The 9 Best Cannon Beach Hotels

Stephanie Inn, with a laid-back-luxury vibe and prime location, tops our list

View of haystack rock and coast, Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA

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The Rundown

The star of Oregon's Cannon Beach oceanfront is Haystack Rock, a 235-foot basalt geographical feature that looks more like a modernist sculpture than a natural phenomenon. Unsurprisingly, many hotels on the oceanfront have organized themselves around giving guests an enhanced experience of this iconic panorama, whether it’s via private decks, beach bonfires, ocean-facing jacuzzi tubs and hot tubs, or lawns that stretch out to meet the water.

From high-end luxury to budget and family-friendly options, there is a hotel for every kind of traveler along this breathtaking stretch of sand. We’ve gathered nine of the most outstanding and unique Cannon Beach hotels below.

01 of 09

Best Overall: Stephanie Inn

Stephanie Inn

Stephanie Inn

Why We Chose It

Between the extensive amenities, beach access, elegant décor, and acclaimed restaurant, this tried-and-true favorite delivers exceptional laid-back luxury and charm.

Pros
  • Unbeatable location and rooms with panoramic views

  • Many complementary offerings (breakfast, beverages, bike loans)

  • Fireplaces in every room

Cons
  • Not pet friendly

  • Can be hard to book last-minute

  • Children must be over 12 to stay

  • No pool or fitness center on-site

It’s easy to see why Stephanie Inn shows up on lists of the best hotels in America year after year; in the nearly 30 years it’s been open, Stephanie Inn has become the go-to choice for luxury on Cannon Beach. The rooms and common spaces are decorated in a style that feels sumptuous yet relaxed, with decorative features like exposed beams and neutral colors. Many describe the décor as “traditional New England,” but the rooms’ views of the mountains, Pacific Ocean, and iconic Haystack Rock are in fact authentic Pacific Northwest. Each of the 41 rooms includes gas fireplaces, wet bars, scenic views, and many have balconies and Jacuzzi baths.

The serene interiors and luxe in-room features would be enough to set this property apart, but what really defines a stay at Stephanie Inn is the complementary offerings and curated experiences. The included breakfast is a plated, gourmet affair featuring house-baked bread, Oregon-grown produce, and locally roasted Sleepy Monk coffee. Complimentary beer, tea, and coffee are available in rooms, and each afternoon guests gather in the oceanfront library for a complimentary Northwest beer and wine gathering, and then again at 9 p.m. for a hand-crafted aperitif nightcap (also complimentary, of course). Those looking for a more intimate gathering can pay an extra fee to enjoy a private bonfire, complete with smores and drinks right on the beach.

Notable Amenities

  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and beer in rooms
  • On-site spa
  • Bikes available for guests
  • Aveda toiletries
02 of 09

Best for Families: Surfsand Resort

Surfsand Resort

Surfsand Resort

Why We Chose It

Surfsand Resort goes above and beyond in its kid-friendly amenities, with a number of complimentary offerings for families that make it feel more like a summer camp than a hotel.

Pros
  • Many rooms have soaking tubs and gas fireplaces

  • Well-equipped fitness center

  • Seasonal cabana service

  • Daily complimentary social events on-site

Cons
  • Pricey

  • Guest reviews mention small room sizes

  • Pool and other common areas can be crowded

The Surfsand Resort is a sister property of the Stephanie Inn, which accounts for the pairs’ similar offerings in terms of special amenities like beach bonfires, in-room fireplaces, and complimentary snacks. However, whereas Stephanie Inn doesn’t allow guests under age 12, Surfsand is all about catering to its youngest visitors. Upon arrival, kids are given a bucket for building beach sandcastles (many rooms face the beach, and some first-floor rooms open right to it). Highlights among the many other special touches for kids include nightly beach bonfires with singalongs, complimentary Saturday ice cream socials, guided tidepool walks, and milk and cookies at the front desk. The pool has floaties and toys in abundance, and the Wayfarer restaurant offers a robust kids menu featuring classic favorites renamed with a nautical theme.

The hotel offers plenty of perks for the adults accompanying youngsters as well. Parents can unwind with an in-room massage (the option of turning on the room’s gas fireplace during the massage is extra nice) and complimentary classes at Cannon Beach Yoga are included with room rates. Surfsand prides itself on its emphasis on traditions that foster special memories, and its vast array of offerings and activities make it the natural choice for those prioritizing quality family time during their visit to the coast.

Notable Amenities

  • Pet friendly
  • Aveda toiletries
  • Bikes available for guests
  • Fitness center and indoor pool
03 of 09

Best Budget: Tolovana Inn

Tolovana Inn

Tolovana Inn

Why We Chose It

The Tolonova Inn offers sweeping beach views, an indoor pool and hot tub, and rooms with gas fireplaces at a fraction of the price of many neighboring hotels.

