The Cliffhouse at Rosario Resort, as its name suggests, is perched on a cliff overlooking Cascade Bay on Orcas Island. It is a standalone building, only steps from the Moran mansion. The house is advertised as a honeymoon suite, but don't let that stop you from booking it. Any occasion will do.
The suite has a gas fireplace, lovely sitting area, comfortable four-poster bed, and jetted soaking tub. The layout is such that the microwave and refrigerator is out of sight. That also means the quiet of the room is not punctuated by the noise of a refrigerator compressor.
The Cliffhouse is in excellent condition, with a modern interior that's tastefully decorated. The seaside wall is studded with windows and sliding glass doors, giving the maximum view. If you are someone who must sleep in a completely dark room, the suite is equipped with shades.
A porch runs the length of the suite, providing a private perch from which you can watch sailboats and seaplanes come and go. Below the porch you can see lots of orange starfish. On a full moon night, the glow on the water is mesmerizing.
The Moran mansion that's next to the Cliffhouse is a pristine arts-and-crafts style building built by Robert Moran, a Seattle shipbuilder. The furnishings, lighting, and woodwork are obviously ship-themed. On most days, general manager Christopher Peacock, gives a 4 PM concert on the 1900 Steinway and the 1913 Aeolian pipe organ. Mr. Peacock also tells the history of the mansion and shows historic photographs. After the concert, you'll get a chance to see parts of the mansion not otherwise open. The concert is a must-attend event (and free).
Both the dining room and the lounge have a selection of tasty, often locally sourced, food.
There are three swimming pools on the property as well as a spa. I toured, but didn't use any of these facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A lovely property located on Orcas Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rosario Hotel Eastsound
- Rosario Island
- Rosario Resort Eastsound
- Rosario Resort Orcas Island
- Rosario Resort And Spa Orcas Island/Eastsound, WA