Imagine... the height of the tourist season, first week in August, Whidbey Island. Now imagine finding ANY lodging without booking in advance not to mention a Bed and Breakfast. You say, "Impossible"! "Never happen", "In your dreams". Well I am living proof that one should NEVER say never. After weeks of attempting to reserve a place to stay in or around Langley including campgrounds I had finally given up. Not on coming to Langley, just finding any place to stay. My husband and I were coming over to place my deceased Mothers headstone at her grave and because we were pouring a concrete border around the site it had to be done before the weather turned. We decided to wing it and headed out from our home in Tacoma. I figured we would either sleep in our truck or go home and come back the following day. After spending hours at the Bayview Cemetery in the hot sun we were exhausted, hungry and loathe to a 3-4 hr drive back to Tacoma. Yet the idea of sleeping in the cab of my husbands work truck was equally distressing. So, on a whim I began calling the numbers listed in a flier we picked up at the tourist center for Lodging on Whidbey Island. After being told again and again "rooms have been booked MONTHS in advance" (and one lady even laughed when I inquired about a room) I was about ready to pull up a Ford head rest but first I decided to call this one other place. . Jim at the Saratoga Inn answered the phone on the second ring. I made my little speech but with much less vigor than before as I was sure my request was in vain. Jim explained that only a few minutes ago he had been informed that one of the rooms tenants had left for the night and had approved for their room to be booked in their absence. This after having turned away several other lodging hopefuls throughout the day. He also said that this was his first time running the desk alone and would need to check on a few things before committing to renting us the room. Oh, and because we missed Tea that IF we could have the room it would be at a discounted price. He would have to call me back. The first thing I said to my husband was "wow! what a nice man. I hope he doesn't get into any trouble with his boss over this". Jim called me back within minutes and said the most beautiful words in my ear, "we can accommodate you here at the Saratoga this evening". "when can I expect you"? It would be at least another 45 minutes to clean up at the cemetery and because the office was closed and Jim would be heading home I paid with a credit card and he said our key would be at the front desk. Great! I really liked this guy Jim. An hour and a half later we were on our way but I was having trouble with directions to the Inn and it was dark so I again called the Inn hoping for at least an automated directory. "Saratoga Inn" came Jim's by now familiar voice. He had waited for us even though we were way past our 45 minute arrival estimation. He gave us directions and 10 minutes later we pull up in our loud, huge, annoying diesel truck and Jim comes off the back porch and greets us warmly, suggests an appropriate parking spot for our vehicle instead of wedged alarmingly sideways between two showroom Harley Davidson's and a black Volvo or was it a BMW? Anyway, we are given the privileged use of the handicapped space and brought into the Inn, offered a glass of wine, coffee, cookies, what have you and a tour of the Inn which I might add is very beautiful. Everything about it is inviting. it's a mixture of comfortable elegance and old world charm. I know you are probably thinking I would give a barn 5 stars at this point but I assure you that this is a fair and accurate review based on my opinion of the Saratoga Inn. The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was. The Inn was full and you couldn't hear a T.V. or voices or doors opening, nothing. It was only after Jim showed us the ropes and was satisfied that our every need was met that he prepared to leave which he should of done hours ago. But not before I could ask him the History of the Beautiful Saratoga Inn. Oh well, that's an easy one for Jim, not only had he designed it, he owned it as well. In the morning after a sound, blissful sleep in our beautiful room we were treated to a delightful breakfast and were introduced to Jim's lovely wife and daughter and we were able to spend some more time chatting with Jim as he escorted us to our truck and saw us off. Both my husband and I feel that we not only had we been extremely blessed with a great place to stay against all odds but we also had the good fortune of meeting a rare and genuine person who truly does go above and beyond for the hapless souls of the world such as ourselves. It touches our hearts deeply, Thank you Jim and family at the Saratoga Inn we will be seeing you again. Angel and Jerry
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax at Saratoga Inn, a romantic island getaway just a ferry ride away within the charming seaside village of Langley. Enjoy beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains and Saratoga Passage from the privacy of your room or from our friendly common area, which includes an old-fashioned porch. Gather in our Commons for a hot breakfast and complimentary afternoon wine and cheese. Hot beverages, ice, DVDs, WI-FI, HVAC and bicycles are also complimentary. Shops and restaurants are within walking distance from the Inn. Park you car and enjoy some small town walk-about living and stress-free "Porch-Talk!"! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saratoga Hotel Langley
- Saratoga Inn Langley, Whidbey Island, WA