One of the most idyllic stretches of coastline in the world, the Oregon Coast charms its many thousands of visitors each year. It’s known for its jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery made up of rocky headlands, quaint small towns, pristine harbours, soaring sand dunes, sublime vistas and even clusters of migrating and resident gray whales (summer and fall bring the whales close to shore to feed during the months of June to mid-November).
It makes a great place for a road trip and many choose to stop and stay at some of the chic hotels along the way. From cute intimate boutique inns to quirky themed hotels, here are the best cool and unusual hotels on the Oregon Coast (in no particular order)…
1. McMenamins Gearhart Hotel – a fun and quirky-chic historic hotel full of character featuring a golf course and complimentary bikes
As a quirky historic hotel full of period pieces and wood-clad walls, it offers a mix of historic style and modern amenities that make for a comfortable, enjoyable stay.
The Sand Trap Pub offers casual dining, with live music and more on offer, while bikes are available to help you get around the area.
Just steps from the sand dunes, this is a unique hotel that has excellent service and a great range of amenities. Easily one of the coolest hotels along the Oregon Coast.
- To book, check prices or availability for McMenamins Gearhart Hotel
Located in downtown Astoria, the first settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, this luxury hotel reflects the town’s mix of old and new. The hotel was once a fish canning plant, and everywhere you look there are reminders of that industrial past.
Providing a stunning blend of industrial design and modern luxury, each room provides a wonderful space to relax and a comfortable place to stay.
The hotel features a sauna, a fire pit and its own bar, The Knot, all within an easy walk of the best Astoria has to offer. It’s a unique and quirky hotel with an interesting history you will love.
- To book, check prices or availability for Bowline Hotel
3. SCP Depoe Bay – an eco-friendly, chic and trendy hotel which is perfect for a coastal retreat
A boutique hotel with just 13 rooms, each providing beautiful views across the harbor, this is a wonderful place to stay with a minimalist style that provides modern luxury in a wonderful location.
With a focus on holistic, eco-friendly hospitality, this smart, modern hotel uses sustainable materials and provides support for the surrounding community.
A dedicated fitness space for Yoga, meditation, Peloton bikes and more, communal working spaces and more make for a relaxing experience.
Being close to the restaurants and attractions, it is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring.
- To book, check prices or availability for SCP Depoe Bay
A stunning oceanfront hotel right on the shore in Lincoln City, offering contemporary luxury accommodation with ocean views and just steps from the beach.
Rooms are bright and spacious, with nautical-themed touches throughout, while some rooms include jetted tubs for the ultimate in beachside living.
Dining is taken care of at the Mist Lounge, where locally caught seafood dominates the menu and you can dine in style looking out across the Pacific. An indoor hot tub and pool, outdoor picnic areas and bicycle rental, access to tennis courts, fitness center and spa all add to the experience.
The closest hotel to the beach, Surftides is the perfect destination hotel.
- To book, check prices or availability for Surftides Hotel
5. Norblad Hotel – a cool and funky boutique hotel within walking distance of popular attractions perfect for fun-loving millennials and Gen Zs
A boutique hotel in downtown Astoria, just a short walk from the restaurants, cafes and more that you love about the city.
Built in 1923, the building has been sympathetically restored, you will find an interesting blend of modern luxury and period style, creating a unique feel that just welcomes you in and makes you feel at home.
Common areas provide wonderfully inviting spaces, with a minimalist approach to design that creates bold and unusual space for all. The oldest operating hotel in the region, Norblad is a must-visit for anyone travelling to the Oregon Coast.
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A modern hotel in Seaside, Oregon, Ashore brings minimalist luxury to your coastal adventure.
At just 22 rooms, this boutique hotel has embraced sustainability, with the spacious rooms featuring natural woods and minimal design to create comfortable, quirky accommodation
With fantastic views from the high coastal position, the hotel is still within easy reach of Astoria and Cannon Beach, and with bikes available from the lobby, you can get around and see it all with ease.
The in-house bar offers snacks and salads as well as selection of local microbrews, wines and more. It’s a unique hotel that offers something very different.
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Found in the heart of downtown Astoria close to the restaurants, social and cultural attractions and more, this luxury hotel blends 20th-century style and modern comfort in an eclectic mix.
A themed hotel that features contemporary, bright and airy rooms for a truly relaxing stay, with period touches always visible from the incredible building itself.
The communal area features open fires, a library and a lovely café, while a spa and free wi-fi ensure you have the amenities you need.
Exceptional service, including helpful guidance for sightseeing or any aspect of your stay makes this unique hotel that offers something special every time you visit.
- To book, check prices or availability for Selina Commodore Astoria
8. Starfish Point – peaceful and charming luxury accommodation with a private beach, ocean views and BBQ facilities
A secluded luxury boutique hotel just steps from the beach and close to the amenities and attractions of Newport, Starfish Point offers superb condominium accommodation for up to 6 people in a stunning location and with superb amenities.
Contemporary style with spacious rooms, each unit features quality furnishings, a fully featured kitchen and views across the ocean.
