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“Okay Stay at Fort Casey Inn” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Casey Inn
Ranked #6 of 13 Coupeville B&B and Inns
Vancouver, BC
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Okay Stay at Fort Casey Inn”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2007

The Fort Casey Inn sounded like an interesting place to stay and a relative had been there years ago and really liked it. The historic old houses were quite neat, but were rather empty (apparently some previous guests with sticky fingers forced the inn to minimize their inventory) and weren't exactly clean. The carpet was rather old and dirty (I didn't really want to take my shoes off), the upholstery was stained, and the tea/coffee basket was a mess (not a huge deal). My relative had said that they used to have a continental breakfast, but it turns out that the owners have changed since then and they no longer offer anything but tea & coffee with that nasty whitener stuff. The bed was also uncomfortably firm, but at least the place wasn't haunted like I imagined, so I ended up getting a bit of sleep regardless.

On the plus side, it was something unique and I liked the location - only a 5-10 minute drive into Coupeville, yet felt like we were way out in the country. There was a nice beach a couple of blocks away and the views from Fort Casey (a 15-minute walk) were fantastic! The local deer were pretty cool too - and surprisingly tame.

Anyways, it wasn't at all a bad experience. I'm sure we'd enjoy it more in the summertime, when we could sit out on the little front porch or use the bbq out back. It would be a great place for a family looking to spend some quality time together, playing board games, doing puzzles, and chatting around the electric fire. I'd definitely recommend it for such a getaway.

  • Liked — Unique
  • Disliked — Not overly clean
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
2 Thank ForTheWeekend
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FCIManager, Manager at Fort Casey Inn, responded to this review, 9 January 2013
Thank you for yoru review and details about your stay. We have recently updated our mattresses and reorganizaed some of the items in the Inn. Our goal is to provide a cozy, quiet location for retreating and connecting. We don't provide a breakfast, but we do provide fantastic Honeymoon Bay coffee in your unit. We'll definitely take a look at the creamer we provide, as well as the carpets. Many of them have recently been replaced or steam cleaned. The deer still visit often, as do the other animals. We do hope you will return in the summer, when you can linger longering on the front porch!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Richmond, Canada
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24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2006

If you are a runner or like great walking/hiking this place might be somewhere you would want to visit. We stayed two nights in August, 2006 and went for two great early morning runs. It is a beautiful place to run. From the Fort Casey Inn you run through the park and within the old military fort. Because it was a fort it is built on high ground so there was a good view of the surrounding area, including the ocean. Lots of old cannons, etc., for you to run by. The view is spectular as you run by the ocean.

As far as the actual accomodation at the Fort Casey Inn goes, our family had differing opinions. As you can see on the website it is a group of houses once used by military officers. The houses are pretty old but in good condition. However if you are used to high-end, modern hotels this place might not be your cup of tea. On the plus side it is quiet, there are large and lovely verandas to sit out on, and a group of deer that live on the property and come right up to the back door looking for food. They love apples. There is no TV, phone, or computer which my wife and I found a welcome break but our two teen-agers complained about. For two days we had no sibling rivalry about who gets the computer or which TV channel to watch.

The military memorabilia in the house was interesting and added to the historical feel of the Inn.

The house we stayed in was well-equiped with cooking utensils, etc. so you can do all your own cooking there if you want to. There is a good grocery store in Coupeville which is about a ten minute drive away. Can't remember the name of the store but it is right on the main street and Coupeville is not very big so you can't miss it. If you decide to eat out there is an excellent restaurant called Christopher's in Coupeville which we ate at and thoroughly enjoyed. There were eight of us for dinner, four adults and four teen-agers and we all liked it.

The staff at the Inn were helpful and friendly.

  • Liked — No TV, phone, or computer
  • Disliked — It's a bit old and tired.
  • Tips/Secrets — I think this is one of those "mixed review" places. Some people are going to love it and some won't like the somewhat dated feel of the place.
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank SJ46
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FCIManager, Manager at Fort Casey Inn, responded to this review, 3 April 2012
We are definitely a great location to recreate in the area. Due to our locale in the Ebey's Landing Historical Reserve, there are many hiking, running and biking trails nearby, as well as wildlife and spectacular landscape views. Our commitment to peace and quiet does include our decision to keep the living room entertainment free, except for the reading and game playing type, as well as those that enjoy looking at the beauty onsite! Coupeville is a couple miles away with a great local grocery store, as well as farmer's market on Saturdays from April-October and delicious restaurants.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2006

A look at their Web site will give you the idea best. These old NCO's married quarters are part of an old army base that operated a huge gun battery on the waterfront. The houses are spotless with large kitchens and fine old porches for sitting out and enjoying the view and plentiful wildlife in the evening. Rabbits and deer roam the property, birds abound, and a long, mainly stony beach is just a short walk away through the woods. A great place for family reunions and holidays, or a quiet getaway in the off season.

A bit pricey, but given the surroundings and quality of the houses, it was worth it. The office and maintenance staff were exceptionally friendly and knowledgable about the history.

The beds were a tad uncomfortable for some reason despite thick mattresses, but we may well return for a longer stay.

Stayed May 2006
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3 Thank SojournerBC
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FCIManager, Manager at Fort Casey Inn, responded to this review, 9 January 2013
Thank you for your review and details about your stay. We are sorry the bed wasn't more comfortable, but we are updating those this year! We hope you return.
-Robyn
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Property: Fort Casey Inn
Address: 1124 Engle Rd, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA 98239-9716
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Region: United States > Washington > Whidbey Island > Coupeville
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Coupeville
Price range (per night): RM378 - RM600
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relive the past with charm and comfort in our rental cottages offering two upstairs bedrooms and one bath. Downstairs includes a living area with propane fireplace along with full kitchen and a dining table. Enclosed back porches are perfect for storing bicycles or your outdoor gear. Most units at the Inn overlook Admiralty Bay on Puget Sound as well as Crockett Lake, a natural bird sanctuary while two units are in a forested pastoral setting. An outdoor swimming pool is open June thru Aug with exception of Sunday. Year round guests have access to board games, picnic tables, hiking trails as well as the nearby beach. The beach offers spectacular views of the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. The inviting row of Fort Casey Inn cottages together sleep up to 46. Built originally in 1909 for the then active defensive installation of Fort Casey, the Inn is located next door to Fort Casey State Park and Admiralty Head Lighthouse. ... more   less 
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