Best Western Ocean View Resort, Seaside, Oregon

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01: Introduction: Saying goodbye to Virgin America
02: Virgin America A320 Main Cabin (economy class) SAN-SFO
03: Virgin America A320 Main Cabin (economy class) SFO-PDX
04: Best Western Ocean View Resort, Seaside, Oregon
05: Aloft Portland Airport
06: Virgin America A320 Main Cabin Select (premium economy) PDX-SFO
07: Virgin America A320 Main Cabin Select (premium economy) SFO-SAN

This one-night stay at the Best Western Ocean View Resort in Seaside Oregon may possibly go down as one of the most irrational hotel decisions I’ve ever made. Don’t get me wrong – this is a nice property with very friendly staff in a very (very) nice location. The issue is the price I had to pay to stay here. Before I tell you how much I spent, keep in mind that this hotel is a mid-grade Best Western. This hotel chain is the kind that you’d find along interstate highways in rural parts of the country next to Holiday Inns and Comfort Inns, offering nothing more than the basics such as semi-comfortable beds and cheap continental breakfasts. So yeah – it’s budget accommodations to say the least. That’s why it hurt so bad to make the rational decision to pay nearly $500 to stay here for one night. That’s right – I paid $500 to spend the night in a Best Western hotel. Once you stop laughing at how much of an idiot I am, please continue reading so I can explain myself…

The truth is that I didn’t actually pay the $500 out of my own pocket. I book all my hotel reservations on Hotels.com, and for every booking you earn reward points which can be used to earn free nights at any hotel in the world. I had a lot of points built up, and a few months ago I decided that I needed to start using them before they change the rules or something and I can’t use what I’ve earned. So – being that I wanted to spend the night in Seaside, and pretty much EVERYTHING was booked solid for that weekend, a $500 room at the Best Western was the only option. Sounds like a fine use of reward points, doesn’t it? I was a bit reluctant to think so, but I went for it anyway.

I set my expectations rather low even though I had booked a room with an ocean view. This was a Best Western after all, and I don’t know of anyone who associates this brand with luxury 5-star accommodations. I sure don’t, and that’s what I kept in mind as I pulled up to this hotel in my rental car.

Best Western Ocean View Resort

To be honest, the exterior of the Best Western Ocean View Resort doesn’t look that flattering.

best western ocean view resort

The gloomy gray skies didn’t help to make this place look very enticing.

best western ocean view resort

This property is right on the beach, however, and it looks much more like a decent hotel from the back.

best western ocean view resort

It’s location right on the boardwalk was nice. Too bad it was so cloudy and cold during my stay!

My first impressions of this place were mixed. On one hand, it looked a bit dumpy on the outside. Not unsafe or decrepit or anything, but…well…pretty much like a low-end budget hotel that hadn’t been updated in 20 years. On the other hand, the location was phenomenal! It’s located right on the beach, just a few minutes walk to the downtown area of Seaside.

best western ocean view resort main entrance

Main entrance to the Best Western Ocean View Resort in Seaside, Oregon

best western ocean view resort main lobby

Main lobby – looks really nice compared to the bland exterior of this hotel.

guest room hallways

Guest room hallways – some were exposed to the outdoors, and others were completely enclosed like this one.

The lobby and guest room hallways were pretty much standard Best Western (complete with the loud buzzing from vending and ice machines), but I opened the door to my room and…wow!! The first thing I noticed was the huge jacuzzi with an amazing view of the ocean, and the other thing was…that view of the ocean! It was at that instant that I didn’t feel so bad for spending $500 in rewards points to stay in this room. This was nice!

room 204 door

The door to my room (204) was located in a tight corridor adjacent to 3 others.

room entrance

My first view of the room just after opening the door.

best western ocean view resort jacuzzi

Are you kidding me?? This jacuzzi was a nice (and very unexpected) surprise!

best western ocean view resort jacuzzi

Oh yeah – this thing is gonna get some use later!

best western ocean view resort balcony

There was also a private patio with an awesome view. Too bad the weather was so dull!

room with a view

Here’s a better shot showing how good the view is from this room.

best western ocean view resort room

The room itself wasn’t anything special. Clean and comfortable, as expected.

best western ocean view resort room

I found the decor to be somewhat dated, but then again this is just a Best Western. I guess I can’t complain too much.

hotel room wide angle view

Here’s a wide angle view of the entire room.

The bed

The bed.

best western ocean view resort room with jacuzzi

Another wide angle view, looking the other way.

Decent sized desk

Decent sized desk.

microwave and decently sized refrigerator

This room also had a microwave and decently sized refrigerator. I definitely would have used these if I was staying for more than one night.

toilet and shower

The toilet and shower were separated from the vanity.

Another nice touch that I really liked was the faux fireplace right next to the jacuzzi. I found it to be a really nice small detail that really made me feel at home and relaxed during my stay.

faux fireplace

The faux fireplace next to the jacuzzi was a nice touch.

dirty room best western

The only real negative thing I could say about this room was that every now and then I discovered something really nasty like this rusted and burned ceiling light shroud. It was a clear reminder that this was still a budget hotel.

seaside oregon

Having access to this just a few steps outside the hotel door was very nice.

seaside oregon

It only took 3 minutes to walk to the heart of Seaside.

seaside oregon beach

No wonder all hotels in Seaside were sold out tonight – look at all these people on the beach!

best western ocean view resort seaside jacuzzi

Around 8pm I fired up that jacuzzi…

best western ocean view resort seaside jacuzzi

Is it ready yet?

best western ocean view resort seaside jacuzzi

Ahhh, this is the life!

The attached restaurant (Salvatore’s Café) offered room service, which was really nice to see. I’m a sucker for hotel room service, so that was a nice score. And you know what? The food was pretty good! I had both dinner and breakfast delivered to my room and I found both meals more than acceptable.

best western ocean view resort room service

Room service dinner: fish tacos, a cup of clam chowder, and a glass of orange juice.

best western ocean view resort room service

Room service breakfast: ham and cheese omelet, sausage, potatoes, and a side of fruit (plus orange juice, of course). Very tasty!

In conclusion, the in-room jacuzzi and amazing ocean views helped to convince me that yes, I would stay here again. Would I pay $500 out of my own pocket for it though? Not a chance. It’s a good property in a very nice area but it’s not $500/night good. Especially if I couldn’t get a room with a view.