Dozens of Views and a Good Night’s Sleep in Ocean Shores
Ocean Shores has dozens of accommodations for nearly any type of traveler. From luxury to simplistic, there is no shortage of places to stay, food to eat and fun to have in Ocean Shores. But many folks ask where the best lodging is at Ocean Shores? And the answer is that, it all depends.
Do you want to camp out, park your RV, rent a house, stay in a higher end hotel with a spa or take a simple room with all its modern conveniences? Or is it that you’re looking for a comfortable place with a great price. You’re in luck! Ocean Shores has them all!
So Many Reasons To Visit Ocean Shores
Those visitors attending a convention or a festival have different priorities than a weekend family traveler. And many visit Ocean Shores with people who are there for the same purposes. If a convention or conference is your reason for coming to Ocean Shores, you will probably want to be as close as possible to the convention center. Some of our accommodations are only a block or two away.
If you’re coming to Ocean Shores for a special performance and the Casino, like seeing a popular band or performance in town, you’ll likely want to be booked at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, or at their sister hotel the Quinault Sweet Grass, which is closer to town but part of that resort family.
If you are interested in wild life or outdoor exploring, then you might want to book a room at the Canterbury Inn, The Polynesian Resort, the Grey Gull, or Best Western Lighthouse Suites. Deer frequently wander in and around between the lawns and the pines. Birds and small mammals inhabit the dunes and small ponds that form in the hillocks. Or you might consider the Oyhut Bay Cottages By the Sea, which are near the Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area at the south end of our peninsula.
If you’re coming to Ocean Shores for the western views of the Pacific Ocean and walks in our dunes through our dense thickets of shore pines, then your main concern would be how close you will be to Ocean Shores Blvd NW. Many of our hotels with the best locations to the beach were built on Ocean Shores Blvd NW near W Chance A La Mer – the main crossroad for lodging, beach access, restaurants, and shopping.
Lodging Basics at The Shores
There is a reason why Ocean Shores has so many repeat visitors. Most visitors expect expansive beaches, simple access, amazing wildlife, fun family friendly activities and great food and drinks. Many have their favorite places to stay. “Places” is the most important factor.
During the summer months, even if you have a flat-out favorite accommodation, frequent visitors know you need to make reservations well in advance. Even in the spring or fall, depending upon the convention center schedule and activities happening around town, you may have to work your way down your own list of favorite hotels and inns. The general rule is, the closer the proximity to the shoreline, the better the views and likelihood of fully booked hotels. A few of our newer inns and lodges stand taller than some of our classic hotels and also afford great views of the ocean and sunsets.
Insider knowledge – West facing rooms have ocean views. Taller hotels afford better views over much of the dense thicks between the hotels and the shoreline. Most of our hotels offer a variety of breakfast options or at least coffee and pastries. Many have patios and close-by paths to the shore. Some have balconies to enjoy the breeze, ocean views, and sunsets. Rates vary by accommodation and season.
Main Lodging Choices with accommodations you can rely on
Best Western Lighthouse Suites Inn – Located on SR 115 at the northern end of Ocean Shores with easy access to the beach. Four stories tall. Pool and free breakfast. Visit the lighthouse construction for 360 degree views.
Canterbury Inn – Each unit is individually owned and decorated. Rooms feature living rooms and kitchens. Most have fireplaces. First floor units have a patio and easy beach access. Third floor rooms have balconies and spectacular ocean views.
Comfort Inn – Four stories. West side rooms face the ocean. Some suites feature jacuzzi. The hotel has an indoor pool. Good size breakfast area. A short drive to the beach.
Days Inn – Two stories well back from the beach. Secluded views mostly of trees. Located on Anchor Avenue. Large dining area where you can make your own waffles in the morning.
The Grey Gull – Very comfortable condo rooms. First floor rooms lead out to the pool and visiting deer. Second and third floor rooms have really good views. The best views are on the third floor at the very west ends of the Y shaped building. The breakfast is minimal. Stairs are the best way up and around after the elevator takes you to your floor.
MorningGlory Hotel, Resort & Suites – Close to beach access and shops. Great views and continental breakfast. Located about four blocks from the convention center.
Oyhut Bay Cottages By the Sea – A family friendly community well away from the convention center and shops. Located near the Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area near the southern end of Ocean Shores. Nature walks here provide many wildlife photograph opportunities. The cottages are close to North Bay and its inland eastern views.
Polynesian Resort – Close in and family oriented with an indoor pool, spa and sauna, a game room and an outdoor private park with basketball, volleyball and picnic facilities. They have their own restaurant as well.
Quality Inn – Three floors, indoor pool, breakfast, and close to shopping and beach access. A three block walk to the convention center.
Quinault Beach Resort and Casino – West side room views. Four stories. Gambling/Gaming. Several restaurants inside including fine dining. Entertainment, indoor pool and fitness. Meeting rooms, catering, weddings. Usually has a big New Year’s Eve celebration. Although Quinault Beach Resort and Casino is few miles from Ocean Shores, it’s an easy drive and there are interesting walks amid their wetlands.
Quinault Sweet Grass – Indoor pool and meeting rooms, and exercise room. Provides a shuttle bus to their sister hotel and casino.
Shilo Inn – Three floors with ultra wide hallways. Meeting rooms. The West side rooms have the view. Three stories. Roomy suites with kitchen/dining areas and small balconies facing the setting sun. There is a complete restaurant. Guests receive a ticket for breakfasts. Detailed model ships like the HMS Victory can be found in the lobby. Indoor pool and exercise room. Large common area with tables, TV, free coffee/hot chocolate and hot apple cider packets.
Ocean Shores has a wide swath of activities; some within walking distance of many of our hotels and some that will require transportation to and from. Since the distances between the main hotels, shopping, and convention center are typically within walking distance on a nice day, many people will walk or bike around town. But Ocean Shores has more open space and walking around town can be inconvenient for some. Many people drive their cars instead of walking as it is a very driving friendly town with ample parking at most establishments and parks.
Our weather can be variable, so we always suggest a weather resistant coat for those rainy days on the Washington Coast.
Shopping is a popular activity with most folks who visit Ocean Shores. From our local kite shop, to ice cream, Seahawks apparel, groceries, clothing, pet supplies and more, Ocean Shores has nearly everything you’ll need when you arrive. Even if you forgot Max’s leash for your walk on the beach, we have a pet store for just that circumstance! Most folks find it easy to drive between stores and shopping complexes.
Each of the lodging destinations has nearby walking trails and hiking destinations, so you may enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife.
Some hotels have their own restaurants, but all are happy to make suggestions for meals and attractions that are off-site from their accommodations. If you’re looking for a great dining guide, visit our dining guide page.
The Shores Are Calling You
Ocean Shores is a friendly destination that caters to a variety of interests: views, shopping, recreation, wildlife and of course, the wild and vast Pacific Ocean. Visitors enjoy coming to Ocean Shores year round and know that they will find friendly people, a warm and inviting community, plenty of things to do even on a blustery day and the ability to get away from the hussle and bussle of the city and relax in a destination within a few short hours of Seattle. We invite you to explore our accommodations, our city and the shores today!