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“Still old, but good choice”
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Chautauqua Lodge
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Long Beach
Portland, OR
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Still old, but good choice”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Spent a night here and was very pleased. We upgraded to the third floor for a better view, but it was overcast for most of the visit, so consider that if the view is your priority. The property and rooms are old, but that means our room was large. Our bedding and mattress was new. There was water damage in the bathroom corner, but it was clear that they were actively renovating. We didn't hear any noise at all, which other reviewers mentioned. There was a TV and lots of channels, a small refrigerator, microwave, as well as in room coffee maker and coffee. I enjoyed the hot tub, and the beach, a short walk down a paved path, is just marvelous here. But, the big draw here is the price. This place is really cheap.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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64 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We just returned from a stay at the Chautauqua and had quite a delightful experience to the point where we are thinking about buying one of the privately owned units for our vacations in the future. Before we do this, which would preclude us from posting a review, I wanted to post the results of our thorough investigation. We visited all levels of rooms, from the cheapest non-improved, dated ones, to the elegant, interior decorated granite counter, tile floored, flat-screen tv ones. We found that every unit was very clean and had not even a hint of mildew/mold smell (unlike many places in town). We stayed two nights each in two different upgraded units and liked both of them a lot. One night there was a large child running back and forth overhead which suggests that there might be noise problems if you have noisy neighbors, but it was not a problem the rest of the time. I talked to one mom who had rented one of the original decor units and she said she was really pleased. She said she was happy to find a place a the beach she could afford, said it was comfortable, clean, and she loved coming there with her family. For her price, $129 per night or less, it allowed her whole family to have plenty of room, cook meals, have direct beach access, ocean views from the deck, laundry facilities, an activities room and play lawn, a pool, hot tub, and sauna, and overall a great family vacation. She stressed to me that with active kids, the laundry facilities were a big plus so she didn't have to go home with suitcases full of dirty laundry to deal with.

The classier "upgraded" condos rent for $149 per night, and a couple of other guests were saying that they had paid much more in Long Beach for places with similar features. The decor in these vary because each owner is allowed to furnish to taste, but the unit is rented out whenever the owner is not in residence. If someone from the general public stays in one and likes it alot, they can request it again and again--almost as good as buying, except that you can't re-decorate to suit your own taste the way owners can.

We interviewed a bunch of people--the maintenance director, the manager, several members of the cleaning crews, and the head of the owner's association. We were impressed that all seemed to be working together to bring up the quality and make the improvements needed. They gave what sure seemed like honest answers about what improvements and repairs were on the docket. Apparently, the original owners from the 1970's had not realized how much time had passed and that the building needed to be updated, and there was some mismanagement along the way, but now, with new energy, new condo owners, and new management, the quality of everything is continually going up, which we and our realtor who lives there had also observed.

The wi-fi works fine in the bedrooms and the lodge, but not on the West side of the building where the view is, (but private owners can install a repeater to extend it there too). The wi-fi extension is one of the first upgrades coming soon. We clocked the wi-fi speed at 56 Mps.

I was a little dismayed at the two negative reviews because it sure seemed like there was a lot of frustration over small things and blaming the hotel for things they couldn't really help. It's kite festival this week (the busiest weekend of the year), so everything in town is pressed to the limit and hotels are all sold out. If everyone tried to check in at once, I'm sure the front desk clerk was scrambling trying to meet everyone's needs. It makes sense there would be a line. We never saw any long lines in the four days we were there, but we were earlier in the festival when the crowds are not so intense. It also makes sense that there would be fresh chemicals in the pool to make sure everyone was safe with heavy usage expected. . We and our grands walked along the pools edge and didn't slip or see anyone else slip. We certainly didn't experience any "slime" and thought it was kept very clean. In fact, there really couldn't be slime if there are pool chemicals, especially strong ones, so that just doesn't seem reasonable. They did say they will be upgrading the pool and installing a kiddie pool in the future.

Regarding the fish smells: We did see people cleaning their salmon catch in the outdoor cleaning station and admired the very large King salmon in their coolers. It is a 40 year record salmon run this year, so I suppose not surprising that there might be salmon heads in the garbage cans. I don't think I'd expect the hotel to dump the large outdoor garbages every single day but maybe it's reasonable to recommend putting the salmon in plastic for disposal. We also ran into guests who had gone out crab fishing and the six people had caught 6 limits in 15 minutes! We watched them unload and must have been salivating because they were friendly enough to offer us one, and it was delicious! We did bundle the shells in a plastic bread bag and twisted it shut. In fact, we didn't notice any unusual smells anywhere in the complex, except the scent of fresh paint in the stairwells (where signs marked the painters' progress each day during our stay).

No hotels on the Long Beach Peninsula are right at water's edge (which after watching Tsunami videos didn't bother me). The closest ones are adjacent to the dunes with no other buildings in front of you, which this hotel is. The trail is a short enjoyable walk which even our 3 year old grand had no trouble doing. You cross the Discovery Trail along the way, which is blacktop and ideal for biking parallel to the shore. Our daughter and her husband bicycled along it and our grandson enjoyed riding his tricycle along it too.