Pros
  • Beachfront location

  • On-site fitness center

  • Some rooms feature gas fireplaces

  • Indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna

  • Rooms are large, and some include kitchenettes and balconies

Cons
  • No on-site restaurant

  • Interiors lack ambience

  • Not all rooms have views

For those looking to make their Cannon Beach trip all about the beach itself, the Tolnova Inn offers prime access at an affordable price. Amenities at this property are basic compared to nearby luxury options; there is no on-site spa or dining, and rooms are clean but modest. But if choosing a hotel in Cannon Beach is really just about finding the easiest place to sleep for the hours you’re not out swimming, hiking, sitting next to a bonfire, or exploring tidepools, the Tolnova Inn more than meets basic requirements for a comfortable stay.

The large rooms (suites have two bedrooms and can sleep up to six) include full kitchens, making this a popular choice for families and those who would rather make their meals than spend time away from the beach seeking food in town. Guests can start or end their days with a trip to the sauna, indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center—although many will undoubtedly prefer to swim in the Pacific, just 50 yards to the west.

Notable amenities

  • Pet friendly
  • Indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center
  • On-site spa and sauna
04 of 09

Best Views: The Ocean Lodge

The Ocean Lodge

The Ocean Lodge

Why We Chose It

Situated on the southern end of Cannon Beach, the Ocean Lodge’s oceanfront studios and suites include private decks and balconies with sweeping views of Haystack Rock.

Pros
  • Many rooms feature and gas fireplaces and ocean-facing balconies

  • All rooms have mini kitchenettes and air-jetted tubs

  • Many pet-friendly offerings

Cons
  • No fitness center or restaurant on-site  

  • Many dogs staying on-site can be loud

Words that consistently come up in descriptions and reviews of the Ocean Lodge include “warmth” and “coziness.” The lodge’s architecture and décor are reminiscent of 1940s beach retreats, achieved with details like reclaimed hardwood floors and the lobby’s two-story stone fireplace. The most notable structural element, however, are the balconies and patios that look out onto Haystack Rock and the surf beyond.

Between its pet-friendly policies, lending library featuring games for kids, and in-room air jetted soaking tubs, the hotel offers something for all kinds of travelers—but the most enticing amenity is the ability to lounge on a private patio while eating some of the lodge’s famous cookies and enjoy the breathtaking marvel that is the Oregon coast.  

Notable Amenities

  • Dog washing station
  • On-site library of games and books
  • Amazing private patios
  • Evening wine reception and nightcap offered nightly
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05 of 09

Best Dog Friendly: Hallmark Resort and Spa Cannon Beach

Hallmark Resort and Spa Cannon Beach

Hallmark Resort and Spa Cannon Beach

Why We Chose It

Between its large rooms, dog goodie bags at check-in, and conveniences like paw-washing stations and relief areas, the Hallmark Resort and Spa is a tried-and-true favorite for the many visitors who choose to bring their pups with them to explore the Oregon coast.

Pros
  • Sauna, spa, and fitness room on-site

  • Two indoor salt water pools

  • Pet-friendly conveniences and policies

Cons
  • No on-site dining options

  • No air conditioning

  • Some reviews complain of noise

Many beaches across America close to dogs during peak seasons, and even more have strict leash laws—but not Cannon Beach. On this stretch of the Oregon Coast, dogs are free to romp and play all year long, chasing after driftwood sticks, frisbees, and the occasional seagull. With these dog-friendly policies and the general outdoorsy vibe of the Cannon Beach area, it’s not surprising that many visitors would want to bring their dogs with them. A few of the hotels on Cannon Beach allow dogs, but none goes as above-and-beyond to welcome four-legged guests as the Hallmark Resort and Spa.

Dogs are greeted at check-in with their names written on the lobby’s “welcome” board, and each is given a goodie bag with toys, biscuits, towels, and a portable water bottle and bowl. There are multiple dog relief areas around the property as well as paw washing stations to help with sand removal after a long day of playing on the beach. Two-legged visitors love the in-room air-jetted tubs, gas fireplaces, and beachfront access.

Notable Amenities

  • On-site pools
  • On-site spa
  • Business center
  • Complimentary snacks and bike loans
  • Self-service laundry
06 of 09

Best for Friends: Inn at Cannon Beach

Inn at Cannon Beach

Inn at Cannon Beach

Why We Chose It

The standout feature at the Inn at Cannon Beach is the large garden at the center of the property, which offers a tranquil spot to regroup over a bottle of local wine after a long day at the beach.

Pros
  • Gas fireplaces in every room

  • Library of books and games to borrow

  • Morning breakfast buffet

  • Pet friendly

Cons
  • No pool or fitness center on-site

  • Not directly on the beach

  • No restaurant on-site

The Inn at Cannon Beach is an excellent option for those traveling with groups who want to have a common gathering space outside of the rooms. The hotel is cottage-style, and the cottages are situated in a circle around a lush garden. The garden is the highlight of this well-appointed property, as it's dotted with Adirondack chairs around fire pits, and is a frequent grazing spot for adorable Oregon rabbits. The hotel is a residential block away from the beach and is also within walking distance to town. On days when weather prohibits enjoying the outdoor spaces, guests can check out a book from the lobby’s library and enjoy soaking in an in-room Jacuzzi or curling up next to their room’s gas fireplace.

