Driving up the Southern Oregon coast from California, we were met with awe-inspiring views. I posted a lot of pictures of our trip on my Instagram account and many of the comments were about the natural beauty of this rugged Oregon coastline. Some people think of the Oregon coast as wet and wild, which is often a valid descriptor in the winter. But on our July visit to Gold Beach, we were met with miles of sand and sunshine. At the end of a long day of car travel, we were happy to pull into the Pacific Reef Hotel in Gold Beach, Oregon. Our furry friend, and travel companion, was even more happy to get out of the car, because we had reserved a pet-friendly ocean view room with easy beach access.
The hotel offers 45 rooms, divided into three sections, in addition to the on-site restaurant. There are 24 ocean view rooms, all with patios or balconies. Sand and sea is the economy section, offering 16 rooms, in addition to two family suites and a conference room in a separate building. This conference area, next to the indoor hot tub, is ideal for family reunions as it offers a gathering place for those times when the weather is, shall we say, not picture perfect.
“We found Pacific Reef on Pinterest searching for a hotel with ocean views that would accommodate a service dog,” said Leslie Domingo of Rocklin, California. “We were very pleased with the friendliness of the staff and our room.”
We stayed in C Ocean Front Lower Level Room 124 K with a king bed. We like staying on a first floor hotel room for easy access to our car and, most importantly, the beach. The beach was just a short walk from our room, along a private trail. Our bed was super comfortable with the new Marriott Executive Suite II Plush mattress with a New Generation mattress topper from Harbor Linen. We had six pillows on our bed, so no one was complaining about a lack of pillows. There was also a mini fridge and coffee maker in the room, in addition to a separate bathroom with shower. The ocean view room had a sliding glass door that opened onto our private patio. We slept with our sliding door slightly open so we could hear the ocean waves at night and feel the sea breeze.
Outdoor Adventure Theater
If you are traveling with kids, you’ll appreciate the hotel’s Outdoor Adventure Theater. A 12 minute Southern Oregon coast video, followed by a family-friendly short film, is shown nightly when the sunsets, around 9:10 p.m. during our summer visit. The theater marks the industry’s first oceanfront outdoor theater.
- The hotel offers a $10.00 per room per day credit at the Chowder House for breakfast between 6:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m.
- Website/menu: http://www.pacificreefhotel.com/ChowderHouse.php
Need to know:
Hotel rates range from $69-$249, depending on season and room type. Our ocean view king room rented for $199. plus tax during our stay. The property is pet-friendly with a $10 per night, per room fee. Pacific Reef Hotel is a member of Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) and Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA.) For more information on the area, visit Oregon Coast Visitors Association.
Dog-friendly beaches: Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint is one of the most popular beaches for taking furry friends (and ocean windsurfing.) The park is located off U.S. Highway 101, 11 miles south of Gold Beach. I believe most beaches in the area are dog-friendly–the beach access from Pacific Reef definitely is, and runs all the way from Kissing Rock to the South Jetty.
Nearby Spinners Restaurant offers guests 15% off if they mention they are a guest of the hotel. Order the filet mignon of fresh salmon if it’s on the menu! My last tip is for weary road warriors or spa lovers. Treat yourself to a massage from Kathy Chassereau. For additional insider tips follow luxury travel writer @Nancydbrown on Twitter and Instagram @Nancydbrown and @pacificreefh on Twitter.
If You Go:
Pacific Reef Hotel (541) 247-6658
29362 Ellensburg Highway 101
Gold Beach, Oregon 97444
Pacific Reef Hotel review, YouTube video and all photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Pacific Reef for purposes of review. As always, all opinions are my own.