Orcas Hotel

Orcas Hotel

18 Orcas Hill Road PO Box 369, Orcas, Orcas Island, WA 98280
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Orca's Hotel Cafe for breakfast and lunch. Yummy!
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Orcas Hotel is a historic inn and cafe built 1904. We have 12 charming Victorian guest rooms and a cozy cafe overlooking the Orcas Island Ferry Landing.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Bar / lounge
Beach
Boating
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Parking
Public wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Golf course
Hiking
Horseback riding
Bicycle tours
Fishing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shops
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Room features
Desk
Sofa
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
2.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German

Location

18 Orcas Hill Road PO Box 369, Orcas, Orcas Island, WA 98280
Getting there
Car recommended
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Kevin M wrote a review Sep 2021
Duvall, Washington5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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!
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: I'm not sure if all rooms have en suite bathrooms so make sure to request that if that's...
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Tamara wrote a review Sep 2020
Friday Harbor, Washington1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Russ00 wrote a review Nov 2020
Whitefish, Montana231 contributions81 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jim B wrote a review Dec 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Alan L wrote a review Aug 2021
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Suggest room with view of ferry dock.
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Darcy D wrote a review May 9
12 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful hotel!
I enjoyed our stay here very much. The bed was extremely comfortable, and the linens felt like they were high-quality. The cons of staying there are, it’s quite noisy with people above you. Also, there’s no coffee maker, no refrigerator, no microwave no nothing in the room to make food with.
Theres a cafe downstairs, but the food is awful!

The pros definitely out number the cons, with an incredible view from rooms of the ocean. A lovely bathroom with a very deep and nice relaxing tub.
The bed was luxurious! I slept great, despite the noise upstairs.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Traveled on business
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Colo_travler wrote a review Jan 2024
Orcas Island, Washington40 contributions80 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent a night at the Orcas Hotel in December, and I thought it was awesome. The hotel is a historic building that retains all the charm of history. If you expect a 5 start Riz experience, then this is not the place. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The hotel has a nice cafe and dining room with a bar. The parlor is a great place for a game of chess or to read one of the books in their library. The staff is friendly and helpful. The hotel is across the street from the only ferry landing so if you need to catch an early ferry or you just need a place to stay that is near the ferry this is a good choice. I would recommend this for folks the experience of an old-style historic hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: No elevator and 3 stories. Walking distance from the ferry. Easy access to the other San Juan...
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Bob S wrote a review Sep 2022
Scottsdale, Arizona61 contributions35 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I think I've written perhaps 2 "bad" reviews for hotels or restaurants over many years. I hate to do it. But this was a dirty, dusty, overpriced failure. Every part of this room was covered in dust. The shower curtain stained (my wife bought a new one for them). The bed linens were threadbare, bed uncomfortable, furniture old, dilapidated, unstable. The toilet and sink were updated but the shower was not. Carpet stained. Room tiny. The building is old and historic. I get that, and pouring some real money into it could make it stellar. Nice library with cookbooks galore, but dust flew off the books when you picked them up. The little fan unit we turned off upon arrival after seeing the filter clogged with dust, dirt and God knows what. For the price, a very poor value. We expected no TV. But perhaps some coffee?? On day one the nice young barista said "it's on the house" since we stayed there. But morning 2 and 3 rolled around and we were charged. Fairly quiet outside after the ferry shut down at night, but room noise from other rooms. I might have asked for some compensation, but I understand the hardship the travel industry has had with the pandemic. I would never consider staying here again. Restaurant for dinner closed when we were there.
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Date of stay: August 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Go to another hotel
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Erica W wrote a review Jun 2023
2 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We absolutely loved the Orcas Hotel, sushi Saturday, and Jazz Supper Club at Norbu in the hotel. What a relaxing, delightful stay. The staff are so welcoming and gracious. We felt like we went back in time. Especially loved the Dixieland Jazz playing in our room when we arrived. What a treasure.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Urbanomad888 wrote a review Dec 2021
48 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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brad b asked a question Feb 2016
chiloquin6 contributions8 helpful votes
What time is check-in?
Philip C asked a question Sep 2015
Windhoek, Namibia27 contributions42 helpful votes
Hi Paulo, was it really that loud? It is such a quiet area.
Answer from Philip C
Windhoek, Namibia27 contributions42 helpful votes
Well, there was a delivery truck and some old doofus was snoring next door.
Colo_travler wrote a tip Jan 2024
Orcas Island, Washington40 contributions80 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No elevator and 3 stories. Walking distance from the ferry. Easy access to the other San Juan Islands via the ferry, walk-ons are free!"
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Bob S wrote a tip Sep 2022
Scottsdale, Arizona61 contributions35 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go to another hotel"
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Kevin M wrote a tip Sep 2021
Duvall, Washington5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I'm not sure if all rooms have en suite bathrooms so make sure to request that if that's a priority for you."
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Alan L wrote a tip Aug 2021
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Suggest room with view of ferry dock."
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carolbK2323YO wrote a tip May 2019
25 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"One with en-suite was very nice."
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PRICE RANGE
$277 - $326 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesWashingtonSan Juan IslandsOrcas IslandOrcas
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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ORCAS HOTEL - Updated 2024

Frequently Asked Questions about Orcas Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Orcas Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Turtleback Mountain (3.2 miles), Crow Valley School Museum (4.7 miles), and Deer Harbor Marina (3.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Orcas Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Orcas Hotel?
Top room amenities include a desk, a view of a nearby landmark, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Orcas Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Orcas Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Orcas Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Mansion Restaurant at Rosario Resort & Spa, Deer Harbor Inn, and The Cascade Bay Grill and Store.
Are pets allowed at Orcas Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Orcas Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Orcas Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Crow Valley School Museum (4.7 miles) and Shaw Island Library and Historical Society (1.9 miles).
Does Orcas Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
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