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“Had a great time at Smugglers!” 5 of 5 stars
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Smugglers Villa Resort
P.O. Box 79, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 hotels in Eastsound
Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
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“Had a great time at Smugglers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We made our reservations late, and weren't expecting too much based on the mixed reviews, but we loved it. We had the Deluxe Townhouse, which was good for us and two very tall adult sons. The second bedroom had two large beds, which were perfect for the guys. It also had two twin beds we didn't need, but it was great to have two full bathrooms. The living room had a gas fireplace, and the kitchen was fully equipped. One thing that doesn't seem to come through in the other reviews is that these units (the "villas") are each separately owned, so the furniture, kitchen implements, decor, etc. are not uniform. Ours was lovely and clean. We found the management (Mike, et al) to be very friendly and helpful if anything was wrong. (Some of the lamps didn't work, and Mike came right out to show us the circuit breaker which we hadn't been able to locate.)

If you are expecting to spend all day on your deck, and you crave privacy and quiet, then this is probably not for you. Yes, people walk by, and there are planes taking off and landing during the day (which we found interesting). But if you are out and about taking advantage of what the island offers, then Smugglers has a perfect location, within walking distance of Eastsound, and equally accessible to both sides of the island.

We also used the whale-watch/kayak tour business that has a desk in the main building, with tours leaving from next to the resort. We were quite pleased, and we got a discount because we were staying at Smugglers. They claim to have the fastest boats, and it seemed to be true -- our captain (who happened to be Mike's son, Matt) was able to get to the area where Orcas had been sighted in time for us to have an extraordinary experience -- one of the Orcas actually breeched, and two of them swam right under the boat. The 3-hour kayak trip was also fun. The pool and hot tubs were a pleasure when we got back from a day of paddling or hiking. Plus, Mike keeps four tanks of gorgeous tropical fish in the office; there is a beautiful flower garden, and two parrot cages.

All in all, we would definitely go back.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We have come here for three years in a row now in the summer and we absolutely love it!! We have friends who have stayed every year for 20 years!! We love how family friendly it is. Kids and adults can enjoy it. There is a swimming pool and hot tub ( and an adult hour in case you don't like being around kids at the pool), tennis courts, campfire each night, a playground, and a nice trail for kids to ride their bikes on in front of the townhouses. Yes, there is an airport, but you get used to it. In the city you hear planes, trains, and cars all the time. These are small planes with quick take offs and landings. The kids and many of us adults actually enjoy watching the planes come and go. We bring our boat and moor it at the Smugglers marina. Great crabbing and fishing nearby and some great islands just across the water. The owners are great and we will continue to going to Smugglers Villa each summer!

  • Stayed August 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We booked this place for five days, and ended up staying for ten. We loved it! Mike put us in a two-story, two bedroom condo, fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, with a grill outside on the deck. Our place was appropriately named "The End of the Rainbow" and it couldn't have had a more apt name. The beds were very comfortable, the sheets were soft, everything was very clean. It was like having our own home in the San Juans. At only a mile from Eastsound, we could walk through the pastoral scenery every day to get groceries or hot chocolate. Smugglers sits at the northern end of Orcas Island, so you can just walk out your door in the evening and watch the sunsets, which were spectacular! An otter came out of the water and ate an eel right in front of us! We were travelling with two adults and three teenagers, and EVERYONE was happy for all ten days! Now that's what I call a vacation! We saw other places to stay on both Orcas and on the other islands, but we all agreed we got the best place for the best price anywhere. We will definitely be back!

  • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

This place is good as long as you know what you are getting in to. If you have never been to the San Juans before, the word "resort" can be a little misleading. It is by no means a luxury accommodation. It is several steps up from camping in a trailer. Our unit was relatively clean (one small, crusty towel had been overlooked and left in our bathroom, hanging over the shower curtain in the back corner behind the bathroom door....in other words, a place easy to miss it). We had the place on the end, closest to the pool. Tight for a family of 5, with 3 teenage boys, but manageable. There was only one decent sized bathroom, although the master does have a small sink within the room. The kitchen was equipped with only the bare basics. The pool was nice, albeit cold, and having a hot tub was nice too. Every night the owners make a bonfire by the water, which is a lovely place to meet other travelers and share s'mores (bring your own supplies, metal roasting sticks are provided).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We enjoy weekend trips on our 22 ft boat in WA, and Smuggler's is one of our favorites. It's a quick trip across from Bellingham, and close to many other fun day trips in the beautiful San Juans. We have visited twice, both times in the summer, and have enjoyed our time here immensely. Entering "the ditch" at low tide can get dicey, but it's not impossible. Outer Island Expeditions whale watching charters go in and out just fine, so rest assured and keep an eye on the depth.

We stayed in a smaller unit the first time, 2BD, 2BA, full, well-equipped kitchen, W&D, TV, DVD, satellite, wireless internet, and then a larger 2BD/2BA the second time with all of the above. The larger half of the duplex unit is just an upstairs/downstairs floorplan, and doesn't really seem like a whole lot larger than the one-level unit. We felt that both were very well laid out and had plenty of space for the 5 of us. The larger unit did have a view from the upstairs windows, though not necessarily worth the added price. There was a large expandable table inside, and a picnic table outside on the deck as well as four very comfortable deck chairs and an umbrella. There is a gas barbecue on each deck, so that's a nice option for cooking as well - particularly if you get out to fish. Units are equipped with towels, paper towels, detergents and cleaning equip if needed, but you will need to bring your own hair dryer if you use one.

We enjoyed watching the various planes land and take off at the adjacent airport. Weekend traffic seems to be a lot more frequent than if you are staying during the week, which we found quieter. We also noticed that there were more families with children arriving on Friday night for the weekend, while the midweek stay we only saw one or two.

The pool and spa areas are well-maintained and have lovely potted flowers and plantings, numerous comfortable chaises and umbrellas as well. There is an adults only time in the later afternoon if you are craving some quiet. A volleyball net is just outside the pool area and sometimes in the evenings, a few guests get together for a game. Between there and the shore is a nice fire pit where you can watch the sunset and swap stories. Smuggler's would be a great spot for a family reunion! We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

The San Juan Islands are one of the best kept secrets anywhere - positively beautiful! Remember, this is a somewhat remote island community and not a modern city. It is a gorgeous 1 1/2 ferry ride just to get here! It is peaceful and serene with recreational opportunities galore (boating, fishing, crabbing ,hiking, biking, wildlife and whale watching) not to mention the usual activities. The sunsets right from your deck are to die for! If you are looking for a fancy modern hotel, this is probably not for you - there are plenty of those in Miami or San Diego. If you are looking for scenery, tranquility and nature give this place a try. Over the years we have stayed at Smuggler's many times and just keep coming back - with and without kids.

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  • Stayed March 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

The stay was not at all enjoyable.... from the time they stated they lost our reservation ( we are seasoned travelers and meticulous up to & including drop box documents on the phone) till we left it was not a happy place. Unorganized and uncaring.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 79, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245
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