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“A beautiful Inn with some areas for improvement”

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Captain Whidbey Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Coupeville
Los Angeles, CA
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14 reviews
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“A beautiful Inn with some areas for improvement”
Reviewed September 8, 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Inn for one night on the recommedation of my parents who had stayed there a few years prior. The Inn was sold a little over a year ago and this is probably what has caused just a few little issues. Overall the Inn is beautiful and well worth staying at!

Positives:

* Lagoon Suite room 22 - incredible views and a huge room
* The most AMAZING beds every - seriously the most comfortable thing I've slept on in years :)
* The property is really beautiful and soo quiet and relaxing
* The staff trys very hard to be helpful and were all really sweet

Negatives:

* It is an old Inn and the shower is TINY, even in the suite room
* The towels in the bathroom are unacceptable, small and rough - with that great of a bed, they need to invest in some decent bathroom amenities like towels and toiletries.
* The restaurant has been closed since the Inn was sold
* They only had 3 rooms booked when we were there and so they didn't bother to put out the continental breakfast - they just asked us what we wanted from a very SMALL selection. The banana nut muffins were out of a package.
* This Inn used to be known for it's food so they need to do something about this

Overall like I said - it's a beautiful place and worth a look and stay - they just need to focus on what made it so great with the previous owner and the finer details that travelers want.

  • Stayed September 2008
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

I was really excited to stay at the Captain Whidbey for our anniversary. I booked one night at the Inn at the end, and three at the Garden Isle Cottages for our friend's wedding.

The time we spent at the Cottages was fantastic. The time we spent at the Captain Whidbey was miserable. For the amount the Captain Whidbey charges, I cannot recommend the establishment. I booked a lagoon room. The lagoon is nothing to write home about in terms of a view. The rooms are bare bones, not well decorated, the walls paper thin, and there is nothing to do in them. The bathrooms were small, outdated, and suffered from an ant infestation.

We were there on a Monday and upon arrival, we were hoping for a romantic drink in their bar. We were informed the bar was only open on Fridays and Saturdays. It was a real shame, as the main lodge is beautiful, the dining room was fully appointed, but no food is being served until the restaurant is running again. Since the premise was pretty much empty, it was appalling that they couldn't bring us one drink when they had a fully stocked bar. So much for hospitality. We wound up leaving the Inn and driving back to town. Unlike the Garden Cottages, the Inn is not walking distance to anything.

Warning: if you book one of the rooms within the inn itself, the rooms are the size of a cubicle. We went upstairs to look at them and couldn't imagine staying in one. I highly recommend booking at one of the B&B's in town, like the Anchorage Inn, or the Garden Isle Cottages.

  • Liked — The main lodge is beautiful - if there was a reason to spend time in there
  • Disliked — The rooms and lack of restaurant.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2008

Captain Whidbey's Inn is a unique property nestled on a very lovely waterside stretch of Whidbey Island. Log cabin-type buildings, gravel paths, and a very lovely garden greet visitors. Madonna, the innkeeper, was very helpful and friendly. Our "Lagoon Room" was a rustic, TV-free room overlooking the lagoon. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean. The continental breakfast was decent but nothing special.

My one complaint was that the window coverings didn't do a good job keeping the morning sun out of our eyes. Other than that, Captain Whidbey's Inn is a lovely place to stay, especially if you enjoy spending vacation time relaxing at your hotel.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2008

I've stayed at the Captain Whidbey Inn several times over the past eight years, ever since we had planned to go camping but found no campsites availalble on the island during a busy summer weekend! This is a unique place, situated on arguably one of the most beautiful and tranquil settings that I've come across in my travels.

The Captain Whidbey represents a bygone era. It was built in the early 1900s and has been completely made out of aged madrona trees. In a way, it looks like a log house lodge but it also feels like the inside of a ship. It's quaint and rustic, with beautiful grounds and sweeping views of Penn Cove, the home for the region's famous mussels.

I think that it's fair to say that over the years and the Inn was increasingly in need of some updating and even fundamental maintenance. The Inn was sold about a year ago (2007). I came back this summer for a long weekend stay and I'm happy to report that the new owners appear to have been lovingly and carefully updating this lovely property.

The best rooms are the cabins on the cove. Ask for rooms 31 or 32; they are the most expensive, but are exquisite little cabins right on the water with wood burning fireplaces that share a hot tub with two other cabins nearby (#33 and #34). They are also good cabins but a bit smaller.

