More about The Inn At Otter Crest
Devil's Punch Bowl
As you drive south you have an option to take a slight right turn off to the old road to Otter Crest. If you take this fork you will cross over the Ben Jones Bridge. This was finished in 1927 and was later named for the man who lobbied and succeeded in getting funding for the 101 highway through Oregon. This is one of the beautiful Conde McCullough bridges. In 2002 the Oregon Department of Transportation was given a historic preservation award for restoring the bridge rather than replacing it.
This also is the area of Cape Foulweather. And it was foggy when we went around the bend.
From either road you must turn off at Otter Crest in order to see the Devil's Punch Bowl. It is a fun little place. A giant hole in the cliff where the waves come in and churn. Come at high tide for the best wave action. But if you are here at low tide there is some tide pooling available here. Stop for a picnic and explore.
We spent our first night in Oregon in Salem at a Travelers Lodge which was fine. We were travelling to the coast and wanted something on the water while there. We picked the Otter Crest Inn after reading the reviews here on this web site. The place is set in a spectacular setting in the woods with a long driveway down to the resort. But the drive to the Otter Crest in was really something! There is a scenic pull off shortly after you get off the main highway and onto Otter Crest Drive. The views from there are nothing short of spectacular. A great place for whale watching. Also you can see the Otter Crest Inn just to the left and appreciate its great setting.
We had a studio room that faced the ocean. The two things I requested were an ocean front room with balconey and a fireplace. The studio had a small kitchen and small living area with a murphy bed to sleep on. Our only complaint is that they must have covered the mattress in plastic and it made you hot and sweaty to sleep on! It was awful. We explored the trails around the hotel through the woods that lead you to some more scenic lookouts and another beach the devils punchbowl. The Inn itself has an outdoor pool that is surrounded by a glass fence to keep the wind out! and boy was it windy. The bellman said that the coast never really gets warm not much above low 70's so we did not use the pool. We did climb the steps down to their beach which was rugged and beautiful.
I am not sure that I would ever stay there again as it was expensive for one night but the setting was lovely and the breakfast was great! and the views from the restaurant alone make that worth it -
Absolutely Amazing Resort!
We had the pleasure of staying at the Inn at Otter Crest recently and all we can say is "Wow!" The view from our oceanfront condo (I-222/223) was absolutely magnificent...the ocean surf, beach, migrating whales, & even sea otters. Unlike many other oceanfront resorts on the coast, the Inn's environment was private and tranquil. The paths throughout the forested 35 acre complex were lighted at night and so peaceful. Our condo was within steps to the warm and inviting pool, hot tubs, restaurant (has excellent food & unparalled view!), lower parking lot, and boardwalk down to the beach, with some of the best tide pools we've seen. We spent a lot of our time walking down to the almost private beach or just relaxing by the fire in our fireplace while listening to the surf hit the rocks. The Inn is in the process of completely renovating and remodelling the entire complex, and our condo was already in good condition with newer kitchen & appliances, flooring, furniture, etc. Having stayed at many other oceanfront places on the coast, this is by far our favorite. We can't wait to return...it was absolutely perfect!
A lush paradise with great view and nice condo
My husband and I stumbled onto this property while looking for a place to eat at dusk.
The drive through the Rhododendrons and forested entrance to the property was gorgeous! Only to be matched by the fabulous ocean view. We expected the room rate to be much pricier than quoted.
The 1-bedroom condo unit was in good condition (although the furnishings could have been updated) and the bed was good, but seemed a little narrower than a traditional queen size. The pillows needed to be replaced with down or fluffier variety.
Easy things to overlook when drawn in by the views and privacy offered.
We would like to buy a unit there for future trips, as the ocean offers so much diversity and is a great break from the Rocky Mountains we currently call home!
The restaurant was 4-star. We had excellent service and food throughout our extended stay. Definitely, we'll return again -- and again!
Loved the view
We stayed for a week in Dec 2005 it was great. We did have aproblem with the first room assigned, it wasn't what we requested, and some things didn't work. They were very nice though, and got us another room for the same rate . No problems at all with that room.
