When traveling the U.S.’s Pacific Coast, staying at a waterfront hotel is high on my list. With its water, ferry and island views The Silver Cloud Inn Mukilteo offers an authentic Pacific Northwest experience, and this boutique hotel takes the idea of waterfront quite literally, for when the tide is in, the sea laps against its base, and when the tide is out, guests have a small beach to explore.
There are 10 Silver Cloud Inns & Hotels in Washington and Oregon. They are family-owned and managed, and they pride themselves for being known for their “friendliness and cleanliness.” The Mukilteo property has 70 guest rooms, a complimentary breakfast, free parking, a shuttle service within a 7-mile radius, and is within walking distance to restaurants, the ferry, and Mukilteo Lighthouse Park.
Water, Water, Everywhere
The entrance, which is in the parking area, doesn’t offer any indication of what you’ll see when you check-in. The hotel’s reception area has an elegant sitting room with red chairs, dark-toned couches, nautical-themed décor, and its most striking feature –endless views of Possession Sound and Whidbey Island. The illusion of water beginning where the windows end makes quite an extraordinary first impression.
Adjoining the reception area is a cozy room with additional tables, lounge chairs and bar seats for guests to use at their leisure, take in the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry view or maybe a large freighter on route to or from Bremerton or Seattle. This area also serves as the dining room for breakfast, which includes eggs, sausage, pastries, and juices.
Rooms That Set the Mood
Silver Cloud Inn Mukilteo has 30 rooms with a full view, some of which feature Jacuzzies. Ten rooms have partial views with fireplaces, 28 rooms have no water view, and there are two suites; one with and one without a water view. Bedrooms range from king, two queen beds, suites with sleeper sofas, all with an arrangement of desks and lounging areas. All rooms have complimentary wireless internet, a 55” high-definition flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, a safe, and a coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee.
The décor in my king bedroom featured simple, elegant lines and white bedding. The spacious room offered a couch, fireplace, desk, and a partial water view of the ferry landing area. At night, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the lighted ferry glide across the water.
Nearby Dining and Activities
At first glance, Mukilteo doesn’t seem to have a traditional downtown, but when you walk around, the cafes, shops and restaurants will become more apparent. A short walk from the hotel is Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse, Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing, and, up the hill, are Arnie’s Restaurant & Bar, The Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar, Sully’s Pizza & Calzones, and John’s Grill.
At Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, visitors can walk the lighthouse grounds, the beach, and, on weekends from April to September, tour Mukilteo Lighthouse. About 3.5-miles away is The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour.
On Tuesdays, the hotel has a reception for guests from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., which includes complimentary beverages like wine and beer, and appetizers like sandwiches and smoked salmon. If you plan to visit more than one hotel property, the Silver Rewards program allows guests to earn points toward future stays, miles with Alaska Airlines, or cash. And, if you are traveling without transportation, Towncar Service offers rides from the hotel to SeaTac International Airport ($90) and to Seattle ($60). Cost is for the car, not by person.
Real Bottom Line: Silver Cloud Inn Mukilteo offers a waterfront hotel experience with friendly staff and amazing views, all of which makes it a unique Pacific Northwest destination. — Lara Dunning, RFT Contributor