Stayed at Birch Bay for a weekend (July 2007) and enjoyed the homey atmosphere of our room. It was a large 2 bedroom suite which was very comfortable. Everything in the room was new, so new, that there was that constant smell of paint (hope it's disappeared by now).
Great kitchen appliances, nice tv set-up, comfy living room which was also very spacious. We did not eat at the restaurant since the kitchen was well stocked with utensils.
Front desk staff was helpful.
Best feature for our family was the pool. It was smallish but it was fun having an outdoor pool for the kids to enjoy. The beach itself of Birch Bay has sticky, claylike mud which is fun for an occasional walk, but the pool was more inviting.
Had a massage at the spa, Whispers by the Bay, but my masseur, though friendly, seemed unskilled (I have a massage 2ce a month at two different places in Seattle so I have a basis of comparison).
Wish we had a view of the water but got a view of the golf course that was still under construction while we were there.
There's not really that much to do at Birch Bay so it's great having a hotel where one can spend a lot of time to relax.
Overall, I recommend Sandcastle at Birch Bay for an enjoyable family stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sandcastle at Birch Bay is an upscale resort located in the serene community of Birch Bay on the northwestern coast of Washington State. The resort is the perfect place to stay for nature lovers or those looking for a quiet retreat. Sandcastle at Birch Bay’s guests have access to an on-site fitness center to keep up with their workout routine, a heated swimming pool, and a hot tub, the perfect spot to relax after a full day of adventure. Sandcastle at Birch Bay’s one-, two-, and three-bedroom condominiums feature all the amenities guests need to feel right at home. Each unit has a fireplace, flat-screen TV, washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony that offers a view of either Birch Bay or the snow-capped Mt. Baker. ... more less
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