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Astoria Crest Motel
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Make sure you are careful if you pay extra for a "view"”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

This motel is old and the decor is outdated and the toilet won't stop running, but most of that is to be expected from a sleepy coastal town. However, the thing that really yanked my chain is that it was recommended to me that I pay extra for a room with a view. Apparently, the Crest Motel considers anything that is in the direction of the river to have a view (that's what I was told when I asked about it at checkout) even though all I could see from my room was weeds. I even showed them that I didn't have a view. They didn't even apologize, much less offer anything to make it better-- like refunding the extra money I paid to look at weeds. I would pass on this one next time.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Boise, Idaho
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2013

This is a small motel located right along the rivers edge. Great views of the Columbia. The room was clean, spacious and very comfortable. We were upgraded to a view room at no cost. The woman at the front desk was friendly and very helpful with information on things to do and places to eat. Hot tub was clean. Fountain in the courtyard was pretty during the day and beustiful lit up at night. Breakfast was good (muffins, coffee, and juice). Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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aberdeen
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Great view of the Astoria Megler bridge and the Columbia river. Motel is clean and has large rooms overlooking the river and bridge. The hot tub has powerful jets. Pets stay for free! We have two large dogs so we love pet friendly motels away from the traffic.

Room Tip: choose one of the view rooms, they are large and have a lovely view of the river and bridge.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auburn, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
257 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2013

Stay here for the price and the view. We stayed here one night as a stopover on a trip to the southern Oregon coast and pretty much just needed a place to spend the night. As others have noted, it's an older place and I probably wouldn't have chosen the blue paint in our room. But that said, the lady at the front desk was friendly and helpful, the 2nd floor king room was large, there was a microwave and small fridge, the bathroom was a nice size with lots of counter space, the shower had good water pressure, the bed was comfortable and everything was clean. But the best thing is the view of the Columbia. You can spend a lot more at one of the newer places in town, but this place is comfortable and affordable and being on top of a hill, has what has to be the best views of the river of any place. We'd definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Some rooms appear to have better views than others, so if it's a view you're after, ask abou...
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Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2013

We go to Astoria a couple of times a year, and we strayed from the Crest for awhile due to a (one-time) experience with a cranky guy manning the desk. We decided to give the Crest another chance this past weekend, and we're glad we did; the crabby-pants fellow appeared to not be working there anymore, the view is still spectacular, and the price is as reasonable as ever.
The room was freshly painted, which was a nice touch. The TV is old-school, but channels are in HD now, so it looks fine.The Continental breakfast is standard pastries, o.j. and coffee, and you pick it up in the office (no, it's not delivered to your door). I've never had a problem with noise at the Crest, and I'm the lightest of light sleepers. However, we do always stay in the first building (50s rooms), so I have no idea about the noise level of the other buildings.
I see a few people's reviews complained about mold, and I saw none. Considering Astoria gets upwards of 70 inches of rain a year, I'm quite amazed. And as an Oregonian, I wish they would let me in on their mold prevention technique (every Oregonian needs one)!
All in all, the Crest is a dependable, inexpensive motel that we've found very reliable over the years. If you are looking for fancy furnishings and name-brand shampoo, this is not the place for you. But if you just want the basics and don't want to break the bank, I highly recommend the Crest.

Room Tip: Queen, non-smoking view rooms have always been satisfactory. Upstairs is great, but down have the sa...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aurora, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
302 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2013

We stay here evey year and are never disappointed. The rooms are large, clean, quiet and well maintained. They are dated in decore, but the beds are comfortable. The view is spectacular, no other hotel in Astoria offers such a view. The desk and cleaning staff are pleasant and friendly. The contenental breakfast is limited to pastries and coffee, but the coffee is excellent. The price is below average for Astoria and is reasonable for this motel..

Room Tip: Get a room on the second floor first building for the best view.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Monmouth, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2013

This is an old fasioned motel with a view to die for. It is quiet, out of the way, a few minutes only to wonderful downtown Astoria and all it has to offer. The rooms are vintage, comfortable but not a lot of bells and whistles. It's that view and the romance that we love so much. The price, considering what that view could cost is down-right cheap. This may not be the place for everyone, as there are newer and fancier places downtown, but you should give it a try knowing what it is not. What it is is a great place to stay!

Room Tip: Inquire about the rooms with enormous picture windows!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Astoria Crest Motel
Address: 5366 Leif Erikson Dr, Astoria, OR 97103-2110
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Region: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Astoria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Astoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Astoria Crest Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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