My husband and I are in our 60s and actually like rustic (we camp with our horses, so an actual mattress is a luxury), however, the rooms we stayed in at Captain Whidbey Inn are more run down (deferred maintenance) than charmingly rustic. To us, it was not worth the $200 per night (including taxes) but maybe that's the going rate for "on the water" on Whidbey.
The good: The grounds and views from the Inn are lovely. We watched a deer wander through and saw a heron and an eagle from our deck. We stayed mid-week and the Inn was quiet and restful (as it wasn't full). The continental breakfast was pretty standard and filling, if not unique, and dining on the outdoor deck with the view of the bay was a treat. The staff we encountered were pleasant if not overly helpful. We and another couple stayed in two of the upper level lagoon rooms (maybe that's why it was quiet), which have their own bathrooms.
The not so good: The Inn has a lot of potential but the Lagoon Rooms seem stuck in the 1970s (which is just old, worn, and outdated, not rustic): the lobby, dining room, and tavern area of the original inn are charming but the Lagoon rooms we stayed in are mediocre. We had reservations for dinner but after seeing the prices (mid 20s-30s) and that the menu had only 2 non-seafood options (no vegetarian), we dined elsewhere. The Lagoon Room we stayed in was straight out of the 70s. The bed was comfortable (for us, although only a queen - no kings) but the room, while relatively clean, was outdated and worn: The electrical sockets were so worn and loose both our phone chargers and hair dryer plugs kept falling out of the wall; there was no globe on our deck light, just a bare bulb; the interior wall showed a "shadow" where a picture once hung; the deck was OK, but I was concerned about the safety of the (steep) steps and railing leading to our room. We had screens on the windows but our companions were missing one screen on their deck windows. When they inquired about getting a screen so they could keep their window open without bugs (the rooms were stuffy and musty), they were told there were no extra screens. (taking one off a vacant room for the night was clearly not an option). I didn't mind not having TV at all, but it would have been nice to have a hair dryer. There were only 2 hangers for clothes. There was an ice bucket in the room but we had to wander around the compound until we found someone from the kitchen who could give us ice.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay but primarily for the setting, which is indeed beautiful. The room, we felt, was overpriced and outdated. For 3/4 of the price, we can get a room right on the Oregon coast with a deck, king bed, fireplace, jetted tub, and reasonably priced in-house dining.
- 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