I had a very unique experience at the Captain Whidbey Inn, so I don't know how useful my review will be. My stay does demonstrate the friendly and accommodating efforts of the staff, and I can speak to the high quality of the facilities. I stayed for one night as I was driving back to Portland from BC in late spring 2011. It was mid-week, and it must have been a little bit of lull in the pre-summer season vacation cycle. When I checked in, the young woman at the desk asked me if I wanted to upgrade my room free of charge. It turns out I was the only person booked in the inn that night! No reflection on the inn, I think it was just one of those slow business days any small hotel might have. She gave me my choice of rooms, and I chose to stay in the Captain Whidbey suite. It is a beautiful room, but not really a suite, because you use a shared bathroom like the other rooms in the old inn building. It does have a sitting area, and a beautiful view of the water. The bed was extremely comfortable. Since I was the only one there, I didn't have to "share" the bathroom and I didn't have to deal with any noise, so I can't comment on any problems people might have along those lines. The young woman on duty offered to let me use one of the cabin hot tubs when I came in from dinner (again due to the unique circumstances, and not something people should expect, but it was another instance of the staff going beyond what they were required to do) and it was great. The Inn is atmospheric and rustic in the best sense of the word. I loved it, and would stay there again (I have no problem with the shared bathrooms!), but it probably is not for everyone. Those wanting more privacy and modern amenities should opt for a cabin, and I think they also have a modern building with rooms. The grounds are beautiful and the setting is superb. I had a very restful night all on my own (except for one staff person somewhere on the property). My only disappointment was that I didn't meet the ghost of the Captain at any point during the night. If you like character and quirkiness the Captain Whidbey Inn is perfect, I hope they never change it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Captain Whidbey Inn is an enchanting log inn that was hand-built in 1907. Located on the shores of Penn Cove inside the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, the Inn is centrally located for nature enthusiasts, island explorers and those seeking the charm of historic Northwest towns by the sea. Activities popular with guests include hiking, kayaking, cycling, antiquing, horseback riding, fishing, wine-tasting, and beachcombing. With both rustic and modern accommodations, the Captain Whidbey Inn offers three types of lodging: quaint log-walled rooms in the inn itself, romantic private waterfront cabins, and the more modern Lagoon rooms. Guests staying at the Inn will enjoy the various water views on the property and from many guest rooms, on-site dining in our restaurant, a fun happy hour in the tavern, Complimentary continental breakfast, parking and WiFi are included in each reservation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Captain Whidbey Hotel Coupeville
- Captain Whidbey Inn Whidbey Island/Coupeville, WA