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“Lovely grounds but shabby for the money”

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Captain Whidbey Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Coupeville
Reviewed 24 July 2017

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not so good: The Inn has a lot of potential but the Lagoon Rooms seem stuck in the 1970s (which is just old, worn, and outdated, not rustic): the lobby, dining room, and tavern area of the original inn are charming but the Lagoon rooms we stayed in are mediocre.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 The bed was comfortable (for us, although only a queen - no kings) but the room, while relatively clean, was outdated and worn: The electrical sockets were so worn and loose both our phone chargers and hair dryer plugs kept falling out of the wall; there was no globe on our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.

Room Tip: Lagoon rooms upper story appear to be quieter and have private bath. Have no experience with rooms a...
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

It's been 15 years since I've been here & I was hoping it hadn't changed! I was pleasantly surprised by the changes of gardens & tranquility we enjoyed.
I wanted to spend a memorable time with my 4yo & we were greeted every morning, evening & night with a variety of wildlife.
Deer, bunnies, babies of those.
I'm so pleased with our stay.
Great staff, Great food, atmosphere of Island life.
I've always talked about Whidbey Island, staying at Captain Whidbey Inn, the mussels & chowder.
Everything else was a bonus!
Especially the wildlife, nature & getting away from all the distractions in life!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

The chowder is a must! Our meal was delectable from the chowder to the cobbler. Our daughter loved eating edible flowers.
The location is beautiful. If we find ourselves near Coupeville again we will definitely be dining here.

Stayed: July 2017
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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

A beautiful, historic place at the heart of Penn Cove outside Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Stayed there for one night with family and enjoyed a beautifully decorated, quiet and comfortable room with a view to Mt Vernon and Penn Cove. Delicious breakfast on the terrace was a treat as well.

Service was good but we would have expected a bit more friendliness, thus a little minus in my rating. However, I am happy to recommend the place and will definitely stay there again.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
Thank Nina R
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Reviewed 1 June 2017

My wife and I spent the Memorial day weekend at Captain Whidbey Inn. We stayed in cabin #31 which is right on the water and nearest to the restaurant/bar. The accommodations are just what you would expect for a nationally recognized historic hotel. The cabin was clean and the housekeeping staff did a great job of getting in and cleaning when you were out of the room. We slept in one morning and were in the room later than normal. The house keeper always seemed to know when we would be gone even though we kept no schedule whatsoever. Sleep inns mixed with early ups. She always knew just when to come back without bothering us. A very nice touch.
The view form cabin #31 was beautiful with a nice deck, chairs and table. There is convenient parking for the cabins behind the main lodge which makes for easy transfer of bags. The room had a small fridge and microwave which made it nice for heating up snacks between meals. The food at Captain Whidbey Inn is excellent. Chef Ryan has been there for a number of years and we always make it a point to stop in for lunch or dinner when visiting the island. Chris our server did a great job of taking care of us both in the restaurant and bar. This place has a homey laid back feel perfect for unwinding in a beautiful waterfront atmosphere. We had a wonderful stay and will return again.

Room Tip: Reserve cabin #31 or #32. They are both on the water and very private.
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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CaptainWhidbeyInn, Director of Sales at Captain Whidbey Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thank you for staying with us Rick. We are happy that you both enjoyed your stay and could relax and recharge on your schedule.

It's great to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience as well. Chef Ryan loves what he does and Chris really enjoys his customers.

We hope to see you again on your next trip to the area.

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Additional Information about Captain Whidbey Inn

Address: 2072 West Captain Whidbey Inn Road, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA 98239-9704
Region: United States > Washington > Whidbey Island > Coupeville
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Coupeville
Price Range: $178 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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