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Golden Tree Hostel

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1159 N Beach Rd, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-9639
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#8 of 12 Specialty lodging in Eastsound
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Beautifully renovated farmhouse hostel, centrally located on Orcas Island. Walking distance to town and the beach. We offer clean communal and private rooms all with shared baths, and a fully equipped kitchen. Sit by the campfire, play a game of pool, soak in the hot tub, enjoy the sauna, lounge on the lawn, meet new people, cook food from a local farm. Inexpensive rental bikes available.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Sauna
Bicycle rental
Game room
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Billiards
Darts
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Stayed one night in the dome and our mattress was wet... it seems like they may have known this and covered it up by putting a foam mattress topper on top. I have tried to contact the host twice to give feedback and never gotten a response. Frustrated by lack of customer service when we are spending over $100/night.
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HOSTS: Bethany and Ian created a self- service registration system denoted by individualized written instructions tacked to the corkboard next to the front door for each party checking in. My friend and I alerted the hosts of our arrival on an earlier ferry and they were both there to greet us. Check-in was at 3pm, but they graciously accommodated us w/ an early check-in. Bethany patiently answered all our questions and handled the financial transactions. She informed us we were welcome to harvest apples from the trees and the bumper crop of heirloom rhubarb (just ensure you don’t strip the entire plant. They need to start storing energy for the winter)! LOCATION: Eastsound appears to be ~mid-point of the island. Town is Main St/ North Beach Road, which is accessible on foot/ by bike. The Saturday Farmers Market (produce/ prepared foods/ artisan handcrafted products) runs from 10-3pm on the Village Green from May- September, and from11am-2p at Odd Fellows Hall from October- November. Island Market is the hub for grocery staples. The co-op, across the street, has a pleasant commons loft area upstairs. I was able to gather some necessary ingredients from their 75c/ lb discount bin and bulk spices section. There were quite a few Italian prune trees ripe w/ fruit on private property/ along beach in front of businesses. If the homeowner was present, I asked permission first, before picking fruit and left some for the owner, as well. Incidentally, bike rentals are no longer available at the hostel. I noted rentals available at ferry terminal and at Moran State Pk. The hostel is conveniently located next to an airstrip, thankfully, NOT 24 hr traffic. Overnight camping available at airstrip, as well. ROOM SPECIFICS: I stayed in the Krazy Paw tipi in the gated Garden. There is a dual grounded electrical outlet in the tipi w/ a single overhead light. My lantern supplied adequate lighting. I brought a power strip to charge my electronics, as well as, a folding TV tray for my laptop. I had to complete some documentation remotely for work. My portable electric tea kettle was useful for my morning hot beverage, enjoyed in the garden outside my tipi. Should a large group prepare their full breakfast, other guests would have to prep/ cook around their schedule due to the morning traffic bottleneck in the communal kitchen. I enjoyed my morning tea in the garden outside the tipi. I picked some blackberries along the nearby fence for breakfast and harvested rhubarb for a yummy crisp after dinner, later that night. There were adequate blankets to keep me warm in the bed. The tipi is open to air at the apex, so a brown tarp is provided as the waterproof bedspread. This was useful, as that 10% chance of rain occurred the following morning. I was extremely grateful to hostel management who covered my entire bed for me. I was fortunate there weren’t any loud parties during my stay, so quiet hours after 10p were observed. TIPS: RECREATION: We were fortunate to visit on National Parks Service birthday weekend, so we didn’t need a Discover pass. Mt Constitution offers a panoramic view of the San Juan Island chain. Make sure to go up to the observatory and have your Rapunzel moment. Kayak rentals at Cascade Lake run $19/ hr. If you plan ahead, you can rent kayaks for a minimum half a day on Mountain Lake through Orcas Adventures there at Cascade Lake. COMMUNAL KITCHEN: I brought my own knives and spices/ cooking oil for my recipes, transported in various medication bottles. There were the requisite cubbies for dry goods and communal sharing shelf. Two large refrigerators were available to store groceries, as well. During my stay, there was ¼ remaining of a Costco size jug of olive oil which all the guests shared. Some of the available spices were adequate to make a curry, as well as, salt n pepper. I noted some pancake making basics. NO syrup though. There is plenty of yellow mustard and sauerkraut in the fridge! Another guest and I pooled our resources for sort of a “stone soup” dinner. The large capacity gas stove has 2 ovens, the only one of that functions is the smaller warming oven to the RIGHT. It does not broil, so my crisp never got to bubble… more like burp! Nonetheless, we still enjoyed our baked oatmeal rhubarb bars. As per our custom, the reminder of our pantry was paid forward for others to enjoy. OUTDOOR BBQ: We teamed together w/ 2 other guests and used the outdoor propane grill for the 2nd night’s dinner. Only a portion of the burners light up. Hence, our kebabs had to be rotated constantly. FIREPIT: Our stay coincided with that of an industrious guest (more like a Tarzan)! who was motivated to chop up firewood. It was a beautiful night to enjoy a fire, were it not for a guest who proceeded to light up a cigar. Needless to say, our group disbanded shortly afterwards. SHOWERS: I used the shower in the main house due to the larger capacity of hot water heater. The facilities next to the sauna were often occupied. It had to serve those at the campsites/ geodesic dome/ tipis x2, barn loft/ bus, as well as, those using the hot tub. DINING OUT: Eddie is the resident custodian, who was very helpful and flexible. He also works at The Madrona Bar & Grill, where we had our dinner before lining for the ferry. Happy hour goes all day Sunday and from 3-6p Monday- Friday. The limited outdoor seating was not open that night (staffing issue)? Our server brought our order out quickly, and the check shortly after that, when we explained we had to catch the ferry. The food was above average for bar fare. We sampled both the crab bisque and the clam chowder. The Loft at Madrona offers a higher end farm to table artisan dining experience on the rooftop. It is entirely open air with expansive view of the bay. We enjoyed our respite from Seattle and got to experience a small cross section of island life.
