LINCOLN CITY, OR: The Inn at Spanish Head

Having lived in the Pacific Northwest, my wife and I were both familiar with the Inn at Spanish Head, but neither of us had stayed here before. This was our chance!

The Inn at Spanish Head overlooks the Pacific Ocean from atop a bluff a few miles south of "downtown" Lincoln City, Oregon. Every one of its 120 rooms faces the ocean, so there isn't a bad view in the place.

The service was excellent -- from check-in to the service in the bar to room service.

There are three types of rooms at the Inn: standard hotel-type room, studio apartments, and one-bedroom suites. However, the Inn at Spanish Head is not a traditional hotel. Rather, the rooms are actually condo units which the owners allow the Inn to rent out when they're not using them.

This means a couple of things.

Each unit is decorated to the taste of the owner, resulting in a wide range of accommodations. Accordingly, guests should ask to see the exact room they'll be renting before committing.

Our room -- 422, a studio -- is among the nicer units, according to at least one front desk clerk. However, while most guests did seem to like it, others didn't care for it, so it's truly a matter of personal taste.

It also means that some owners may allow the Inn to offer greater discounts to fill their specific unit, so don't be shy about asking if there are rooms available at a better rate if you don't like the rate you're initially offered. Depending on how full the Inn is, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Finally, regardless of which room you select, there's the view, the beach, and the crashing surf. The on-site bar and restaurant are convenient, fairly priced, and offer a good selection of food and beverage. but if they don't appeal, it's a short drive along U.S. 101 to the north or south to areas that offer more choices.

In any case, if you love the ocean, The Inn at Spanish Head is lodging you must experience!

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