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“Historic, Rustic, and Restful” 4 of 5 stars
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The Captain Whidbey Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2072 West Captain Whidbey Inn Road, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA 98239   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Coupeville
Touchet, Washington
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“Historic, Rustic, and Restful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

This was our first visit to the Inn. My husband and I enjoyed walking the grounds and learning of the Inn's beginnings. Looking at the construction of the Inn, makes one appreciate our draft free homes today!
The Inn has different lodging options (cabins, rooms over- looking the water and bathroom, and rooms inside the INN). As sharing a bathroom with other strangers doesn't appeal to me, my husband, wisely, did not choose a room in the Inn.
Our dinner on Sunday evening was interesting. We were the only dinners, so our server was able to be very attentive. The food was good, but the advertised Fresh Crab wasn't available. The wine list was limitied and they did not have everything listed.
All in all, it has a historic value and is in a rustic setting that can be peaceful and restful.

Room Tip: We stayed in the building which gave us our own bathroom, a water view, and balcony. Take luggage th...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bellevue, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Recently stayed at Captain Whidbey Inn and from the moment we arrived till the time we left we were terribly disappointed in the entire property. We found it very misleading from what is published on their website. We were charged two times for our rooms and had to make several calls to get the problem solved and even then we were not given the correct rate or discount they promised. We decided to quit calling and wasting our breath and to just pay the rate they charged us. Very bad management practices. Would suggest you stay in other places on the island and would not recommend supporting this business.

Room Tip: All 3 rooms we had were very old and tired. Not quaint at all. Not clean either.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The Captain Whidbey Inn is an experience you don't want to miss. This old hotel is constructed of peeled madrona logs, inside and out, with a tidy fireplace crackling in the cozy low-ceilinged lobby, water views sparkling through the bubbly antique glass in the windows, creaking floors, a tiny winding staircase going up to a little "library" with easy chairs, a wood stove -- and always those log walls, and views of the bay. Most of the rooms are small -- with the exception of a double-sized room with a tester bed -- but they are immaculately clean and have lovely bedding -- down comforters, luxury sheets, quality amenities, comfy robes There is a spartan luxury to this Inn which, combined with the feel of history and "Pacific Northwestiness" makes for a wonderful and memorable experience. The rooms are "European style" which means....down the hall. I thought this would be a problem, but it wasn't. The bathrooms are really quite lovely with lots of fluffy towels, nice soaps and toiletries -- and as with the rooms, very clean and attractive. And the hall is not long.
There is a large wrap-around porch with plenty of chairs inviting you to sit and watch the bay. It is serene and quiet, except for the scream of eagles now and then. It was the sort of place that made you want to draw in a deep, deep breath just for the pleasure of it. It was a warm day on our most recent visit, so we spent as long as possible on the sunny deck with glasses of wine and a wonderful sense of time stretching forward and backward. The Captain Whidbey is the kind of place for that.
The grounds are large, with various little gardens here and there, banks of rhododendrons and fragrant evergreens, and always, the water. No loud traffic rumbling by, no franchise restaurants or strip malls...as a matter of fact, the Captain Whidbey Inn is now inside an historical preservation area, making the experience all the more special.
We ate in the tavern part of the facility rather than the restaurant, mainly because we wanted a less formal feeling than "white tablecloth", and felt just right with those log walls and low ceilings. The restaurant has the same wonderful water views, but with a blazing fireplace. The food is good. No complaints there, and nothing is unreasonably priced.
The inn was not crowded or noisy, rather it was intimate, comfortable, and romantic.. We were only there for one day and one night, but it lingers as my best memory of the year.

Room Tip: Water view rooms cost a bit more, but honestly, the other side feels like it's in the tree tops...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

We have been to the Captain Whidbey several times and just love this place. It is very old and has lots of charm. The antiques and furnishings complement the building perfectly. The setting is idyllic and the grounds are very well maintained.

We had a superb meal which was very reasonably priced at $150 for two including a good bottle of wine and tip. The service is very pleasant, efficient and unpretentious. Breakfast is included with the room and is adequate although the boiled eggs seemed a bit past their best. A bit more attention to the breakfast offerings would be appreciated but that's our only quibble.

It's a short drive to Coupeville which has some good antique shops and cafes. Christophers Restaurant in Coupeville is a good alternative (don't be put off by the exterior which fails to hide its gas station origin) if the restaurant at Captain Whidbey is closed (check before you go especially if not at high season).

Overall, this is a great place to stay for a couple of nights (especially when the restaurant's open); the value for money can't be beaten.

