Updated: December 2017
Bainbridge Island Hotels - Reviews and Lodging Guide:For years we had heard great things about Bainbridge Island, WA. Some of our friends live in the Bellevue area near Seattle and have told us to take a trip over there. We live in Portland, Oregon so we figured we would do an overnight getaway to Bainbridge Island and see what all the hype was about. Picking a hotel on Bainbridge Island was fairly easy since there are not a lot of lodging options available. You can choose a smaller inn or bed and breakfast - as those are more common on this quaint island community. I did my research online by looking through the selections on TripAdvisor.com. As of November 2009 there are only a few hotel reviews posted on TripAdvisor and the #1 ranking goes to the Best Western Bainbridge Island Suites. There are only slightly more inns and B&B's to choose from as well. The top choice is the Ashton Woods Retreat but we had also heard great things about the The Eagle Harbor Inn which is located in a great spot. Another option are the dozens of vacation rentals available through real estate companies or you can find some listed on VRBO.com. We had found a great little 2 bedroom townhouse that was updated and perfect for our family vacation but it was just a little too far from the village area. What we found out is that the vast majority of visitors to Bainbridge Island do it as a day trip and then leave - never needing overnight accommodations.
The Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry literally drops you off just a few blocks from the Winslow Way (the main street in town). As you depart at Eagle Harbor off the ferry, you either walk or drive your car up Olympic Dr. SE and then take a quick left onto Winslow Way E. The Inn at Winslow Corner is the first accommodations you come to as you leave the ferry terminal. You will not find high rise building on Bainbridge and there are no chain hotels that we could find except the newer Best Western (see below). I think most people venture out to Bainbridge Island for a cozy weekend getaway and prefer staying at smaller inns or bed and breakfasts. The closer you can get to the main streets of town the better off you will be if you want to walk . Check for lodging on Winslow, Madison Ave., Ericksen Ave., or High School Rd NE. We took our 2 kids (ages 8 and 4) along for the trip and so we really had to stay at the a hotel since most inns are not setup for smaller children. We ended up at the Best Western Bainbridge Island Suites and had a great time. It was close enough to the main shopping and we had dinner down at Doc's Marina Grill. We had tried the Harbour Public House but soon found out it doesn't cater to those younger than 21. The whole island had a feeling that didn't seem to cater to kids - even Doc's Marina Grill had a huge seating section by the bar that was only for adults. We waited almost 40 minutes just to sit in the main dining area (there were other families with small children waiting as well) - seemed a bit silly given all the empty tables upstairs.