The Islander Lopez is rated #1 on the Lopez Island for good reason. It is the only motel on the island. Additionally, any review needs to put the Islander in context with a funky island where “island time” reflects the laid back nature of the place. With that in mind I offer my review.
First, the Islander is not a Four Seasons. But it is a fun place that fits its island environment. It’s not new. The restaurant menu claims they have been serving Lopez Island since 1954. The rooms have been updated but the basic buildings reflect their heritage and age. So set your expectations at the appropriate level.
Our experience? We were first assigned a small, odd shaped room you could barely turn around in. They said that is what we booked but, I doubt that. It is the only room like it in the place since it was next to the maid’s closet. We asked for a change and were offered a “double queen” room for a small price increase. We took it and gained a much larger room that turned out to be a “double double” as the “queen beds” turned out to be doubles. No problem. We survived.
As for the room, the sink plug didn’t function (a trip under the sink solved the problem), the TV remote was missing (they gave us a new one), the room phone couldn’t receive calls (the front desk brought us any messages), the alarm clock was permanently at 12:00 (we unplugged it; who cared what time it was), the neighbor locked three dogs in their car who barked at odd hours (the front desk dealt with it), the hot tub was out of order (fixed by the second night).
The phone was an issue since our T Mobile service was at zero bars all weekend. But they didn’t complain about running messages up to the room. The WiFi required a trip into the parking lot where I stood in a certain place for service. The connection was great in the lobby and at the library down the street.
Does this sound like a bad experience? It was actually very fun in its own funky island way. The staff was always helpful and attentive. The views over the harbor and at sunset are worth the trip. The place is loaded with history. The rooms are updated and clean. The grounds are overrun with rabbits which provide entertainment and a connection with nature, of a sorts.
Would we stay there again? Of course. It’s the only motel on the island.
- Also Known As:
- Lopez Islander Hotel Lopez Island
- Lopez Island Islander Hotel
- Lopez Island Islander Resort