Rosario Resort and Spa
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... so we had a lit path if we used the facilities at night. Jim also built an outdoor shower using a solar heated shower bag that we still use on hot summer days. What more did we need?
We began getting to know Galiano, going for hikes all over the island and exploring the beautiful sandstone beach across the road where we could walk for miles and scarcely see another person. We found great swimming spots for different tidal conditions ...
... store that was open. we went in, tried a sample, and bought some fudge.
Back at the hostel. I joined a movie watching group in the TV room. They were watching "Whats eating Gilbert Grape". They had already started watching it. A little while later, a group of us went to a frozen yogurt place, to get some frozen yogurt.
I then went back to the hostel, and finished the movie.
On the plan for tomorrow: We drive up the West coast to Honeymoon Bay.
... you proclaim, that's not sightseeing! Well whatever it was we were pleased at the sight of it & went in to drawl over the various treats inside! Whilst in there a man asked for ideas on what to buy for two boys, at this point the shop assistant & Caroline seemed to be having a contest to describe each bar in the best detail! The man ended up walking out with about 10 bars which when you consider they were verging on $2 each before tax that wasn't a bad ...
... complete your mission you will have spent approximately 13 hours in Transit.. While spending 3 hours actually sight seeing. However this been said it's an amazing place that is well worth the visit. You will witness some extraordinary views during the ferry ride. We took the scenic bus ride which took us to Butchart Gardens and saw stunning views through the lake district. Fortunately I had ...
... 8 - 10' waves. I was sure our rescue would be via zodiac or another similar boat capable of landing on beach and also thought we would be waiting until the seas subsided.
The parks lady informed us it would be via helicopter and that it would be on scene within 30 minutes. Time to pack quickly, dismantle our tarp tent and start stuffing stuff in the packs with no regards to the careful packing the packs normally ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Rosario Resort and Spa Eastsound
Rosario Island Resort
Beatiful location, but the resort leaves A LOT to be desired. Rooms were okay. Restaurant food was poor to bad the entire trip. We stayed a week. The grounds need upkeeping. Cracks in the sidewalks, yellow lawns. Help is overworked, and they are understaffed. Service subsequently was extremely poor...We loved the surroundings, but will never go back to the Rosario. Far too much money for what you get. We spent $5k...it was work about $1k...
We just came back from Rosario. It is a very nice hotel, but is beginning to look worn down. We did not have a car and they put us on the Hillside in the 21 building. It was quite a walk! You can't depend on the shuttle because the poor kid is driving to pick up people from Eastsound or the ferry so the shuttle is not always available. In fact, one night it broke down and the waitress had to go get him! The kids who work there are great. The food in the bar is good and reasonably priced. The pool and bar is beautiful but closes at 5:30 during the summer. Everyone was complaining - should stay open longer, considering most people get there by ferry and arrive at 5 to the hotel! We took the seaplane to Seattle and you catch it right there which was nice.
Ok, let me give you some what of an objective and realistic view of the Resort as it stands today. As the resort was sold from a private, locally owned, family opperation with the input and talents of the locals into the daily opperations to what is today a corporate run money making machine, you have to excuse the problems the resort is seeing. They just closed the resort for 6 months for renovation. As this is the case, the majority of the staff either left or was let go because of the closure. Cooks, knowledgable staff, ... most of the people who lived on the island and worked at the resort for 10-15 years had to pick up and leave. With the re-opening this spring, they began looking for staff. Too bad it's hard to pull quality staff when you know you are anticipating another closure in 6 months for a second renovation project. This is the reason most of the staff right now looks under 20 because most of them just graduated Orcas High.Granted I may be slightly biased, knowing the prior owner(s) personally, but I have been visting the resort for the past 20+ years and have seen it go up and down. For those people who have visited for as long as I have, you have seen the Dining and Food services go down as well as the spa and landscaping. The rooms have been re-done, but now there is no individualism in the rooms. The hillside rooms used to have individualism in them as well as a little bit more romantic feel. The bathrooms have improved over the years which is a plus but I have to agree that for the most part, the resort has gone down hills since the sale in 1999 and is now finally being turned around all but slowly. If you love the area, the view and the people, i would say go. If you're looking for a romantic getaway or even a family getaway, stay at one of the local B&Bs ... you'll have a better experiance.
