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Historical Traveler Reviews Semiahmoo Resort Blaine
Exremely disappointing, badly run
We were staying with a large group of people who were attending an event at the local state fairground. The hotel had a special price, and knew in advance how many of us were staying there. They didn't seem to make the link that we would want to leave the hotel in order to make the start time of the event. We got up at 6:30am to get breakfast and waited 15 mins in a line to get seated - there was only one poor lass seating, taking orders, and serving. As there looked like no movement, I went to the front desk to speak to the duty manager, but there was none on site until later. Whilst I was there there were a number of people complaining that their room service hadn't arrived, and the telephone room service had told them there would be nothing available for another hour. Very badly organized, badly staffed. Room was mediocre, looked quite lived in. Room service food the night before was fine in service, but the food was poor.
I asked for the duty manager to call me once they arrived, but not surprisingly I have heard nothing, and there is not link on their website to give feedback. The only reason we stayed there was so that we could have a leisurely breakfast before heading for the conference. In the end, after 30 mins wait we were still not seated so we left. I would NOT go back.
We Had a great time
We have stayed at Semiahmoo twice in the last year...both times we had a terrific time. The rooms are big and nice. We appreciated the free ether net. There were comfy chairs for reading, and nice desk and a great bed.
Althought our room face the arrival area, it was quiet and we could see the bay over the building tops. The service was excellent, from desk clerks to bellman and food servers. This time we ate in Packers several times and were impressed by teh quality of the food. We had great dungeness crab cocktails and the seafood stew was incredible. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay and will return. The gym area is really nice and well equipped, so we could work off some of that great food!
Nice resort south of Canadian border
My wife and I with our 5 yr and 8 yr old spent two nights in this resort on the northern border of WA. I was not sure if we could find something interesting to do. But the resort is full of activities even if you want to spend time on the resort itself.
The Spa and gym offer full set of services for massages and aroma therapy to pamper yourself. There are a lot of sports activities ranging from golf, tennis, racqetball, basketball, swimming, table tennis to name a few.
The resort is by a pebble beach and my kids had a nice time looking for crabs and sea shells. In summer you can take boat/ferry rides.
They also have movies in a small theater at the end. Rooms are quite clean with a small balcony.
On the down side, food is quite expensive.
A Truly 4 Star Resort
I stayed at the Semiahmoo Resort because of a business conference. I stayed here for 4 days 3 nights, and the stay was truly wonderful. My room was huge, and the bed was extremely comfortable. Unfortunately, I didn't get a room that faces the ocean, my room faced the parking lot. It was still comfortable. The conference facilities and the catering were wonderful as well. I would definitely come back for vacation if I have time!
Service let's the resort down
We stayed for 2 nts at the resort and were disappointed ( our 3rd stay but probably our last). The pool was too cold for any of us and the hot tub age was 14yrs + . You could also not access the pool from the hotel without going outside ( it was cold & rainy when we stayed so an unpleasant experience).The spa looked nice but I was not impressed by the staff chatting and joking amongst themselves whilst I waited right in front of them to ask about availability. On Saturday morning we came down for breakfast at 10am and were seated at 10.45 - we waited with several other families for 45 mins! When the breakfast arrived it was cold, and very disappointing - the children's pancakes portions were very small and insufficient for a 5 & 6 yr old. THE Restaurant ( Stars) was not full just way understaffed. We had dinner in Stars in the evening and it was very average - not gourmet at all but not over expensive. Kids meals this time were large - their menu was very limited & offered no desserts. We would not eat there again. Had dinner one night at the Blue Heron at their golf club - food there was better - more Bistro like.
Rooms were nice ( we had a waterview). Did not turndown in the evenings and very quickly during the day!One night we ordered a bottle of wine from room service that turned up so long afterwards(45min) we had both forgotten about it! Generally we found the staff and service element could be greatly improved.
Nice location on the beach ( pebbly ) and pretty views across a bay to CAnada.
Don't bring your kids
We spent 2 nights at Semiahmoo in late February and, although the hotel was lovely, we were very disappointed at the hot tub age restriction. One employee said that the age limit was 14 and winked at my 12 year old daughter saying, "You look 14, right?" However the next morning when we were in the hot tub, even though we were the only ones in the pool area, another employee walked by and told her to get out as the age limit was 18. The pool was too cold for usb to take, so the kids felt like they had nothing to do, as pool time tends to be their primary activity when we stay at hotels.
One other minus was the wait time at Packers, one of the restaurants. We were told that, since we had minors, we would have to wait for a table in a certain section of the restaurant. This meant that several parties who came after us were seated before us as they weren't restricted on where they could sit and we had a very long wait.
The hotel may be more kid friendly during a warmer time of year when kids would spend more time on the beach and in the pool and wouldn't miss using the hot tub so much.
Beautiful resort, but watch out for the seafood
Pro: This resort is located in a beautiful, tranquil location and is surrounded by water. The resort is an excellent weekend getaway for couples.
Con: The food served at their Oyster Bar and Grill was terrible. We were told all of the seafood was frozen, nothing was fresh. The food tasted bland and was dried out (freezer burn). However, we traveled a few miles down the road to Birch Bay and received fresh seafood at a local restaurant.
A fun getaway
The staff at the Semi was four star during our July 4th,2004 weekend. The meals, grounds, and interior is a four star as well. The room was very nice with a balcony. I'd rate the room a 3 star. A bit of dirt and cobwebs on the balcony, but the rest of the room was clean and bright. They have rooms without balconies. The decor in these is quite bland, so get a balcony if you can. The pool was very nice, however, there is no one monitoring who goes into the pool area and we met people who brought in their whole families with children and weren't staying at the hotel. They said they do it all the time and asked how we liked the hotel. Wish I had the guts to say I liked everything but them in the pool area with their loud obnoxious kids. Because the pool is not that large, it becomes crowded quickly when outsiders come in. Lots to do at this resort, even a small movie theater. I would stay there again...and get out of the pool by noon. There is even a sailing cruise offered at the sight that is well worth it.
Wow! Great recent improvements!
Reminds me of the Del Coronado. I'm a regular at Semiahmoo and the improvements to the property in the last six months are NIGHT AND DAY!
They have remodeled the entire property and stepped up the guest service. This is by-far the best coastal getaway in Washington. The fine dinning menu could use some jazzing up, though.
Semiahmoo Resort received the AAA Four-Diamond rating and truly is Washington's Premier Seaside Destination.
The negative review is dated October 6, 2003, (over a year ago) before the renovation was completed. We hope that the TripAdvisor User from Seattle, WA, comes back to view all of the improvements.
Please note that the name of the property is "Semiahmoo Resort" not "Resort Semiahmoo."
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