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“Old, rustic, somewhat charming motel”
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Straitside Resort
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Straitside Resort
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Sekiu
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Old, rustic, somewhat charming motel”
Reviewed July 30, 2009

I stayed 2 nights in the "Whale Watcher" cottage, a 2 bedroom unit at Straitside Resort in Sekiu, WA. The motel is old--perhaps the oldest in town--which makes it a rustic but charming enough place to stay. The cottage consists of 2 bedrooms (1 has a Queen bed, the other 2 twins), a small kitchen, and a small bathroom with a shower. There are no doors separating the bedrooms from the kitchen, something which I suspect would be an issue for many travelers (I traveled alone, so it didn't matter). The website gives the impression that the cottage is right at water's edge; this is a little misleading. The motel is on the other side of the road from the harbor, and the view is partly obscured by the lobby/manager's unit and a motel on the ocean side of the road. The decor is the opposite of corporate motel-chain, with many cozy unique touches. The staff is very friendly.

Sekiu is totally dominated by fishermen who come to town to launch their boats from the marina or hire local boats. Most of the ocean front is dominated by the marina, which is nice enough, and huge gravel lots that serve as RV parking (not so charming). The only other reason to stay in Sekiu would be to have a convenient launching point for hikes to Lake Ozette/Cape Alava, or Cape Flattery. The rustic charm of the motel (and town) is probably not a good reason to pick Sekiu for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 30, 2007

Rented a 2 bedroom cabin for 3 days in May 2007

Pros:

Clean accomodations, very comfortable bed, strong heating system.

Excellent service provided by local, on site manager.

Possibly the best place in town. The other choices looked a little scary.


Cons:

Cabin has only a claustrophobic little shower (no bathtub). Significant omission to not disclose this on website. Not thrilled about this, especially given that the room was not exactly cheap.

Ocean is located across the main road of town, and overlooking an RV park. Photo on website misleading.

In room TV does not include Weather Channel. Since you go to Sekiu to be outdoors, this was a pain, especially since there is no local radio. No source for weather information.


Comments:

Sekiu is a fishing village that attracts lots of beer chugging old guys who like to fish. This is who your fellow hotel guests will be. Know that going in. It will be quiet by 9:30pm, since fisherman get up early.

Bring your own music, a CD stereo or IPod with speakers, since there is no local radio. Also bring stuff to read, no nightspots of any kind in town.

You can find the Straitside Resort via the Forks Washington Chamber of Commerce website.

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Property: Straitside Resort
Address: 241 Front Street, Sekiu, WA 98381
Location: United States > Washington > Sekiu
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Sekiu
Number of rooms: 2

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