Gracefully aging Victorian and Art Deco buildings, craft breweries and intriguing local history are part of what make Astoria one of Oregon’s most interesting cities. Here, the Columbia River — home to both ships and sea lions — meets the Pacific Ocean, offering visitors countless aquatic adventures. If you’ve set your sights on visiting this unique coastal town, we’ve handpicked five great hotel options for your stay!
Astoria, Oregon hotels for couples
Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa
Jutting out 600 feet into the Columbia River, the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa sets the scene for a romantic getaway with its plush interior, fireplaces, balconies and large windows with spectacular water views. Curl up in one of the window seats and enjoy a full view of the Astoria Megler Bridge linking Oregon to Washington state. Then head down to the spa for a mineral hot tub soak before enjoying a signature Cannery Coastal Calm & Detox Massage.
Come early evening, Oregon wine and hors d’oeuvres are served in the lobby. For dinner, walk to the nearby Bridgewater Bistro for an intimate meal. In the morning, scope out the local art scene at the Imogen Gallery. Then go antiquing at Vintage Hardware and Phog Bounders Antique Mall.
Astoria, Oregon bed and breakfast
Rose River Inn
Located in the National Historic District, minutes from downtown, museums and the Astoria Riverwalk, the Rose River Inn has all the features of an ideal B&B — tasteful antiques, fireplaces, a claw-foot tub and welcoming hosts who serve a delicious home-cooked breakfast in the sun-drenched dining room. The B&B’s five cozy rooms boast views of either the Astoria Column, the Columbia River or the lovely lush garden surrounding this 1912 Craftsman-style home.
For more history, stroll down to the Oregon Film Museum. Located in the Clatsop County Jail, it celebrates made-in Oregon films such as The Goonies, The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stand by Me and National Lampoon’s Animal House. Visit the Astoria Column, whose murals depict the town’s long history. And, climb on top for unparalleled views. Then head to Blaylock’s Whiskey Bar, also making history as Astoria’s first whiskey bar.
Astoria, Oregon budget hotels
Selina Commodore Astoria
In Astoria, budget is synonymous with style, especially if you stay at the Commodore. Dating back to the 1920s, it sits proudly at the heart of the historic downtown. Hip and inexpensive, the Commodore is an excellent place to kick off your adventure in Astoria. Choose from two accommodation options: “cabins” with shared bathrooms or “suites,” which feature sitting rooms and ensuite bathrooms.
Grab coffee and pastries at Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe, then off to Commercial Street for some local shopping. Swing by Forsythéa for locally handcrafted gifts or Holly McHone Jewelers for quirky Astoria maritime jewelry. From May to October, the lively open-air Sunday Market showcases local growers, artists, musicians and artisans. Make sure to get back to the hotel in time for free beer happy hour. Then, sample the freshest local seafood at South Bay Wild Fish House.
Astoria, Oregon family hotels
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Astoria
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Astoria pretty much guarantees the perfect family vacation. Guests can enjoy a free stay for kids under 19; a central location; spacious, airy rooms; an indoor pool; and a generous hot breakfast spread. Opt for one of the waterfront rooms with a gas fireplace, where you can sit back to watch the ships pass by (or, better yet, stream The Goonies) after a long day of family fun.
The seasonal Astoria River Trolley is just outside the hotel and very convenient for getting across town. Take it to the Maritime Museum, which boasts an equally interesting gift shop. Then hop aboard the Lightship Columbia for a firsthand sailor experience. Book the Astoria Underground Tour led by animated and passionate local historians who bring to life the lesser-known stories of this incredible town. Refuel at the family-friendly Buoy Beer Co., but save room for dessert at Frite & Scoop.
Astoria, Oregon pet-friendly hotels
The Norblad Hotel is hip, affordable and within minutes of dog-friendly places such as the Astoria Brewing Company (get the Poop Deck Porter) and Bowpicker Fish & Chips for beer-battered fried fish and golden steak fries. For an additional $20, the hotel will provide your best furry friend with a comfy Pendleton dog bed, a mat and food and water bowls. Take your buddy to the Warrenton off-leash dog park or for a long stroll on the Riverwalk for some ship and sea lion watching.
With the Pacific Ocean so close, hop in the car to Cannon Beach, where the long, sandy shores and neighboring parks provide plenty of room for your BFF to run around while taking in views of the magnificent Haystack Rock.
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Frequently asked questions
To save big and avoid crowds, visit from November to February, when the weather can be chillier and wetter. However, some seasonal activities like the River Trolley, for example, will be closed. The more popular months are from May to October.
Astoria is compact and walkable. If you venture to Seaside or Cannon Beach, NorthWest POINT offers daily bus services. NW Connector is another excellent car-free trip planning tool to use during your stay.
By car, Astoria is about two hours from Portland and three hours from Seattle. There are direct bus services from Portland, but not from Seattle.
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