Otters Pond has a lot of things going for it. While the overall experience was too stuffy for us, I think it is the perfect place for a certain type of traveler. Here are the highs and lows of our two night stay:
-Pretty, serene setting. The B&B is located on (or maybe just next to?) a nature preserve. It is quiet and you can do some wildlife observing right from the back porch.
- Convenient jumping off spot for adventure as the B&B is nearly next door to Moran State Park.
-Reasonable price compared to other B&B's on the island. We took the smallest room and, at $125/night including breakfast, we thought it was a fair deal.
-Was lovely spending time in the hot tub.
-Good coffee at breakfast.
-After being shown our room, we went out for dinner. When we came back we discovered that the comforter on our bed was gone. At first we thought we had been robbed - but nothing else was missing. I guess the hosts decided we didn't need a blanket... and so they went back in our room while we were gone and took it. We were only gone for about an hour and had left stuff on our bed. It really weirded us out that they would go in our room when were not there. With the exception of cleaning, I don't think it's right that they go in and rearrange things when you're gone; you paid for the room and for the privacy of the room.. Even weirder, we Saw them and talked to them later that night and they didn't mention anything. Just odd.
-Not overly accommodating. I respect that they also live on the property and need to draw lines between business and personal life to maintain sanity, but they really did not go the extra mile to meet the guests needs. I needed WiFi to do an important job interview over Skype. Over the phone, the male owner told me he thought the WiFi would be good enough. We did a test the night before the interview and the WiFi was not strong enough, they said "it's too bad you're not staying in this other room, the WiFi is much stronger there." They jokingly said I could do the interview in the dining room and they could throw a sheet over me for privacy --why didn't they just let me spend 20 minutes in a part of the house with good wifi? I had to drive into town and sit on the ground outside of a public library in my dress clothes to do the interview.
-They never emptied our room trash cans. They were tiny and overflowed. I think we were in our room when they came around to do room service but, since clearly they have no problems coming into your room at odd times, they could have come back later, but they did not.
-Our room wasn't in the main house, but instead in building next door. Despite being right next to a lovely deck with access to the garden and hot tub, we were not permitted to use the deck. Instead we had to put on our shoes, go next door, type in the code, put on our slippers, and go outside to use that deck. Lame.
-They gave us incorrect information about restaurants. Luckily we didn't believe them and called and got the real info. They also recommended restaurants like the Rosario which are notoriously overpriced and subpar for what you get.
-They advertise their "5 course breakfasts" ...what they don't tell you is that a "course" is really a couple of slices of fruit or flavored ice crystals that are supposed to be sorbet. I like savory breakfast but both mornings the food was predominantly sweet: sorbet, fruit, coffee cake, etc. etc. At least the first morning there was an egg puff for SOME protein. And, to be fair, the egg puff was delicious. The menu for the second day included NO savory items and no protein so we didn't even bother to go. Free breakfast was a major reason we decided to stay at a B&B vs. other lodging options so this was disappointing. However, there a lot of good restaurants on Orcas so we were able to get a proper breakfast elsewhere.
-Their office is right next to the kitchen/living room/common area for guests. So, if you want to sit there and chat freely, just be aware that they are probably a few feet away listening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 1st class lodging set in a naturalist's Monet painting on a large wetland/pond at the base of Mt. Constitution. A birder's paradise. An adult getaway, rooms are decorated with an upscale, comfortable flair and gourmet breakfasts are served in the dining room and deck overlooking the pond. Free WiFi. Notebook computer available for e-mail. Hot tub. Island restaurants and Eastsound Village amenities are within four miles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Otters Pond Bed And Breakfast Orcas Island/Eastsound, Washington