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George Washington Inn
Ranked #4 of 14 Port Angeles B&B and Inns
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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470 reviews
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“Great stay! Great views! Great room! Great food!”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Over the course of six nights, we stayed at three different B & B’s in the Port Angeles / Sequim area (two nights each). Although this post is a bit lengthy, it is a review of all three, and is intended for comparison purposes....at least for three of the B &B’s that are available in this area.

This comes with the usual disclaimers: our tastes may differ from yours, we may have different budgets, we may have different notions of quality and value, we may have different interests, yada, yada, yada.

Also, apologies for the length of this post, but our philosophy is, the more information the better when choosing where to stay.

George Washington Inn
Your first impression of this property will be memorable. The long driveway is lined with the purple of lavender plants (it is also a working lavender farm), and the two story inn is an impressive structure as it has the design and footprint of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
The interior is just as impressive as the exterior. We had a private entrance on the ground floor, but our suite was upstairs and Dan carried our luggage up. We stayed in the General’s Suite ($280 /night). It was large and airy with a large bathroom, a king-sized bed, flat screen TV, and kitchen area that included a fridge, microwave, sink, and 4-seat dining table. The bedding was extremely comfortable, the bathroom toiletries/amenities were exceptional, the kitchen was well stocked with plates, glasses, silverware, and the cleanliness of the room and the common areas was exceptional. In other words, this inn has all of the small touches covered the way you would expect from a premium property, which this definitely is.
Although the front of the property is impressive, the back of the inn is equally, if not more impressive. Off of our suite, and running the full length of the inn, was a covered veranda (great for inclement weather) that afforded an unbelievable view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You can watch container ships, cruise ships, military ships, and nuclear subs(only seldom) pass by. It is so quiet and peaceful, it could easily lull you to sleep.
The breakfast room is below the upper veranda and offers the same exceptional views. The size and openness of the veranda and the breakfast room certainly add to the ambiance.
The food was also exceptional, with an offering of fruit, an egg dish, and lavender flavored biscuits of pastries (remember, it’s a lavender farm also).
Janet and Dan are very friendly hosts/owners and provide excellent hospitality.
The only con we encountered was the shower/bath in the General’s Suite. The shower has a rain shower head which is located over the center of the jacuzzi tub. It is surrounded by a circular shower curtain. This is visible in the photos of the suite. Because the tub is rather deep and the floor of the tub is not flat but irregular, getting in and out of the tub can be cumbersome, and the irregular floor makes for unsure footing. In addition, the controls are behind the curtain which makes adjustments a bit problematic. This could probably be solved by reconfiguration and installing a small separate shower. I would not stay in this particular suite again due to this issue.
All in all, the George Washington Inn is an exceptional B&B, and we would definitely stay here again.


Domaine Madeleine
The Domain Madeleine is another exceptional B&B. Although the entrance is not as impressive as the George Washington, these grounds have their own exceptional qualities. Like the GW, there are fantastic views of the Strait, and the peace and quite are alluring. They may not have a covered veranda for inclement weather, but they have multiple seating areas, and one very special place to sit.
When facing the water, there is a new stairway built at the far right end of the property that leads to the beach. For various reasons, beach access is not allowed, but don’t despair. There is a bench provided at the first landing of the stairway. When sitting here you are in a different world. The only sounds you hear are the waves crashing below, or the occasional ship that passes by. Being an early riser, I sat there both mornings and was kept company by a sap-sucker, hummingbirds, and bald eagles that nest nearby. If for no other reason, this made it worth staying here.
We stayed in the Renoir Room ($250 /night) one night and the Monet ($215) the other night. Both rooms are spacious and well appointed with extremely comfortable bedding and great attention to detail and small touches. There is no fridge in either room, but there is one available to guests in the main kitchen, which is accessible at all hours. In addition, there is an ice machine in the main kitchen area.
The major difference between the Monet and Renoir rooms is the Monet has a gas fireplace, a small corner shower, and a large jacuzzi tub, whereas the Renoir has no fireplace, and has a large walk-in shower only. The Renoir does include exclusive use of a separate living room where there is a fireplace.
The Domain M highly advertises its five course breakfast, and with good reason. The food is truly exceptional. The second morning we had a pistachio encrusted halibut that was out of this world.
Like GW, this is an exceptional B&B, and Jeri and her staff provide fantastic hospitality.



Inn at Rooster Hill
The Inn at Rooster Hill operates in a different spectrum than the George Washington or the Domain Madeleine. It is for the more budget-conscious and has more of the feel of a boarding house. The property is not nearly as nice nor as maintained, and there is no view nor attraction to the location as it is located on a dead end in a rural neighborhood just outside Port Angeles. We stayed in the Roiel (pronounced royal) room ($179) which was quite spacious with a jacuzzi tub, corner shower, and a large walk-in closet that also contained a fridge, microwave, and sink.
Unlike the GW and DM, the small touches and details are missing, an indication that corners are cut to save money and keep prices low: no bar soap at all, no lotions, the bedding is adequate and, in addition, the rooms are cleaned only every three days if you stay multiple nights. No fresh sheets (and the bed is unmade), no new towels, and if you use any plates, glasses, or silverware, it won’t get cleaned for three days. This is freely stated on the website.
The food is adequate but nothing special and, back to the missing details, there was only sugar for tea or coffee, no artificial sweetener like Splenda or Sweet and Low. The common area and the dining arrangements are small, although you can eat on the deck if you wish. All in all, as mentioned before, it has the feel of a boarding house, where special amenities or frills aren’t provided.
That said, the rooms are clean, there is plenty of hot water, and the location affords a quite night’s sleep. In addition, Peggy and Layne are very hospitable, very free with information and, for the budget conscious, the rooms are less per night than the GW or DM, and there is no two-night minimum. Also, some of their policies are a little more flexible than the upscale B&B’s.

