We returned because of the world class wonderful restaurant and world class chef. As good or better than last year in the restaurant.
Our original opinion of the mediocre Inn stands. So unprofessional an operation when people make it a destination for one of the best dining experiences in our State and Nation.
Where to begin with the sad bed and breakfast?
Well the breakfast was better than last year, but only a little better. Do you like cold fried potatoes with your eggs? I do not.
How about slow and inefficient servers? Do you think salt and pepper go with eggs? None was present on any table.
They won't serve breakfast until 8:30, but imagine the impatient guests being locked out until 8:45. Then after being seated waiting another 15 minues for juice and coffee. But I digress, it was a better breakfast than a year ago. The first day's omelet was excellent, if lukewarm.
Downstairs there is a casual restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Taproot Cafe was a good casual restaurant last year but we were disappointed at dinner and both lunches. They got rid of the menu and now have only some pre wrapped sandwiches and some good soup made upstairs in the restaurant. Service is slow and amateurish. We enjoyed a good dinner last year, but this time we had only one choice. Smoked salmon the only choice was excellent but it came with a few boiled fingerling potatoes, sans butter, sans sauce. No dessert. What a disappointment after having three good meals there last year.
So why didn't we just eat upstairs in the fine cuisine restaurant all the time? Well the first night when we had reservations for a month we were excused because they sold the whole evening to a bus load of group diners. Another reason is that the fine dining requires a fine pocketbook. The also do not serve lunch.
What about our room? We got upgraded because we got bumped from our original dinner reservation. So the room was better than last stay, except.....no turndown service either night, even though their brochure promised it. No view at all, except we could hear and see all the folks walking by our window. Deja vu all over again... Last year the toilet seat was broken and wobbly. They must have remembered to make that a feature in our "upgraded" room. A positive note: this room had a wonderful steam show that was reall luxurious.
As with last year no sign of owners, host or manager.
We love the restaurant and will keep returning as long as chef Blaine is there, now that he is part of the Inn's new ownership perhaps he will put his artistic talent into the hospitality of the place. Chef did visit our table several times and was charming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Willows Inn on Lummi Island has become the Northwest's premiere destination for authentic farm to table dining. Come in and experience the culinary magic of our chef, Blaine Wetzel, and find out what eating from your landscape is all about. Savor wines from our extensive selection. Enjoy our elegantly comfortable accommodations. Drink in the views, watch whales, or relax with a cocktail by a blazing fire. Unplug, recharge and experience the Willows Inn--an authentic and affordable San Juan Islands adventure! Offering romantic beachside lodge rooms, cottage, and guest house accommodations and marine experiences. Organic food from Loganita Farm. A car ferry departs at least hourly for the five minute crossing to this scenic island retreat. Less than two hours from Seattle or Vancouver, BC. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Willows Hotel Lummi Island