We first came to the Moby Dick a few years ago. Our second visit this weekend was even more delightful than the first due to several reasons:
1) They remembered us three years later
2) We always get the #2 room with the Japanese soaking tub (highly recommended)
3) The breakfasts on both days were OUTSTANDING. Keith the chef accommodated my gluten-free needs and cooked the most delicious veggie frittata with gluten free toast on the first morning and gluten-free blackberry pancakes this morning accompanied by fresh sliced fruit and Heritage Foods bacon - the most delicious bacon in the world! And I'm not exaggerating.
I should make it clear that if you come here with huge expectations of a high end resort or perfection, you'll be disappointed. What makes the Moby Dick charming and us returning, are Fritzie, the owner and Keith the chef and their down to earth friendliness. They are warm and welcoming and very accommodating. And all the nicknacks displayed around the house including dozens of whales, Buddhas, posters, paintings, a piano, and tons of magazines and books I never tired of looking at.
Yes you should remember to bring your own shampoo and hair dryer since amenities are scarce. It was really about the experience that is so unique; there's a round yurt with a wooden floor that can easily accommodate a yoga, Qi Gong, Feng Shui or Tai Chi retreat, and a sauna they said they can easily fire up. This plan is indeed unique and special with a roaring fireplace on cool days/evenings.
I'm sorry previous visitors had different experiences. Our bed in #2 was very comfortable and we had a balcony that looks out to the back of the property and towards the Bay. There's a nice Thriftway grocery store with surprising things like a chocolate with bacon! and gluten-free cookies, and a few restaurants (including Nanci & Jimella's) within a 10 minute drive as was Long Beach, which allows cars onto the beach.
We will definitely be back.
Unfortunately, the oyster farm is mislabeled. They no longer harvest oysters due to pesticide, the garden is barren, the sauna in the back has been MIA for a few years, and basic maintenance of the building is severely neglected. We were told that the maintenance was neglected due to the owner's health, but we weren't informed of this until after our 4-hour drive. Over the phone, they assured us of these amenities, but we feel deceived.
P.S. The bed in our room was supported by a cinder block.
Moby Dick hotel is a B&B and is located off the Willapa bay. The building has two floors, the first floor houses the reception, living and the dining areas while all the bedrooms are on the second floor. The rooms have either views of their garden or the bay. The living areas have an eclectic collection of furnishings.The reception and living area had a musty smell as if cats lived there and there was fur on the cushions. The rooms though small are clean but could do with updating and more maintenance. There were cob webs and stained rugs in the rooms, rusted faucets that did not work in the bathrooms, non-working lamps and loose bolts on doors. The beds were not very comfortable and we had to ensure that we did not fall off the bed at night. The walls are thin and we could hear our neighbors from the room. The breakfast was good and the staff were courteous. The bay near the hotel is slushy and we could not really approach it. Ocean park and long beach are located about 10-20 mins away and that would be a better beach to visit. Long beach has a lot of activities for all ages. The room rates do not justify the quality of the hotel.
Got a very personal greeting on arrival which was nice.Room was fine except for rattly bed !! The waterfront at back of hotel is lovely ..quite a wild nature reserve. Hotel is small but has a long history.Breakfast, while nice, is a little over-rated !
We were committed to 2 nights stay. The breakfasts were great. Unfortunately the bathroom had not been cleaned in months with mold & mildew & the room was dusty. Overall the facility needed cleaning & maintenance. This was probably a great place in its day but it has fallen into disrepair.