by Phil Corless
The Ocean House Inn has a prime beachside location next to the beginning of the 4-mile-long geographic oddity known as the Homer Spit. It’s a good place from which to explore the town, but it’s also a good place to just sit and relax on your private patio or deck. Most of the Inn’s luxurious rooms have king and queen beds, with room for a crib or rollaway, plus a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, robes and ultra-comfortable memory foam mattresses. Kids will love being able to run right out onto the beach, where they can explore tide pools and search for shells. Parents will appreciate the outdoor hot tub and the scenic views of the bay.
With its central location, much of downtown Homer is within walking distance of the Ocean House Inn. It’s a lovely 20-minute walk along Bishop’s Beach to the Kachemak Water Trail, which leads inland to the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. There, you can learn about local sea life and area activities. Also close by is the Pratt Museum, which tells the story of Homer from the earliest Native Alaskans up to recent history. Take a drive down the Homer Spit to peruse the eclectic shops and restaurants at the harbor, or board a fishing charter to learn why Homer is known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. You can rent kayaks, go whale watching, or sail across the bay to the scenic Grewingk Glacier Trail, an easy hike for all ages. The Ocean House Inn combines convenience with luxury to make for a great place for your family to stay on their big Alaska vacation.
Our Editor Loves
- Private patio or deck
- Easy beach access
- Homer Spit
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
We stayed 3 nights. Rooms are ok. Definitely thought it would be slightly nicer based off the pictures but didn’t matter since we were barely there. I wouldn’t call it an Inn. Nobody is there to greet you at check in and there is no main building. This is more of an Airbnb. They send you a code and you have the room for a few nights. Nothing wrong with that as we often rent Airbnb’s, it was just not what we expected considering the name. Best part was the balcony views. Considering options are limited in Homer, I would have to think about whether I would return or stay elsewhere. The thing I would like to point out is that we rented a two bedroom (only because we wanted the balcony) and it was small. There were only two of us and I cannot image sharing the space with another couple or kids. My husband and I were constantly moving around each other and our bags. I definitely think the space can be better organized and made much more comfortable by making it a one bedroom with a living space. If we spent more time in the room, I probably would have completely disliked the hotel. Definitely expected more for the price, especially considering it was $150/per night more than any other place in town. At the time we were willing to pay more for a “nicer” place but looking back, I probably should have saved money and booked something else.
We loved Ocean House Inn! Our room was very tastefully decorated and soooo comfortable. The views for morning coffee and evenings in the hot tub were unbeatable. Our room with two beds was perfect for 3 friends on a girls weekend. Highly recommend!!