My husband, my mother and I stayed with Sleeping Sea over Mother's Day weekend and we had a great stay. Shana, the owner, was extremely friendly and very helpful from the first time we contacted her about the rental. She really made us feel very welcome. We stayed in the "Cottage" rental on San Juan Island. The place resembles a dollhouse and has quite the eclectic décor. The space was just right for the three of us and we were very comfortable, so no complaints on our end. However, I am not sure it would be suitable for more than 3 adults or perhaps 2 adults and 2 small children. Like I said, it was perfect for us, but my mom did comment that it would probably be a little cramped if there were more of us my husband's size (my mom and I are both small women). Just a warning to anyone wanting/needing more space. Regardless, we thought it was absolutely adorable and just right for what we needed. We never felt like we were cramped or on top of each other. Beds were really comfortable and the water pressure was fabulous. The lighting was a bit dim (most of the lighting is through small lamps) but we didn’t spend much time in the house and didn’t need a lot of light when we were there so it wasn’t a big hindrance. Just more of an FYI to anyone needing a lot of light.
Thumbs up to Sleeping Sea on their goal of sustainability and for being so environmentally friendly! One of the reasons we chose to stay with Sleeping Sea was their strong advocacy for environmental responsibility. I did read an old review that mentioned being put out by packing out their garbage…I guess in response to that I would just like to say that it is clearly written in their policies so it seems a bit silly to me they were so upset. Also, for the three days we stayed there we barely generated any waste… but, we are mindful of what we use, reuse and dispose of so it was of little bother to us. There are a few notes around the house, but they are unobtrusive (for example there is a note on the coffee pot that asks you to dispose of the grounds outside or under a plant) and again, reflect the environmental values of the owners. In the end we understood that the policies and friendly reminders are there to keep their property nice. I think the thing to remember is that it is someone’s private residence they are renting out to visitors, not a hotel. If you want the maid service of a hotel I would suggest going somewhere else.
The only drawback we all commented on was the neighbor’s dogs…unfortunately, there are a few of them and they bark…a lot…but I suppose the upside is that they didn’t bark during the night (probably because they were inside during the night). I know this is beyond the owner’s control, but if you need a lot of quite this is something to keep in mind.
All in all we had a really great stay and great experience with Sleeping Sea. We would definitely stay there again should we return to San Juan Island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sleeping Sea is sure to deliver a family vacation that everyone will love or a refreshing escape for two to relax away from it all. There is always something explore, learn, and take home from your stay. But better yet, lay back and nod off while listening to the sheep graze outside your door or the water lapping the shores. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sleeping Sea Orcas Island/Eastsound, WA