More a small boutique hotel than the typical sprawling motel complex that typifies Lincoln City ,
Starfish Manor Hotel (2735 NW Inlet Ave., 541/996-9300 or 800/972-6155, www.onthebeachfront.com , $149 and up) has just 17 oceanfront guest rooms and suites perched above the beach. All units have large ocean-view whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, oceanfront decks, kitchenettes, tasteful furnishings, and fine linens. Some units have two bedrooms. The Starfish is in a quiet part of town, perfect for a romantic getaway. The folks who own the Starfish have two other small boutique hotels with even more upscale suites; see the Starfish website for links.
For a small oceanfront luxury hotel right by the popular D River wayside, the O’dysius Hotel (120 NW Inlet Ct., 541/994-4121 or 800/869-8069, www.odysius.com , $159 and up) offers 30 units furnished with period antiques. Guests meet in the lobby every afternoon to sample Oregon wine. The hotel accepts pets and provides concierge and massage services and a continental breakfast; the building is wheelchair accessible.