We charter sailboats from Anacortes from time to time, so I want a nice place to stay at the end, to get more than boat/marina shower clean, to have a real bed, to shake out the kinks before getting back to reality. We've tried other places (to remain unnamed) in Anacortes, but this is the one. There are two parts: the old, historic building, and the annex. The historic building had been tastefully restored, and it's very pretty. The annex rooms, where we stayed, are ideally spacious and well appointed.
On the plus side, great service, especially the front desk, AND French press coffee, newly ground, for the mornings, which was a treat. Lovely bathroom with enormous rain-head shower. Impeccably clean, with good quality linens.
On the minus side, getting to the annex might be a trial if it were raining. There are two routes: into the parking lot, and through a small garden courtyard. The first is ugly and has the trash bins; the second has grass and small flagged stepping stones, not ideal for roller luggage. or the valet cart. Luckily, it wasn't raining but sunny. Still... Grindingly slow elevators, which you can by-pass by using the stairs ... again, not ideal, as they really shouldn't be open at the room level, allowing any old off-the-street person in. Also, the beds were not nearly as comfy as they looked - very hard, yet conveying every move and jostle by one's bed partner. Finally, with the windows open, Anacortes is VERY NOISY, but I wanted fresh air (and the AC/heater was also VERY NOISY).
We tried to roof bar. Ho-hum. Too horridly bright in the westering sun, slim offerings. We should've taken the offer to have drinks brought from the real bar up to the cupola atop the historic hotel, with 360 degree views of the entire area.
Still, it is a nice place if you're staying in Anacortes.