In conclusion, since our budget will allow for it, the George Washington Inn and the Domain Madeleine run neck and neck as our preferred B&B. They each have their own special attributes. If you are looking for an upscale B&B experience, you can’t go wrong with either place. They are both truly exceptional properties. We have stayed at many B&B’s and we don’t say that lightly. If instead you are very budget-conscious and don’t care about the location or frills, the Inn at Rooster Hill will definitely meet your needs. Like was mentioned before, they simply operate in a different spectrum.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

For some reason the George Washington Inn was a little off our radar - with other nearby B&B's in guidebooks, etc. But after some not-so-welcoming attempts to book another b&b we stumbled upon this lovely inn and thank goodness! We were so impressed with the property as we drove up the lovely, lavender lined driveway to the stately residence. It has the appeal of a luxury inn - and not that of staying in someone's home that sometimes B&B's have. Janet was there to welcome us, show us around the inn and show us to our lovely and large room with a huge bathroom complete with separate shower and state of the art jetted tub. We were travelling for a while so the big room and comfy bed was a real treat. Janet and Dan are welcoming and hospitable hosts that really take this business seriously. They gladly accommodated our need for an early breakfast for a sea kayaking adventure and made sure we were seriously fed for all our daily adventures. The entire inn is very well kept, fresh and new and extremely clean. It's a wonderful place to come "home" to at the end of the day with spectacular views of the Straight and Victoria. I would (will) stay here on our next visit and recommend it highly. I can't imagine staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Choosing the George Washington Inn made our vacation perfect. This place is fabulous! Every detail is attended to, the innkeepers are lovely, the setting is unsurpassed, and bald eagles during breakfast - over the top! We loved hiking all day in the Olympic National Park and then having this relaxing, first rate venue to return to. Their breakfast is delightful. Excellent food in just the right portions.

Room Tip: All rooms are fabulous and cozy.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sequim, Washington, United States
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

The George Washington in not only is in one of the most beautiful settings on the Olympic Peninsula, but as guests, we were treated like Royalty. Proprietors, Dan and Janet Abbott, greeted us with a warm and friendly welcome and made us feel right at home. Since we were unfamiliar with the area, the Abbotts went out of there way to tell us where we should go to eat, sight see and even made a few phone calls for us. They also gave us the name and number of a real estate agent who could help us with our real estate needs. We have since moved to the Peninsula largely do to the love and care that the Abbotts showed us when we were here. We have recommeded the George Washington Inn to many people, and several of our friends have stayed there every time they visit the Peninsula. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE GEORGE WASHINGTON INN!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2012

We stayed at the inn during the height of lavender season. It was stunning and we can't wait to go back to see our favorite eagle, appropriately named George. Watching him swoop over the Strait was a favorite passtime. The grounds , with the lavender fields are just so lovely. Pictures don't do it justice! The owners are wonderful hosts with a great knowledge of history, especially George Washington, who they admire and honor. The guest rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. If you want peace and quiet in a beautiful surrounding, you won't be disappointed. We will be back!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

As a lifelong world traveller for both business and pleasure, rarely have I stayed at such a gracious, elegant, and welcoming establishment, located in one of the world's most sublime settings, run by the most sincere, hospitable, and warm proprietors. The Abbott family sets a new standard for comfort, a genuine passion for our nation's history and foundations, and a dedication to families and family values. Whether you're contemplating a romantic getaway or family retreat, The George Washington Inn should be at the top of your list.

I cannot reccomend The George Washington Inn more enthusiastically, as, in many ways, I lack the words to sufficiently describe the magnificent experience of being one of their guests. Their foyer guestbook overflows with praise from guests from around the world. Innkeepers from across the country should learn from this superlative example!

Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Every room at the Inn is exceptionally appointed, so any room is a genuine treat!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Collierville, Tennessee
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

All the reviews about the scenery and amenities are spot-on. We stayed 3 nights in the Presidential Suite and it was top-notch. It would be nice just to sit at the Inn and enjoy the surroundings, so plan some time for that. There are deer and eagles that come onto the property and the ships are entertaining by themselves. An all around very nice experience.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about George Washington Inn

Property: George Washington Inn
Address: 939 Finn Hall Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362-8499
Location: United States > Washington > Port Angeles
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Port Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted Best B&B in "Best of the Peninsula" every year since 2013, George Washington Inn was built as a replica of George Washington's mansion on a lavender farm near he Olympic National Park. This oceanfront inn has 5 spacious rooms with stunning mountain views and overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca from a high bluff between Sequim and Port Angeles, WA. Take a short drive or ferry ride from Seattle, Vancouver or Victoria and you can enjoy fine lodging and find nature at its best. ... more   less 

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