Cute room, convenient to the ferry, great food and lovely staff in a cozy environment. We enjoyed playing games in the parlor in the evenings by the fire. We are many meals here and took the opportunity to also have a private dining experience. We had a great stay and will definitely be back.
My wife and I both commented that this was one of the friendliest staffs we've ever encountered (and we've traveled all over the world). Despite COVID limitations, they bent over backwards to make sure we had everything we needed and were super friendly throughout our stay. Congratulations to the management and staff for creating such a welcoming team and such a warm environment, especially when we are all required to wear masks. This is an older hotel but has a "classic" feel with room furniture that feels authentic but is still comfortable (particularly the bed). The shower was also very good and they had portable heat/cool fans in the rooms that were easily adjustable. There were also nice touches of hospitality like a pitcher of water with lemon and a nice note from the management as well as ear plugs in case any of the ferry noise bothered us. The main thing we would suggest is small fridges in the rooms for those of us who bring drinks and want to keep them cold (especially since the grocery store closes at 7 and the cafe closes at 8). We loved the porches looking out over the water (and ferry terminal). This isn't a town (main town is Eastsound about 15 minutes drive) but it has good food in the hotel cafe and a medium-sized grocery store down by the ferry onramp. Orcas island itself is well worth the visit and there is an amazing bakery in Eastsound as well as a few yummy restaurants. Beyond that, we spent most of our time exploring all of the beauty of the island and the surrounding waters. Thanks to Orcas Hotel and the friendly Orcas islanders for making our stay special!…
The Good: Room was nice sized and liked that the toilet was in a separate room from the shower, convenient. Bed comfortable. Good location right across street from ferry. Pitcher of water and pretzels in room. Cafe employees were nice, helpful and professional. Food in Cafe was good. The Bad: They send you a code for the front door, otherwise you see no one related to hotel. Main restaurant closed but could hear people in the kitchen? No One ever came and asked us about our stay, do we need anything, etc. Felt weird. After my stay had a charge on charge card from hazel Brook, called them whomever they are and they said the charge was Orcas Hotel, Not sure why billed under Hazel Brook. Front cannot be used, must use a side door like hired help. The ugly: The room needs a good cleaning, carpet was badly stained, shower had mildew, shower door did not close all the way so water got on floor. No amenities, not even a box of tissues.…
We've been coming Orcas for several decades and hadn't ever frequented the Orcas Hotel. That changed in February when the new owners upgraded the food and beverage service dramatically. Now it's our go-to spot as its south-facing outdoor deck overlooking the ferry dock can't be beat during these times where indoor dining is banned/discouraged. (And for winter has wind protection and propane heaters). Our favorite is the New Mexican breakfast burrito (with bacon added). Big enough to split two ways. Also make a great cup of coffee and always served with a smile (currently behind a mask, but you can tell!). We've also sampled some of their take-out dinner specials and have been impressed. This week's black cod was especially memorable.
We had a delightful dinner for 6 in the Whiskey Room. Kyle took great care of us and was full of information about the food. They did a great job of accommodating the various dietary restrictions in our group while presenting a 4 course meal. We started with a radicchio salad with a citrus dressing followed by a delicious squash soup. We had requested seafood when we made the reservation and were delighted with the salmon, scallops and roasted vegetables. Desert was a light layered treat with several different flavors that was a perfect end to a great meal. We were pleased with their attention to service and safety. Definitely a place to have a special evening!
We shared a dinner in the private dining room of the Orcas Hotel. Proprietess Julia welcomed us to the inside of the Hotel. Every precaution was taken in light of the virus. Kyle attended to our every need within our private dining room. There were two nice sitting areas in the room that contained bookshelves of vintage cookbooks and some furnishing from this historic building built in the early 1900's. Sparkling wine set the tone. At our leisure we went to the set dining table where we were delighted with each coarse chosen and prepared by Chef/proprietor John. We had local oysters from up the road, a beautiful salad with perfect grilled peaches, greens, and a special cheese that was new to all of us in attendance. The main coarse consisted of amazing, presumably dry rubbed, lamb chops with this crispy coating of something like a herb mint powder. I don't know how Chef John achieved it but we were all very appreciative of his culinary skills! The lamb was accompanied by a delicious roasted tomato and magical creamed corn. Creamed corn sounds like nothing special, but whatever he did to it, we will not soon forget. The sweet and savory flavor profiles and the varied textured made the whole meal interesting and creative. The wine pairings were also spot on, and some in our group are wine enthusiasts but learned of new wineries at this meal. Dessert was also fresh and lovely, though frankly I was pretty satiated by then. All the staff was quite attentive and warm. We felt the experience was well worth it. In fact it was a very good value. We all want to return with our adult kids to treat them to a great culinary experience in a beautiful setting. We're from a nearby island so we will definitely be back,....many times!!!!! We look forward to seeing how these fresh new owners breath new life and fresh paint on this beautiful and deserving old hotel.…
My husband and I signed up for the Sunday Night Supper Delivery with chef John and his wife Julia. Last night was the lasagna, salad, roasted brocollini, garlic bread and tiramisu. If you have not signed up for this service yet, do yourself a favor Orcas Islanders and SIGN UP NOW. The presentation delivered in a box was inviting. The explanation of the dishes and how to reheat was interesting and a pleasure to read. The best part however were the DELICIOUS dishes! You could actually taste the passion and thought they put in to each dish. During our stay at home mandate, I am now looking forward to next Sunday! Thank you John and Julia! I can't wait to dine in your restaurant!
My family and I always stop in here while waiting for the ferry.. in fact we get in line early just so we have time to eat here.. after a great visit to the island we like to finish it off by enjoying a last meal here.. my family loves the fish and chips and the great hamburgers..you can also get a great espresso drink too..and for something wonderful to enjoy on the boat be sure to get a bag of their wonderful baked goods.. chocolate croissants or homemade scones are a fave.
We love this place. The staff is amazing. They went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and took care of whatever needs we had...including hooking us up with ice cream after the kitchen closed. The room was nice and comfy. The atmosphere was great. Good food. All around a great experience and we will definitely be coming back
Food is decent. Sparse menu, but a place to eat if you’re waiting for the ferry. Quiche, rolls, sandwiches, beverages. Outdoor seating, limited indoor. I guess they house overnight guests. Not for me. Was run down and not too clean!