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Reviewed January 20, 2019

We spend a lovely time at this hotel. Arrived on the afternoon ferry with our car so we could explore the island. We reserved the Starboard Harbor View room (known as room 1 (of 15) on the second floor. This is a great room that looks down onto the ferry dock through the front window. It included a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. The hotel web site has four pictures of the room. We had breakfast in the hotel cafe and it was very nice. Good location to explore the island. We visited Deer Harbor to the west and Mt. Constitution with the Ellsworth Storey's Tower to the east in the Moran Sate Park. Next door to the hotel is a souvenir shop. Being January, the room baseboard heater worked fine to keep us warm. The wifi worked great also. Overall a very clean room.

Room tip: Starboard Harbor Room (room 1) has a direct front view of the ferry dock and a side window to the garden lawn.
Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank PDX-Traveler-Guy
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Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

Wow, what a wonderful place! A piece of history, so charming and so well run. Just comfortable, relaxing, and fun. Doug, the owner, is onsite and involved. Everyone there is friendly and helpful. Can’t wait to come back sometime.

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Thank Shelley M
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Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

Orcas Hotel is a great place to drown those delayed ferry sorrows down with a nice beer and food. Service is always great and the staff os always friendly. If your ferry is on time then come early instead!!!

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank TroySea
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

Great views, pleasant rooms and very clean. This inn is near the ferry dock so there is lots going on as the ferries come and go. That does Not mean lots of noise but it is busy around there. It is great sitting out on the porch, chatting with others and enjoying island life.

Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Traveler8a
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

My friend and I stayed here at short notice and were utterly charmed by the place.

If you want instant, impersonal corporate hospitality, then stick to the big chains, because at The Orcas Hotel you may have to wait a few minutes after ringing the bell, while the receptionist finishes serving coffee in the adjacent room. But that's part of the beauty of this. At The Orcas Hotel, you can relax and experience life at a slower pace. That's a GOOD thing. It's part of the charm of the hotel and indeed of the whole island.

The hotel was fairly quiet that evening and - without asking - we were upgraded to a bigger room with a private bathroom. We had a window overlooking the ferry terminal, so we could watch the comings and goings from Anacortes on the mainland and a balcony at the top of the stairs, which, although not private, we kind of "claimed" as ours, to sip our morning coffees. It was glorious out there.

The room was old-fashioned with some charming furniture, but was spotlessly clean. The hotel is over 100 years old and most of the period features have been retained. At some point, sprinkler systems became mandatory, so they simply made a hole high up in one wall and poked a pipe through there. How much better that is than installing some soulless modern false ceiling to hide everything.

When we were checking out the next day, the owner was sitting right there in the cafe and we had a long conversation. He's a very interesting character: meet him if you can!

The following day, after having left the island and having travelled hundreds of miles away I realised I had left a shirt behind. I called them and left a forwarding address. Gabe (I think that was his name) verified the colour and label of the shirt, then said he was going to the post office later that day and would send it to me. Though I offered to compensate him for his time and expense, he refused to take a penny and a few days later, my shirt turned up as promised.

Overall, this ranks as one of my favourite ever hotel experiences and i have no hesitation in recommending it.

Room tip: Don't assume you'll have a private bathroom, especially in the cheaper rooms.
Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Pat R
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