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Juan de Fuca Cottages
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Sequim
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

Eagles nest is pretty far from the shore but you can see the strait and Dungeness Spit. The room is pretty nice. There was a telescope in the room, but it required power to adjust where it was pointed and there was no way to get it powered. The advertisement states that there is internet. We were told what SSID to use. Sometimes the SSID was there to select. Sometimes it was not, but we could never get it to work even when it was there to select.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

Overall: We enjoyed our stay here. It was way more expensive than I feel the cabins are worth. The decore is dated and the cab ins have a bit of a "old" smell to them. My husband could barely stand in the shower....well, he could, as long as his head was sticking out the skylight. We didn't have any issues with the owners. We delt with a gentleman who seemed pretty nice. He did give off that "don't bug" me vibe...but we really didn't wanna be bothered either. They cabins and grounds have so much potential.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

I read the complaints on Trip Advisor before we arrived, but I was convinced by the owner’s responses. But now, after staying at Juan de Fuca, I realize that the complainers were on to something. I am sure the owner will have some explanation about why we, like all the other people who found her hospitality wanting, were terrible guests, with unreasonable expectations. In her responses, Missy refutes in painful detail every complaint, and then attacks her guests further. I am curious to learn what awful things we apparently did, and how these imposed upon them as hosts, and how they made every effort, etc. etc. Believe whom you will. But don’t say you weren’t warned.

First, the pluses. Juan de Fuca has a spectacular location, with ocean on one side and huge mountains on the other. The gazebo is thoughtfully supplied with games, puzzles, a foosball table and Frisbees and footballs. Every cottage has two Adirondack chairs outside, in which you can contemplate the view (if you are dressed warmly—the Olympic Peninsula is cold!). The kitchens are kitted out quite nicely, and bathrobes and an ironing board are supplied, and there is wireless internet in every room. The rooms were very clean when we arrived (but see below for caveats).

Juan de Fuca is both spectacular and also a spectacularly bad value, both in terms of the rooms, but especially in terms of the hospitality and service. Our cottage in high season cost $225/night. No one in our party had spent this much for a hotel room, condo, or apartment in the past year. And no one had gotten less for their money. Yet we are not hoity toity, as a previous reviewer accused other negative reviewers. We backpack, camp, climb, and stay in Motel 6, although we also have stayed in five and six star hotels in Europe, Asia and the US in the past year. But when we pay $225/night for one room, we expect to have a very different quality of experience—especially in terms of service and hospitality.

First, Juan de Fuca is bad value. The cottages do not stretch down to the ocean. A county road separates the cottages from that gorgeous Sound frontage. The cottages stand in a semi-suburban subdivision. The cottages are decorated in a distinctly 1980s style, they are small, and the carpeting and towels are rather worn. Instead of individual bottles of shampoo and soap, there are huge tubs of green shower gel the texture of jellyfish (it didn’t move!), and Dove shampoo from the Dollar Store. Although the cottages usually sleep four, there is an additional charge for more than two guests. The housekeeper brought more coffee and straightened the bedding and might have vacuumed, but made no other visible effort to clean the room—the bathroom sink was still dirty after s/he came. There is a grill, but you have to bring your own charcoal briquettes.

Second and most importantly, service and hospitality is the real problem at Juan de Fuca, especially for larger groups. Supplying a grill but no briquettes and matches really sums up the attitude towards hospitality at Juan de Fuca. The owners seem to have a problem dealing with large groups, children, and dogs—in short, any guests who might inconvenience them. Guests, especially ones with children or dogs (we had one but not the other), are made to feel that they are imposing upon the owners and causing problems. Never mind your age—the owners treated all of us like small children who needed to be corrected and reprimanded. (Just for context: We are a large extended family, with an average age of 48, with people ranging in age from 83 to 7, primarily physicians and lawyers, with an average bedtime of 9:30 pm. Not exactly people who tear up hotel rooms.)

