Over the course of six nights, we stayed at three different B & B’s in the Port Angeles / Sequim area (two nights each). Although this post is a bit lengthy, it is a review of all three, and is intended for comparison purposes....at least for three of the B &B’s that are available in this area.
This comes with the usual disclaimers: our tastes may differ from yours, we may have different budgets, we may have different notions of quality and value, we may have different interests, yada, yada, yada.
Also, apologies for the length of this post, but our philosophy is, the more information the better when choosing where to stay.
George Washington Inn
Your first impression of this property will be memorable. The long driveway is lined with the purple of lavender plants (it is also a working lavender farm), and the two story inn is an impressive structure as it has the design and footprint of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
The interior is just as impressive as the exterior. We had a private entrance on the ground floor, but our suite was upstairs and Dan carried our luggage up. We stayed in the General’s Suite ($280 /night). It was large and airy with a large bathroom, a king-sized bed, flat screen TV, and kitchen area that included a fridge, microwave, sink, and 4-seat dining table. The bedding was extremely comfortable, the bathroom toiletries/amenities were exceptional, the kitchen was well stocked with plates, glasses, silverware, and the cleanliness of the room and the common areas was exceptional. In other words, this inn has all of the small touches covered the way you would expect from a premium property, which this definitely is.
Although the front of the property is impressive, the back of the inn is equally, if not more impressive. Off of our suite, and running the full length of the inn, was a covered veranda (great for inclement weather) that afforded an unbelievable view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You can watch container ships, cruise ships, military ships, and nuclear subs(only seldom) pass by. It is so quiet and peaceful, it could easily lull you to sleep.
The breakfast room is below the upper veranda and offers the same exceptional views. The size and openness of the veranda and the breakfast room certainly add to the ambiance.
The food was also exceptional, with an offering of fruit, an egg dish, and lavender flavored biscuits of pastries (remember, it’s a lavender farm also).
Janet and Dan are very friendly hosts/owners and provide excellent hospitality.
The only con we encountered was the shower/bath in the General’s Suite. The shower has a rain shower head which is located over the center of the jacuzzi tub. It is surrounded by a circular shower curtain. This is visible in the photos of the suite. Because the tub is rather deep and the floor of the tub is not flat but irregular, getting in and out of the tub can be cumbersome, and the irregular floor makes for unsure footing. In addition, the controls are behind the curtain which makes adjustments a bit problematic. This could probably be solved by reconfiguration and installing a small separate shower. I would not stay in this particular suite again due to this issue.
All in all, the George Washington Inn is an exceptional B&B, and we would definitely stay here again.
The Domain Madeleine is another exceptional B&B. Although the entrance is not as impressive as the George Washington, these grounds have their own exceptional qualities. Like the GW, there are fantastic views of the Strait, and the peace and quite are alluring. They may not have a covered veranda for inclement weather, but they have multiple seating areas, and one very special place to sit.
When facing the water, there is a new stairway built at the far right end of the property that leads to the beach. For various reasons, beach access is not allowed, but don’t despair. There is a bench provided at the first landing of the stairway. When sitting here you are in a different world. The only sounds you hear are the waves crashing below, or the occasional ship that passes by. Being an early riser, I sat there both mornings and was kept company by a sap-sucker, hummingbirds, and bald eagles that nest nearby. If for no other reason, this made it worth staying here.
We stayed in the Renoir Room ($250 /night) one night and the Monet ($215) the other night. Both rooms are spacious and well appointed with extremely comfortable bedding and great attention to detail and small touches. There is no fridge in either room, but there is one available to guests in the main kitchen, which is accessible at all hours. In addition, there is an ice machine in the main kitchen area.
The major difference between the Monet and Renoir rooms is the Monet has a gas fireplace, a small corner shower, and a large jacuzzi tub, whereas the Renoir has no fireplace, and has a large walk-in shower only. The Renoir does include exclusive use of a separate living room where there is a fireplace.
The Domain M highly advertises its five course breakfast, and with good reason. The food is truly exceptional. The second morning we had a pistachio encrusted halibut that was out of this world.
Like GW, this is an exceptional B&B, and Jeri and her staff provide fantastic hospitality.
Inn at Rooster Hill
The Inn at Rooster Hill operates in a different spectrum than the George Washington or the Domain Madeleine. It is for the more budget-conscious and has more of the feel of a boarding house. The property is not nearly as nice nor as maintained, and there is no view nor attraction to the location as it is located on a dead end in a rural neighborhood just outside Port Angeles. We stayed in the Roiel (pronounced royal) room ($179) which was quite spacious with a jacuzzi tub, corner shower, and a large walk-in closet that also contained a fridge, microwave, and sink.
Unlike the GW and DM, the small touches and details are missing, an indication that corners are cut to save money and keep prices low: no bar soap at all, no lotions, the bedding is adequate and, in addition, the rooms are cleaned only every three days if you stay multiple nights. No fresh sheets (and the bed is unmade), no new towels, and if you use any plates, glasses, or silverware, it won’t get cleaned for three days. This is freely stated on the website.
The food is adequate but nothing special and, back to the missing details, there was only sugar for tea or coffee, no artificial sweetener like Splenda or Sweet and Low. The common area and the dining arrangements are small, although you can eat on the deck if you wish. All in all, as mentioned before, it has the feel of a boarding house, where special amenities or frills aren’t provided.
That said, the rooms are clean, there is plenty of hot water, and the location affords a quite night’s sleep. In addition, Peggy and Layne are very hospitable, very free with information and, for the budget conscious, the rooms are less per night than the GW or DM, and there is no two-night minimum. Also, some of their policies are a little more flexible than the upscale B&B’s.
In conclusion, since our budget will allow for it, the George Washington Inn and the Domain Madeleine run neck and neck as our preferred B&B. They each have their own special attributes. If you are looking for an upscale B&B experience, you can’t go wrong with either place. They are both truly exceptional properties. We have stayed at many B&B’s and we don’t say that lightly. If instead you are very budget-conscious and don’t care about the location or frills, the Inn at Rooster Hill will definitely meet your needs. Like was mentioned before, they simply operate in a different spectrum.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This new oceanfront inn was built as a replica of George Washington's mansion near the Olympic National Park. George Washington Inn is a luxury oceanfront boutique inn with stunning mountain views and overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca from a high bluff between Sequim and Port Angeles, WA. Take a short drive or ferry ride from Seattle, Vancouver or Victoria and you can enjoy fine lodging and find nature at its best. ... more less