We opted to make this property our base for touring Seattle, North Cascades and Mt. Rainier, as we prefer to stay outside major metropolitan areas. Edmonds definitely fit the bill, as it was much quieter than downtown Seattle. I will mention to others that although the drive to North Cascades wasn't bad, the drive to Rainier was quite long (3 + hours), so I would recommend basing closer to the mountain for a more enjoyable visit.
When we arrived, the staff made us feel very welcome and gave us a great "lay of the land." We received maps and were even told of the new American Girl store at the nearby Alderwood Mall. We had no idea it even existed.
The room was extremely well appointed with granite countertops, separate make up area outside the bathroom, flat screen tv, microwave, fridge, and 2 very comfortable queen beds. The bedding was very up to date. Wifi speed was quite good and reliable, and there was a business center and computer in the lobby. We used both areas. There was also a guest laundry..it's nice because they only let one party use it at a time, so it's private. Finally, there was an outdoor pool (we did not use it) and fitness room.
We were extremely pleased with the quality of the continental breakfast. They served bagels, danish, toast, cereal, fresh fruit, assorted juices, make your own BELGIAN waffles (loved the fruit toppings!), and either breakfast sandwiches or burritos. In the evening, homebaked chocolate chip cookies were offered, and my husband liked the 24-hr coffee!
We wound up having to extend our stay here due to Hurricane Irene. We were to check out the Saturday the storm hit the east coast, and our flight got cancelled Friday afternoon. We could not get a flight out until Tuesday morning. As soon as we knew, we made a trip to the front desk. We told them of our problem, only to discover the hotel was sold out Saturday night. The manager, Jan Conner, stepped in and tried to find us a room at another nearby Best Western. She also told us that we would be placed at the top of the stand-by list in the event of a cancellation at the hotel. I didn't sense she had much luck at the nearby Best Western, so she sent us on up to our room, promising to call as soon as she had worked something out.
Within about 20 minutes, Jan called our room and told us she had a cancellation for Saturday. She even went to the trouble to arrange it so that we did not have to change rooms. Needless to say, after a rough day, we were extremely grateful.
The next morning, Darlene, another one of the managers, was kind enough to suggest activities for us for our extra days in the area. We wound up at Whidbey Island (gorgeous!) and the Museum of Flight. Both were great, economical activities.
I should also mention that the hotel is within walking distance of the Sounder Commuter Train, which runs Monday-Friday into downtown Seattle. This was a great way to explore the city and allowed us to leave the car. Seattle is loaded with traffic, so leaving the car behind is the way to go. The train was extremely safe and clean. It put our trains here in Philly to shame. As long as you are willing to get up early, it's a great option. We took the 7:41 a.m. train and were in the downtown area by 8:15 a.m.
Needless to say, we were absolutely thrilled with this hotel and would highly recommend it to others. The customer service was 2nd to none. For around $125 per night ($135 on weekends), I feel we got a fantastic value. We got a well appointed room, great breakfast, and lots of amenities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located midway between Seattle and Everett and only a short distance from Lynnwood, The BEST WESTERN PLUS Edmonds Harbor inn is just 1-1/2 blocks from the waterfront and walking distance to restaurants, boutiques, galleries, antique shopping and activities. The hotel is located minutes from the Edmonds Ferry Terminal, Amtrak Station, American Brewing Company, Gallaghers' Where-U-Brew, and Edmonds Center for the Performing Arts. Corporate travleres will be minutes from Compass Courses Maritime Training Center, The Center for Hope, Swedish/Stevens Hospital, Boeing, Lynnwood Convention Center, and Alderwood Shopping Mall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Harbor Hotel Edmonds
- Best Western Edmonds
- Edmonds Best Western
- Edmonds Harbor Inn