Two award-winning travel writers, and the publishers of the Pacific Coast Highway Travel website, recommend 145 hotels along the USA's Pacific Coast Highway.
Two award-winning travel writers, and the publishers of the Pacific Coast Highway Travel website, recommend 145 hotels along the USA's Pacific Coast Highway. Ranging from budget through moderate to luxury choices, there are accommodation recommendations, with descriptions and contact details, for 145 of the most atmospheric, historic or just plain enjoyable hotels for every stop along the Pacific Coast of California, Oregon and Washington, from San Diego to Seattle.
A Harbor View Inn
11 W 11th Street
Only four rooms, and all have private bathrooms and good views of Aberdeen's attractive harbor. The house was built in 1905, and the décor is mostly suitably historic but the facilities modern, including wifi and DVD players.
708 9th Street
The Arcata has both Budget and Moderate room rates, from single rooms to two-room suites. It was built in 1915 when the railroad came to town, and later the arrival of route 101 boosted its popularity. It's only a simple hotel, nothing fancy as you'd expect from the cost, but it's central, friendly, and definitely the price is right.
Astoria Inn Bed and Breakfast
3391 Irving Avenue
This cozy Victorian was built in 1890 and has only four rooms, all of them under $100. For this you get treats like cookies and candy, a breakfast that might include Grand Marnier French toast (the owner likes to cook), and all rooms have Queen-sized beds and private bathrooms.
5366 Leif Erickson Drive
The Crest is a plain and simple motel, and even the best rooms come in at under $100. It looks out over the Columbia River and has a laundry, Jacuzzi, cable TV, and a complimentary breakfast. If you're on a budget it's hard to beat.
Benjamin Young Inn
3652 Duane Street
This characterful old inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and has just four large rooms which mix antique furnishings with modern hotel amenities.
357 12th Street
Both Moderate and Expensive rooms in this very smart downtown hotel, which has a rooftop garden giving lovely views of the Columbia River.
Cannery Pier Hotel
10 Basin Street
This modern luxury hotel in an impressive historic building has great river views from every room. It provides boutique hotel comforts, and has its own spa, and complimentary to guests are the breakfast, day-use bicycles, and a nightly wine and lox tasting.
Bandon Beach Motel
1090 Portland Avenue SW
Only in summer do the room rates go up into the Moderate category, otherwise the Budget rates apply although with only 20 motel units it's best to book ahead. The location is perfect, on a bluff that gives every room an ocean view – the best rooms even have two different ocean views. If you're happy with motel simplicity, then you'll certainly be happy with the Bandon Beach Motel.
Best Western Inn at Face Rock
3225 Beach Loop Drive
Given a choice between the various hotel and motel chains, we often opt for a Best Western (and no, we don't get a commission!) They usually have character, and the company is quietly supportive of good causes. The Inn at Face Rock is a great example of a Best Western, with its pool, spa, hot tub, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, gym, and a proper cooked complimentary breakfast including biscuits and gravy. Some room rates do get up into the Expensive Category in summer.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
57744 Round Lake Drive
Most people stay here to take advantage of its three golf courses, and there are five restaurants and all the other facilities you'd expect from a large resort-style property. There's a range of room styles and prices, if you're looking for an overnight stay along this pretty stretch of coast.
BODEGA BAY, CA
Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa
103 Coast Highway One
This is a personal favorite, especially for the views over the wetland and the wildlife that shelters there. It's a fabulous setting, and the size of the place (84 rooms/suites) means it's small enough to feel intimate but big enough to have facilities like the excellent Duck Club Restaurant, a spa, and an ocean-view pool. There's also access to the beach, and a quiet location a short drive from Bodega Bay itself.
BIG SUR, CA
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
48865 Highway 1
Deetjens is a piece of Big Sur history, founded by Norwegian Helmuth Deetjen in the 1930s and still retaining that rustic Norway feel. There are twenty cabin rooms, not all of them with private bathrooms, and the facilities are pretty basic. It has tons of character, though, with a fabulous setting in among the redwoods, and you can get a room at a Budget price if you don't mind sharing a bathroom. Deetjen's also has one of the best local restaurants, equally characterful and serving a lot of organic, locally-sourced produce. It's on the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of the Henry Miller Library and about three miles south of the Pfieffer Big Sur State Park.
Ragged Point Inn and Resort
19019 Highway One, Ragged Point
About 50 miles south of the Pfieffer Big Sur State Park, and 20 miles north of Hearst Castle, the 30-room Ragged Point stands on its own atop a cliff and guests have stunning views of that very special Big Sur coastline. You can walk down a cliff path and past waterfalls to get to a private beach, and there's an onsite restaurant too, and several shops selling work by local craftspeople.
Glen Oaks Motel
Highway 1, Glen Oaks, Big Sur
Just north of Big Sur village and the State Park, the Glen Oaks Motel is yet another of the delightful places to stay along this stretch of the PCH with cabins and cottages in the redwoods just back from the road. There's a roadhouse just opposite to eat in, if you don't want to drive, although there are plenty of choices around here. It's nothing fancy, and only in Big Sur would a former motel like this get into the Expensive category, but the owners are friendly, and it's clean and comfortable.
Post Ranch Inn
Highway 1, Big Sur
This is resort luxury Big Sur style, with rooms built out of redwoods and all the resort amenities you would expect – a superb spa, the Sierra Mar restaurant, a gym, swimming pools, and free activities like stargazing, cookery demonstrations, yoga classes, whale watching, and many more. You'll find the Post Ranch on the Pacific Coast Highway about 1.5 miles south of the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and half a mile south of the Ventana Inn and Spa.
Ventana Inn and Spa
Highway 1, Big Sur
One mile south of the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (that's as close as you get to a street address round here), the Ventana is where the rich and famous go to indulge themselves. It's definitely at the top end of the price range, but if you want to splurge when you're in Big Sur, this is the place to do it. Enjoy the two heated pools, the stunning restaurant food (and wine), the spa, the sauna, fitness facilities, yoga classes, afternoon wine and cheese reception, library, DVD library, daily guided walks... you want it, you got it.