Notable Amenities

  • Large garden with fire pits and seating
  • Business center
07 of 09

Best Hot Tub: Schooner's Cove Inn

Schooner's Cove Inn

Schooner's Cove Inn

Why We Chose It

Many lodgings along the Oregon coastline have hot tubs, but the hot tub at Schooner’s Cove Inn is one of the few with beach views.  

Pros
  • Spacious rooms, some with gas fireplaces

  • Many rooms have ocean-view decks

  • Oceanfront lawn

Cons
  • Not pet friendly

  • No air conditioning

Any trip to Cannon Beach will inevitably center around the great outdoors, whether your activity of choice is walking down the beach, enjoying a bonfire under the stars, or trekking a nearby hike. Though keep in mind that sometimes it rains (no surprise in the Pacific Northwest)!

The key offering at Schooner’s Cove Inn is the hot tub. Rain or shine, guests can make private reservations at the indoor hot tub and enjoy dramatic views of the beach. The hotel is also located right at the meeting point of the beach and downtown area, which offers convenient walking access to local galleries and restaurants.

Notable Amenities

  • Kitchenettes
  • Business center
  • TVs include HBO
  • Self-service laundry
08 of 09

Best Cottage Style: The Waves

The Waves

The Waves

Why We Chose It

The suites and studios at The Waves, which is a third-generation family business, offer lots of space and apartment-style features for those who prefer an especially private and live-in feel during their beach stay.

Pros
  • Many rooms include whirlpool tubs, kitchenettes, or full kitchens

  • Guests can access an indoor whirlpool hot tub with beach views

  • One of the least expensive options along the beach

Cons
  • No on-site fitness center or pool

  • No on-site dining options

There are several lodgings along Cannon Beach that offer cottage-style rooms and suites, but the ones at The Waves are the largest and offer the most features for a true beach house feel. There are over 17 types of rooms available, and many feature full kitchens and decks facing the beach. Those traveling with family or groups might especially appreciate the multi-room suites, which can sleep up to eight guests for one of the lowest rates in the area (a steal for beach-facing accommodations). The hotel is conveniently located in the center of downtown Cannon Beach, offering easy access to many local restaurants for times when guests don’t want to cook for themselves.

Notable Amenities

  • Full kitchens come with kitchenware
  • Hot tub on-site
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09 of 09

Best for Couples: Cannon Beach Hotel

Cannon Beach Hotel

Cannon Beach Hotel

Why We Chose It

This hotel is one of the longest operating historic lodgings on the Oregon Coast, and its long history comes through in the elegant antique room furnishings and attentive service.

Pros
  • Special pricing offers for midweek and multi-night stays

  • Claw foot tubs and four poster beds

  • Complimentary breakfast buffet

Cons
  • Rooms are small

  • Not pet friendly

  • Not directly on the beach

  • No fitness center or pool on-site

The Hotel Description

The Cannon Beach Hotel is a historic property with the characteristic charm and quirkiness of B&Bs in spades. Its four-poster beds and antique-style furniture will feel familiar to travelers who have stayed in historic turn-of-the-century B&Bs and inns in New England. The hotel is a block away from the beach and is within walking distance of town. It’s especially well-suited to couples, as guests need to be over age 16. Amenities like all-day beverage service and clawfoot soaking tubs make this hotel a perfect choice for those looking for a romantic getaway, minutes from the beach.

Notable Amenities

  • Bicycles available to guests
  • All-day beverage service

Final Verdict

The most important thing to experience in Cannon Beach is the beach itself, and all of the properties here offer convenient access to the water, either mere steps or a short block-long walk away. Other than beach access, amenities like hot tubs, outdoor social spaces, activities for kids, and dining options can be great ways to enhance your trip or make sure to have backup agendas for days with stormy weather. Overall, sister properties Stephanie Inn and Surfsand Resort offer the most robust array of amenities and special experiences, but there is a lot to like about any of the places on this list, depending on what kind of beachgoer you are.

Compare The Best Cannon Beach Hotels

 Beach Hotel  Resort Rate  Room Rate  # of Rooms  WiFi
Stephanie Inn
Best Overall
 None  $$$  41  Free
Surfsand Resort
Best for Families
 None  $$  95  Free
Tolovana Inn
Best Budget
 None  $  170  Free
The Ocean Lodge
Best Views
 None  $$$  45  Free
Hallmark Resort & Spa Cannon Beach
Best Dog Friendly
 None  $$$  118  Free
Inn at Cannon Beach
Best for Friends
 None  $$  58  Free
Schooner's Cove Inn
Best Hot Tub
 None  $$  30  Free
The Waves
Best Cottage Style
 None  $$  56  Free
Cannon Beach Hotel
Best B&B
 None  $$  10  Free

Methodology

We evaluated about 40 properties before settling on the best for the chosen categories. We prioritized properties with beachfront access and views. To zero in on categories, we read hundreds of consumer reviews to determine what features guests most valued in their travels to this area, such as views, the option to bring dogs, and amenities like a kitchenette. We also looked at industry accolades, rates, and packages to figure out which hotels delivered the best experience.

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