To make guests feel unwelcome contradicts the definition of hospitality. Hospitality means making people feel welcome and comfortable. The owners at Juan de Fuca spoke to us in such a way that we felt that we were imposing upon them. As my mother used to say to us as children, “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” The owners made some reasonable requests but other arbitrary demands—but the real issue was how they made those requests. The owners spoke to us as if we were inconveniencing them—and not, as a group, spending about $5000 for a long weekend at the cottages.

The Dungeness Bay cottages are right down the road and are a much better value—and it doesn’t sound as if the owners make their guests as if they are an inconvenient hassle.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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12  Thank GigiSingapore
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Stayed at the cottages for two nights with a group of 20 family members, literally ages 1 to 90. The setting worked really well for our group since we could spend time together but have some privacy by staying in 5 separate cabins (plus one of the rooms in the main building). Although not fancy or super-modern, the cabins were clean and comfortable, and we were all happy with the accommodations. It was handy to have the kitchen and eating areas in the cottages, especially for those with young children. The Hideaway Cottage is a bit smaller than the others, but it worked OK for the 3 family members who stayed there. The view from the cottages and the main grassy area is beautiful and we enjoyed watching the sunsets and various types of ships passing by. Missy, the owner, reserved the Gazebo for us for a special dinner one night, and recommended a caterer in Sequim (Cameron's Cafe) who was great to work with and delivered a nice dinner to us right at the agreed-upon time. We also used a local photographer, Natural Light Photography, to take group pictures on the grounds. We enjoyed playing games in the Gazebo, walking on the beach (although there was not much beach at high tide) and visiting a few of the local attractions. A couple of the lavender farms were closed although they were advertised to be open daily through Sept. We also did some shopping in town and ate at several of the local places. As other reviews have mentioned, the cottages aren't right in town, but if you want to stay at a property on the water, this is a wonderful location.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

OK cottage. Musty smell. Old style TV. Small kitchenette and bed in one room. I would stay here again only if the price is reduced. Not worth the money.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

Nice location on shore looked out over Dungeness Spit. Quiet, comfortable. But it's overpriced for what it is. Cottages are nice but dated.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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2  Thank GChad
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

We stayed in a charming cottage that had a full size kitchen and it was very comfortable. The location is absolutely perfect because we had an ocean view with beautiful sunsets and mountain views. The area is quiet and we enjoyed walks along the beach that is right across from the cottage. We had fun biking and nice strolls along the country road that runs along the property. My daughter woke up every morn, fed the neighbors llamas, played with them and she wished she could have taken them home. The property has acres of lawn that is great for the kids to play, plus a gazebo with board games. Missy and Tom, the hosts were very hospitable and nice to talk with. Another nice plus is you can rent kayaks and bikes on the premise. The Dungeness Spit is a short drive away and a must see. Also, families will love the Olympic Game Reserve where you can get close up to animals. This was one of our best family vacations and we would definitely recommend Juan de Fuca Cottages.

Room Tip: Cottage on the Bay #4 has the best view
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Cheryl5600
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Address: 182 Marine Dr, Sequim, WA 98382-9577
Region: United States > Washington > Sequim
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Sequim
Price Range: £113 - £248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Juan de Fuca Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in sunny Sequim, Washington, the Juan de Fuca Cottages and Suites are perched on a 50’ bluff at the edge of Dungeness Bay with our own private beach. The Juan de Fuca Cottages and Suites offer spectacular views of the Dungeness Spit, the New Dungeness Lighthouse, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Hurricane Ridge, the Olympic Mountains, and Victoria, B.C., just across the water. We share our beach with the National Wildlife Refuge. All of our cottages have Queen beds, completely equipped full kitchens, whirlpool tubs/shower with skylights, CD player, cable TV, VCR/DVD and over 200 classic movies to entertain you. The suites each enjoy all of the above as well as a fireplace and a two-person whirlpool tub. Wireless Internet access with a view!Three Diamond hotel rating - the highest rated accommodations on the Olympic Peninsula. ... more   less 
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