The prickly seeds from the dune grass is indeed horrible and painful, but these quills are unavoidable down the whole Pacific coast this time of year. We just talked to a friend coming from Northern California where he was beset by them there. The Chautauqua has warning signs when you check in to make sure to wear shoes to prevent getting them in your feet and to check pet's paws. I found them embedded in my soft soled shoes and had to brush them off with a pen into the garbage so as not to spread them or prick my fingers. However, this sure doesn't seem like the hotel's issue, but a natural part of a beach vacation this time of year. What could they do more than warn people? I can't imagine any way to keep the burs out of the beach volleyball court which is adjacent to the dunes.

The Lighthouse restaurant did have a big sign advertising the breakfast special, but it also clearly said it was "weekends only". We were disappointed not to be able to try it, but will come back on a weekend when we can.

The place is not a four star hotel, but the setting is close to perfect as you can find on the Long Beach peninsula. For the hotel and condo nightly rates in an area where even the Motel 8 is often $100 per night, we are recommending it to people we meet as a great choice. We all had a wonderful time and can hardly wait to go back.

Room Tip: Second and third floor have ocean views. Privately owned condos vary in decor so maybe you can ask...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Eugene, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Run down, smelly, unfriendly, no wi-fi in room, basic cable, terrrible pool . I was really disappointed in the whole experience. I was traveling with my two grandsons and my 100 year old grandmother. I was looking forward to having a poolfor the boys to swim and the beach for all to enjoy. The pool experience was terrible the boys got about 15 minutes, the chlorine and ph balance was so bad my eyes were burning and I wasn't in the water.3 people fell down walking, the surface around the pool was so slimy. There were unattended children in the pool, apparently kids that live in town are allowed to use the pool with out parents present. Those three were not well behaved. The beach was not close enough for me to take them and leave grandma alone, we could barely see the waterfrom the room. The boys played in the volleyball sandy area and got so many stickers in their feet they couldn't walk back to the room, I could hear him crying all the way up to our room on the 3rd floor. The toilet required 2 or 3 flushes each time and we had to call for maintanance once. Thetoilet had a problem before we got there. The restaurant on the propert was not open for breakfast at 8:30 am on Wednesday. But advertised a breakfast special in a sign. The stairwell smells of urine. All that for 200 dollars a night !

Room Tip: 3rd floor was quiet
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Huge facility with one clerk checking in guests at 6 minutes per transaction. (Line to the door.) Took over an hour to check in. Keys for room did not work. Told to "jiggle key." Employee could not get keys to work. Told to wait for maintenance man to come fix. He never showed. Went to office and told he had left for the day. Assigned another room. Room had no fan or ventilation. Sliding door with no screen.

Trash cans in stair wells not emptied for 4 days and contained salmon. Flies and horrible smell. People were literally gagging. Trash on floor.

Jacuzzi was nice but had maintenance issues. Housekeeping staff seemed nice. Room was clean but very worn. Microwave and fridge adequate. Balcony was enjoyable. Good beach access.

Office staff was often unhelpful. A group of motel workers were in a room attached to the lobby talking and swearing like sailors (including the f word) within listening distance of adult and child guests.

The facility is very run down though it looks like they are making efforts to spruce things up.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

My daughter and I took a 5 day vacation to Long Beach and decided to stay at the Chautauqua. We stayed here a few years ago and loved it then so I thought why not do it again. Not to mention we did the summer splash special so we got 3 nights for the price of 2 in a king bed motel unit. I basically paid $51.00 a night for a second floor ocean view room. Yes the ocean is a couple hundred yards away and mostly obscured by the dunes, the property is weather beaten, the tv was small, and the pool was a little cold but my daughter and I loved every minute of it. The only reason that I didn't give this place a 5 was simply because of those tiny little facts. The bed was great, shower and bathroom the same and the staff was awesome and treated us like valued guests. If you are looking for the Ritz, obviously this isn't it but if you want a place to relax and enjoy what Long Beach has to offer, get off your high horse and make the most of it. For the people who say that the Chautauqua uses insiders to create positive reviews, do us all a favor and go stay at the Breakers! At least it will ensure that I will always have a great place to stay with enjoyable company.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We were driving the Oregon coast toward Seattle without a plan of where to stop. We looked up hotels online and found this one. The price was great, so we thought we would give it a try. We were on the second floor, so the view was more of the dunes than the ocean, but we could see it and hear it! The pool was cold--but since the kids had been frolicking in the ocean, they didn't mind as much as I did. The hot tub was nice & hot! The room was a little worn down, but the fridge and microwave were nice to have. Overall, for the very reasonable price we got, I would stay there again if we were in the area.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Just stayed here last weekend 8/4/14. Very friendly staff and a nice large room. Seemed recently remodeled with new counters and flooring. Smelled nice and was very clean. Close beach access, about 2 blocks walking with a view from the room. Walking distance to the downtown shops. The pool was awesome. Large in size, 8 feet deep and open till 11pm. We will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We got a condo suite using groupon. Very happy with the room.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Chautauqua Lodge
Address: 304 14th St NW, Long Beach, WA 98631-3841
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Region: United States > Washington > Long Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Long Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Chautauqua Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront motel featuring 60 suites (sleeping up to 8) and 60 rooms with either one king bed or two queen beds (sleeping up to 4) with direct access to the beach and Discovery Trail. All rooms face the ocean, with views on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Features year-round, heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, elevator, pet friendly rooms (with additional fee), ample parking and largest conference facility on Long Beach Peninsula. Items available for free check out from the front desk include dvd players, ironing boards and irons, fans, pool toys and sports equipment. Volley ball net, tether ball, bbq pits and picnic tables on site. ... more   less 
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