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“Ideal family vacation” 5 of 5 stars
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4268 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221   |  
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Oxford, Ohio
1 review
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“Ideal family vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Since visiting guemes island resort we are constantly telling other families from around the country to go there. It is my idea of a perfect family vacation. The experience harkens back to what I imagine the resorts in the Catskills to be in the '50's. The setting is breathtaking. The houses and cottages are nicely appointed with everything you need. The resort store has an amazing selection of wine, beer, chocolate, coffee, ice cream and cheese which pretty much covers all my needs! There are loads of games available for all ages, we often enjoyed a game of bocce or croquet with grown ups and children playing together. You can spend hours walking on the beach looking for agates. There are non-motorized boats available to use which is great fun, and ample hiking trails. The resort has a delightful building just for massage and if you ask one of the friendly staff they will set up an appointment to fit your schedule.

Overall Guemes Island Resort is just a great place to go and relax and get away to be with your family. it's the sort of place where my son goes out after breakfast and finds other kids to play with on the Beach or in the communal areas of the resort, checks back in for lunch, then heads out again until dark and I never have to worry about him. We often go during open crabbing season and get a license in anacortes, row one of the resort boats out and set a crab trap, then spend our afternoons picking crab and drinking wine on the porch while we chat and admire the views and listen to the kids play until dark. What more could you ask for from a vacation?

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

6/25/2012
We LOVE the resort it is in an AMAZING setting. We have stayed numerous times and for many occasions. We have stayed in the Deluxe cabins for a romantic getaway. Placed on the hill so your away from the commotion of the beachcombers. In a park like setting. Hot tub on the back deck very private. Amazing linens and thread count on the sheets. And I love the steam sauna. We have stayed in all of the beach cabins over the years. All have their own unique energy again great bedding. Rustic and romantic. For larger gatherings we have stayed in the Baker house which is Amazing right over the water. Great view. We have held many gatherings here large parties with many children lots of sleeping room and very separate spaces for noise level comfort We have stayed at all times of the year and love a stormy northwest day with a real fire in the fireplace. Watching the waves, reading a good book or just being. Sunny days are great for beach coming, playing yard games, kayaking, fishing. Dog friendly environment. I love the little store GREAT variety of wines and beer some tasty snacks . Interesting trinkets. The grounds are well kept and lovely. I find the staff to be incredibly accommodating. I spend a ton of my time in the sauna and find it so wonderful to get so relaxed in there and then go watch the waves. One of our favorite retreats. Suites the many moods and needs of our family PERFECTLY!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Mount Vernon, Washington
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

I absolutely loved our stay at Guemes Island Resort. It's peaceful and beautiful and totally unique. It isn't your typical cookie cutter resort with restaurants and poolside bars, so if that is what you are looking for, maybe its not the place for you. However, if that is what you tend toward, do yourself a favor and do something a little different by visiting this place. We went for a girl's weekend but its the perfect place for family vacations or a couples retreat.

Instead of sterile rooms with identical furnishings, there are cozy cabins that are rustic and kept in excellent condition, very clean and extremely inviting. There is a common picnic area complete with a bonfire pit. There are also REAL fireplaces in the cabins. The cedar sauna is wonderful. The employees are pleasant and helpful, a trend clearly set by the owner who personally helped us at check-in and check-out (we were graciously invited to hang out, take our time, and enjoy the scenery after check out). The gift shop had a lot of unique items in it. They even have little care packages for your pet if you want to bring your dog, how often do you see that?! The view is amazing and I slept so well there. Our bride-to-be friend was so impressed with it and thanked us profusely for choosing it for her get away weekend. I can't thank the helpful staff enough for making her weekend as special as she imagined it. I just love it and can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Portland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

We will definetely be coming back. What a profoundly charming, peaceful and relaxing place. This is not your corporate resort experience but instead a place owned and run by caring locals. The staff was pleasant and helpful but not at all overbearing as can sometimes be the case with smaller places,

The property is full of unique and thoughtful touches and we spent a lot of time just wandering around and taking in the amazing scenery. There is nothing "cookie cutter" about the place, each of the cabins appeared to be different from the others and some quite old but we found the facilities to be extremely clean and in good repair.

We usually keep our kids on a pretty short leash but here we felt completely safe in letting them explore the beach (no big waves) and the trails that run through the wooded hillside on their own.

