If you had told us 10 years ago that we would have come back to the Rosario resort we would have said no way in h...! The place was then a complete disaster. I'll spare you the details..
We were on our annual sailing trip and strictly out of convenience decided to chance it and overnight at the marina. After being professionally welcomed by Terry the harbormaster and his able crew who actually knew what they were doing with boaters, we decided to chance it again and grab a bite at the bar of the hotel. We were amazed at the difference from what we had previously experienced. They were very busy that day, the restaurant was full in fact but the young lady, Molly, who was filling in for the bartender made sure we were well taken care of. Her service was impeccable.
We ended up chatting with her and she told us that the resort is now owned by a local family who view themselves more as caretakers than owners on account of the rich history of the property and their desire to preserve and protect it.
She also told us how much she enjoys working for her new bosses and it showed
When we complimented our dinners she casually mentioned that her husband was the chef!
In the end, we ended up extending our stay by 2 days and received the same quality of service by all the staff who reinforced the positives Molly and Terry had expressed.
Yep the place needs some updates, yep the reputation has been very damaged by past ownerships but they seem to be focusing on the right things to turn this ship around
Oh! and btw, the scenery is still stunningly beautiful, the 85 degree pools do not hurt either, and don't miss the museum and the organ recital
We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A historic waterfront resort 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