Many hotels have the "continental breakfast" area, and they are pretty much all the same. What set this one apart was the attentiveness of the woman who was taking care of it. I can't rememember her name (she was short, with short dark hair and an ever-present smile), but she greeted us warmly each of the three days we stayed there. The area was spotless, the food items kept filled, organized and fresh. She took the time to open the hot plates whenever there were people getting food and then closed them to keep the food as warm as possible. Noone had to try to hold the lid, their plate and the serving utensil at the same time. Small things like that can make a big difference. There were only a few tables inside the area, but she made sure that people were aware of the tables in the next room as well so noone was waiting for a table to empty.
The rest of the hotel was clean, I was a bit surprised that they put out fresh towels every day even though we had hung them up and would have used them again. Most places we stay at are trying to be a bit more environmentally friendly and only change the towels if you leave them on the floor, so we usually only opt for fresh washcloths if it's just a couple of days.
We were able to hear footsteps from the room above us and a child's voice next door, but there wasn't anything loud enough to annoy us. Depending on your neighbors, this could be a factor in how enjoyable your stay is.
The hot tub and pool were very nice - it had been freshly filled the day before we arrived and there were always plenty of towels.
There is a Chinese restaurant right out the front door, but we didn't try it. We did go to Zorba's Greek restaurant which is in easy walking distance and found it quite good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oak Harbor - Whidbey Island Located 1 mile from NAS Whidbey Island, Base 6 miles from deseption pass bridge. AAA 3 diamond hotel and China City Restaurant is located on the property. King and queen bed rooms are available. Go whale watching or sit on one of the many beaches located on the north end of Whidbey Island. Rates vary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Harbor Hotel Oak Harbor
- Best Western Oak Harbor
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