Wanting an inn with close proximity to the Olympic hiking trails, we turned to TripAdvisor for advice, typed in Port Angeles, WA, and scanned the reviews. The one for Five SeaSuns contained all the buzz words we value in a B &B: welcoming innkeepers, good housekeeping, well appointed, comfortable, delicious breakfasts, good location, nice garden, even afternoon cookies. The only negative was that the inn is located on a very busy, noisy street so when we called to make a reservation we expressed our concern. Jan, the innkeeper, suggested the coach house suite that's away from the traffic.
We're writing this review because want others to know that this inn is not for everyone. It is warm and the innkeepers are helpful and friendly, but all-in-all, we found the inn to be over the top for a casual Washington port town. The reviews do contain the keywords, but based on our experience, it can be a bit too much. Let us explain. Jan's husband, Bob, greeted us and showed us around. We noted the abundance of antiques that covered every space available. The public areas in the main house were filled with a crowd of comfy chairs, over stuffed sofas, fluffy pillows, and enormous stuffed bunnies. Not our taste, but warm, and to some, charming. Our suite had an outdoor, sportsman theme and again, every available space had suitable decoration. In a weird way, this excess of ornamentation made us feel somewhat claustrophobic.
The reviews that noted the excellence of breakfasts were spot-on. The food was elegantly served, abundant and delicious. The environment would have been perfect in an English country house with the good china, silver, lace tablecloth, flowers and candle light. It may be our own idiosyncrasy, but we felt underdressed and shabby. Ready for a day on the hiking trails, we were downright grubby, not appropriate guests for such an eloquent occasion.
For some, this inn provides the perfect setting, warmth and hospitality. But for others, it might exceed every expectation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you enjoy relaxation with ‘a touch of class’, the Five SeaSuns is the place for you. It is a surprisingly quiet and peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, a treat for the eyes on the inside and a gardener’s Eden outside. ... more less