My wife and I learned about the Rosario Resort from a friend and spent July 21-23, 2003 on the island, staying at the resort. Coming from Arizona via Iowa, we were not at all familiar with the island type of vacation. To us, seeing the ocean, and many islands as we arrived by ferry, we found ourselves awestruck at the beauty of the country. Upon arriving on the island, it was as if we were in a far away country.
My husband and I just stayed at Rosario, end of June/beginning of July, 03'. Having read the mixed reviews, we were prepared for anything. I'm glad to say we had a wonderful time, and it seems as if somehow we stayed in a completely different place from all of those who had such a bad experience.
I have never had such disappointing service in my life. The food in the dining room was cold or unavailable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you could actually get someone to help you. The entire staff were not helpful or accomodating and seemed less than enthusiastic to be there.
I have to say, that I am quite shocked after reading the other reviews of Rosario Resort. I have been vacationing there for years, as a teenager with my parents and now with my husband and three children of my own, and I have always enjoyed the stay immensely! I will admit that until Rosario was bought by Rock Resorts a few years back it was a bit dull. However, we have been coming up every year with our children the past five years in a row because it offers us so much to do as a family.There are many options of lodging at Rosario's. We have stayed in the waterfront rooms next to the Moran Mansion (and closest to the pools), up in a suite in the hillside rooms, we have camped in the adjacent Moran State Park (some nice lakes) and also came up once by boat and tied up for a few nights in their marina (you can purchase passes to use the pools and spa areas for the day if you are camping or staying in the marina.) I would have to say that the Mansion-side rooms are the best as far as location because they are in the middle of everything with hardly any walking required. I would like to point out that while the rooms are nothing spectacular the views and grounds make up for the loss. The bottom line on lodging is that if you want to be surrounded by luxury and pampered in your room this is not the place. The rooms are comfortable and nice, a little outdated maybe but affordable. Prices range from $149.00 to $300.00 per night.Our favorite place is the waterfront and surrounding grounds that encompass a feeling of serenity and grandure at the same time. The foliage is green and large and maintained beautifully. Every day that we were there last week (June 5th- 8th 2003) our children were able to feed and pet the local wild deer that wander around on the grounds and especially near the outside children's pool. As far as pool areas go, there are also many options. The spa pool and hottub inside is the best because it is private and very warm and the kids have a blast. There is also an outdoor pool for chreat little deck facing the ocean where they serve hot items off the grill all day. The third pool, overlooking the ocean, is also outside but is usually reserved for adults only and they serve great drinks and food poolside. Thick plush towels and bright blue umbrellas are endless, as is the impeccable service from the staff.The best time to come to Rosario's is in the summer and make sure you include a Friday night there because the dining room in the Mansion offers the best seafood buffet I have ever experienced ( and our kids ate for free too!). There is an itimate lounge for drinks and dancing with a romantic guitarist that plays everything from "Brown Eyed Girl" to "Unforgettable". Upstairs, the Mansion is filled with historical furnishings and trappings with much flair so be sure to take a peek.If you can't find enough to do around the resort, drive ten minutes into Eastsound, which is filled with quaint bookstores, cafes, toy shops and more. One of the best restaurants my husband and I have ever been to is Sean Paul's at the North end of Orcas near Eastsound. During the summer months there is a wonderful Farmer's Market on Saturdays.
Fortunately we just stopped for what we thought would be an elegent lunch. The food was not decently prepared. Not cooked (I mean virtually raw), sent back to kitchen, came back cooked black and without the other items on the othe items on the menu. Wait staffs excuse "The cook on duty is in training." Question what about the supervising cook? "He is out at the moment." This is the first time and second time I have sent food back to the kitchen in my life. They did not charge me for the food.
Ok, I researched the Rosario Resort on Orcas Island before arriving with my wife. I also contacted the manager before expressing my concerns due to very poor reviews and sought clarification. Our visit was on Oct 1st & 2nd, during the week so no crowds.