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Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)

2072 West Captain Whidbey Inn Road, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA 98239-9702
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#1 of 2 hotels in Coupeville
Since 1907, Captain Whidbey has been a locus of natural beauty, community gathering and quiet, exalted delight. A place where locals and visitors do things together — even if those things are simply eating, drinking, appreciating nature, looking out across the water, feeling alive, feeling grateful. Captain Whidbey is the Unofficial Official Lodge of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. The gateway to beautiful and rugged wild, Captain Whidbey fosters a sense of romance, a longing for adventure and a communion with the natural world. ROOMS Reverent of the island's many past lives, the rooms at Captain Whidbey champion the stories behind things, with novel interplays of old and new and through natural harmony with the surrounding culture, the landscape and the sea. Every area on the property is different, with historic details and custom furnishings maintained throughout. Whether in the Historic Lodge, the idiosyncratic Cabins or the Lagoon Rooms, you’ll find intimate accommodations that are not just a respite, but an infinite opportunity for new and evocative human experience and meaningful communion. RESTAURANT + BAR Our “living room style” restaurant and dining room reflect Captain Whidbey’s warm and casual approach to hospitality. As our central multi-use space, the custom and eclectic tables and banquettes at the restaurant at Captain Whidbey are as suitable for an exquisite house-made meal as they are for sketching, writing, watercoloring or sparkling conversation. The restaurant menu veers towards the rustic and hearty, with inventive shellfish dishes, breakfast boards, local produce from our garden, house-smoked meats, house-cured pickles and salmon, homemade bread, jam and other delicacies. On the North Side of the restaurant, you’ll find our bustling back deck. With sweeping, sunlit views of Penn Cove and beyond, the waterfront deck is an iconic Whidbey Island destination. Enjoy mussels from Penn Cove or a cocktail from the bar and stay awhile — the deck is open late.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
Wine / champagne
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
24-hour front desk
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Hair dryer
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Sandy N wrote a review 19 Jul
Seattle, Washington2027 contributions214 helpful votes
We were warmly welcomed by the general manager who was hosting guests to a glass of wine and some nice cheeses and other accompaniments. Our room was in the Lagoon area, which is very scenic, but the windows all face the outdoor corridor, so you feel like you are in a fishbowl. In spite of a number of light fixtures, the rooms are very dark. There are no chairs in the rooms and other things that you would expect for the price are also absent, like a coffee pot, mini-fridge or micro-wave. (coffee was available in the registration area). Fortunately, the guests on both sides of us were very quiet, as the walls are quite thin and you can hear any conversations. The beds were comfortable with crisp sheets and big feather pillows. The biggest plus is the wonderful staff, who did everything possible to accommodate our needs. This included taking a personal food item over to their staff lounge and heating it in their microwave. There are a number of nice areas on the grounds where small groups of guests can gather privately. We especially enjoyed the gazebo by the lagoon.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Second floor in the Lagoon area to avoid noise from anyone above you
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)
Responded yesterday
Thank you for taking the time and giving us your feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed the staff and we will use the other comments for trying to better ourselves.
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Greg G wrote a review 6 Jul
Orange County, California10 contributions1 helpful vote
Cool venue with water views but food was terrible. Good service but please hire a chef. There are so many great ingredients on the island snd the food was like a fast food restaurant. Suggest you source some local lamb, pork and beef. My crab meat sandwich was like canned crab on a cheap non toasted bun.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
1 Helpful vote
Response from General Manager, General Manager at Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello and thank you for letting us know about your time with us. We do use a lot of local sourced foods and our crab meat is freshly brought in twice a week. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your meal with us.