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We liked the hostel itself and the site but we had some issues with our 4-night stay. Several amenities were out of order including: the hot tub, the gas heater in our yurt, the oven in the main building, and the BBQ outside. As well, the shower hadn't been cleaned in awhile and had clumps of hair in it for our entire stay. We brought these issues up after the fact and didn't even receive a reply. In line with other recent reviews, then, we found something to be off. We noticed this place is up for sale, so maybe it isn't being kept up the way it should. We'd recommend checking out Doe Bay instead.
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TLDR: The place itself is cute, though overpriced for what it is. The "hosts" act as though you are unwanted, free-loading guests - rather than paying customers. I recommend staying at an Airbnb instead of at Golden Tree - you will have a much more comfortable experience, especially for the cost! The service here was so terrible that my family had to just laugh about it. We booked the "tour bus" for 4 people. When we went to sleep, we realized there were only 2 towels and 1 bed set up (for 2 people). The other 2 beds did not have sheets on them, nor were there sheets anywhere to be found in the room. The towels didn't bother us so much, but we really wanted sheets since the cushions we were to sleep on were upholstered with rough material. We had to call the host at the number he provided a few times before he answered. He finally showed up and got us 2 more sets of sheets. Those 2 beds were also super uncomfortable - basically just 4 or 6 inch foam on a hard piece of plywood. The bed my parents slept in was somewhat more comfortable - a few layers of egg crate foam. There was also no way to keep the light or sound out in the morning, so we woke up really early. The next morning, we wanted to get a somewhat early start since it was our last day on the island. At 8am, we tried to get into the kitchen to cook breakfast but the entrance was blocked by garbage cans and the floor was wet. One of the employees said the kitchen floor was filthy because "people collectively didn't clean the floor last night". We were not aware this was our responsibility as paying guests. We did clean up after ourselves - just didn't mop the floor. The woman refused to let us in the kitchen. We came back ten minutes later, thinking the floor would be dry. It was still wet, so we dried it off with a towel so we could get in and cook breakfast. She then proceeded to try and kick us out of the kitchen. When we refused, she stormed off, slamming doors and stopping her feet like a little kid throwing a tantrum. Needless to say, we will not be back.
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This is a truly nice hostel in many respects, shared kitchen that was very clean almost all the time. Lots of room in 2 fridges to put groceries. Friendly guests that introduce themselves to each other. Lots of fun around a camp fire each night when the temps drop. We used the gas grill in the back. The whirlpool was used by guests and enjoyed. There is a pool table that many enjoyed in one of the backyard buildings. Great location for access to all places on Orcas, 15 min walk to town. For those visiting during peak season: When we stayed here there was one bathroom and shower shared among two tents, two teepees, one yurt, a school bus, and a loft bedroom for 4. As long as you are patient, no problems. The staff was largely absent and not interested in talking to guests unless your bill needed to be paid. Staff told guests to get out of the kitchen around 10 am in pretty stern fashion. I would say it is great place for younger guests. Our family paid $200 a night, and even though all hotels are expensive in the islands, I cannot say that I feel it was worth our price. Single people who stay in the dorms will find it a great economical option for the island and lots of fun.
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PRICE RANGE
$123 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesWashingtonSan Juan IslandsOrcas IslandEastsound
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Golden Tree Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Golden Tree Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Orcas Island Historical Museum (0.7 miles), Doe Bay Wine Company (0.7 miles), and Orcas Island Farmers Market (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Golden Tree Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
What food & drink options are available at Golden Tree Hostel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Golden Tree Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Golden Tree Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Island Hoppin' Brewery, Brown Bear Baking, and New Leaf Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Golden Tree Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Golden Tree Hostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Crow Valley School Museum (3.3 miles).