Alderbrook Resort & Spa
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... Jess with beer in hand, chatting to my boss and Bella being fed luminous green cup-cakes by the girls in my team. And where was Lilly? Perhaps I should have known, but since our building is awash with dogs, I neglected to consider all that might be required to bring one’s dog into the office. Lilly is looking pretty splendid at the moment having been to the barbers and we have even invested in a lead to replace the bailing twine I normally favour. Having successfully ...
Today we take the ferry from Bainbridge Island, link rail to SEATAC, fly to Manchester via Reykjavik, take a train to St. Bees via Carlisle, and finally drop into our bed at Fleatham House in St. Bees. Phew! What a start to a great adventure.
We are off! Our last day in town. Good bye Joe! Good bye Lola! Good bye House! Good bye Friends and Family! We'll see you in 3 months! Keep checking the blog and we'll keep you posted on what we're up to. Wish us luck and safe travels! Have an amazing summer everyone - we sure plan on it ...
... but also for getting weather and other information at remote locations. I had a couple of important conversations on the satphone from Christmas Island regarding weather in the ITCZ and issues related to my landing permit at Honolulu. The satphone coverage was generally good, though occasionally it would take a few minutes to lock on to a satellite.
This is a list of telephone numbers I used for oceanic ...
... steer the plane. This turned out to be more flexible and easily changed when the routing changed compared to programming the entire route into the 530W and using GPS steering. There were a few exceptions when I did use GPSS. For waypoints over the open ocean at latitude-longitude intersections (like N60W50) that were not identified by name in the navdata database, I programmed these points into the 530W as user-defined waypoints with an appropriate name (like ATL01, ATL02, ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Alderbrook Resort & Spa Union
This was our third visit to Alderbrook (see review "A mixed bag"). We went back (despite the service and food) because of the beautiful setting and lack of other decent accomodation on the Hood Canal. This time we brought the kids and stayed in a two-bedroom cabin. We found the service to have improved, with friendly, efficient check-in and quick response to requests. Though the hotel was full and busy we did not notice the noise as much in the cabins, as they are away from the meeting rooms.
We found this resort to be quite lovely, but did not feel that it lived up their self-described 'recreated in four star luxury' website description, with the exception of the $400 per night cabin rates. There was dried food in the slats on the kitchen table, dead bugs behind the blinds, and dirty dishes left in the dishwasher from a prior guest. The location is peaceful, beautiful, soothing, the motel and cabins tasteful and relaxing. Sadly, the service does not live up to one's expectations, or their perceived reputation.
This is a newly remodeled destination resort on Hood Canal. The resort offers a panoramic post card view of the Olympic Mountains, water, birds (including eagles).
Amazing stay for Birthday / Concert Weekend!
My Mom and I would like to express our personal heartfelt love for a very memorable and glorious Labor Day weekend. Our Christopher Cross 'Sailabration' weekend at the Alderbrook Resort was indescribable. My Mom will long remember her 83'rd birthday. It was a great pleasure to meet so many wonderful people including Christopher Cross himself. Everyone, including the staff, were so friendly and treated us like queens. I will look forward to following the Resort's calender of events and possibly spending another 'award-winning' concert weekend at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa in the near future. What a wonderful wonderful stay!
My husband and I stayed for a weekend getaway to celebrate our anniversary. We loved the room: excellent high quality sheets, beautiful (though small) bath with great amenities, lovely new looking decor, nice robes in great condition. We also loved the lodge: spectacular setting, public rooms, garden. The bonfires lit at night outside around comfy armchairs was a great touch. Very romantic.
Hello, my name is Jennifer and I recently stayed at the Alderbrook resort with my mom. I am writing this letter because I am concerned with the service we received. I had never been to the resort before, and I was so excited to take my mom there to relax and be treated with great service. When we entered, there was no one there to open the door for us as we struggled in with our bags. On your website and brochure it boasts that the staff has been trained by the best and finest staff in the world, yet they treated us like we were a nuisance. We walked up to the front desk, expecting a friendly, professional greeting, but instead were given a glance up from the computer and a monotone "Hi". I asked if we could check in an hour early and the girl scolded us and responded with, "IF it's ready." I felt like a little kid who had been punished. She looked disgruntled, sighed, and said she would call the maid to see if they could clean it. She said it would be a few minutes if we would like to wait. We sat in the lobby and waited, and waited...and waited for at least 40 minutes. I think she basically forgot about us so I had to go up and ask again. We could also hear her complaining to another staff member about different things, such as how tired she was, etc. I decided to ask again, and a different staff member was there, who was much nicer. She said our room WAS ready! Finally, we got to our room and decided to sit on the balcony. About 15 minutes later our hotel door burst open and scared us to death, then slammed closed. I then heard a knock at the door and a woman said she needed to check our snack bar and didn't know we had checked in. Nice communication between staff members! We could have been naked!
This is a beautifully renovated resort but the professionalism of some resort practices does not match the magnificent surroundings. My wife and I made a reservation for a one-night weekend getaway. The best rates we could find were on Expedia and they still were close to rack rates. We chose the top-of-the-line (and naturally more expensive) room with unobstructed Hood Canal and Olympic mountain views. We decided to pay extra for a great view with a balcony becuase of the long days this time of year and because we could only stay one night we decided to splurge. Because we made the reservation only a few days in advance, we would be charged for the room even if we cancelled. Fair enough, that was disclosed, but for the kind of money we were paying I expected no tricks.
We arrived early (before the 4 pm check in) and were told our room would be ready in about an hour, after an hour relaxing on the beach and enjoying the extraordinary views, we checked with the front desk to find out our room would be ready in another half hour, we spent time in the comfortable lobby, reading and enjoying the fireplace, after another 45 minutes, after seeing a number of another arrivals check in to their rooms, we inquired again about our room status, the answer was a brusque "No". The front desk staff seemed to very young and inexperienced and less than professional. Average age seemed to be about 20.
Wonderful Stay at Alderbrook
We spent two nights the last week of February, 2005, and it was lovely. Our room had a view of the Cascades and Hood Canal plus modern amenities and decor. The kids loved the pool and large jacuzzi plus we liked the new sauna and steam room. The Spa is top notch and the staff friendly. Our hot stone massages were very good. The restaurant served excellent food and they had kids menus. The location seems remote and is a great getaway. We've gone to Semiahmoo in Blaine for years but they recently limited their Jacuzzi to adults only and their pool is outside, that's why we tried something new. We highly recommend this resort.
We live in the Seattle area and wanted to get away to somewhere really nice and relaxing, but not have to get on an airplane. So we found the new Alderbrook Resort & Spa on the Hood Canal. It was about a 2 hr. drive, but beautiful once you get off the main freeways. The views were spectacular as the resort is situated right on the water and the Olympic mountain range is right there, in all its glory! It's truly a beautiful setting and the resort has a very lodge-like feel, but at the same time is very modern...the rooms reminded us of The W Hotel in many ways--very nicely appointed. So, after having breakfast in the restaurant, which overlooks the water and mountains, we spent the morning swimming in the glass enclosed pool, which is also right on the water, and getting pampered with some fantastic SPA treatments...we'll be back, we loved it!!!