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“Great Getaway” 4 of 5 stars
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Swinomish Casino & Lodge
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   12885 Casino Dr, Anacortes, WA 98221   |  
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Chilliwack
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stayed here this past Sunday & Monday Night. Had a King Suite which was very nice. Great views and loved the spacious room and comfortable bed. The patio was also very nice and was beautiful to see the sun come up.

We dined at the sports grill and the salmon cafe. Both meals were great. The buffet is not your typical casino buffet as it is smaller, but the quality is there. Highly recommend the crab benny or crab omelette(loaded with crab). Very yummy! Was disapointed the fancier restauraunt was closed on both of the days we stayed as we had some drinks and couldn't drive and really wanted some gourmet food.

I really liked that the casino has a non smoking area with slots, although we found the ventilation good even in the smoking areas as it wasn't as bad as other casinos.

The staff were all very friendly. Seriously all the staff were so kind and seemed to be having a good time. Enjoyed their service!

The only critism I would have would be regarding the slot machines, I think they could use some newer ones and a bit more variety. Some 2 cent machines and 5 cent machines would be nice as well as the community games one like the other casinos have, and maybe a larger variety of table games lke 3 card poker or ultimate holdem. (for all the gamblers :)

Overall, great trip and will definetly be back!

Room Tip: Choose the ocean view rooms, as the other side views the parking lot and highway.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas W, General Manager at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Thank you for your comments! Happy to hear you enjoyed the spaciousness and comfort of your suite. The ability to sit on your patio balcony and watch the sun come up is a truly special aspect of our property. Good to see you enjoyed our food offerings and hope you are able to enjoy our 13moons Restaurant upon your next visit as this a special experience in itself. 13moons does currently close Sun-Monday and our goal is to eventually have this outlet be open 7 days a week to accompany our Two Salmon Café and “10” Sports Bar options. Our staff is friendly indeed! They take pride in the service they provide and comments like these from our guests truly make their day! Thank you again for your feedback, we look forward to your return visit!

Best Regards,
Dallas Widmark
Lodge General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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West Linn, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We spent one night at the Lodge on our way to Victoria. The room was spacious, modern, well equipped; especially nice bathroom and wonderful bedding. There was no issue with smoke from the casino in the hotel. Dinner at 13 Moons was fabulous. Great menu, beautiful views. Very friendly staff everywhere.

Room Tip: Request high floor, water view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas W, General Manager at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Great to hear you enjoyed our rooms! Our efforts and commitment to a non-smoking lodge environment are really paying off and am pleased to hear you found smoke from the casino to be a non-issue. 13moons is indeed a fabulous dining experience. Our chef does an excellent job with the menu and the views from the second floor and service from the staff speak for themselves! Thank you again, please come back and see us soon!

Best Regards,
Dallas Widmark
Lodge General Manager
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Bellingham, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Since the Lodge opened, we've received specials in the mail for a $49 rate Sun-Thurs. and $69 Friday and Saturday. We took advantage of it many times, requesting a bayside view room. I live in Bellingham (45 minutes away) and will not stay there to look at a parking lot.
So in June I received the same offer. I called to request a bayside room and they said the $49 offer was only for the no view side of the building. I asked if the policy had changed and they said no. I said, "so you are going to refuse a good customer who will eat at 13 Moons and gamble for hours, where you'll make up your lost room revenue." She said she was sorry and that had always been their policy. So we didn't go in June, July, August and September. With a $49 view room, they would have collected four months worth of dinner and gambling proceeds .
I love the rooms and love dinner at the 13 Moons, but I'm not staying in a water view hotel with a room overlooking the parking lot. I'm hoping this policy changes. My wife is reaching a milestone birthday in 2013 and would enjoy having a wonderful family celebration there. I also would love to visit during the winter months and enjoy the view from a bayside room.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms with views.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas W, General Manager at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
First and foremost I’d like to say thank you for your loyalty! The offers you are receiving are our exclusive Players Club offers that are not available to the public. Only those that have visited our casino and have achieved a certain level of play while using their Player’s Club card receive these offers. The $49/$69 is nearly a 50% discount on our standard rooms and upwards of 60% on our bayview rooms. We do print right on the offers that the promotional rate applies to our standard rooms only. All guests have the option to secure a bayview room at the time of booking upon agreeing to pay the corresponding upgrade fee. Guests may also decline the upgrade fee, and should a bayview room be available upon check in, we will upgrade at no charge. As the nature of your review suggests our bayview rooms do carry a high value and a very high demand. Due to this many guests secure the bayview rooms with the upgrade fee and we sell many of them at full rate as well, so availability upon check in is extremely limited. Please contact me directly should you want to take advantage of your next offer, I will make an exception and waive the upgrade fee with the understanding that the conditions of our offers will apply for subsequent stays moving forward. Would also love to visit with you about hosting your wife’s milestone birthday celebration next year!