Room Tip: We like the rooms in the old inn on the waterview side. Shared bathroom but they are very clean and...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

My partner and I spent one night here. It was the Monday to Tuesday of the Labour day weekend. I arrived a few hours before my partner, well before check in time but was made to feel welcome and after parking my car I explored the grounds. The setting is bucolic with neatly maintained grounds which include gardens, a large pond and Adirondack chairs strategically placed throughout to enable guests to enjoy the views. I chatted with another guest while relaxing in said chairs. She had been there the previous nights and was a regular visitor at the Inn. She said the meals at their restaurant were very good and she recommended the rack of lamb. She said the service had been poor the previous night because it was busier than anticipated with the weekend traffic and some of the staff had not shown up for work. When my partner arrived we checked into our room which was in the upstairs of the turn-of the-century main house. Its a log style home, and the heritage feel has been maintained so its a bit like stepping back in time. Photos of the original owners adorn the walls and antique furniture thoughout maintains the time travel feel of this place. The wood floors squeak, adding to the charm-but some may not find this charming. There are cabins on the property for those that want a larger space and more privacy. Our room upstairs in the main house was perfect for a one or max. two night stay. The room does not have closets, only a chest of drawers, and the toilet and showers are down the hall and shared with other guests. The room has a sink and bathrobes. Good thing, since I did not bring one and it was handy when I had to traipse down the hall to use the shower. The room was cozy, clean and the bed was very comfortable. We had a lovely view of the cove and it was very quiet at night. We dined in the restaurant that evening and practically had the room to ourselves. The menu offers a nice mix of seafood and meat dishes. The focus is on fresh, "catch of the day" seafood. The wine list offers some local wines and several other wines from Washington and Oregon. Dinner for two with wine, no dessert and shared salad came to about $120. Service in the restaurant was friendly, relaxed and efficient. Check in and out was the same. A continental breakfast was included and was very good. Above average with excellent coffee, fresh fruits, yogurt, and a nice assortment of muffins, breads and cereal.
There is an outdoor deck with dining tables that overlook the cove. Coupeville is nearby and is a lovely, quaint town to visit. Another day trip worth making is to Deception Pass park. Amazing views, beach walks, and great place to hang out on a sunny day. Bring a fishing rod if you like to fish. I would return to Captain Whidbey Inn. It is a warm and fuzzy place.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

We stayed here while traveling from Vancouver BC to Olympic National Park. This one of the most charming places I've ever stayed at. It reminded me a bit of Deetjen's Inn, Big Sur.

We had a room overlooking Penn Cove, the standard room was quite tiny, but really charming. This place was built in 1907, pretty historic for USA standards ;)

The girl at the front desk was lovely, and told us a few nice places to see, and lent us two bikes (complimentary) to check out the surroundings, which is what we did. We cycled to nearby Coupeville, a wonderful little town with a few very nice Queen Anne style Houses, a nice pier, shops and restaurants, (with gluten free products and menus!!) even a store with solely Dutch products like Stroopwafels and Dropjes! yum!

Downstairs, ( all the lodges rooms are upstairs ) there's a great fireplace and the restaurant; which sadly was closed when we were there. I can imagine the place may be a bit noisy, but when we were staying there weren't many guests, so we slept like a log :)

The included breakfast was fine, the bed comfortable, the ambiance amazing!

I would definitely recommend this place, it's really romantic, and I loved the wall with mirrors in the restaurant (see photograph) Been to many places, both luxurious and cheap, but this one's in my top 10 of great places to stay.

Room Tip: the Inn also has really cute cabins right by the water with a Jacuzzi, for if you want a bit more pr...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

We stayed for two nights at the Inn. The staff was polite and Paul went out of his way to take care of our every need. Keep in mind that the facility is over 100 years old, which comes with a few predictable charms. The grounds are excellent and attract many individuals to pop in and snap a few photos. Having read a few of the complaints below - I can agree with the hot tub - it did not work for us either; however, everything else was great! As for any noise complaints - we had none - though reading below I would guess that it is more a reflection of utterly rude travelers with no sense of decorum or their surroundings who continually subject others to their smoking, loud and obnoxious children and their general lack of taste when it comes to being in public. As many would agree - it seems there is no shortage of "travel thugs" out there, bullying the polite and courteous wherever they go. As for the Captain Whidbey Inn - nothing but class.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2072 West Captain Whidbey Inn Road, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA 98239
Location: United States > Washington > Whidbey Island > Coupeville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Coupeville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Captain Whidbey Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Captain Whidbey Inn is an enchanting log inn that was hand-built in 1907. Located on the shores of Penn Cove inside the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, the inn is superbly located for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking the charm of a historic Northwest town by the sea. Activities popular with guests include hiking, kayaking, cycling, antiquing, horseback riding, fishing, wine-tasting, and beachcombing. With both rustic and modern accommodations, the Captain Whidbey Inn offers three types of lodging: quaint log-walled rooms in the inn itself, romantic private waterfront cabins, and the more modern Lagoon rooms. Overnight stay includes water views from all areas on the property, access to our restaurant, free continental breakfast, free parking and free WiFi access as well as hot tubs and fireplaces in certain units. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Captain Whidbey Hotel Coupeville
Captain Whidbey Inn
The Captain Whidbey Inn Whidbey Island/Coupeville, WA

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