We have stayed there many times over the last 25+years
Stayed valentine weekend. Very disapointed. The room was worse than hotel 6. Very run down. Shower wouldnt drain. Cheap beds, holes in the wall. And most of all toilet wouldnt flush. That explains alot
Beautiful scenery, but really seedy rooms
If you're not planning to spend a lot of time in the room and want to be surrounded by outdoor beauty, then by all means, this is a great place. Understand, however, that you are paying for the scenery
and beautiful grounds--not the room. The rooms are privately-owned time shares and and of the seven or so units we checked out, the owners furnished these units with really seedy-looking (some downright grimy) and horribly uncomfortable furniture (honestly, I have seen better looking furniture in the dumpsters outside our kids' university dormitories!) After paying top dollar, we were so appalled at the first room we got, we asked for a different room--TWICE--and looked at as many rooms as they had available--before we gave up and just accepted what we got (note: we are middle-aged, middle income, travel a fair amount and have NEVER before felt the need to ask for a different room). For the $200/night we paid, the units themselves look like some seedy dive you'd expect for $20/night
--just remember it's not the room you're paying for. The cabinets and
railings to the upstairs are 70's vintage--nothing wrong with that--just that they've not been maintained well (or at all) (e.g. sticky from decaying varnish). It's not that the rooms are not clean--they are. The staff does a commendable job considering what they have to work with. And speaking of staff, what a great bunch--so friendly and helpful and quickly available. If you like to walk, well, there's
a lot of walking to be done around here--a good 3-7 minute invigorating walk from car to room, depending on where your room is--which is great unless you're physically handicapped or not able to walk that far. If you have difficulty walking more than a few hundred
feet uphill, then this will be a physically challenging stay. There IS a tram that goes up and down the hill from the restaurant parking lot--conceivably you could ask for a room next to the tram, but you still will have to do some walking and likely stair climbing. This is just a cautionary note in case you're disabled at all. The on-site Flying Dutchman Restaurant was disappointing at best. After dining there on several different occasions, we found the floors to be consistently dirty; the food quality ranged from so-so to "send it back" and the service was consistently slow and short-staffed. Go into town to eat if you can--there are much better choices in several nearby towns. In short, if you can get a room rate under $60 and are not planning to spend a lot of time in the room, then you might have a lovely stay. But if you want to enjoy the accommodations, we highly recommend going somewhere else. There are several other places close by that are less expensive and have much higher quality rooms.
Great Location Great Time
Our family stayed at the Inn for 8 days, after reading reviews, we were prepared for the worst. We were pleasantly surprised. If you expect a 5 star resort, go to Shalihan, they are a resort and Spa. We are outdoor people and this resort was fantastic! This isn't your home, so the owners have done what it takes to put the furniture in the rooms, our kitchen was run down - but everything worked. They seem to be in the process of upgrading - some rooms were beautiful, others were still run down. Location is everything - and what a location they have! This property is hilly, folks with problems walking up inclines should beware. There were a few older folks in our party that had problems, but overall it was great. We whale watched from our balconies, there were seals on the cliffs below the hotel, there are beautiful walks, the sunsets are outstanding. The Flying Dutchman restaurant for our meals was GREAT! I didn't go to look at the furniture or spend a lot of time in my room, so my stay was top notch and we would stay again!
Flying Dutchman Perfect place for an event great service
A friends daughter was getting married July 7,2007on the lawn overlooking the ocean and having the dinner at the Flying Dutchman.
It was amazing. I was concerned reading some of the other reviews.
I know the Staff handling the event worked tirelessly to make sure it went off without a hitch. Even helping with the ceremony issues. Due to some winds that came up they moved the wedding site a few time. Not one complaint only great service. The food was outstanding.
I did not stay at the hotel after the event so I can not comment on that.
I had concerns when I saw some of the other reviews. As far as service for events these people performed, and did it with a smile.
I will be back
Had it with this place
My family has stayed at the IAOC several times over the last 5 years. There is no doubt that the setting is great -- the view from some of the rooms is terrific, as is the view from the restaurant. However, every time there is one or more significant problem, and after a recent trip, we have decided that we're done with this place.
First, the rooms are arranged around the peak of a small hill. The rooms are not accessible by car -- you park in the parking lot, and have to have your luggage shuttled to your room by club cars. This isn't so bad if you come in the winter when it's dead, or if you manage to get an early check-in. But if you show up at check-in time on a summer afternoon, you will be waiting a long time for one of those carts to show up. It's not so bad if you're a couple of people and you're travelling light -- but if you're a family, or have a lot of stuff, or have limited ability to haul your suitcase up a hill, this might be rough going.
Second, at at least 2 of our last 4 stays, our room reservation has been screwed up. We booked (and called to confirm) a full ocean view room, only to show up to find that we were actually getting a "partial view" -- and both times, we got a room (the same room) with no real ocean view from the room itself (you have to stand on the balcony or very near the window to see the ocean). They gave us 20% off the price of the less expensive room -- but I didn't want a cheaper room, I wanted an ocean view.
Need service for your room while you're there? Forget it. Our room didn't have shampoo -- we called the front desk to have some sent up, and it never came. I had to walk down to housekeeping myself to get it. In all of our visits, housekeeping has rarely managed to get to our room while we are out during the day.
Then there's the restaurant. They have one waitress who knows what she is doing. The rest of the staff are clueless and SO SLOW. We waited 45 minutes for our salads and a kids' grilled cheese sandwich. Then they threw our food on the table and ran off, no "Can I get you anything else?" and no follow-up visits at all. The food is actually not bad, once you get it. Forget about getting a second cocktail or glass of wine, though.
This place is basically a Motel 6 by the ocean. Considering the number of other places in this area, I doubt we'll be back here again. The manager of this place should be embarassed.