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Elliott Y wrote a review Jun 2021
5 contributions3 helpful votes
The Captain Whidbey Inn is the platonic ideal of a relaxed yet stylish cabin retreat. The renovation of this 1907 establishment a few years back stays true to its legacy, but updates it with a casual Ace Hotel vibe (except no record players in the rooms). The wood-cabin lodge features a large and cozy wood-burning hearth and an excellent restaurant with Stevie Wonder themed cocktails. The location can't be beat, on a beautiful inlet on Whidbey Island, tucked among the trees and a cove thick with mussels and clams. The Inn newspaper provides excellent tips on things to do on the island and places to eat in nearby Coupeville. The staff at the Inn is attentive without being cloying. We took out a kayak and canoe to explore Penn Cove(no charge) and our five year-old enjoyed the tree net. The rooms are well-appointed and the hand of designer/architect Eric Cheong is everywhere. There are no tacky inspirational poster art on the walls and thankfully no shell art. If you are looking for a retreat that feels like you are in Moonrise Kingdom, look no further. This is the place.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from General Manager, General Manager at Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time and sayin such nice things about the Captain Whidbey. We are happy that you enjoyed your time with us and hope you will come back soon.
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Kateri D wrote a review Jun 2021
Jacksonville8 contributions
The hotel is very charming. The location is scenic. The rooms are ok. Pretty basic but lacking normal things found in hotel rooms like a mini fridge and in room coffee/tea facilities. We checked into a lagoon room as I had heard the rooms in the inn can be loud. I was quite surprised to find a large, loud, drunken group of older folks on the lawn partying. We escaped our room to get dinner when the restaurant opened at 5 only to realize they had moved the party over there. We ordered our food to go. It took forever as the kitchen was backed up from the party. We enjoyed about 30 minutes of peace eating our dinner on the porch before the party was back and even drunken. We spent the next couple hours listening to them loudly singing various different songs all horribly. They did all leave or go back to their rooms around 8 so we still got a good nights rest. There were two parties/events there that night, it was a Thursday. If you’re looking for a peaceful night away with some lovely views in a cute inn, this is probably not going to be that. The staff were all quite nice and the food was pretty good. I don’t think we’d stay again though unless attending an event.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from General Manager, General Manager at Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time and letting us know about your stay. I am sorry that it was not as quiet as you were hoping for. It is not normal for us to have groups like this in our hotel.
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Travel+Wine wrote a review Apr 2021
Portland, Oregon94 contributions75 helpful votes
The Captain Whidbey Inn is Pacific Northwest whimsicality at its best. It is filled with quaint nooks and crannies, interesting history, and breath-taking scenery. While we only stayed for one night, we found ample time to relax in the lagoon-side lounge chairs, stroll through the grounds, and enjoy a cocktail on the patio. The star of the resort was the beautiful restaurant overlooking the bay. We sat outdoors under the string lights and enjoyed a fantastic meal of salmon and chowder... truly something to remember. I was worried about the no-reservation policy but it didn't end up being an issue. We stayed in a lagoon room, which was comfortable though a bit more rustic than I expected. The bed was super comfy, but the rest of the furniture (esp. the day bed) was awkward and stiff. The bathrooms would benefit from brighter decor - the dark blue and olive tones make an already tiny area feel like a closet (but at least there were bathrooms, which is why we opted for a lagoon room). And, just know that the walls are paper thin - you will hear every word from your neighbors (and their dogs). I was grateful for the noise machine and earplugs. Breakfast was OK... nothing special, though we were grateful that they offered take-away. A proper breakfast in the restaurant would be a real plus. Overall, the resort met my expectations and I was glad we stopped in. It's a memorable place with some endearing quirks. Maybe not the place for everyone... but perfect for those with an adventurous spirit and open mind.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: some rooms don't have bathrooms - the lagoon rooms do, which is why we chose to stay there
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2 Helpful votes
Response from General Manager, General Manager at Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)
Responded 5 May 2021
Thank you for staying and we are glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you back again soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)
Which popular attractions are close to Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)?
Nearby attractions include Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve (3.1 km), Fort Casey State Park (7.6 km), and Fort Ebey State Park (2.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Oystercatcher, Kapaws Iskreme, and Front Street Grill.
Are there any historical sites close to Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907)?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve (3.1 km).
Does Captain Whidbey Inn (Since 1907) have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.