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“Charming waterside retreat”
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Inn at Langley
Ranked #2 of 16 Langley B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Inn at Langley will be joining our roster of annual or biennial NW getaways: we loved it! It's a great location for anniversaries and other special occasions, or simply for unplugging and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. We had a great experience at the restaurant, too, though I don't know that I recommend it for vegetarians. The chef is willing to cater to those who don't eat meat, or in my case red meat, but rather than substitutions or alternatives, almost all of the menu modifications are simply omitting the undesired ingredient. This left a few plates off-kilter: a little dry in some cases, a little bland in others. But for those who enjoy local, exquisitely prepared meat, the restaurant is a sure hit. My husband enjoyed every course, and we both appreciated the chef's creativity and craftsmanship.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

I went to the Inn at Langley with my elderly parents last week. We chose this particular Inn because they wanted a classy B&B experience in Langley without having to climb stairs. In light of the mobility restrictions involved, the reservationist was kind enough to give us parking lot-level rooms at their special March prices (which were normally given on only their lowest level rooms, two flights of stairs down from the entrance level).

From the Inn's web site, I counted 28 rooms and suites. Their amenities consist of a spa, a small sitting area in the lobby that is open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (which is when the lobby is staffed by a single person) and a restaurant. The restaurant is open every day for breakfast (and is included in the room rate) and on weekends for dinner during the off-season. The Inn is actually a very upscale motel rather than a hotel, because there are no interior hallways.

The architecture is a pleasing version of "northwest modern": a color palette of grays and beiges with a fairly minimalist design featuring built-ins rather than a lot of furniture. All rooms have wide, unobstructed ocean views, and our rooms had fireplaces and oversized spa tubs facing the ocean along with a separate shower. Both of our 3rd-level rooms had large balconies that were perfect for contemplating the ocean. The balconies on this level were covered and so were more sheltered than the balconies on the 2nd level.

There were few people in the Inn during our visit, and we could understand why: it was overcast and rainy during our entire stay. While not unexpected in the San Juan Islands in March, it meant that the big windows were filled with gray skies and steel-gray ocean. Coupled with the gray interiors, it made for a less-than-cheery environment that even a fire in the fireplace couldn't entirely dispel.

Breakfast was quite good, and included a crustless quiche and inventive baked goods freshly made on the premises along with jam made from Washington's amazing marionberries (a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry). The tea selection and quality was definitely a cut above what I have experienced even in very luxurious B&Bs. The breakfast chef works in a completely open kitchen: it was enjoyable to sit at the big communal table watching him work. Guests who experience hunger pangs later in the day can indulge themselves with the thoughtful, complementary basket of snacks placed in each room.

People who go to the Inn at Langley as part of a family grouping should consider having at least one member of their party reserve a suite because there really is no communal sitting area for groups to gather once the lobby closes at 6 p.m. This means you should ask the front desk attendant about dinner recommendations prior to 6 p.m., as well.

If members of your party need to do sneak in some work (shame on them!), or if they like to web-surf on a computer that's not perched on their lap, they should be aware that there is no desk or table. Along these same lines, I also noted the lack of bright, well-placed reading lamps. Perhaps this was the management's way of telling me that I should just look at the ocean! ;-)

The Inn is very conveniently located near all the restaurants and shops that Langley has to offer. Wine enthusiasts will be happy to know that there are three tasting rooms within two blocks: perfect for some thorough sampling, followed by a stroll back to the hotel and late afternoon nap!

My opinion is that this Inn is not a cozy place to gather with family or friends during the off-season. In retrospect, I think that the first floor rooms at the nearby Saratoga Inn might have better suited us on this particular visit. I'm willing to bet, however, that the Inn at Langley would be simply glorious on a warm, sunny day.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Context of stay: A weekend getaway
Positives: Perfect waterfront location, classic northwest architecture, great nearby shopping, very friendly staff, excellent room layout, furnishings, etc.
Negatives: parking is a bit tight
Highly recommended

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

For almost 10 years, we've visited the Inn at Langley at least once a year and have been repeatedly pleased with the view, relaxation, accommodations and customer service The staff goes above and beyond to ensure that our stay is everything we could ask for and we enjoy seeing them all every time we go. The town of Langley is just as adorable and friendly as the Inn and we've gotten friendly with several shop keepers and look forward to seeing them as well. The food is top notch: we love the breakfasts and often enjoy splurging on the fabulous elaborate and entirely delicious dinners. The beds are comfortable, fireplaces so cozy, and the deep water baths are to die for and one of the biggest pulls. It has become such a favorite, that we got married there 2 years ago. This past weekend we were fortunate to go on the whale watch tour and saw 7 Orcus whales!

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

This was a delightful Inn to visit in early January in the charming little town of Langley on Whidbey Island. Our room had a fireplace supplied with enough logs for a fire well into the evening, a balcony to view the sunset, a scene from our room of the snow-capped mountains and the water, and a hot tub from which one could view the water and the fireplace. There also is a very nice staff. They even gave us free tickets to their little local cinema! The breakfast buffet was delicious and plentiful, with eggs cooked to order. I just wish we had been able to stay longer at this lovely place. I had a great massage at the spa there also. We will plan to come back for another restful and relaxing visit in a beautiful setting.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed here for a New Year's eve celebration and the dinner was wonderful. Every dish was a unique taste delight. They had a local band which played mostly swing music and it was not exceptional, but it did add a festive flavor to the evening. The staff was very attentive and service was very good. The only glitches in the eveing were that the plates were cold, so the food cooled off very rapidly and was cold. And then, my own pet peeve, when our waitress said, "Are you still working on that ?" instead of something like "Are you still enjoying your meal" or "May I take your plate ?"

For breakfast the next day, there was a nice buffet with a good assortment of things to choose from. But, again, all of the hot dishes were cold, and we were there pretty much when breakfast started. The view and our room were very comfortable and enjoyable.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

If you're visiting Western Washington or even if you're a local, I highly recommend taking the time to explore Whidbey Island and making the lovely Inn at Langley your homebase for a night or two.

The Inn sits right at the water's edge -- most room have balconies from whih you can enjoy the view. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Great beds with fluffy down comforters, gas fireplaces and huge soaking tubs. There's even a firepit on the beachside of the property if you want to relax beachside with a glass of wine or toast s'mores! Dinner at the restaurant is a must (spendy, but worth it if you're a "foodie"). Most of the ingredients are locally sourced and the dishes are creative. Breakfasts are delicous, too.

Make sure you take the time to explore Langley, Coupeville and the surrounding countryside. Whidbey Island is just beautiful --and less than and hour from Seattle. It's a great destination!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Address: 400 1st St, Box 835, Langley, Whidbey Island, WA 98260-8800
Location: United States > Washington > Whidbey Island > Langley
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Langley
Price Range: $341 - $679 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn at Langley 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Langley built into a bluff overlooking the Cascade Mountains. ... more   less 
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