From The Boston Globe
"Approaching the Channel House in Depoe Bay, we were under whelmed by its gray, boxlike appearance. It might have been the apartment building it once was, before becoming a brothel in the '40s, in the second of its transformations. But then the magic takes hold.”
It's all because of where the inn sits - barely beyond the reach of the Pacific Ocean as it surges against the cliffs that protect this fishing village. On the September day and night my wife and I were at the inn, we fell under the spell of the sight and sound of the pounding waves - intensified by a storm at sea - as they crashed relentlessly against the rocks just beneath our ground-level room. It's an exciting and romantic experience that, it turns out, Oregon residents savor as well...
During our slightly calmer stay in Depoe Bay, the ocean slammed into spout like fissures in the rocks at the base of the cliffs, exiting upward 50 feet or more in spectacular blasts of spray. In late afternoon, I repaired to the soothing warmth of a hot tub on our deck...a glass of wine and a book in hand. Any lingering cares disappeared into the sound of the surf and the gray of a gathering mist as a foghorn stirred to life. It crossed my mind that its plaintive call might keep us awake during the night. I needn't have worried.
I used the binoculars supplied in each room to look for migrating whales but settled for tracking the fishing boats and Coast Guard vessels maneuvering at some peril through the 50-foot-wide channel - whence the name of the inn - that was cut through the cliffs years ago by the Army Corps of Engineers...We left the Channel House reluctantly."
From the Houston Chronicle
"Belying its rustic exterior, the Channel House Inn, perched high on a cliff overlooking the ocean and the entrance to the world's smallest harbor in Depoe Bay, exudes romance. It's beautifully designed oceanfront suites.. include separate sleeping and sitting areas, king or queen-size rooms, gas fireplaces, tape decks and outdoor whirlpools on private decks, the perfect setting for spotting migrating whales or watching the sun set over the Pacific. All rates include a full breakfast. The inn is situated in the heart of this small town, within walking distance of shops, whale-watching tour-boat departures and several restaurants."
From the Arizona Daily Star
Harry Shattuck writes: "Here are a baker's dozen of world's most delectable hotels...a baker's dozen that I would revisit in a heartbeat...Channel House Inn...At this delightful 12-room B&B, which overlooks the world's narrowest harbor, guests can admire humpback (sic) whales while soaking in a hot tub on a private patio."
From The Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest
RATED THREE KISSES.
"If you're looking for a cozy getaway with fantastic ocean views, Channel House Inn is definitely worth a visit. Don't let its rather ordinary appearance disappoint you: A world of closeness with each other and the sea awaits inside. Appropriately named, this towering blue building sits high upon the rocky cliffs of Depoe Bay and overlooks one of the world's smallest channels (only 50 feet wide). The interior displays a nautical theme, from the whales etched into the glass doors at the entrance to guest rooms with names like Channel Watch, The Bridge, and Crow's Nest. Scattered throughout the hallways are maritime antiques such as brass ship fittings, a polished captain's wheel, and part of an archaic diving suit."
From National Geographic Traveler
"I spent one luxurious night in Depoe Bay at the Channel House, an inn set right on the ocean beside a narrow channel leading into a tiny harbor. I had spent most of the day hiking over headlands and beaches, so I treated myself to a room with a hot tub on the balcony, which I made use of immediately. With the late afternoon sun hanging low on the horizon and warm jets of water massaging my tired muscles, I sipped an ice-cold beer and listened to gulls cry just a few feet from the railing... I slept deeply, woke in the morning refreshed, gazed out over the water, and felt charged for another day of exploring."
Weekends for Two in the Pacific Northwest, 50 Romantic Getaways:
"Our favorite Oregon coast destination..."
From The Sunday Oregonian
"Lying in bed, you feel almost compelled to reach for the ocean - it seems so close. And it is. This 12-room inn skirts Depoe Bay at the channel's rocky mouth, offering tenants a rare opportunity to sleep extremely close to the sea. Rooms vary in size and shape - our suite had a bedroom, living room (with gas burning fireplace), bathroom and patio. Ten of the rooms or suites have two-person whirlpool tubs on a patio - offering not only soaks but also superb views of the Pacific Ocean. Dine one night at nearby Bay House (we still salivate remembering our dinner of New York steak with chipotle sauce). And, mornings, you get a window table for breakfast in the inn's basement dining room."
From Northwest Best Places
"Intimate seaside inns (generally larger than B&Bs) with great settings and gracious service are gaining favor in the Northwest, and the Channel House was among the first. Spectacularly situated on a cliff overlooking the ocean and the Depoe Bay channel (literally right above the water, since there's no beach below), this place has 12 rooms, all with private baths, ocean views, and come morning, a hearty breakfast. Be sure to bring your binoculars, especially during whale watching season."
And from guest's journal entries
"The Channel House is the most amazing place I have ever been. After staying here, no place could ever compare. There is nothing better than the fireplace, the hot tub and the view. The Channel House has thought of everything... An umbrella, a lantern, binoculars, etc. The staff was wonderful, helpful and most friendly. All of my friends will hear about this place and I will be back. Vanessa"
"The Channel House has made these three days of our honeymoon unforgettable. Thanks for all the warmth, wonderful service and beautiful amenities. We will definitely be back! - Peg & Jim"
"A very special place to celebrate our 45th anniversary together. Wonderful warm days, gorgeous sunsets, the sounds of the surf at night and a staff attentive to our every need! We plan to return to enjoy a winter storm, a cozy room and the delicious breakfasts. Fred & Rosemary"
"Celebrated our 22nd anniversary! Who'd know how romantic a rainy, windy day at the beach could be? Channel House! - fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, chocolates, wine - the sound of surf and seagulls...We'll be back! Willie & Peggy"
"Seventh year anniversary of our engagement at "The Bridge". Thank you Channel House for all your splendid touches and hospitality. Looking forward to our next celebration and next visit. Ed & Susan"