Best Regards,
Dallas Widmark
Lodge General Manager
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Delta, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We picked this location because it was fairly close to home and fit our budget comfortably. As it turns out the room was excellent, clean, new, roomy and had a good view. Staff was professional and friendly. Even though it was the Oyster Run weekend (15,000 motorcycles) it was very quiet on the view side of the building; even outside on the balcony.

Room Tip: We asked to see the room first; make sure it is on the view side and ask for a balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Wenatchee, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

What a beautiful hotel. We loved it here. The rooms were fantastic very clean and top notch. The beds were great. The ventilation system was perfect. We will definately go back here. For the price.....fantastic. The people that work here were so professional and nice. Best casino I have ever been to. And I need to say we ate at the sports bar, wonderful meal. I had a halibut steak it was perfect! We for sure will go back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas W, General Manager at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you so much for the review! Our beds are indeed comfortable; we receive several complements from our guests on a regular basis. We are committed to providing a smoke free lodging environment and I’m happy to see our efforts are paying off. I have to agree with you regarding our staff, they are truly a team of professional and friendly people who genuinely care about your experience. Look forward to seeing you on your return visit!
Best Regards,

Dallas Widmark
Lodge General Manager
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Spokane, Washington, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Fun place to stay, clean and friendly. Downside is having to walk through smoking side of casino to get to restaurant and non-smoking side of casino. Buffet was on the skimpy side compared to other casino's I have been to. The best was the $1.99 breakfast consisting of muffin, juice and a beautiful fruit plate.

Room Tip: bayside room view is beautiful!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas W, General Manager at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Great to hear you had fun during your stay! We keep a close eye on our buffet offerings and always want to be consistent with our competition and appreciate your feedback. We feel our $1.99 express breakfast is a unique offering and many guest take advantage of this option and I am happy to hear you did as well! I see that you stayed in one of our bayview rooms and described it as “beautiful”….I couldn’t agree more. Thank you again for your feedback and please come back and see us soon!

Best Regards,
Dallas Widmark
Lodge General Manager
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Surrey, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Stayed here after dropping family off in Seattle . We opted for the 199.00 package which included 1 night stay, 75.00 dining credit,and a 50.00 gas card great deal! Our room was a nice size ,everything is brand new and the King bed was very comfy. As for the Casino its average size lots of slots we actually won enough to pay cash for everything at check out so we were very happy! The only two down sides were, the 13 moons restaurant isn,t open sun-mon and there is no entertainment . Other than that we had a wonderful time!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas W, General Manager at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Looks like you were able to take advantage of our Canadian at Par package! The $199 package you stayed on is valid just through the end of September for Canadian residents, but a new Canadian package will be available Oct 1. We truly value our Canadian guests and appreciate their business. Our 13moons Restaurant is open Tue-Sat and features live music on most Fri-Sat’s. We do offer 3 other food outlets on property available 24/7. Your feedback regarding entertainment has been noted! Happy to hear you won on the casino floor, never a downside to winning! Thank you again for your review, and watch for our new Canadian package available soon!

Best Regards,
Dallas Widmark
Lodge General Manager
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Address: 12885 Casino Dr, Anacortes, WA 98221
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Location: United States > Washington > Anacortes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Anacortes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Swinomish Casino & Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swinomish Casino & Lodge includes 98 luxury rooms, all 100% smoke free, overlooking the Padilla Bay and San Juan Islands. 13moons Restaurant features flavors of hand-cut Alder wood grilled seafood, meats and the freshest flavors of the Northwest. In addition to 13moons, the Swinomish Casino & Lodge features dining options to satisfy any appetite including, Two Salmon Café, 10 Sports Bar, and The Deli. With Las Vegas style gaming, the Swinomish Casino & Lodge features 800 of the latest slot titles, table games including Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Pai Gow, Poker, Keno and Bingo. The Wa Walton Event Center boasts 9,000 square feet of multipurpose meeting and convention space with flexible breakout rooms along with 6,000 square feet of pre-function space for gatherings and networking events. ... more   less 
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