Salishan Spa and Golf Resort
What We Love
- The spa's whirlpool overlooking Siletz Bay
- Free putting green where you can borrow clubs and balls
- Dining on hyper-fresh coastal cuisine, sourced from local farmers and fishermen, at restaurant Samphire
- Despite being more for spa and romantic getaways, the hotel is still great for families: there’s a game room that has arcade classics and air hockey
What To Know
- Property opened in 1965 and went through a $25 million renovation in 2007; guestrooms were renovated in 2015
- 20th-century construction means you can hear some noise from other rooms
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Despite its stunning Siletz Bay views, Salishan feels more alpine lodge than beach resort, with overstuffed leather couches, dark woods, and a massive stone fireplace, while the huge surrounding evergreen trees make the covered walkways between the rooms and the lodge feel like the inside of a tree fort. The cozy lodge vibe extends to the spacious guest rooms, where dark woods, plaids, and artworks by Northwest artists surround gas fireplaces, while balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in. Mod cons include flat-screen LCD TVs, free WiFi, Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges and microwaves. The bathrooms have a vanity with two sinks and granite counters. The various restaurant options at Salishan offer different levels of formality and different views. Great for a quick breakfast or lunch, the more casual Sun Room and Grill overlooks the 18-hole golf course. The Attic Lounge attracts a slightly older crowd with live music and a happy hour menu featuring wood-fired pizzas. Samphire, the newest addition, plays up Oregon’s culinary bounty with elevated dishes that spotlight locally sourced, seasonal ingredients from the surrounding ocean and valleys, like cured ivory chinook and Oregon lamb. The gorgeous spa, across the street, has wet and dry saunas and a whirlpool overlooking Siletz Bay.
In the Area
You’re here to unwind amid nature, but if you’re looking for action, head to nearby Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City for comedy shows, concerts and gambling. Twenty miles away, in Newport, is the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where you can see seals, sea lions, jellyfish and a giant Pacific octopus, or you can pay to dive in the tanks with hundreds of fish. While in Newport, also visit the historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, built in 1871. Forget cheesy oil paintings of the surf, and check out the modern sculptures and paintings at Lincoln City’s Freed Gallery.
How to Get There
I surprised my wife with a couple of nights here for her birthday. Neither of us had ever stayed here and always wanted to do so. We were upgraded to a massive Premier Room with a bay view ( Alder room 330) and loved the room. The only reason I'm marking this down to a 4 is the lack of obvious recycling containers in the room.
Shortly after our arrival, we were surprised by a bottle of very nice champagne, courtesy of the sales rep I met once about a year ago. A very nice way to start our weekend. We had room service that first night and it came when they said it would and my burger was very good and my wife liked her food as well. ( Gratuity is included, so no need to tip. )
There was a balcony with a couple of chairs with a view of the bay, but it being the Oregon coast in April, it was wet, so we didn't have much of a chance to use them, The gas fireplace was nice; also there was a microwave and a Fridge in the room as well as a couch, nice chairs as well as a table with chairs.
The bathroom was a decent size and had two vanities; I liked the high shower head, but the water pressure was weak.
Oh, no elevators that I saw, but there aren't many stairs, so it's not a hard walk. Also, the building we were in, the Alder, had car ports that offered covered parking, which was really nice.
In addition to the room service, we also ate at the Sun room a couple of times, once for dinner and once for breakfast. Both meals were very good and not too expensive.
Lastly, there was one small issue in the room. I noticed the towel rack was loose on one side so we couldn't hang anything from there. Also, I think the battery in the TV remote was going as, on the first night, I couldn't do anything with it after I got it on. I ended up having to turn it on and off from the TV itself. I left a note for housekeeping and I think they fixed the remote but not the towel bar, by time we left.
So, I would definitely stay here again, but I would also once again, try for a premier room as I really liked it.
My husband and I went in to the Attic Lounge on a Friday night for happy hour and we waited on by the bartender, Matt. He was chipper, made great cocktails and had impeccable service! The following evening, our friends were in town and we recommend that we go back because it had been such a superior experience.
The only reason this is a 3-star rather than 4-star reviews is when we returned, we had a different server who was...not the warmest. We inquired about getting a specialty item from the happy hour menu the night before and without even checking with anyone she bluntly told us no. A few of my dining companions also have dietary restrictions and when they inquired about substituting vegetables for a non gluten-free side, she again said no without checking with the kitchen or the chef.
The saving grace here was, again, Matt. Without our knowledge he went to the kitchen and was able to put in an order for the happy hour item as well as get us a gluten-free side for my friend's entree.
He was an exemplary staff member and I hope they can train all of heir staff to give above and beyond service like he did!
Very nice visit with the family April 11-13 and stayed in room 122. We had some rainy days, but the friendliness of the staff made up for the bad weather. The housekeeping in particular was super accommodating, especially with our toddler. Great place for a work meeting/retreat!
Our last visit to the Salishan was years ago, before the new ownership and management team came onto the scene. We always liked the Salishan back then. We also liked our most recent visit from a couple weeks ago. So what could be wrong with that you may ask?
We wanted to more than just "like" it. Conde Nast recently listed the Salishan a top 5 Pacific Northwest Resort, so we were expecting a bit more refinement I guess.
I say "refinement" because so many of the little things that went wrong, could easily be fixed. Notably, they were service issues...specifically, housekeeping. Day one checking in was a nice partially sunny day. When walking into our room for the first time, it would have been nice to see the golf course views......without the thick layer of dirt, grime, and fingerprints all over the glass door and window.
To housekeeping's credit, when I left a tip the following morning, along with a note saying "please windex windows", they did. And it made a lot of difference! But the takeaway is, the patron should not have to ask for their window to be clean. Not at a Regional Top 5 Resort. Rather, it should be automatic on the part of Housekeeping.
I will stop there, even though there were many other little incidents similar...... because I still like the Salishan, and don't wish to bash it. And especially because service issues can be corrected with more training.
So we will try them again, I'm sure. There are lots of things to like at this property. With the proper tweaks, this place could truly be 5 star.
Check in was fast and the staff was very friendly. We arrived to our room and first thing we noticed was the trash hasn’t been taken out in the room. I called the front desk and they were willing to come and take it out. No real impact on the stay but I expect a clean room when I am paying over $200 a night.…especially considering an envelope is in the room titled “Good housekeeping is hard to find” for tips to housekeeping. The room was nice and good sized. When we ordered food to the room, the bill didn’t state the details and charges. My wife accepted the food since I was in the shower and tipped the person delivering the food. Later on that day my wife and I were discussing the amount it cost for room service and something didn’t sound right. I went to the front desk and asked for a detailed receipt and noticed they charged $5 delivery and 20% tip was also included. Since there was no detail on the bill, my wife tipped almost 30% (almost 50% tip total). I went and spoke to the manager that evening and they refunded my tip without any issues. I have stayed in hotels all over the world and seeing a delivery charge is not very common. The booking site was a little misleading on the location. It looked like the resort was right on the water but it was not. That was disappointing. A few of the plugs didn’t work on the nightstand which was also dissapointing considering I have a few gadgets to charge . The food at the Sun Room was amazing! We dined there for 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners. The New York Strip was one of the best steak I had in a long time. The flavoring was perfect and couldn’t have been better. All in all, it was a good stay.