all too happy to use it. On a nice day, the grill is a great place to hang out, but since we were there in late winter, the grill area was mostly wet and windy. I'm sure those traveling in August will have a different experience.
Our biggest challenge was finding enough days to eat at all the great places. Local Ocean Seafoods was always crowded, even when other restaurants along the bay were vacant. Fresh seafood was abundant all along the bay area. The hotel describes itself as within walking distance of these restaurants. That's stretching things a bit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the shores of Yaquina Bay in Newport Oregon - every well appointed guestroom has a Million Dollar view of beautiful Yaquina Bay. Full Service Hotel - with Restaurant, Lounge, Indoor Salt Water Pool and Spa, Crab Boat Dock and Boat Rentals, 4000 Square Feet of flexible Meeting Space with Full Service Catering. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embarcadero Resort Newport
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