When I visit Newport, I have a specific agenda.
1) I stock up on tuna cans from South Beach Fish Market.
2) I fill up a growler with mead from Rogue.
3) I eat seafood.
4) I eat at La Maison Cafe and Bakery.
5) I go to work at my gig, which is the reason I'm in Newport pretty frequently.
One of the things I do not necessarily go to Newport for is the beach. Beachfront property in Newport is very lovely, but I really prefer to stay in a rental house down the road in Seal Rock (excellent prices) if I'm going to be staying in the area for beachin' activities. As far as Newport goes, I guess I'm a Bay Girl!
I have a $150 accommodations limit, so that rules out some of the fancier places in town. Also, I have stayed in various of the larger beachfront hotels, and I will say that they are good places, but a little damp-seeming and dated. With weird heat regulation. I digress.
The Embarcadero really fits my bill. I love "romantic" places-- spots that have some good character. I usually prefer independently-owned properties over chains-- but gahd, I travel for business, and ya gotta rack up those points. Plus, sometimes all there is in town is a chain (ahem, Best Western Rama Inn La Grande). But this place has something extra-- since each of the units are owned, I think anyway, by different shareholders or whatever, then each owner personalizes the unit in their own cool way. Even though the ones I've stayed in have been unique from each other, they have all been impeccably clean, and very well appointed. You're paying the same amount of money to stay in a place that has a separate bedroom, a pull out bed sometimes, a kitchen, a guaranteed view out the deck onto the bay, privacy, often a Fireplace!, and an Awesome Bar and Restaurant-- yep, you heard me right-- as you would at a faceless, nameless, soulless Holiday Inn Express (no offense, those can be really nice hotels in a pinch). I hear there are even some with jacuzzi tubs.
You are getting so much when you stay at the Embarcadero.
In addition to all that I just listed, there is a crab dock, where you can rent crabbing equipment and catch your weight, potentially, of dungeness crabs, which are, like, the same price as gold. You may not cook crabs in your room, but don't worry, they have a 24-7 crab steaming pot down at the dock, and you can just cook your dang crab there and eat it on your porch or at your seats-8 dining room table! There is a really nice indoor pool and spa. The staff, as should be expected, are really friendly and nice; sometimes weird stuff will happen like the computer will go down, but they are prompt about returning your call, and they keep to their word, regarding your reservation. Oh! There is also a commissary, where you can purchase espresso drinks, as well as anything else you may need, including Two Towns ciders and Rogue ales, singles or sixers; wine; beach equipment; the aforementioned crab gear; and a lot of other great stuff. Candles? I don't know. There are also storied lookout cupolas, with strange Scandinavian fireplaces, which I think it's possible to rent out for meetings or events-- very weird and great.
I would now like to talk about the restaurant/ bar. March 28, 2014-- the night we stayed there-- was the opening night of the Waterfront Grille. The restaurant is basically the same as it was before-- awesome bar with chairs, fireplace, bay view seating-- but now has a brand-new, improved menu. Toby had the sturgeon special, which was ridiculously amazing, and I had the clam pasta, also wonderful. I love the cheap martinis made with Rogue gins. They have lots of really great stuff on the menu, but obviously I can't speak to any more than I ate. I never considered eating at this restaurant before the menu change: the old menu had really dated items-- I'm sure the food was good, but it wasn't up to the style of today. Now it is.
Full disclosure: I have not stayed in every one of the rooms at this hotel. I have only stayed in Premium Suites. I think these might be the best option. The fact that all the condos are personalized has a pitfall: some of the units are not as recently updated as others. They are not updated on a schedule. So it is up to you, the customer, to be proactive and ask for an updated room. They hooked us up with a great room the other day, when our usual room wasn't available.
All in all, you should stay at the Embarcadero-- it is awesome, if you like that sort of thing. Thanks, Embarcadero, for always showing us such a great time!
- 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
- Embarcadero Hotel Newport
- Embarcadero Newport Oregon
- Embarcadero Resort Hotel Newport, Oregon