The Lamplighter Inn in Bandon, OR, is a family-friendly and budget-friendly place to stay on your visit to the Oregon Coast. Read my full review below on why it’s a great choice!
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My family and I took a 10-day road trip this summer, visiting many beautiful places along the California and Oregon Coast. Because we were traveling up the coast, most nights were spent in different locations. Our first night in Oregon, we stayed in a little town called Bandon, located right on the coast at the mouth of the Coquille River.
Why Choose the Lamplighter Inn
In my search for family friendly hotels in Bandon, I was led to the Lamplighter Inn. The Lamplighter Inn is fairly small, with a total of 16 ground level rooms. The most appealing feature for us was the family suite. With a family of 6, it can get a bit cramped in a room with 2 beds, plus luggage, food, etc. The family suite at the Lamplighter Inn has 2 queen beds as well as a twin with a trundle bed. Even with the trundle bed pulled out, we still had space to move around.
Proximity to local attractions
The Lamplighter Inn is only a 10 minute walk from the city center, including a number of restaurants and shops. It is only 1.4 miles from Coquille River Lighthouse, the last lighthouse built on the Oregon Coast. Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint is only a few minutes drive and a must-see while you are there. Across the street, you’ll find a RiteAid, a small grocery store and a Dollar General.
As mentioned above, we stayed in the family suite, which has 2 Queen beds and 1 Twin with a trundle (pull out bed). The Lamplighter Inn has other room types available, but the family suite is the biggest room. None of the rooms are adjoining. Each room has a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, TV with Satellite stations and free Wifi. They do not serve breakfast, however, we were able to make some pancakes there in the room using our mini Dash.
The rooms are all nicely decorated with a different sea animal theme. (We had the sea lion room.) For the bathrooms, the toilet and shower area did feel a little older but everything was clean. The sink and mirror are outside of the toilet/shower area but this wasn’t a problem for us since everyone got ready for bed at the same time. Parking is convenient and you can generally get a spot right in front of your room.
The Lamplighter Inn is managed by a third party property management company called Vacasa. At the time of the our check-in, the lobby was closed, however, we were still able to get everything we needed to check in by calling the number on the door. We were put in touch with Vacasa and they were quick and friendly.
Other details about the Lamplighter Inn
Our biggest disappointment was the lack of air conditioning. This meant we had to open the windows to try and cool the room down at night. The location of the hotel seemed safe enough but we did not leave the windows open while we slept. I found that many of the places we stayed at along the coast did not have air conditioning so this wasn’t unique, but wanted to mention it so you are aware. They did have a large box fan in the room which helped cool the room down faster and provided some white noise.
Overall, we had a great experience at the Lamplighter Inn in Bandon. If you are looking for a family- and budget-friendly place to stay, I would absolutely recommend it.
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