There's a separate complex situated around a lovely little lagoon. Apparently all the beds in the place have been upgraded; I stayed in one of these spacious rooms and it had a very comfy bed with quality down duvets and pillows. All of the rooms have beautiful views of the expertly tended gardens.

In the main Inn, there are beautiful, turn-of-century rooms upstairs that have a definite romantic flair to them. (Ask for one of the suites; they have a bigger space and unique, log-hewn four-poster beds.) Be advised that none of them have a private bathroom. This is less of an issue than you might think and if you opt for one of these rooms, you're typically rewarded with a unique lodging experience and a waterview and a very reasonably priced room. However, there is definitely a creaky floor issue. The upstairs sitting room of the inn has the only television on the premises. Getting away from television was a great selling point for me, personally, but if you cannot live without it, you should know this in advance. Readers will love the inn; they have a lot of books available, particularly by Northwest writers.

The restaurant was still closed at the time of my visit but the owners were actively interviewing chefs and planning to reopen with a seaonal/local focused restaurant. (The previous restaurant was very good, although a bit overpriced. The bar menu was always a great value, though.) The tavern was open, though, with a limited but well selected menu of beer and wine, plus some good nibbles, including a terrific wild greens salad with dried cranberries, tart green apples and chevre cheese.

We enjoyed the many public areas of the inn, as well. There's a large deck on the water with new all-weather wicker chairs. (Heat lamps and comfy blankets make it cozy even on colder night.) The tavern is an old, rustic place for a nice glass of wine. Even in July, it can get cold and the staff built a big fire in the massive main fireplace one night to heat up the guests. They also have a very lovely garden with tiered raised beds growing herb, flowers and vegetables. The owners advised that we were welcome to take herbs home with us -- a nice touch.

Amateur ghost hunters will be interested to know that the place is supposedly haunted. Staffers say that room #8 in the main inn is the most haunted. However, we have stayed there several times over the past years and have never seen anything spooky.

I've long been a fan of the Captain Whidbey and the improvements being taken by the new ownership assure that this will continue to provide a true Northwest experience for years to come. I'm looking forward to the new restaurant and when I get back, we'll advise.

  • Liked — The tranquil qualitly, natural setting, friendly staff
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2008

My wife and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Captain Whidbey Inn. We had about 70 guests join us from various parts of the country. We had reserved the entire Inn three years ago with the conviction that this would be the perfect place for our event. We were correct - our friends and family LOVED being there, and everything was excellent. The setting, on Penn Cove with views of Cascade Mountains and Mt. Baker, is stunning. The Inn staff were great - service was efficient, friendly and professional. The Inn worked with an outside caterer for two excellent dinners, and provided outstanding breakfasts, including omlets made to order, fresh fruit, baked goods, etc. We had arranged for live music and brought in our own extensive decorations and the Inn cooperated in every respect so every part of our program went smoothly. The Inn is 100 years old - it's beautiful and unique. The floors creak and tall people need to duck under some doorways, so if you are looking for modern luxury, this isn't the place for you. But every one of our friends was absolutely delighted with their room and everything about the weekend.

  • Liked — Beauty, charm, friendly and accommodating staff
  • Stayed July 2008
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2 Thank jackSeattle
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Vancouver
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Reviewed August 7, 2007

We stayed two nights in a Lagoon room and found it to be well below what we would expect of a $165.00 per night room. The double bed was very lumpy and uncomfortable, the tap dripped and the fixtures were old and stained. The gardens were lovely but the dock on the water front was closed likely due to safety concerns. We were fortunate that there were not many guests when we stayed so it was fairly quiet. The lagoon suites are an older motel style building so we heard people walking and talking above us and they weren't very private. I'm not sure about the inn rooms but when having breakfast on the main floor the creaking of people walking above was very loud so I'm sure they are not very private either. The breakfast was fine and the inn keeper was very friendly. The dining room was closed for renovations so you had to eat out. There was no fridge in the room but ice was available. The cottages may be the best way to go to enjoy this fantastic setting.

  • Liked — The location and views
  • Disliked — the accommodation
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Captain Whidbey Inn
Address: 2072 West Captain Whidbey Inn Road, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA 98239
Location: United States > Washington > Whidbey Island > Coupeville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Coupeville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Captain Whidbey Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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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