We stayed at the Inn this past weekend for 2 nights. It is such a lovely old building with true old world American rustic charm. I was in love with it from the moment we drove up. The lobby just called to me to come back in the winter and sit in front of that gorgeous fire place with a warm coffee nudge. We had 2 rooms in the Inn itself. #3 and #6. They are miniscule rooms with shared bath facilities. Small though they are, they are charming. They had a queen bed with feather topper, sweet quilts, antique dresser w/mirror, a chair, bedside table and sink. There are large, original windows lining the wall with views over the water which are lovely. One window opens to let in fresh air...as there is no a/c. However, many people don't have a/c in the Pacific Northwest...'cause we don't usually need it. On a really warm day, though, they might be a bit stuffy. The upstairs common areas have shelves lined with all sorts of books, old encyclopedias, etc... A couple of comfy chairs are near the only TV in the place...and again, there's that rustic charm throughout. The shared bathrooms, one for men and one for women, have 2 toilet stalls (with nice loud fans), a large vanity with 2 sinks, and a shower room for 1 behind a nice heavy curtain. We never ran out of hot water and never had to wait for the shower...even though the inn was full. I will mention that a couple of guests could be more polite in their use of shared facilities...by tossing their used toiletries from the shower...and picking up their used towels. One woman even left a used band aid on the shower rack! Seriously?! Who does that?!
There were a few negatives about the Inn...and I can believe the negative comments I've read from other Tripadvisor commenters. I'm not the pickiest of reviewers personally, so most of these negatives simply went noticed by me...but weren't enough to make me complain to management...or not go back again.
The person working the front desk upon arrival and in the evenings was quite nice...but she seemed very uncomfortable in her role. It didn't seem like she was simply new to the job...she appeared socially uncomfortable and it manifested itself in making her seem to strain at every question we asked or decision she had to make. There was just this odd hesitancy to every interaction. Also, although she may have had nothing to do with this, there was the same hesitancy about seating for the bar or for dinner. I've noticed other reviewers mentioning the lack of bar tender...and difficulty getting dinner reservations in a nearly empty restaurant. It seems odd that you can't just walk into the bar and find a seat yourself...rather than being asked to wait 10 minutes then haltingly escorted back while they find a seat...again, in a not so crowded area. There were only two waitresses and no bar tender. The waitresses did a good job, but service in the bar was quite lengthy for even the bare minimum. When I went back up front later to ask about dinner in the dining room...again...the same hesitancy and mention of the dining room being "backed up"...when there were only 1 or 2 tables in use. We did get in...and the service there was much quicker...although by the same waitress as out on the bar deck. The food was quite good and portions were fine. We would eat there again.
I'm just wondering why, if there are numerous comments from visitors about the same thing...basically lack of staff in the food service areas...the management hasn't addressed it? Is business so bad they can't afford a bar tender? It's a great little bar area and could probably support the staff.
I'm being a bit long winded...but want to end on a positive note. I will return to the Captain Whidbey Inn for a few reasons. I love the setting. The views of the water and the relaxing atmosphere are so worth it. I can't say enough about the charm and great rustic feel of the place! And our room was only $115/night. I think that's a deal for what you get. We were definitely able to chill out and enjoy ourselves. I will simply return with my expectations of management well in check...and focus on enjoying the surroundings.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and BookingOdigeoWL so you can book your The Captain Whidbey Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- The Captain Whidbey Hotel Coupeville
- Captain Whidbey Inn
- The Captain Whidbey Inn Whidbey Island/Coupeville, WA