The drive to Newport was a beautiful drive, so much to see and so much to do. When we found our hotel the Hallmark inn, The hotel itself was a bit outdated, nothing you would think seeing the other Hallmark inns. Especially the Hallmark inn at Cannon beach which I have had the pleasure of staying at a few time's. Having that place to compare to this hotel made the Hallmark a little bit of a let down, at first.
The Resort's 158 non-smoking guestrooms and staterooms feature a variety of amenities, that most hotel's now come standard with, Snack-size refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, DVD players available in most rooms, complimentary newspapers are available in the hotel lobby, personal care and bath products, hair dryer, bathrobes in spa rooms, telephone with voice mail, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access and a desk for you to sit and write at. Our "fur" babies were welcome here and the hotel is very pet friendly without the feeling of getting second class rooms. Especially appreciated was the pet basket with towels, bed sheet, toy and treats. It was that point that they made to make them so welcome that made me know I would stay here again and again.
Georgie's Restaurant has ocean views, friendly waitstaff, good food and is on the premises, We had dinner reservations for 6:00PM and they called our room at 5:45PM and they said that they had room for us now and even asked us what we wanted to drink, it was all ready for us when we made our way to our beautiful table. I had the chowder and warm bread, a shrimp, crab salad. It was amazing. "Hub's" had a wonderful seafood pasta and even though the price was a bit high for the 70's decor, the food made it all worth it. We can't wait to go back to eat here again.
One thing that we loved was the little window to let in the the sounds of the surf without compromising the security. The fireplace was the perfect compliment to the early morning foggy beach. You can't beat the view in each room they make sure nothing competes with that. Along with easy trails to the beach and a wonderful pool and hot tub. We found another thing we loved about the Hallmark resort and that is the ideal location that is close enough to walk along the water to the historic nye beach. Amazingly while we were there on this stay we were lucky to witness the whales surfacing and spouting from our hide a bed couch we had decided to make up to watch the waves and as we were watching we were so excited to see the whales dancing about right in front of the hotel.
What this place lacks in sophistication and class it makes up with in charm. This is not a newer facility, but it is nice and, in the right conditions, offers a great stay for a great price. One thing I know for certain is that the staff is above and beyond friendly.
There staff even told me that they are doing alot of upgrades around the hotel and will be making improvements to most of the guestrooms this winter. On your next visit look for new flat panel TVs, fresh duvets on the beds and a new MP3 player. It is like a book that you judge from the cover, unless you dive deep into it you might miss out completely on this wonderful hotel. We might have had our second thoughts about where we were staying at in the start, but peeling the layers away we found a place that we would stay at again. Recommending to many of our friends!