Too often we come back from vacation feeling exhuasted but after our Guemes Island trip we felt rested and relaxed and felt like we experienced something truly unique and genuine.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Bellingham
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Everyone knows that you only get one chance to make a first impression. My first impression was that the Guemes Island Resort looked more like a practical sporting retreat with rustic camping rather than a resort. Everything following revealed that they need to learn about hospitality etiquette. First of all you don't charge a guest the full amount until they check out. I was charged before we even were given the keys to our cabin.
Next we were told that our Deluxe Cabin wasn't ready and that the hot tub needed to be adjusted. So my fiance and I plus two staff members entered the cabin as a group. We decided to go with the flow and take a walk around the grounds and give the staff some time to take care of these last minute adjustments.
As you walk around the property you have to admit that the scenery is beautiful and peaceful. However the layout of the cabins don't really allow for much privacy and I was happy we were there on a week day and not a weekend. Also the placement of large garbage dumpsters somewhat centrally located give the place a camp ground feeling.
After about twenty minutes of wandering we headed back to the cabin. They still had not adjusted the hot tub. To bring this to a point, they still were adjusting the hot tub thirty minutes later postponing our arrival close to an hour.
The next disappointment was the cedar Sauna. We had reserved the sauna two days in advance and we were assured that it would be ready at 6pm. You may guess by the first part of this review that the Sauna was not ready in fact it was stone cold.
This now brings us to the Steam Shower in the Deluxe cabin. It is DANGEROUS!!! There isn't a verbal warning nor written warning that can justify that it has been INSTALLED INCORRECTLY. Meaning, when you advertise that the cabin comes with a large tiled steam shower it should be exactly that. And it should be safe.
Instead the standing area of the steam shower is about a two and half wide by three foot rectangle. It is very easy to burn yourself in such a SMALL space. In fact my fiance did burn herself. And I am positive that in any Steam Shower Installation Manual there is specific warnings written for the sole purpose of preventing such situations in the first place.
So let's fast forward to the next day at check out. We explain to the receptionist that despite the circumstances we did make the best of our time. We said we would like to talk with owner and go over the details. And for the prices they are asking this seemed like more than a reasonable request.
We felt that if we could make a slight compromise on the price, that would leave everyone feeling as though they obtained something positive over all. She wrote everything down. She told us he would be in soon and he would call shortly.
Hours passed and we had not received word from him. So we gave him a call. We ended up talking with the receptionist again. And she said that he was not around and that he wasn't interested on compromising on anything despite all that had happened.
I told her that we would stop payment on the credit card if he refused to resolve the situation in a respectful and rational manner. After that statement, he was on the line in less than thirty seconds.
I explained to him that it is never up to the guest to come find the owner. In fact why had he not introduced himself in the first place upon our arrival? He was there checking in on the hot tub and pointing to where the sauna was. And that if there is ever any problem it is up to him and his staff to work through to find a solution.
These are the principles that separate good business from poor business practices. The fortunate thing about the state of Washington and the west coast in general is that there are many scenic retreats and resorts that also don't over capitalize on what they offer. There are thousands of acres of coast line to visit.
The places that are up front and run their place with pride and respect are the ones people come back to. In this case I feel Mark and his staff need some time to work through the kinks in the line. Perhaps in time they will get it together. And in the meantime not neglect nor avoid their responsibilities to their customers.

David A. Smith

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kirkland, Washington
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

My side of the family camps once together every year, but last year we decided to stay in yurts at guemes instead to accommodate babies/kids and me being pregnant. We (9 adults and 2 kiddos and one dog) all loved the resort. We stayed in the four 16" yurts and used the picnic shelter and fire pit for our meals. The only thing I didn't like was the yurts not having a view, the fire pit being so far away from the yurts that we had to either retire early with the kids or keep the kids up really late in order to hang out later in the evening. Usually we just put them down in the tent next to us while camping and continue to sit around the fire into the night. Also, would have loved to have more than one fire pit for the yurt users since we had to share with the family in the last yurt and its nicer to have some privacy with your own party. These were not huge issues and we expected these things before we came so they weren't surprised or really that inconvenienced by them. Other than that, everything was awesome. The staff was friendly and helpful. The check in was easy. The gift shop is cute and nice to saunter around or grab a cup of coffee...or ice cream. :) By far the best part was the beach and the spectacular views. For this reason we have booked a waterfront cabin and one of the houses on the beach for our trip this year. It will be wonderful to be on the water the whole time and not just between meals. We are excited to use the cozy fire places and lovely views from the cabins/house first thing in the morning and all day long. Theres also a firepit on the beach for the cabin users. And there's an open grass area in front of the cabins before the beach starts that is a communal area to hang out at picnic tables, play bocce on the grass or horseshoes, or let the kids play. Beach is also awesome for the kids. The whole place is very relaxing. There's a free sauna, which we didn't try but will this year. Didn't try the wood burning jacuzzi either but heard great things from the other guests. The yurts we stayed in were roomy, clean, plenty of supplies inside in case you forgot towels, etc. I think you had to pay extra for those but only if they were used, which we didn't. Looking forward to being able to put the kids down in a room in the cabin with a monitor and be able to sit outside still. Or start a fire in the living room if it gets cold out. I'll hopefully remember to update this once we get back from our trip next month. Highly recommend!!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stanwood
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Seriously -- Guemes Island Resort
needs alot of work and personally i don't feel comfortable staying at islands that don't have real grocery stores and hospitals. there's nothing for good children to do here at guemes island

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4268 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221
Location: United States > Washington > Anacortes
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Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Anacortes
Number of rooms: 16
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Guemes Island Hotel Anacortes

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