Whether you are looking for surfing excitement or a quiet spot in the grounds surrounded by lush greenery, you can find it at this unique hotel. Ideal for those wanting to set their own schedule, this is a fantastic place to stay when exploring the region.
- To book, check prices or availability for Starfish Point
9. Arch Cape Inn and Retreat – a unique, French-style, elegant, boutique accommodation ideal for a couple’s romantic getaway
A truly romantic hotel, this French-style chateaux reveals hugely impressive interiors sitting within a short walk of Cannon Beach.
Surrounded by lush forestry, accommodation is beautiful and luxurious, with attentive service ensuring your stay is perfect every time.
Period furniture and careful design are not just for the guest rooms, with magnificent fireplaces in the shared areas, it’s a European castle right on the Oregon Coast.
The secluded beach gives you the chance to enjoy a sunrise or sunset in a quiet, uninterrupted paradise, creating memories that will last a lifetime. For a romantic break on the Oregon Coast, few can match the experience of Arch Cape Inn.
- To book, check prices or availability for Arch Cape Inn and Retreat
10. Starry Night Inn – creative and cute art-themed accommodation with each room being individually designed
A quirky-chic boutique hotel in the heart of Seaside that offers superb luxury and a unique art experience, if you want a different way to explore the Oregon Coast, this is the place to stay.
A themed hotel dedicated to all things art, as you may imagine it is a sumptuously designed, beautiful place to stay, with just 3 rooms and 3 cabins, all using color, space and light to create stunning places to relax and enjoy the luxurious accommodation and featuring stunning art in every room.
A spa offers a welcoming space for relaxation, while a lovely porch area and outdoor fireplace give you beautiful spots to enjoy the surroundings.
Free loan bikes, board games and beach blankets, along with a TV/VCR and a range of classic movies on tape make this hotel something different every day.
- To book, check prices or availability for Starry Night Inn
11. Salishan Coastal Lodge – a modern, upscale, romantic accommodation located on the Oregon coast overlooking Siletz Bay
Located near Siletz Bay, in easy reach of the lush forests and coastal views, this modern hotel offers tranquillity and relaxation in luxurious comfort.
Contemporary styling and bright, spacious rooms make for an enjoyable stay, and whether you are looking for time on the beach or exploring the natural coastline, there is plenty to keep you occupied during your visit.
There are three dining options at the Lodge, each using local, ethically sourced ingredients and a choice of locations, including a spectacular patio where you can enjoy your meal while watching the beautiful sunset.
A golf course, pool, spa and an aerial adventure park make sure every day has something new to offer at this amazing and unique hotel.
- To book, check prices or availability for Salishan Coastal Lodge
12. The Coho Oceanfront Lodge – a stylish and elegant accommodation with an onsite spa
Lincoln City style overlooking the ocean, this wonderful, luxury hotel features bright, welcoming rooms that have spectacular views, with a contemporary design that maximizes the space and delivers exceptional comfort.
Outside, fire pits let you sit and enjoy the fresh sea air under the stars and stay cozy even on cooler evenings, yet still be within easy reach of the restaurants and attractions of downtown Lincoln City.
An indoor swimming pool, fitness center, video games, DVD library and board games are all available to keep you entertained, but if it’s the views you want, this modern hotel has everything you need.
- To book, check prices or availability for The Coho Oceanfront Lodge
At the heart of Cannon Beach, you will find a unique hotel with an eye for detail, featuring wonderful rooms and cabin accommodation that delivers comfort and freedom for all.
Suites include a fully featured kitchen, and outside there is a picnic area and lovely water fountain to enjoy.
Just a block from the beach and within an easy walk of downtown with its restaurants and attractions, you can enjoy complimentary bicycles to explore the area at your own pace, a fire pit for cooler evenings and excellent service at all times.
- To book, check prices or availability for Inn at Haystack Rock
14. Surfland Hotel – a newly renovated, contemporary hotel where guests can experience a beautiful ocean view
As the name suggests, this Lincoln City-themed hotel is all about life on the edge of the waves. With a modern west-coast vibe and contemporary style, it offers luxury accommodation, with suites having stunning ocean views and spacious, comfortable rooms to enjoy.
A buffet breakfast is available each morning along with fresh coffee and tea all day, with the hotel being close to the restaurants and attractions for other eating needs.
An outdoor courtyard features a fire pit for cooler evenings under the stars, while an indoor pool and saunas are also available. With the ability to walk straight onto the beach, it’s the perfect surf paradise.
- To book, check prices or availability for Surfland Hotel
A historic hotel build in 1900 by a shipbuilder, and today offers quirky and very unique accommodation in Astoria. With just 6 rooms, this chic hotel offers exceptional service, with each room having its own look and feel.
Two dedicated family rooms feature beds for children, including a tree house, doll house and slide. Rooms offer a mix of modern luxury and period features, each with its own style.
Close to the restaurants, cafes and attractions that make Astoria so special, you are never short of something to do, and with a library and board games on offer, you will find the evenings fly by too.
A slice of the past blended with a modern hotel experience, Near the Pier, is a wonderful place to stay.
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Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children’s theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa danced in Cuba and road tripped down America’s west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. In between adventures she resides peacefully with her family, cats and ukulele.