Updated: May 21, 2015
Newport Oregon Hotel Reviews:When searching for a hotel/motel/resort to stay at in Newport, Oregon, you have to decide if you want to be right on the beach or if being inland is ok. Most hotels offer nice coastal views while some actually have direct beach access. Newport is a thriving coastal town about 2 1/2 hours from the city of Portland and one of the main attractions to this area is the Oregon Aquarium. Elizabeth Street offers the best selection of hotels and motels that are closest to the useable beach. Here you will find Hallmark Resort Newport, Elizabeth Street Inn, Shilo Inn Suites, and the Whaler Motel. Another excellent choice is over near the historic bayfront area and the Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina. The La Quinta Inn & Suites Newport is probably closest to the aquarium but further from the beach. We found the room rates varied from $100/night to over $250/night for the nicer rooms and locations. Newport is a small town so any hotel will put you within minutes of the restaurants, beaches, and attractions.
Hallmark Resort Newport: Perhaps the best hotel in Newport with beach access, a nice restaurant called Georgie's Beachside Grill, and excellent oceanview rooms that overlook the Pacific Ocean. The accommodations feature things like fireplaces, walk-out balconies, and in-room spas. Having stayed here many times the rooms are large and offer great views of the beach, water, and sunsets. Hallmark has a sister property in Cannon Beach that is similar in style and design. The 158 guest rooms are all non-smoking and the room types are - Admiral Suites, King Spa Stateroom, Traditional rooms with king and queen beds, and the Oceanview House. It's worth a look into their "Web Specials" link to see what kind of seasonal discounts and coupons are available. We usually go to see the aquarium and use their Family Package for the best rates. The hotel offers an indoor heated pool, spa, and sauna. The footpath behind the hotel leads right to the beach. Rates vary by season and holidays, but expect to spend around $75/queen and up to $200+ for the deluxe king rooms. You can make reservations online at the website or you can call them at 888-448-4449. The map of Newport and Yaquina Bay below shows the location of the Hallmark Resort as #15 and the adjacent restaurant is #1.
Elizabeth Street Inn: Just down the road from the Hallmark Resort, this quaint inn sits atop the bluff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the beach below. They offer king and queen rooms appointed with quality furniture and beds. The king rooms start at $169 and go up to $209/night for a king room with jacuzzi tub. The rooms have fireplaces, private balcony, and small refrigerators. The queen accommodations start at $169/night and go up to $319/night for the Family Suite. They do offer some promotions and seasonal discounts so be sure to ask when making your reservation. You can book your room online or call their phone number at 541-265-9400 or 877-265-9400. The rooms are clean, give you a great view, and the staff is friendly.
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel Newport: This oceanfront resort features 179 rooms and great views of the ocean and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Choose from king or queen accommodations and get in room amenities like free high speed internet access, microwave, refrigerator, coffee, maker, hair dryer, and satellite TV. Their room rates are about $100/night in the off-season and go up to $180/night for peak-season. Look into their aquarium package deals if you plan on visiting the aquarium while in town. Reviews on this hotel are mixed as we found several online that pointed to less than clean room conditions and carpets that were coming up and exposing the underflooring. Having stayed at this hotel a few years back, I can say it could have used an update or 2 and we only hope that Shilo Inn listens to their customers and does some renovations. The location is superb but the accommodations could use some freshness to them. There is the Shilo Cafe on site for food and the menu is reasonable for families. There are 2 heated indoor pools and fresh fruit and popcorn is available at the front desk. The Shilo Inn Newport is right next to the Hallmark Resort on Elizabeth Street.
The Whaler Motel: Not a bad secondary motel that is just across the street from the other hotels listed above. The Whaler offers good sized rooms for around $125/night (2 queens) and some junior balcony suites that will cost you another $30/night. The hotel was clean and the staff was friendly when we stayed in March 2008. There is a fitness room and pool right across from the main lobby. The lack of an elevator in this motel will make for a tiresome trip to the 3rd floor if you are carrying luggage. If lifting bags is too much for you, request a ground floor room. The views from the Whaler motel are excellent and a walking path across the street leads you to the expansive beach.
Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina: If being on the beach isn't all that important, then perhaps staying at the Embarcadero Resort in Newport is the next best bet. Every room has a balcony that overlooks the Yaquina Bay harbor and bridge. You can rent guest rooms with patios, some have fireplaces or full kitchens, and the townhouses sleep up to 8. The resort features an indoor heated pool, hot tubs, and saunas. The patio guestrooms with bayview start at $99/night and the 2 bedroom bayfront townhouses are $218/night. The restaurant is on site and serves up excellent fresh seafood and their kids menu offers up something for all children. The views with the sunset going down over the Hwy 101 bridge are amazing. Well worth a visit to the restaurant for dinner even if you are not staying at the resort. You can also check out the local crabbing boats in the nearby harbor. My kids loved watching the crabbers pull up their nets. The historic bayfront area down the street has lots of restaurants and tourist shops to check out.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Newport: Nearest to the Oregon Aquarium out of all the lodging options, it's also one of the newest. The hotel offers free high speed internet access in all rooms, the hotel has 3 floors, 71 rooms, 20 suites, and a complimentary continental breakfast. Book rooms with 2 queen beds, single king, or parlor suites. Rates start at $89/night and top out at $130/night for the executive king suite. Their phone number is (541) 867-7727 and the address is 45 SE 32nd Street, Newport, OR 97365. I always figure if you are on the coast, it's best to stay near the beach, so I have avoided this La Quinta location, although it is so close to the aquarium.